How to Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara

If you are planning to visit Nepal, you will visit Kathmandu and Pokhara the most. So you must know about how to Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara? The two big cities and most popular among the tourist is connected by road and flight transportation. It takes about 6 to 7 hours by road using different kinds of vehicles and just 25 minutes by domestic flights.

Kathmandu – Pokhara Distance 210 km
Duration by Flight 25 Minutes
Duration by Road 6-7 hours
Available Transport Options: Domestic Flight, Car, Jeep, Hiace, Tourist bus, Local bus, Taxi rent

This articles gives you an overview of the best way to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa.

Kathmandu to Pokhara by Road:

Road transportation is cheaper and more accessible in compare to the flight for Pokhara. Public local buses to tourist standard luxury buses run from both cities frequently. Private car, jeep, van, hiace, coaster are the options for your luxury travel.


Pokhara by Local Bus:

If you are looking for budget transportation to and from Kathmandu to Pokhara, local buses are the most common. It takes about 7 to 8 hours by public bus to reach the destinations. You should adjust the local facilities of bus and other local passengers. There are daily day and night buses running to Pokhara from New Buspark in Gongabu, Balaju just 2 km from Thamel. Go and book a ticket and catch the bus to Pokhara.

Cost by Local Bus: US$ 5.00 per person

Pokhara by Tourist Bus:

Every morning about 7 to 8 am, tourist buses departure to Pokhara from Kantipath, Kathmandu. It is just a 10 minutes walking distance from the center of Thamel. Green Line bus, Skyline, Lineup, etc are the some tourist bus brands. The buses departure every morning to Pokhara and takes about 6 to 7 hours to reach Pokhara. Most of the tourist bus offer AC facilities, drinking water, comfortable seats with safe luggage arrangement. Tourist bus to Pokhara stops only for lunch break and short breaks, they will add no more passengers beyond the seats.
Tourist bus tickets are available in all most all the travel agencies in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Cost by Tourist Bus: US$ 7 per person

Pokhara by Car/Jeep:

Luxury cars are the best options for tourist who want to go Pokhara by overland tour. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscape, views of villages, cities and rivers. If you are more than two persons in a group, taking a car is very good option on the budget sharing view. You can hire a car or taxi in about US$ 80 to 90 for Pokhara. If you can to return next day, extra charge will not apply.

Most of the branded cars are comfortable for 3/4 persons. The cost covers car with driver.

Pokhara by Big Van/Hiace:

For a small group of 10-12 people traveling by Hiace or big van is easy option. It takes about 6 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu in a Hiace. Daily public transportation by a Hiace is available with locals. You can rent a Hiace for your private tour. The cost will be about US$200 for a Hiace.

Kathmandu to Pokhara by Flight:

The fastest way to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu is by flight. It’s about 25 minute’s scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara flights are served by major domestic airlines such as Buddha air, Yeti Airlines, Simrik Air and some other airlines are planning to run. There are more than 12 flights to and from Pokhara daily. You can book your flight by travel agencies or direct to airlines.

Kathmandu Pokhara flight ticket cost US$ 124 per person for one way. If you request for travel agencies they might offer you some discount up to 5 percent. Pokhara airport is close to the tourist hub, Lakeside and many taxies are accessible for your transport. It’s about 5 kilometers from the any place in Pokhara.

Cost for Kathmandu to Pokhara:

Cost by Local Bus US$ 5 per person
Cost by Tourist Bus US$ 7 per person
Cost by Car US$ 80 (for 4 persons)
Cost by Jeep US$ 150 (for 5 persons)
Cost by Hiace US$ 200 (for 10+ persons)
Cost by Flight US$ 124 per person


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