Travel: Dhaka–>Sylhet–>Dhaka (by bus)

There are several modes of transport that folks can take to get up to Sylhet. If you have the funds to spare, there are a handful of flights that go from Dhaka to Sylhet daily, taking about 40 minutes and costing between $50-$100 (return). If you are like me and a lowly graduate student surviving on mango bars and scholarship funds, then you will probably opt for the bus or train. Plus, the bus is a great way to see some of the country!

Here are some essentials about bus travel between Dhaka and Sylhet:

GREENLINE PARIBAHAN
Websitehttp://greenlineparibahan.com/

Greenline is considered the luxury inter-city bus option. The seats are large, cushioned, reclining, and have ample leg room. You will be provided with a water bottle and motion-sickness bag.

Cost: $15, one way on a luxury bus (BDT 1150)
Time to destination: 6 hours (minimum)
Rest stops: 1, 20-minute stop (midway) at hotel/restaurant with bathroom facilities
AC option

Logistics: 
-Purchase a ticket from one of the counters (website has a list) in advance to be able to secure the seat of your choice. I have been told that you can reserve online for Greenline, but you need to go to the ticket counter to confirm the reservation, so you may as well just go there to start with!
-Most CNGs will know how to get to bus ticket counters if you say the name of the neighborhood followed by the name of the bus company and/or “bus station” (pronounced ‘bus-eh-station’) and/or “bus terminal”
-Tickets are reportedly cheaper for night buses, but given the known danger of road travel at night in Bangladesh, I wouldn’t recommend skimping on the extra few dollars.
-You can also show up last minute – unless it is festival season, there should be available seats. Leftover seats will most likely be at the back of the bus.

Other notes: 
-No apparent luggage limit (some bus companies do limit the amout you can bring, so be sure to double check!)
-Clean (High five to Green Line – I was super impressed.)
-No seat-belts
-No on-bus toilet facility
-Many passengers get motion-sick while traveling. If you get motion sick, be sure to to take your medicine beforehand and reserve a seat toward the front. You will most likely encounter passengers around you getting sick, which can be very unenjoyable.
-I personally prefer to sit on the left side of the bus to avoid seeing the oncoming traffic zoom by my window. In addition, if you sit too close to the front you will get the full on sound of the horn, which will be used throughout the journey. I’m a big fan of seats in rows C-F.

Look at that leg room!

Greenline leg room!

ENA TRANSPORT PVT LTD (এনা)
prounced “ey-nah”

A slightly more budget-friendly option compared to Greenline, this is my current choice for bus travel between Dhaka and Sylhet. The seats still recline, but are less cushy that Greenline. Water and motion sickness bag provided. The bus attendant on the Dhaka–>Sylhet leg is great and taking care of folks who get sick. 

Cost: $9-10, one way on a luxury bus (BDT 750)

Time to destination: 6 hours (minimum)
Rest stops: 1, 20-minute stop (midway) at hotel/restaurant with bathroom facilities
AC option 

Logistics:
-Tickets can only be purchased one day ahead of scheduled travel
-Purchase a ticket from one of the counters in advance to be able to secure the seat of your choice.
-Known counters at Mohakhali Bus Terminal (inside the main terminal) and Uttara for Dhaka – though I’m yet to use the Uttara counter so unsure of its location. Sylhet has at least two counters as well – one down the road from Rose View Hotel.
-Counters are assigned seats they can sell. For example, the Mohakhali counter only sells the first three rows and the back of the bus.
-Most CNGs will know how to get to bus ticket counters if you say the name of the neighborhood followed by the name of the bus company and/or “bus station” (pronounced ‘bus-eh-station’)
-Tickets are reportedly cheaper for night buses, but given the known danger of road travel at night in Bangladesh, I wouldn’t recommend skimping on the extra few dollars.
-You can also show up last minute – unless it is festival season, there should be available seats. Leftover seats will most likely be at the back of the bus.

Other notes: 
-10 kg luggage limit – but I doubt it is reinforced. Charges for extra luggage are minimal.
-Clean
-No seat-belts
-No on-bus toilet facility
-Many passengers get motion-sick while traveling. If you get motion sick, be sure to to take your medicine beforehand and reserve a seat toward the front. You will most likely encounter passengers around you getting sick, which can be very unenjoyable.
-I personally prefer to sit on the left side of the bus to avoid seeing the oncoming traffic zoom by my window. In addition, if you sit too close to the front you will get the full on sound of the horn, which will be used throughout the journey. I’m a big fan of seats in rows C-F.

Cheers! More will be added as the travels continue.

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10 thoughts on “Travel: Dhaka–>Sylhet–>Dhaka (by bus)

  1. Thanks for this post. Surprisingly, there isn’t any other source on the net for reviews of bus service on the Dhaka-Sylhet corridor so this was very useful for planning my upcoming trip. Again, thanks.

    • Thanks! I was surprised not to be able to find much info on buses (aside from Lonely Planet’s very short description) when I first started traveling around Bangladesh. I’m hopeful to keep this updated if I ever make it back to the ‘Desh to help encourage travelers to explore the country a little more!

    • Airport theke shudhu ENA bus ache Sylhete jawar jonno. Airport-er kache nite parben, Uttara-i o ekta ENA counter ache. Airport theke ber holey e ekta counter ache ar Uttara-i counter-ta jawar jonno, boley BGB market. Eta house building stop er ontoto 20 goj ba 60 ft agey. Arekta Tongi station road-e ache. Jakhon airport theke ber hon, takhon jiggesh koren – sobai janben.

  2. Apnake oenk onek donnobad amake information dewar jonne, Doya kore ki ENA buser counterer mobile number ta deben only airport counter..

    • From the airport, you can take the ENA bus to Sylhet from the main road once you exit the airport. There is also a ticket counter in Uttara from the BGB market at a building stop 20 goj/60 feet before the market. There is also a stop from Tongi station road. Once you leave the airport, ask for the ENA bus stop. Everyone will know where it is. Otherwise, take a rickshaw or bus to BGB market and ask again. It is not very well marked, so asking is best.

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