If you are travelling to Kathmandu, of course, the first thing every traveler should know is how to reach their hotels from Tribhuvan International Airport? Thamel is the main backpacker’s destination
in Nepal and this is probably where you would want to start your journey and where your hotel would likely be located! It has virtually everything a traveler would be looking for from a one-star (or none at all!) guesthouses to luxurious 5-star hotels, groceries, local food stalls and restaurants, laundry facilities, local markets, hair salon, spa centres and many more!
Below are some ideas on how you can reach Thamel from Kathmandu Airport
. If you are backpacker and want to save some money (and doesn’t mind a bit of adventure), there are many options available to you, depending on what type of traveler you are. Based on the year 2019 we are here to update you all new price and the information you need to know about Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport. We believe this article will be helpful for you, to plan your next holiday in Nepal. so please read on.
1. BY TAXI - from Kathmandu Airport to Thamel
For those who prefer the easiest way and the least hassle, this is for you! Probably the Kathmandu city is one of the smallest cities, and public transportation is not the best in the world. You have the option only of a bus, a mini-bus, or a taxi. There are no trains, or trams here!
If you are travelling from Kathmandu airport to any area in ‘downtown’ Thamel, the easiest way is to take a cab. From the airport, the city centre is only 20 - 30 minutes of driving distance. When you exit the airport, you will see a lot of taxi outside waiting for clients or you could also pre-book inside the airport.
How to deal with Taxi in Kathmandu Airport?
As they say, Nepalese are one of the best and kindest people in the world as you can find after your trip, but of course, there might be some exceptions! There is no complete hassle in finding a taxi driver in the airport (they will find you!); the issue is how do you deal with them and agree on cost?
There are two types of taxi in Kathmandu Airport:
- Prepaid Airport Taxi
- Local Public Taxi
Prepaid Airport Taxi
Kathmandu International Airport management committee has committed to providing 24-hour prepaid taxi counter in Tribhuvan International Airport. You could find this just before you exit the airport building, past the tourist information centre. They charge at a fixed rate and will provide a receipt. As they are government regulated, they are committed and will ensure your safety and anything else that goes with you! Note however that they are on a slightly more expensive side than a local public taxi.
Just a heads up, if you are travelling to Kathmandu for the first time
and using the prepaid taxi, note that a member of the taxi counter or any of their recommended person might travel with you in the same taxi. Likely to see if he could recommend any travel packages you might be interested in and also provide additional information about the country and what it offers to tourist. So, it is not bad at all but this may put off some backpackers who prefer to do it on their own or find their own local agency. If you would like to find out more, they will bring you to a travel company in Thamel. In a positive sense, you are actually getting free information about travelling around and where to go to, whether you buy their packages or not. And this is perfectly understandable for these travel companies. Or simply if you want to avoid them
you can tell, I have already booked my tour with someone else. So they will quickly understand you are out of their sights.
How much is the Prepaid Taxi Cost to Thamel?
From Kathmandu Airport to Thamel, or with a distance closeby Thamel (e.g. Durbar Marg, Lazimpat), the prepaid paid taxi will charge you 750 Rs, which is around US$ 6.5 per taxi (rate as at February 2019). If you are travelling at night time meaning after 21:30, there is a surcharge of 100 Rs (almost US$ 1).
The list of the Prepaid Taxi cost from Kathmandu Airport to city full in PDF
NOTE: The cost above is updated in January 2019
2. Local Public Taxi
Any other taxi you could find when you exit the airport is a local taxi. You could easily spot them, just make sure you exit the airport building and past the pre-paid taxi counter. Keep heading outside (about 2-3minutes walk and keep ignoring all the travel agents waiting outside who might try to speak to you), past a roundabout, and until you are sure you are outside the first airport gate, where you could see a number of Maruti 800 model hatchback car!
For some, it is worth the hassle and could save you 200 Rs – 300 Rs
easily! If you are trained in bargaining, this is probably for you! Average cost to Durbar Marg or Lazimpat is roughly 450 Rs to 550 Rs
. With a bit of persistence, you might be able to bring it down even more!!
You should know about local taxi in Kathmandu
- Make sure your driver knows your destination address, including the name of the hotel or street name
- Obviously, agree on the rates first. Often the taxis in Nepal do not run by the meter, especially with tourist. so you will have to agree on the total cost immediately.
- It is a generally safe country and people are trustworthy, but we would recommend that you remember the taxi number or plate numbers. This could prove helpful in case of emergency situations or if you happen to forget anything inside the car.
- Be gentle and nice as they are very nice people! They may not speak the best English but they know for sure the best local places! and no problem with basic English.
BY LOCAL BUS: Kathmandu Airport to Thamel
Still, as many backpackers are used to public transport all the time, they will expect to do the same in Kathmandu. Many travellers from all around the world try to look for As we can say Kathmandu City, is still a very classical city in the world, and most of the roads are still under construction. It seemed to have been frozen and kept from influences for a long time and just opening itself to the world. As expected, transportation here remains underdeveloped!
local transportation from Kathmandu Airport to Thamel. Most of them gave up as there is not any such bus which would bring you directly to Thamel. This will involve a combination of walking and maybe several minutes of waiting for the bus! But it exists and yes, you can reach your destination, but this not the easiest option, but this is the cheapest! A 20-minute journey to Thamel could easily take you over 60 minutes and likely more, but for fraction of the price!
Before you ride a local bus, here a couple of tips which might be helpful for you:
- Make sure you know your destination and speak to the driver so you know where you are going and that the bus is heading in that direction!
- Make sure you carry enough change (in Nepali currency) before you ride the Local bus. The fare is cheap and they usually do not have enough change for your 1,000 Rs.
- Always look after your valuables, such camera, passport etc.
- Stay close to the driver if you can, so they could assist you where to get off and request that they inform you if it is already your stop.
How do we find the local bus from Kathmandu airport to Thamel?
Option 1. Airport to Jamal (Best and easy)
Option 2. Bus to Narayan Gopal Chok
In the year 2019, There are (Sagha Yatayat) big green public bus available from Kathmandu airport to the city. Please reminded this bus also doesn't go straight to Thamel (A tourist hub). However, the stop is close enough to walk to Thamel. If you take the Sagha Yatayat to Thamel from Kathmandu airport please make sure you get off in "Jamal" It is the North East border with Thamel. It is less than 10-minute walking distance to Thamel. As of 2019, it will cost NPR 20 which is equivalent to USD 0.2. There are more options available from Sagha Yatayat please visit this page to find more route from Sagha Yatyat
Option 2: Airport to Ratnapark and walk to Thamel
Just go outside the Kathmandu Airport gate, again this is past the roundabout and by the main road. From there, you will see a bus station. Make sure you listen well, as they will only call out their destinations. Look out for buses calling to “Ratnapark”. Or the easiest would be to simply ask locals where to find buses to “Ratnapark” and they will easily give you the bus number and company name. Just catch the bus to Ratnapark and get off at the last station.
From Ratnapark, it’s just a further less then 10 minutes walking distance to Thamel. Or can also take another mini-van to Thamel from there.
Instead of taking a bus to Ratnapark, take the bus that goes to “Narayan Gopal Chok”. From Narayan Gopal Chok you need to change again to another bus that goes to “Lazimpat” and from there you can walk to Thamel for 10 Minutes.
How much does the Local bus cost?
Each destination the cost of a local bus is 15 - 20 Rs. Let's say if you are travelling from Kathmandu airport to Thamel via Narayan Gopal Chok, It will
cost you 30 - 40 Rs. which is less than USD 0.5
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