Bangladesh Railway, and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will start selling advance train and bus tickets today to facilitate holidaymakers to reach their destinations with ease ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated on July 29 or 30.
In the capital, advance train tickets will be available only at Kamalapur Railway Station from 9:00am, said Kamrul Ahsan, divisional railway (Dhaka) manger.
Tickets will not be sold at other stations in the city, he added.
Train tickets of July 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 will be sold on July 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 respectively at different important stations across the country from 9:00am each day.
Around 18,000 advance tickets of intercity trains from Dhaka to different destinations will be sold daily. Tickets of different local and mail trains will be sold later, he said.
"We will carry on an average 1 lakh people per day from Dhaka to outer districts," Kamrul told The Daily Star yesterday.
A total of 64 regular trains will be operated daily from Dhaka. Additionally, three pairs of special intercity trains will be operated from Dhaka to Dewanganj of Mymensingh, Parbatipur of Dinajpur, and Khulna to cope with the Eid rush.
Besides, 166 coaches will be added to entire rail network to cope with the Eid rush, said Tafazzal Hossain, director general of Bangladesh Railway.
Passengers will also be able to buy ticket through online, railway officials said.
Besides, return tickets of July 31, August 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be distributed on July 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 at outer districts.
Meanwhile, BRTC's advance bus tickets will be available from today at its different depots in the capital.
"We will operate 450 buses daily from Dhaka to different districts from July 22. Besides, 50 more buses will be kept standby a day before Eid for emergency operation," said Nikhil Roy, General Manager (admin) of BRTC.
However, private bus operators have already sold out advance tickets that started on July 14.
The bus counters, from where advance tickets were sold, were seen empty or partially closed yesterday noon.
"Almost all the tickets from July 23 to 28 are sold. We have kept some tickets for VIPs, relatives, friends and close persons," said an official of Hanif Paribahan.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) and private launch operators will start special launch services from July 24. Lakhs of people leave Dhaka city to celebrate the festival with their near and dear ones.
In Chittagong, advance sale of train tickets will start at Chittagong Railway Station today, reports a staff correspondent from Chittagong.
Adequate measures have been taken to prevent ticket scalping, said Md Mozammel Haque, general manager of Bangladesh Railway (East Zone), while talking to journalists at the railway station yesterday.
Two special trains will run on Chittagong-Chandpur route from July 26 till the day before Eid to tackle huge rush of home-bound people, he said, adding that the trains would also ply the same route for a week from the second day after Eid.
A prospective passenger can buy a maximum of four tickets.