How To Reach Varanasi
By Air: : Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, also popularly known by the name Babatpur Airport or simply Varanasi Airport is the air base that provides connectivity to and from Varanasi via air. This public airport is located approximately 18 kilometers to the northwest of Varanasi city and about 21 kilometers away from the Varanasi Railway Station. Almost all the chief domestic airlines including Air India, Kingfisher Airlines, Jet Airways, Spicejet, as well as international airlines such as Air India, Thai Airways International, Mihin Lanka, Budhha Air and Naaz Airlines are operational at Varanasi Airport. This airport handles over 3.50 lakh passengers per annum. Chief domestic and international destinations easily accessible from Varanasi Airport include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Khajuraho, Coimbatore, Gaya, Kathmandu, Colombo, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, etc. Saudi Arabia based Naaz Airlines operate flights between Varanasi and Medinah that cater the pilgrims going for Haj.
By Rail: Varanasi Junction, commonly known as Varanasi Cant Railway Station located in the heart of Varanasi is the major train station of the state of Uttar Pradesh and one of the busiest railway hubs of the country. This is the highest revenue generating station of Northern Railways and operational since 1862. The chief trains that ply from Varanasi Cant Railway station are: Mahanagari Express, Ratnagiri Express, Kamayani Express, Shiv Ganga Express, Dadar Express, Gorakhnath Express, Rameshwaram Express, Sabarmati Express, Jammutavi Express, Varuna Express, Marudhar Express, Bundelkhand Express, Kashi Vishwanath Express, Gyan Ganga Express, Garib Rath and so on. The major cities of the country connected with Varanasi via rail include New Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kanpur, Jammu, Gwalior, Jodhpur, Anand Vihar, Pune and so on. Other two thriving railway stations near Varanasi include Mughal Sarai Junction of East Central Railway located 8 km from the city and Manduadeeh placed about 4 km from the Varanasi Cant Railway Station.
By Road: Erstwhile Varanasi Kingdom under the governance of Mauryan Empire was connected by a road network originating from Taxila and terminating at Pataliputra. During the 16th century, Emperor Sher Shah Suri renovated that road and also extended it till Kolkata and Peshawar. Later, under the British Rule, the same road came to be known as the famous Grant Trunk Road. Presently, the Grant Trunk Road (G.T.Road) that runs between Kolkata and Kanpur is known as NH 2 which further extends till Agra and Delhi. G.T.Road connects Varanasi with Kolkata, Delhi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Aligarh and Lahore. Varanasi is linked with Lucknow, Jaunpur and Sultanpur via NH 56 and with Gorakhpur and Ghazipur via NH 29. National Highway no 7, the longest National Highway of the country links Varanasi with some of the major cities of India such as Jabalpur, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Salem, Madurai and Kanyakumari. Varanasi is connected with Bhadohi via SH 87 and with Shaktinagar via SH 5A.