Around - Internal Travel
There are domestic flights connecting main towns from Kathmandu.
A lot of these provide incredible mountain views.
Nepal Airlines operates scheduled flights to about 21 destinations
in the internal regions of Nepal.
Other airlines, some 18 of them, offer frequent and charter services
to frequently visited destinations.
Helicopters can be hired. Nepal’s air service is famous for
its punctuality and reliability.
Tax of Nrs50 is levied at Kathmandu as well as Bhadrapur,
Bharatpur, Biratnagar, Dang, Dhangadi, Janakapur, Mahendranagar,
Nepalgang, Pokhara, Rajbiraj, Siddharthanagar and Simara.
Tax of Nrs20 is charged at all other airports.
Foreigners must pay for airfares in foreign currency. Only nationals
of Nepal and India can pay in Nepalese Rupees.
Nepal Janakpur-Jayanager Railways (NJJR) provides a
freight and passenger service in the eastern Terai.
Traffic drives on the left. The inside of Nepal is connected
with many of paved roads. The quality of the road system is unpredictable.
There are regular bus services to Kathmandu from all of the border
areas. Bus tickets can be reserved in advance. There are buses available
for other regions of Nepal at the Gongabu bus terminal, close to
Balaju. These services are provided by private operators and the
Transport Corporation of Nepal. There are deluxe buses running
from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Chitwan. Most depart at 7.00 am near
Thamel in the heart of the city.
Cars are available for hire at the Avis, the Hertz
or Yeti Travels, in Kathmandu. Chauffeur-driven cars are
only available in the Kathmandu Valley.
An International Driving Licence is valid for 15 days in
Nepal after which a local licence is needed. Drivers must be 18
years of age or over. A temporary licence can be obtained from local
authorities on presentation of a valid national driving licence.
Bus services are available in the popular precincts around Kathmandu,
including the nearby cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. A trolleybus
route provides journeys over the 11 kilometre or 7-mile Kathmandu–Bhaktapur
Private minibuses join the trolleybus route from the neighbouring
villages. On buses and trolley buses which belong to the Transport
Corporation of Nepal, a 4-stage fare rate applies, with colour-coded
tickets issued by the conductors. Micro buses also operate
throughout the city.
There are many metered taxis in Kathmandu. At night the meter reading
plus 50% is common. Private taxis are more costly and fares should
be negotiated before the journey.
Tempos are metered three-wheel scooters, which are quite cheaper
Rickshaws are available around the city and fares should be agreed
on before the ride.
Bicycles and motorcycles are available and can be rented from bike-shops
or hotels by the hour or day. Motorcyclists need a driving licence.
Cyclists should ensure they have a working bell.