The transportation system in Bangladesh is multimodal, where tourists can experience certain forms of transportation which are not available in the western world, such as 'rickshaws'. Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, is known as the rickshaw capital of the world! Rickshaws are the traditional method of transportation in Bangladesh and they are very environment friendly because they don't require any fuel. Tourists will find rickshaws the most inexpensive mode of transport in Bangladesh. Another version of rickshaw that is found in Northern and Southwestern districts is known as 'van'. 

Beside rickshaws, auto-rickshaws (widely known as CNGs), regular taxicabs, easy bikes, air conditioned buses, trains and airplanes are used when travelling within Bangladesh. Auto-rickshaws are also an environment friendly form of transport because they use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as fuel, hence their name. It is common practice that the fare for the journey is usually decided between the passenger and the driver before the journey begins, when travelling by a mode of transportation that does not issue passenger tickets such as auto-rickshaws, taxicabs, rickshaws, etc. In Dhaka city it is usually recommended to rent a car, with a driver, for personal use during long stays in the city. Car rental companies usually don't want to provide a vehicle without a driver. Fortunately it is really inexpensive in Bangladesh to rent a car. It will only cost around US $30 to $40 per day including fuel and salary of the driver. In every city taxicabs, rickshaws and green colored auto-rickshaws, called CNGs, are used for traveling short distances.

Bangladesh has three international airports, located in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet, and a multitude of domestic and private airports. Visa on arrival is available at the international airports for certain nationals. Low-cost domestic flights to all major destinations in Bangladesh are provided by local airlines such as United Airways (www.uabdl.com), Regent Airways (www.flyregent.com), Novo Air (www.flynovoair.com), US-Bangla Airlines (www.us-banglaairlines.com) and the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines (www.biman-airlines.com).

Inter-city trains and luxury air conditioned buses go to all major destinations within Bangladesh. During Eid or the winter season (November to January) there is usually a huge rush for tickets for travel between Dhaka, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and the rest of Bangladesh. Train tickets must be purchased early all the time. At least 3 to 5 days before departure. If, in the days ahead, there is a big religious festival or holiday like Eid, then train tickets have to be purchased 10 days in advance. Tickets can be purchased from the official website of Bangladesh Railway - www.railway.gov.bd - and train schedules can also be viewed here. Since the process is not straightforward, it is highly advisable to read the English instructions (http://techthumbs.com/how-to-buy-bang...) before attempting to purchase train tickets online. 

As Bangladesh is a riverine country, boats and ferries also play an important role in the transportation system of Bangladesh. A ferry in Bangladesh is called a 'launch'. One can go to Khulna, Barisal, Patuakhali, Chandpur and most other destinations by launch. It is strongly recommended to buy first class tickets when travelling by train or launch. The price difference between first and second class is mostly negligible.