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
November 2015 - Domestic terminal: Do not expect an airport. Expect an old bus terminal, crowded, no information screens and luggage delivered in piles outside the terminal.
International terminal: Seldom do i look forward to get onboard an airplane so i can use the toilets. The bathrooms are so filthy disgusting if not clogged or broken that words cannot describe the horror.
Be prepared for long lines, and many lines.
The lines are: 1. Security check to enter terminal. 2. Check in line (no kiosks here). 3. Extensive line for immigration. 4. Security check to enter gate area. 5. Security check after gate to enter bus. 6. Security check on aircraft stairs before you enter aircraft (on India bound flights).
Needless to say, arrive early. Bring some cash for water and if you are planning to sleep in the airport, please don't. Nepal is cheap for just about any other nationality and you'd be much better off getting a hotel outside the airport.
If you are arriving into KTM, please try to be one of the first off the aircraft and have the immigration card already filled out. The lines for immigration are very long, in the luggage hall people are gonna tout for you to get a trolley, you do not need to pay them, just grab a trolley for free. There is a long line for customs, most often the white foreigners are allowed to pass this line. When exiting there is a chaos of people wanting to drive you. The prepaid taxis are about three times the rate of a normal taxi, and they are very run down (like to normal taxis). A regular taxi is about RS.3-400 to Thamel. Maybe less if you run a hard bargaining or go a little distance from the terminal.
The best option is to arrange for a transfer with your hotel, it might be a little more expensive, but probably much more safe, convenient and comfortable.
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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.
Last Updated: 14 November 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.