Kathmandu-Pokhara Bus

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There are three types of buses that run from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu, just 200kms but it can be a big difference:

1) Local buses that run from the government bus stand. These are your standard old, decrepit dangerous over crowded third world buses. Very slow and crowded, actually worse than Indian buses. These buses will stop anywhere for anyone. Some might be a little more express than others. Journey will take 8 hrs+bus_nepal_mysecreplanet

2) Micro or Mini Buses, run from private stands, these run from early in the morning (5:30am to about 3:00pm) Should take 4-5 hours, fast but have good brakes and most are new.  These buses leave every 20 minutes or when full. A good option if you want to take in some sights in the morning then leave around noon and arrive in Pokhara by evening.

To get to the mini-bus stand in Kathmandu you have to go to Kalanki Bus Park about 250rs taxi from Thamel (check the map of Kathmandu .) Most taxi driver will know the mini-bus stand, just say you want the mini-bus for Pokhara.  You can't buy these tickets from tourist travel agents! . It cost 350rs and they fill the bus up with 10 people! but once it's filled they go all the way to Pokhara or Kathmandu with only a few stops.  Don't sit in the front, it's scary, but not as scary as the little bag boy who's sometimes is forced to ride on the roof! A Toyota minibus used in Nepal.Nepali_Mini_Bus

3) Tourist Buses, This is probably the simplest option for anyone staying in Thamel. 350Rs is the standard there are so decent looking buses. You can just go down to bus park near Thamel and select your own bus.

The Greenline and some are nice quality but cost much more, be careful you do get the right buses if you pay 20 usd for a ticket. Greenline has a different departure place.  The Tourist Buses take from 7-10 hours because of length stops to various cheap road side restaurants. All these tourist (toutist) buses leave before 7:00 am, so if you miss it you will be stuck another day in Kathmandu!

Safety? I think the buses not used by the wealthy Nepalese are the most unsafe. The mini buses usually are new and have good breaks.

Taxi to Pokhara. About 5000Rs+ and not much faster than the mini bus. But a good option if you don't want to stay in Kathmandu.

Domestic Flights to Pokhara: around $60-100.  Maybe delayed by wealther conditions.

One trust Bus company is www.greenline.com.np $18 includes lunch and takes 7-8 hours, then again a fight is only $55 at off peak times.

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-3 # lauren 2012-03-03 08:01
if we wanted to go from pokhara to ktm where does one get a mini bus
+1 # ghanshyam 2012-03-07 17:54
I like it very much.
+6 # Alokita 2012-03-14 13:34
I would like to enquire about the Mini bus to pokhra from Kathmandu and return timings, we would wantto complete this within a day!!

Thanks Alokita

Alos it is mentioned flight rates are cheaper in off season? what will be best rate?

Private taxi i hope will be very costly?

+2 # mike 2012-03-29 10:53
Quoting lauren:
if we wanted to go from pokhara to ktm where does one get a mini bus

u get mini/micro bus at prithivi chowk, pokhara.
+1 # Emily 2012-08-07 04:27
1lu arggh!: wtf amazed laugh love it! LL okay angel
0 # prabin man 2012-10-31 15:25
thank you.These information are useful.
-2 # PRADEEP 2013-04-09 07:52
Dear Sir / Madam,
This is Pradeep from Diksha Group India Tour company who want to join with your company so plz conform us rate for 1-days Kathmanu Tour, 1-days Pokhara,1-day Chitwan Tour,Pickup & Drop from Rakshawal to Rakshawal plz mail us A.C./ Non A.C.Bus,Micro Mini cost.............!!!
0 # neil 2013-08-02 14:53
there is NO bus, private or otherwise, In Nepal that does not stop to pick people up along the way, all the time! Perhaps it's a scam for the driver, who knows. And don't expect A/C just because you've paid for it, it just won't be there.
+2 # Neil 2013-08-18 06:02
Micros to Pokhara from Kathmandu go from the crossroads at Kalangki junction.
You can get a bus or urban micro from Ratna Park, in the centre of the city, to Kalangki.There are even buses and micros to Kalangki from Boudha.

