Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur is around 20 minutes away by car from the heart of the city Kolkata, and around 90 minutes drive from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport. The Howrah Railway Station is about 5 km away from the institute.

Kolkata has direct air services from/to Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai with connectivity to all major cities in the country and direct train services from/to all the metropolis and other major cities. Most of the domestic airlines have direct services to and from Kolkata to other important cities of India such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow, etc. Kolkata also provides international flights to most of the countries in Southeast Asia.

For commuting from Kolkata to the institute campus, bus services are available. Bus Route 55 connects the campus to Esplanade via Howrah Station, with buses plying every 15-20 minutes. Bus Route 213A plies between the institute and Rabindra Sadan via the Vidyasagar Setu.