Getting Around

It's best not to use the public bus system in Kathmandu as buses tend to be crowded and unreliable, leaving only when full to bursting. If one isn't a seasoned traveller, taxis are available and usually found outside hotels and shopping centres.

Passengers should ensure the meter is on, although fixed prices are negotiable for sightseeing. Passengers should always agree on a fare before setting off if there is no meter, and ask at their hotel for guidelines on pricing, as drivers tend to overcharge tourists if they can get away with it.

Auto rickshaws ( ) are good options and usually operate on fixed routes, while pedal rickshaws are best only for short trips. Bicycles and motorcycles are hireable, but pollution, heavy traffic, and bicycle theft make these unappealing options, particularly as getting lost is easy in Kathmandu.

Self-drive car hire is not available and rented cars come with a driver. However, this is an expensive option and traffic is invariably heavy, making it slow going. It's actually better to negotiate the city on foot when possible, as it's often the least stressful way to get around and the best way to really experience daily life on the bustling streets.


Kathmandu Airport

The airport is situated four miles (6km) east of Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Airport (KTM)


The airport is situated four miles (6km) east of Kathmandu.

Getting to the city

A prepaid taxi service operates from immediately outside the arrival gate. Rates are exhibited on a board and the fare must be paid in advance. Local buses also serve the airport.


GMT +5.45

Car rental

Car rental companies are represented.

Airport Taxis

Both prepaid taxis and normal taxis are available at the airport. They are often more expensive than regular taxis hailed outside the airport. Taxi drivers often try to overcharge passengers, so passengers should only pay when they are at their destination and agree on a price before getting into the vehicle.

Transfer between terminals

The small international and domestic terminals are located within easy walking distance of one another.


Facilities include banks and a bureau de change, shops, duty-free, snacks, internet, post office, and tourist information. The airport is well equipped with facilities for those with disabilities.