How to go to Pokhara from Kathmandu – Nepal Guide

Pokhara is the second biggest city in Nepal. It is famous of it’s beautiful lake – Phewa Lake and the awesome himalayas view.  You could do trekking, paragliding, boating, cycling in this town. If you just arrived in Kathmandu and want to go to Pokhara, there are 5 transportation modes that you could use to get to this beautiful city:

  • Tourist Bus

You could find this bus from Kantipath Rd everyday at 7 am and it costs NRS 600-700 (around USD 6). This bus is very comfortable. It stops twice along the way to Pokhara (first stop for breakfast and second stop for lunch). It takes approx. 8 hours to reach Pokhara. If you want to go to Pokhara that day, make sure you come to Kantipath Rd at 7.00 am.,or you would need to wait other buses the next day.

  • Local Bus

This is the bus that local people usually use. It costs NRS 400-600 (around USD 4). This bus leave the bus station every 15 minutes and it takes 10 hours to reach Pokhara.

  • Micro Bus

This is a minibus with capacity of 8 people. The minibus would leave after all of the seats is taken. You could find them in Kalanki Bus Park, Kathmandu. It costs NRS 800-1000 (aroung USD 8) and it takes 6 hours to reach Pokhara.

  • Taxi

Taxi is an expensive choice. It costs NRS 5000 (around USD 45) and it takes 8 hours to Pokhara (same as the tourist bus). You could find taxi everywhere in Kathmandu, usually they are waiting for passengers in Thamil Chowk area.

  • Airplane

Airplane is the fastest transportation choice to reach pokhara. It costs USD 100-150 per flight.

I suggest you to take the tourist bus to go to Pokhara. It is safe and so comfortable. If you are an adventurer, you could socialize with the locals and other travelers. Along the way to Pokhara, you could try nepalese local food, because the bus stops twice in restaurants who serve the local food. When I was there, I took this bus to go from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Here is some personal tips if you want to go to Pokhara by land ( tourist bus, local bus, minibus, or taxi):

  • Always bring your toilet paper. You dont know when “it” comes. I was in an urge situation before and the bus stopped in a gas station and guess what, no toilet paper, no water, only one secret hole inside the toilet. Hahaha.
  • Take your motion sickness medicine. If you have a weak stomach, I suggest you to take this medicine before you leave Kathmandu to prevent vomiting an nausea. I was there in 2015 and the road isn’t really good. I slept all the way to Pokhara.
  • Bargaining all the time. Bargain, bargain, bargain. That was all I do to save up some money. When I just arrived in Kantipath Rd, they told me to pay NRS 900 for the bus tickets, after some bargaining process (hahaha) I got it for NRS 600. You could save up NRS 300 to buy your breakfast on the way.
  • If you love to walk, don’t take taxi from Mustang Bus Park, Pokhara. When I just arrived in Mustang Bus Park, Pokhara, all of the taxi drivers offered me a taxi to Phewa Lake Side (hostels and hotels area). They said I just need to pay ONLY NRS 800. That was too much because it only 1 km distance and you could walk to reach there for 15 minutes or less.
Kantipath Rd
Tourist bus in Kantipath Rd. The temperature was 2 celcius degree when I arrived here. Make sure to bring warm clothing.
Me. Behind the tourist bus.


tourist bus
Inside the tourist bus
me inside the bus
When your inner narcissistic strikes on
gas station
Gas station somewhere between Kathmandu-Pokhara
first stop
Mother and daughter in first stop
Delicious food in the first bus rest area
Food 2
Nom Nom Nom
bus stop 2
The second bus stop
bus 2
The bus that brought me to Pokhara
Mustang 1
Finally arrived in Mustang Bus Park, Pokhara
Mustang 2
Buses in Mustang Bus Park , Pokhara

6 Replies to “How to go to Pokhara from Kathmandu – Nepal Guide”

  1. Hi, I try to check the tourist bus fare from Kathmandu to Pokhara and come across this link but US$ 18 Kathmandu to Pokhara with Lunch. May I now in a bit details about your bus company? Thank you. Penny

    1. Fibria Rhischa says: Reply

      Hola, I just went to Kantipath Road and took one of the bus to go to Pokhara from there. I didnt book in advance. I forget which bus I took. There are plenty of bus go to Pokhara from Kantipath. I think you’ll be fine. Sorry if it doent help much.

  2. Hi, thanks for the tip. Plan to go in January with family. Does the bus have Heater? And how many days should we stay in Pokhara normally? Salaam from Jakarta 🙂

    1. I’m not really sure if the bus have any heater. But it was quite warm inside. I stayed there for 2 weeks I think. The duration of your stay depends on what do you wanna do there, there are plenty interesting thing to do there 🙂 Have a pleasant journey 🙂

  3. Hi Sillytraveller 🙂

    Thanks for the info

    Im going to Nepal in March and trying to figure out how to get around. Your post helped me a lot. I will take the turist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara – but if i find someone willing to share a private car, i would do that. Lets see what happens when i get there.

    Have a nice day

    Best regards,


  4. can you please share what all we can do in pokhara ?

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