There is no bus station or park at Kalangki, the buses are parked on the roadside.
There is old closed sided rusty foot bridge at Kalangki and the micros are parked on the road going downhill from this bridge.
There are micros for other destinations too, not just Pokhara. And there are private buses running from there aswell.
In August 2013 the going rate for Kathmandu to Pokhara in a 12-seat micro was 500 Nepali rupees.
The journey is 5 hours, and really is.
You can buy your ticket on the spot.
There are many vehicles to choose from.
They leave only when they are full.
0 # Buffy 2014-07-24 15:22
If we wanted to go to Pokhara from Kathamandu from Night Bus so where i got that?
0 # Sandeep 2014-07-24 15:31
You don't want to ride the roads at night in Nepal. But you could take the mini bus in the late afternoon.
0 # Ong 2014-09-23 15:57
Dear Sir

Can you advise if the Mini Bus/Miro, and the Tourist Buses have air-con?
-2 # KAJAL 2015-02-02 03:12
Greenline services are not good at all.. Because of your biased seat allocation system..im travelling in the cabin of the bus and not on the seat. This done even when i booked the tickets a day before and was the 4th or 5th person to do the booking for this bus. I also reached before 7 am to go by 7:30 bus. On top of it..even after informing that i have got lower back problem and requested for a seat in front ot atleast middle.. The staff was totally ignorant and rude.I boarded bus from kathmandu. Office Staff is completely inhuman. Such a big and famous bus service and im shocked to know that there is no process of seat alloction. It is totally upto the likes and dislikes of the office staff..strange
0 # Mark3 2015-02-02 10:35

This is the worst of worst tourist bus service avoid at all costs.
0 # franke 2015-07-24 20:32
Are you referring to the Greenline bus service? TIA.
0 # inka 2015-05-03 15:06
I was wondering whether the bus to Pokhara still operates after-quake. I plan to go to Pokhara next week. If bus is available, I will go by that but if it is not, I will use plane. Please inform me so I can arrange the budget for that travel. thx
-1 # Little Jack 2015-05-03 18:23
Local mini-buses from Kalandaki in Kathmandu will be running.
0 # El 2015-05-04 02:45
Buses from Kathmandu to Pokhara run every day as usual, road is ok
0 # franke 2015-07-24 20:35
Do they run on national holidays also? I want to go by bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara on 30 October which is a national holiday. Thanks
0 # Danin 2015-06-17 13:51
Buses are running daily you can get more info on the Viamoro page
0 # Petra 2015-07-06 07:20
Is there night bus to go to ktm and at what time do they start...
0 # Beel 2015-07-06 09:20
There are no night buses. You wouldn't want to travel on those roads at night.
0 # jolly 2015-07-12 01:16
hi..i heard the road ali bigreko cha near kodre or kotre( i m confused abt the name) can u inform me abt the roads.m planning to go tomorrow..
0 # Roshan 2015-08-05 14:41
What is the cost of reservation for micro bus from ktm to Pkr?
0 # Manju 2015-08-05 15:08
It is $23 usd to Pokhara.

0 # Rajendra 2015-08-05 18:27
I just uploaded the very recent blog with all details about the Kathmandu to Pokhara bus travelling details. The link also provides breakdown cost each of them. traveller might found this link very helpful.
0 # nil 2015-08-20 10:43
what is the current rate of micro-bus fare from kathmandu to pokhara? i am planning to visit pokhara for a day. and another thing, is it possible to stay in a same room for unmarried couple in hotels out there in pokhara?
0 # manju 2015-08-20 11:34
It's 350-500Rs for the mini bus per seat.
+2 # uchit 2015-10-08 09:14
petrol shortage ko aile ko situation ma gadi pairako cha ..kathmandu to pokhara and pokhara to kathmandu ??
0 # manju 2015-10-10 12:59

Due to fuel shortage micobus service has been limited.

tourist are recommended to take tourist bus from tourist bus park in Kathmandu near to thamel.

From Pokhara Bus park local taxis are available for about $Rs500 to lakeside.
+4 # Anil 2015-10-14 07:05
Are the mini buses to Pokhara running.Can I catch a bus at 1500 hrs on 19th/20th Oct
0 # suraj 2016-01-01 13:17
I am planning to go to pokhara from kathmandu is there any service around Rs 1000 on proper bus.
0 # Delcamp 2016-03-07 21:30
along the route Kathmandu to Pokhara how many stop there are?
0 # nazmi 2016-06-09 02:34
where can i get numbers for booking minibus?
0 # William brown 2016-10-04 06:55
For information
0 # Jacquie 2017-05-23 14:45
Thanks for finally talking about >Kathmandu-Pokh ara Bus
0 # Aakash 2017-08-01 17:50
From where micro vans leaves for pokhara?
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