Sleeping in Airports

Kathmandu Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Kathmandu Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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
(Photo courtesy of a Guest traveller / 16Jan2010)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Kathmandu Airport.

What to Expect

Don’t expect much from the two chaotic terminals at Kathmandu Airport. Travellers have reported slow, repetitive security queues, airport staff seeking handouts or bribes, and dirty bathrooms (bring tissues and hand sanitizer). Facilities are very basic, with a snack bar, restaurant, and a duty-free shop, though recent reviews warn against eating here. WiFi is supposedly free on the airside, but it can be tricky to access. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Sleeping overnight here is not permitted as the airport closes from 12:30AM until 6:30AM. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

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

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Executive Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Landside, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership program. [ more lounge info]

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Landside.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport does not appeal to you, there are several hotels near the airport.

We’ve only listed the hotels that have Tripadvisor reviews at the time of this update.  To see more options in the $14-30/night range here is a list of hotels near Kathmandu Airport.  It can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

If this information is incorrect or to make a nearby hotel suggestion, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Kathmandu Airport.  A reader tells us “You get a 90 minute free access at first in the check in hall and can get another 90 minute free session on another wi-fi in the gate area. ” (April 2019)

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: unknown.

Currency Exchange – Two currency exchange counters are available in the Arrivals lounge, and one full-service banking branch is available in the Departures lounge.

Duty Free & Shopping – One duty free shop in the International Terminal. At the time of this update, it is not known if there are any other shops available.

Family Services – Nursing rooms are available should you wish to breastfeed in privacy. Location: Airside (Departures) and Landside (Arrivals).

Food & Drinks – A snack shop is available on the ground floor and a restaurant is available on the first floor. Hours: unknown.

Information Desk – An Information Desk can be found Landside, near the Check-in Counter. Hours: unknown. A tourist information booth is also available on the ground level (English available).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Luggage trolleys are available free of charge and can be found on the upper and lower levels before check-in and also in the baggage claim area.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags by getting them covered in plastic wrap. Location: In front of Check-in Counter A.

Medical Services – Two medical clinics are available – Kathmandu Medical College and Norvic. Location and hours: unknown.

Mobile Charging – Charging hubs are provided Landside and Airside. Each box charges up to 4 devices at once.

Post Office – Location: International Terminal, Landside, Ground Floor.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

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

Airlines

As of May 2019, Kathmandu airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air China • Air India • Bhutan Airlines • Biman Bangladesh Airlines • Buddha Air • Cathay Dragon • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern Airlines • Druk Air • Etihad Airways • FlyDubai • Himalaya Airlines • IndiGo • Korean Air • Malaysia Airlines • Malindo Air • Nepal Airlines • Oman Air • Qatar Airways • Regent Airways • SalamAir • Saurya Airlines • Shree Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • SilkAir • Simrik Airlines • Sita Air • Summit Air • Tara Air • Thai Airways • Thai Lion Air • Tibet Airlines • Turkish Airlines • Yeti Airlines.

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.

Last updated: 2019-05-24

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   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/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.