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Nepal Getting There - International Travel
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Airlines that operate to Kathmandu are Aeroflot (Moscow), Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Dakha), China South West Airlines (Lhasa), Condor Airlines (Munich), Druk Air (Paro), Gulf Air (Abu Dhabi), Indian Airlines (Delhi, Calcutta, Varanasi), Lauda Air (Vienna), Necon Air (Patna, Varanasi), Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi), Qatar Airways (Doha), Singapore Airlines (Singapore), Thai International (Bangkok) and Transavia (Amsterdam via Sharjah).

Approximate flight times

From London to Kathmandu is 10 hours and 15 minutes.

International airports

Kathmandu (KTM) (Tribhuvan) is 6.5 kilometres or 4 miles east of the city with a drive time of about 20 minutes.

There are taxis and buses to the city. The airport offers facilities which include duty-free shop, bank/bureau de change, post office, refreshments and tourist information.

Departure tax

NRs 1,100 for international flights and NRs 770 within the Indian sub-continent, eg Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Children below 2 years of age are free of charge.

Please note that foreigners must pay for airfares in foreign currency. Only nationals of Nepal and India can pay for air travel between Nepal and India in Nepalese Rupees.


There are 2 Indian Railway Lines that operate to the border of Nepal, where cycle-rickshaws can be hired for further forward journeys.


Kathmandu is linked with Tibet and India by new and scenic highways through the plains of the Terai. Buses run from all border points to Kathmandu. During the monsoon season, landslides can often make border points impossible to travel through.

Travellers are allowed to drive their own cars, providing they are in possession of an international pass. For more details on how to get an international pass, contact their national Automobile Association. See also Getting Around section for other necessary documentation.

Please note that all tourists entering Nepal by land must use 1 of the following entry points:

Belhiya (Bhairahawa), Kakarbhitta, Mahendra Nagar, Birgunj, Dhangadi, Kakarbhitta and Nepalgunj, (all on the Nepal-India border), and Kodari (on the Nepal-China border).
Useful travel links
Hot Spots air security international daily reports
IATA international air transport association
Nepal-Airport web site of Tribhuvan International Airport
RoyalNepalAirlines about Nepal airlines