Kathmandu to Nagarkot Bus

The only nearest hill station from Kathmandu, the Nagarkot is located about 32km east from the capital. Almost no tourist missed this beautiful landmark while visiting Nepal. Travelling options between these two cities always in a high inquiry in travellers forums. In this article, I will breakdown all of the options available to explore between Nagarkot and Kathmandu.  

Kathmandu to Nagarkot by private car

The easiest way to reach Nagarkot is to rent a private car or taxi but as an alternative, it is also reachable by local bus.  We would suggest arranging in advance if you would like to use a private car or hire a taxi to get to and from Kathmandu.  If you are lucky, you might be able to  get a taxi from Nagarkot back to Kathmandu but most likely the cost is higher than you would expect. Also, there are not fix taxi stand in Nagarkot. If you wish to travel by private car you should book in advance. Nagarkot is one of the most popular side trips from Kathmandu. Kathmandu Nagarkot Bhaktapur tour is the iconic destination for any traveller. If you wish to make it all of them including Changunarayan in 2 night 3 days using the private car the cost will not cross more than USD 150. 
One of the bus riding experience in Nepal, Image Source: http://wanderessadventures.com/ 

Kathmandu to Nagarkot using the local bus

Trekker's travelling around from Boudhanath, Pashupatinath:  Nagarkot is reachable from the cultural world heritage sites, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath, which are nearby Ringroad.  From there, you could take a Bus to Bhaktapur, and from Bhaktapur, transfer to another bus to Nagarkot.  To be sure, you can ask the bus driver about your final destination and directions.  

Travelling from around  Thamel and Darbar Square area 

If you live close to the city centre, or around Thamel, then you should go to , Bhaktapur bus park (terminal) which is within walking distance from Thamel. Buses depart every 10-15 minutes to Bhaktapur.  The journey is roughly 45 to 1-hour  bus ride. If your main destination is Nagarkot, then you have to change again next bus to Nagarkot Buses to Nagarkot are available from the same destination you end up your journey from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur. You may want a ride on top of the bus (roof) to Nagarkot from Bhaktapur is one of the most incredible experiences of travel in Nepal by bus

Travelling from Kathmandu Airport to Bhaktapur  Nagarkot

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 on the left side from the main exit. Make sure you listen well, as they will only call out their destinations.  Look out for buses calling to “Bhaktapur ”. Or the easiest would be to simply ask locals where to find buses to “Bhaktapur” and they will easily give you the bus number and company name.  Just catch the bus to Bhaktapur and get off at the last station. and catch again next bus to Nagarkot

Tourist Bus 

I was questioned multiple times from my readers "If there is a tourist bus between Kathmandu and Nagarkot"? If you try to look for an answer online, you will find a mixed result mostly from around 2011-2012.  As of today (15 February 2019) I am here with some recent information about tourist bus service between Kathmandu and Nagarkot. 

There is no longer a tourist bus service between Kathmandu and Nagarkot. A majority of tourist would visit Nagarkot as a day trip from Kathmandu including other cultural world heritage site such as Bhakatapur, Changunarayan etc. At the same time, a different visitor has their uniqueness. "One stone two birds" They would probably prefer to include additional activities such as day hiking, or overnight Sunrise sunset hike etc. Due to the various cause, there was perhaps too little number of tourist who would only like to go Nagarkot and back to Kathmandu. In the year 2019 this service is no longer available, As I suppose, the company didn't run very well. 


If you wish to travel Nagarkot, you must take a private tour, or the budget options would be a local bus. If you are interested in a private trip to Nagarkot Bhakatapur from Kathmandu, It is available between USD 50-70 for up to 4 people in one car. Besides, if you like to add a night in Nagarkot, it will be roughly 30 for one night two days tour.  You can also tailor-make your plan including a hike,  guide, accommodation etc. If you require additional information about the private, please do not hesitate to contact us at - info@nestadventure.com

About Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Rajendra Khanal (Raj) Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide to being a guide/leader to being a manager and finally a founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say, I know my way well enough in the Himalayas especially in some of the off-the-beaten trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga or Mustang

I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!).  I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central Americas USA and Canada, one-third of Europe, Caribbean Island and  Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had an opportunity working with multinational companies which taught me, how to deliver quality customer service in the business? As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert of Nepal Himalayas, I started writing about my own country.  Incase, If you required free information about Nepal, please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.  Our team at NEST has earned 5/5 star ratings on TripAdvisor from about 200 satisfied customers. Don't forget to visit our customer feedback page on TripAdvisor.
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Hi, I will be visiting Nagarkot from Kathmandu on 23rd June for one night (2 person). I wanted to know how to travel by bus to and from Kathmandu-nagarkot. Is there any way that I could purchase tickets in advance? I will be grateful if I could get a tentative plan from you. 


- Adnan Sakin

Hi Adnan - Thanks for the comment. There is no tourist bus between Kathmandu and Nagarkot. However, there is a local bus. If you choose to travel on the local bus. Which doesn't require an advance ticket? But if you prefer to book the private car then you should book with a car rental company or a contact travel agency who would willing to organise private car. You can visit our office in Kathmandu if you need any help 
- Nepal Explore Summit Treks Pvt. Ltd.


Can you recommend a driver that could pick up my wife and I from Katmandu airport and take us to Nagarot. we will stay 2 nights in Nagarot then return to Katmandu airport. It would be great if you know an english speaking driver.

- Phil

Hi Phil, 

Thank you so much for the comment. Please give us a private email, (nestadventure@gmail.com) regarding to the service you need from us. We are happy to help you. 

- Nepal Explore Summit Treks Pvt. Ltd.

Hello Raj,

How does one get a private car to go to Nargarkot from Kathmandu?

- Darryl Stevenson

Hi Darry, - You can reserve in the hotel or look for a travel agency in Thamel. if you need our help please send us an email with detailed. 

Thank you! 

- Nepal Explore Summit Treks Pvt. Ltd.

Hello Raj,

How does one get a private car to go to Nargarkot from Kathmandu?

- Darryl Stevenson

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