Kathmandu Airport Guide
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Kathmandu Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
Kudos go to the night shift security guys who brought us the one and only rug from first class check-in and a blue tarp to cover the dust because they couldn't believe two women were willing to sleep on the floor at the airport in the middle of the night. - a traveller
I arrived at Kathmandu as a solo female backpacker in March 2010. As the plane taxiied down the runway we pulled up next to a big old orange bricked building. Back in Australia I would have likened it to an old disused factory..At the time I thought we were just waiting for clearance to move on, but then the seat belt light went off, and we were all departing the plane into the building.
Inside, it was very clinical. NO advertising, no restaurants, no 'welcome to Nepal' signs like in other airports. Just very official and quite dark too. I was one of about 5 females collecting my luggage in about a hundred men. I felt relatively safe nonetheless. I didnt see many seats and the floor would be mighty uncomfortable to sleep on!
I wanted to declare some food, but because the customs official could not speak english - he waved me on through - it seemed like too hard work for him!!
Outside was chaos! have a plan and stick to it is the only advice I can give!! If you stand around looking lost you will be pounced on by about 100 taxi drivers!
Rather than sleeping in the airport, it is well worth paying the 250-400 NR to go into Thamel and get a cheap place to stay. Lots of restaurants and backpackers about, even quite late in the night. The ride in is quite a site in itself. As far as I felt, it was safe to take a taxi as a solo female, if fact many females had done the same trip that I met. Just dont expect a Yellow Cab, or London Taxi!
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In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Kathmandu airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- Executive Lounge - Location: International Terminal, Landside, 2nd Floor. Hours: 6am - 11pm. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (Rs 200) • Book Online (£22) • Priority Pass.
At the time of this update, the airport's web site states that "Internet Services" are available. We are not sure how extensive this service extends throughout the terminals.
If sleeping in Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport. The following hotels are located on Ring Road across the street from the airport entrance. However, due to the nature of the location, it can be a long walk, especially with heavy luggage. All hotels listed below provide airport pick up (must be pre-arranged) and can be reached by shuttle in 2 minutes from the airport.
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Kathmandu Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Information not available
- Car Rentals - Information not available
- Currency Exchange - Yes
- Food & Drinks - Information not available
- Information Desk - A tourist information booth is available on the ground level (English available).
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - not available
- Post Office - Location: International Termninal, Landside, Ground Floor.
- Shopping - One duty free shop in the International Terminal.
- Showers - not available
The airport is closed from 12:30AM - 6:30AM.
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Last Updated: 06 October 2015
The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.