The trial run of the Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service began here on Friday with an aim to take forward Indo-Bangla bilateral relations.
Three buses were flagged off from ‘Nabanna’, the state secretariat, as a part of the trial run that will be operational from June, official sources said.
Senior state ministers Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee and Firad Hakim flagged off the buses.
The bus will travel 409 km in around 13 hours to reach Dhaka, sources said, adding the price of ticket is yet to be finalised.
The total time to reach Khulna, including security checks, at the border will be around seven hours, he said.
Earlier bus services were introduced on the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and the Kolkata-Dhaka routes.