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Nepal is a travel destination on the rise. Active holidaymakers go there to discover its range of outdoor activities in The Himalayas while spiritual travellers can soak up the Buddhist sites and Tibetan culture.
Kathmandu is the country’s capital, just 20 minutes’ drive from Nepal’s only international airport. It’s surrounded by jungle and mountains, enticing visitors looking for trekking and adventure. Within the city you’ll find everything from guesthouses to 5-star hotels, and a wander through the backstreets will show you Kathmandu’s rich cultural heritage.
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Kathmandu flight times
- From Sydney: 15h 45 mins+
- From Melbourne: 16h 25 mins+
- From Perth: 14h 30 mins+
- From Brisbane: 16h 30 mins+
Airlines that fly to Kathmandu
- China Southern
- Malaysia Airlines
- Malindo Air
- Thai Airways
Kathmandu insider flight tips
- The best cheap flights to Kathmandu from Sydney can usually be found with China Southern. They generally have the most attractive flight times and range of one-stop flights via Guangzhou, with stopovers varying from quick to lengthy. China Eastern fares are sometimes cheaper but tend to involve two or three layovers.
- Travel time from Perth can be less than 15 hours when booking flights via Kuala Lumpur with Malindo Air (a Malaysian budget airline) and/or AirAsia. You can also fly with Thai Airways or Cathay Pacific although stopovers are generally long.
- Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport is on the small side, with separate domestic and international terminals. It does have free baggage trolleys and Wi-Fi. Luggage collection is said to be notably disorganised with bags taking a while to come out – so allow time for this or travel only with hand luggage if you can!
- Australian citizens require a Tourist Visa to enter Nepal. This can only be obtained on arrival at the airport and there may be a waiting time, so you should be prepared for this and for avoiding people offering to help for a fee.
How to get from the airport
Cheap flights to Kathmandu land at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), located in the Kathmandu Valley. It’s six kilometres from the centre of Kathmandu – around 20 minutes’ taxi ride. The airport is known to be chaotic so pre-arranging an airport transfer with your hotel is a good idea. Alternatively travellers have three choices for taking a taxi: exit the arrivals terminal and go directly to a taxi driver to arrange a price (ignore any touts trying to get your attention); head outside the airport and flag a local taxi from the main road (this is the cheapest way); or arrange a prepaid taxi. There’s a 24-hour counter inside the Arrivals terminal where you can pay for your taxi – prices are fixed and you’ll receive a voucher to go straight to your driver. Queues can be long so patience is required for this option!
To save even more money, you can also take a local bus if you know the area you need to get to. The bus station is located on the main road outside the airport, past the roundabout.
There is no shortage of taxis once you get to Kathmandu but they are unmetered. As with all areas of Southeast Asia, just make sure your exact destination is clear and agree on the price before getting in.