Information & Facts
Both pre-paid taxis and normal taxis are available at the
airport. Pre-paid taxis are often more expensive than regular taxis
hailed outside the airport. Taxi drivers often try to overcharge
passengers, so only pay when you are at your destination and agree
on a price before getting into the vehicle. Fares into the city are
generally NPR 250 during the day and a NPR 50 surcharge at
Car rental companies are represented.
A pre-paid taxi service operates from immediately outside the
arrival gate. Rates are exhibited on a board and the fare must be
paid in advance. Local buses also serve the airport, the journey is
35 minutes and costs Rs40.
NPR 1,130 (international), NPR 169.50
Facilities include banks and bureau de change, shops, duty-free,
snacks, Internet, post office and tourist information. The airport
is well equipped with facilities for those with disabilities.
Nepali is the official language. English is spoken in all
major tourist areas.
The official currency is the Nepali Rupee (NPR), which is
divided into 100 paisa. As change can be a problem it is
recommended that visitors have a supply of small notes handy.
Tourist activities are often quoted in US Dollars and it is
advisable to carry new dollar bills in varied denominations. Both
Euro and US dollar travellers cheques are widely accepted in
tourist areas and can be cashed easily in most banks and major
hotels throughout the country. There are ATMs in Kathmandu and
Pokhara. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are
accepted in many tourist hotels, shops, restaurants and travel
agencies. Banks and moneychangers are present in all tourist places
and in the major cities; all receipts from foreign exchange
transactions should be kept so rupees can be exchanged back into
foreign currencies on departure. Cash is needed when trekking.
The small international and domestic terminals are located
within easy walking distance of one another.