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
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
- There are two passenger terminals, one domestic and one international. The domestic terminal has more of a bus-station vibe.
- 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.
- Several reports of airport workers asking for “gifts” or bribes after falsely claiming that you have missing or wrong paperwork.
- Economy class travellers can buy a pass to an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- Hotel Meridian Suite » Check Rates
- Regal Airport Hotel » Check Rates
- Summit Residency » Check Rates
- Palagya Hotel » Check Rates
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.
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, click here to update this airport guide
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.
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.
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 – Protect your bags by getting them covered in plastic wrap. Location: ground floor.
Medical Services – Yes
Mobile Charging – A reader tells us that you can find “charging hubs” at the international gates in between each window bank.
Post Office – Location: International Terminal, Landside, Ground Floor.
Rest Zones – Not available.
Showers – Not available.
The airport is closed from 12:30AM – 6:30AM.
As of March 2018, Kathmandu airport is served by the following airlines: Nepal Airlines • Etihad Airways • Air Arabia • Nepal Airlines • Malindo Air • Silk Air • Himalaya Airlines • FlyDubai • Cathay Dragon • Jetway Airways • Wataniya Airways.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
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.
Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.
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: 2018-10-23
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.