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Kathmandu Airport Guide

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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

Airport Overview

kathmandu airport

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Kathmandu Airport.

What to Expect

  • The airport is made up of two terminals: domestic and international.
  • This is a chaotic airport, with lines/queues for nearly everything and a lot more security checks than most travellers are used to.
  • Many travellers report airport staff asking for handouts or gifts, or locals offering their help with luggage trolleys, though the trolley are free.
  • Bathrooms are in terrible condition. Bring your own toilet paper and soap!
  • The airport is small with very few facilities; restrooms are rarely clean.
  • Several reports of airport workers asking for "gifts" or bribes after falsely claiming that you have missing or wrong paperwork.
  • There are two passenger terminals, one domestic and one international. The domestic terminal has more of a bus-station vibe.

Where to Sleep

  • Seats are made of metal and have armrests, so expect to sleep on the floor. Given the state of the floors, you will want to have a sleep mat or avoid trying to sleep here at all.
  • Several hotels are located nearby. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class travellers can buy a pass to an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Kathmandu Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Kathmandu Airport Information

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.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Kathmandu airport either by purchasing a lounge 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: 6:00AM - 11:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (Rs 450 per hour) • Buy a lounge pass (£22 - 24 hour advance purchase is required)

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Kathmandu Airport once you have passed through security. Time limits and log-in details are not available. If you know, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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Airport Hotels

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 see more options there is a list of hotels near Kathmandu Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Currency Exchange - Two currency exchange counters are available in the Arrivals lounge, and one full-service banking branch is available in the Departures lounge.
  • Food & Drinks - A snack shop is available on the ground floor and a restaurant is available on the first floor. Hours: unknown.
  • Information Desk - A tourist information booth is available on the ground level (English available).
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - not available
  • Luggage Wrapping - Yes, available on the ground floor.
  • Medical Services - Yes
  • Post Office - Location: International Terminal, Landside, Ground Floor.
  • Shopping - One duty free shop in the International Terminal.
  • Showers - not available

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Airport Hours

The airport is closed from 12:30AM - 6:30AM.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Buses

If you’re traveling light and on a really tight budget, you can take one of the local buses that stop at the airport gate. Buses run infrequently and are often very crowded, so this should be your last option.

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.

Taxis

Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey. Prepaid taxis are also available for hire. Stop at the taxi booth in the Arrivals hall to pay for your ride. You will receive a ticket to give to your taxi driver before boarding the taxi.

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Last Updated: 31 July 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us.

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