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About Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is the largest airport in Nepal and serves the capital city, Kathmandu. Our Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport guide includes vital information regarding the airport, including details of terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation recommendations.


Nepal Tourism Board operates a staffed information centre in the terminal that can arrange hotel bookings.


Driving directions:

From the centre of Kathmandu, follow Pashupati Road eastwards before joining Ring Road, which directly passes the airport. Follow signs to the terminals. The total drive time from Kathmandu to the airport is approximately 15 minutes.

Transfer between terminals:

The International and Domestic Terminals are housed within a single building.

Airport Info


Ring Road

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is located 6km (4 miles) east of Kathmandu.

No. of terminals:

+977 1 411 3033

Time Zone:
Nepal Time
GMT +0545

Public Transport

Public transport road:

Bus:There are regular (and very cheap) bus services to the city centre, which leave from outside the terminal building. The journey time to downtown Kathmandu is approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

Shuttle:Many larger hotels provide pre-arranged shuttle services.

Taxi:Taxis can be booked and paid for in advance at the taxi counter in the arrivals area. The journey time to the city is around 10 to 15 minutes, and fares start at around Rs700.

Terminal facilities


There are several banks offering bureau de change facilities; one can be found in Departures and three are located in Arrivals.


Dining facilities at the airport are limited, but snacks and drinks are available.


Limited duty-free shopping is available in Departures. There is a shop selling souvenirs and locally made gifts.


There are numerous individuals around the airport who will offer to carry luggage (for a fee). There is no left-luggage facility at the airport. For lost and found items, contact the airport switchboard (tel: +977 1 411 3033) or notify a member of staff.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:

Basic communication services are available at the telecommunications counter. The CIP lounge in the departures area can be used by business travellers. Two press rooms are available for hire – these have capacities of 30 and 40 people and can be used for conferences.

Meeting facilities are available at numerous Kathmandu hotels, one of the nearest being the Everest Hotel (tel: +977 1 478 0100;, about 2km (1.2 miles) from the airport.

Disabled facilities:

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is accessible to physically disabled passengers, with ramps and toilet facilities for wheelchair users. Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline before travelling.

Car parking:

Long and short-term parking is available outside the terminal building.

Car rental:

Sixt is among the international car hire operators represented at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. Car hire desks are located in the arrivals hall.