Kolkata Metro Routes

The Kolkata Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Kolkata in West Bengal, India. Currently Kolkata Metro network has 30 active stations. Let's get to know more about Kolkata Metro like metro lines, when does the train start, when does the train end, what is the route map, what are the main attractions around metro stations in the city, fare list and metro news etc.

OperatorKolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC)
Operation start24 October 1984
Number of lines2 Metro Lines
Train length4/6/8 Coaches
No. of stations30 Active Stations
Metro Timings⏱Starting | Ending
06:45 AM | 10:45 PM

◩ Kolkata Metro Lines (Terminal Stations)
  Blue Line Metro (Noapara - Kavi Subhash)   Green Line Metro (Salt Lake Sector V - Salt Lake Stadium)
  Purple Line (Joka - Esplanade)
  Red Line (Noapara - Barasat)
  Pink Line (Baranagar - Barrackpore)
  Orange Line (Kavi Subhash - Biman Bandar)

Kolkata Metro Fare Chart

The fare is based on the pre-determined distance-slabs. Kolkata Metro has the lowest starting fare in the country of Rs. 5. The following is the revised zones and fare for single journey tokens and Smart Cards.

ZoneDistance (km)Line 1 FareLine 2 Fare
I0 - 2Rs. 5Rs. 5
II2 - 5Rs. 10Rs. 10
III5 - 10Rs. 15Rs. 20
IV10 - 20Rs. 20Rs. 30
V20 - 30Rs. 25-

On using Smart Cards for Kolkata Metro rides, you get extra ride value, as following slab:

Recharge ValueRide Value
Rs. 100Rs. 110
Rs. 200Rs. 220
Rs. 300Rs. 330
Rs. 500Rs. 550
Rs. 1000Rs. 1100

Please note:

  • Two new types of Tourist Smart Cards are available Tourist Smart Card – I and Tourist Smart Card – II. This type of smart card is for tourists and have unlimited rides.
  • Tourist Cards cost ₹250, valid for a day, and ₹550, valid for three days. A security deposit of ₹60 is also charged.
  • Refundable security deposit of Rs. 100 paybale at the time of purchase.

Interesting Facts about Kolkata Metro

  • The Kolkata Metro is a rapid transit system serving Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal.
  • The Kolkata Metro is the first planned and operational rapid transit system in India.
  • It was initially planned in the 1920s, but construction started in 1970s.
  • The foundation stone of the project was laid by Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India, on 29 December 1972, and construction work started in 1973-74.
  • The first elevated stretch, from Bhawanipore (now Netaji Bhawan) to Esplanade, opened on 24 October 1984.
  • The first metro was driven by Tapan Kumar Nath and Sanjoy Sil.
  • It is the only metro in the country, completely owned and funded by the Ministry of Railways, and to be controlled by Indian Railways.
  • The metro network has a mix of underground stations, at-grade stations and elevated stations.
  • Currently two lines are operational, Line 1 from Noapara to Kavi Subhash and Line 2 from Salt Lake Sector-V to Salt Lake Stadium. 4 Lines are under construction and planned.
  • Kolkata Metro trains operate between 05:45 AM (first train) and 21:55 PM (last train).
  • Kolkata Metro has the lowest starting fare in the country starts from Rs. 5 to Rs. 30.
  • In 2013 a single type of Smart Card (General Smart Card) was introduced. Two new types of Tourist Smart Cards were also introduced (Tourist Smart Card – I and Tourist Smart Card – II). Online smart card recharge facility was launched on 1 July 2020.
  • Trains operate at an average speed of 55–60 km/h (34.18–37.28 mph) and stop for about 10 to 20 seconds at each station, depending on the crowd.
  • No full coach is reserved for women, but certain sections of seats in each compartment are reserved for women, senior citizens and the physically challenged.
  • The metro railway runs special night-long services during Durga Puja (Mahasaptami to Mahanavami), services start at 13:00 and operate till 04:00 the next day.

Latest Metro News

Kolkata Metro rolled on a Sunday after 104 days, along the north-south corridor. The last Sunday operation was on May 9, as services were halted from May 16, for the second Covid wave. Even as the city’s transport lifeline resumed on July 16, the state government only allowed five-day runs. Metro Railway has been offering special trains for essential workers across sectors on Saturdays.

Spurred by the pandemic, Metro Railway has started installing Quick Response-code scanners in the 26 Metro stations of the North-South corridor to make buying tickets contactless. East-West Metro already has the provision in its six operational stations. Once the QR-coded system is operational, commuters using smart cards or tokens wont have to stand in queue to buy tickets or recharge their Metro cards.

Metro trains will run at an interval of seven to nine minutes for most of the day, once services for all resume on Friday. The first trains will leave the terminal stations of Dakshineswar and Kavi Subhash (New Garia) at 8am. The last train for New Garia will leave Dakshineswar at 7.48pm. From Dum Dum and New Garia, the last trains will leave at 8pm.

Kolkata Metro FAQs:

𝒜. Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) operates Kolkata Metro system.

𝒜. First service of Kolkata metro service begins on 24 October 1984.

𝒜. Kolkata metro system has 2 Metro Lines (active/fucntional).

𝒜. Kolkata metro trains have 4/6/8.

𝒜. Kolkata metro timings are: 06:45 AM | 10:45 PM.

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