A Travel Price Comparison for India Pondicherry vs. Kolkata (Calcutta) for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Pondicherry or Kolkata (Calcutta)?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Pondicherry and Kolkata (Calcutta) can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Pondicherry or Kolkata (Calcutta)?


Located on the eastern coast of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry has a long and interesting history of trade and war as the largest French colony in India. Today the French influence in the city remains, especially in the old quarters. This being said, Pondicherry very much embodies and east-meets-west culture.

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal, India. Featuring colonial architecture, galleries, temples, and festivals, the city has flourished from its roots as an East India Company trading post in the 18th Century to a thriving metropolis. Today Kolkata is a diverse center of culture and bustling activity.

Which place is cheaper, Kolkata (Calcutta) or Pondicherry?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Pondicherry is $34, while the average daily cost in Kolkata (Calcutta) is $37. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Pondicherry and Kolkata (Calcutta) in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Pondicherry $16
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $17
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Pondicherry $32
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $34
Compare Hotels in Pondicherry and Kolkata (Calcutta)

Looking for a hotel in Pondicherry or Kolkata (Calcutta)? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Pondicherry

Hotels in Kolkata (Calcutta)

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Pondicherry Hotel Prices and Kolkata (Calcutta) Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Pondicherry $5.70
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $5.15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kolkata (Calcutta):

  • The Second City of Empire: A Kolkata Heritage Walking Tour with Private Transfer: $150
  • Private Transfer from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (CCU) Airport to Kolkata: $60
  • Private Transfer from Kolkata to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (CCU) Airport: $60
  • Private Transfer Kolkata Airport CCU To Kolkata Hotels Drop: $22
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Kolkata Airport: $32
  • Path of Knowledge: A Heritage Walking Tour of Kolkata with Private Transfer: $165
  • Kolkata Airport to Hotel Transfer by Private Car: $43
  • Kolkata - Arrival transfer from Airport to Hotel: $28
  • Build Your Own: custom private tour of Kolkata with transfers: $69
  • Airport to Hotel Transfer with Assistance : $21
  • Airport Transfer in Kolkata: $35
  • Airport Taxi: Round Trip Transfer Between Kolkata & Kolkata Airport CCU: $49

Is it cheaper to fly into Pondicherry or Kolkata (Calcutta)?

Prices for flights to both Kolkata (Calcutta) and Pondicherry change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Pondicherry $11
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pondicherry

For Pondicherry, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Indian Cooking Class in Pondicherry: $28
  • French-Creole Cooking Class in Pondicherry with a Local Family: $78
  • South Indian Dinner With A Local Family In Pondicherry: $153
  • Cooking class in Pondicherry (with Lunch or Dinner): $289

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Kolkata (Calcutta).

  • Bengali Nights Kolkata Food Tour with 13+ Tastings: $35
  • Alleyway Food Tour: $37
  • Cooking experience in Authentic Bengali House with Lunch/Dinner: $41
  • Cooking class and home cooked Bengali meal in New Town, Kolkata: $52
  • Dinner Cruise on Ganges Kolkata 3Hrs: $59
  • Traditional Bengali Cooking Class in Kolkata in a Local Home: $64

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Pondicherry $11
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $15

Tours and Activities in Pondicherry

For Pondicherry, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Spiritual Walk Tour Pondicherry: $13
  • Magical Pondicherry Markets Tour : $13
  • Pondicherry Art Trails (2 Hours Guided Walking Tours): $13
  • Auroville Guided Walking Tour: $14
  • Heritage & Cultural Walking Tour of Pondicherry : $15
  • The Unique Pondicherry City Bike Tour : $19
  • Guided City Tour in Pondicherry with complimentary refreshments: $47
  • The Best of A Private Sightseeing Tour: $47
  • Sri Arunachaleswara Temple Tour From Pondicherry: $48
  • Private Walking Tour in the French Quarter of Pondicherry: $57
  • Private Custom Tour: Pondicherry Sightseeing with Guide: $81
  • Best of the Pondicherry (Guided Full Day City Tour): $134

Tours and Activities in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Kolkata (Calcutta) are as follows:

  • 02 Days Guided Private Tour of Kolkata : $225
  • All inclusive full day tour of kolkata: $106
  • Best of Kolkata (Guided Halfday Sightseeing Tour by Car): $82
  • Calcutta Contrast Tour: $37
  • Capturing the City of Joy; Full Day Kolkata Street Photography Tour: $85
  • Cultural Confluence of Kolkata - Culture Kaleidoscope Tour: $37
  • Custom Private Guided Kolkata Sightseeing Trip w/ Optional Add ons: $148
  • Custom Private Kolkata Sightseeing Trip with Optional Guided Trip: $43
  • Cycling tour around Kolkata: $37
  • Day Tour Of Kolkata: $24
  • Discover Kolkata - An Immersive Experience in the City of Joy: $56
  • Downtown Kolkata Private Tour (By Air Conditioned Car): $213

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Pondicherry $6.95
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $8.33

Sample the Local Flavors in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Also in Kolkata (Calcutta), these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Pub Crawl Kolkata: $40

When comparing the travel costs between Pondicherry and Kolkata (Calcutta), we can see that Kolkata (Calcutta) is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Pondicherry Expensive? and Is Kolkata (Calcutta) Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Pondicherry or Kolkata (Calcutta)?

Kolkata (Calcutta) has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Pondicherry. When comparing the sizes of Pondicherry and Kolkata (Calcutta), keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

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