Khulna is the capital city of Khulna Division in Southern Bangladesh. On the bank of Rupsha (and Bhairav) river, it is known as the industrial city and located in south western part of Bangladesh. It is called the gateway of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh. It has many Jute mills, the only newsprint mill and hardboard mill of Bangladesh, the only state-owned match factory (Dada match, later Dhaka match), Oxygen company (BOL), Ship yard. Khulna is the third largest city in Bangladesh after Dhaka and Chittagong It is a industrial and big city inhabited by almost 2.5 million people.
United Airways, Regent Airways and Novoair have regular flights (two daily) to Jessore airport and some of these airlines provide shuttle bus to Khulna city. Cost approximately Tk. 5000 (US$65.00). Hotels in Khulna will usually arrange a car to collect anyone from the airport at Jessore.
- Regular buses all day and night runs from capital city Dhaka to Khulna. Well known are Shohag Paribahan (transport) [dead link], Eagle transport, A K Travels, Hanif transport etc. All of they have AC (air conditioned) and normal chair coach services. Cost approximately Tk 500-1200 (US$7.00-16.00). Usual time is 6-8 hours.
- Buses also run from Jessore (Tk50-100, 2-3 hour)
- As of December 2018, the Rocket Steamer launches from here once per week on Thursdays heading to Dhaka (2 per cabin, 26-30 hours) with a few stops along the way including Barisal. It departs Khulna at 2:45AM, but it's possible to board the boat around 6-7PM the night before and sleep in your berth for no extra charge. The boats launch from Rocket Ghat just behind the train station, while the BIWTC office for ticket bookings is next to the Jolil tower in the city center.
- For most of the other days, you can board a Rocket steamer heading to Dhaka in Hularhat. To get to Hularhat, go first by a bus to Pirojpur (1.5-2 hours) and then a rickshaw or a motorcycle to the Hularhat jetty. The ferry leaves at 14:00.
- Cycle-rickshaws are the main method of transport. From the bus stand to the center or from one end of town to the other shouldn't run more than about Tk20, and as little as Tk 5 for shorter journeys by easy bikes.
- It is also possible to rent a scooter (3 wheel) for little longer journeys.
- Bonobilash Zoo, along Dhaka-Khulna highway north of downtowb. A nice place to spend a whole day. Take a scooter from the city center. Daily 9AM-6PM. +880 1518-400970
- 1 Gollamari Memorial. Memoir for the mass murder in Gollamari river during independence war of 1971. On the way to Khulna University.
- Khulna University. Located at Gollamari, a modern university area with nice view and lakes. Good for spending an afternoon in natural surroundings.
- Khan Jahan Ali Bridge, a place frequently visited by local people. In the Lobon Chora area. A long-awaited bridge over the Rupsha river connecting Bagerhat and Mongla port. You can walk along the bridge and take a snap of Khulna city and the Rupsha river.
- St Joseph's Church, Babu Khan Rd. A catholic church run by the friendly, English-speaking Father Jacob. Daily mass is at 6AM, and they welcome visitors.
- Market stalls run along the river between the train station and the ferry terminal. While their products are unlikely to be what tourists are looking to buy, the people are friendly, many of the tea stalls are great, and from time to time you get a glimpse of the river.
- The Torture & Genocide Museum is a confronting and powerful exhibition of the 1971 war for independence. It offers a different take from that of Dhaka's Liberation War Museum and is well worth a visit, especially for the art and photography displays. There is a small entrance fee with donations encouraged.
- 2 Divisional Museum, Khulna, 1a Majid Sarani. Sa-Th 10AM-5PM. Some little exhibits and things (e.g. archeology, coins, art) about Khulna, but they don't like it if you take photographs.
- 3 Birsrestho Ruhul Amin Complex. Tomb for much loved country freedom fighter.
- Hadis park, in the city center, if you are lucky there will be a show of some kind on there.
- New Market, Khan A Sabar Rd, (in the north of the town). This is a big two-story shopping complex, selling clothing, electronics, etc. It's not too exciting, but a good place to buy a Bangladeshi outfit, a cell phone, or CDs and DVDs.
- Cheaper option - Picture pallace mor market.
- Hotel Castle Salam, 8 KDA Avenue, ☏ +880 41-720160. G-,is one of the largest Hotel of Khulna that provides different types of facilities for people
- Hotel Royal is one of the largest Hotel of Khulna that provides different types of facilities for people.
- Aloka Restaurant, 1 Khan A Sabar Rd. This is a good option if you're staying in the central hotel district, with friendly waiters serving delicious Bengali food. Meals from around Tk 600. It's on the 2nd floor, look up for the sign.
- Hotel Western International has a very good restaurant on site, serving several different cuisines, including a few good soups and a spicy version of fish and chips! Meals from Tk 150
- Near New Market. Tk. 200 per person..
- Many budget restaurant at Moylapota mor and picture pallace mor,
Alcohol can be hard to find in Khulna. Famous drinks are Lassi or Faluda. Deluxe, Shourov restaurant at Dak Bunglow mor/Picture pallace mor are good option.
To the east of the intersection of Khan A Sabur Rd and Cemetery Rd is a cluster of budget hotels in the various alleys.
- 1 Hotel Royal International, 33 K.D.A.Avenu, ☏ +880 41-721638-9. A nicer hotel. With complementary breakfast, the food is very good but the rooms are scruffy. Window air conditioning units in rooms. Wireless internet is unreliable. Tk.900-3000.
- Hotel Western International, 51 Khan A Sabur Rd, ☏ +880 41 733 191. The nicest hotel in the town, with very friendly staff and nice, clean rooms. Tk800+.
- Hotel Castle Salam, G-8 KDA Avenue, ☏ +880 41-720160. One of the best hotels in town centre. Air conditioned rooms. This place is popular and can be booked out by NGO's, so book early.
- Hotel Society, in the cluster of hotels around the city center, probably never lived up to its name. Tiny rooms with cold showers, squat toilets and mosquito nets are just bearable. They ask Tk75/50 for attached/shared bath, but attached can be bargained down to at least Tk60, making it a worthy budget option.
- Hotel Park, 46 K.D. Ghosh Road, +24077, 20990. An ok option. Rooms Tk150-750.
- Khulna Metropolitan Police Control Room, 20220.
- Khulna Sadar Hospital, 20133.
- Shat Gombuj Mosjid (The sixty dome mosque), in the Bagerhat district. One hour travel from Khulna. Take a bus from Sonadanga bus terminal or from Rupsha ferry terminal.
- Monlga sea port, 40-minute bus ride. Take a bus from Sonadanga bus terminal or from Rupsha ferry terminal. A nice place to see the Poshur river too. Scenic beauty overlooking the Sundarban. Cross the river by Shampan boat to go to Mongla city. It is possible to hire a boat to roam around to the Sundarban.
- Sundarbans - Khulna is a good place to arrange a trip into the Sundarbans, and there are several private operators. If you're on a budget try comparing prices among the several lined up near the BIWTC Rocket reservation office.