Kathmandu airport: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport

Nepal's only international airport is called after the former King Tribhuvan. As of 2008 Nepal is no longer a monarchy. The terminal is divided into an international and a domestic section. It's a relatively small airport with limited facilities, although some improvements have been made and the terminal has been expanded as part of the Visit Nepal campaign in 2011.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: KTM
ICAO airport code: VNKT


Local transport


There's no train connection with Kathmandu Airport.

Car and bus

The airport is situated 6 kilometers east of Kathmandu's city center. Since the airport is located on the city's Ring Road, it's easily accessible by rental car. From the city center Dilli Bazaar Road which turns into the Sinamangal Road leads to the airport.

On this Ring Road there's also a bus stop where several buses stop. The bus to the center costs approximately 40 rupees.

Car rental Kathmandu Airport

You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Several rental companies have a presence at Kathmandu Airport, including international providers like Avis, Budget and Hertz.


A taxi from the airport to Kathmandu's center costs 250-300 Nepalese rupees. The ride takes twenty to thirty minutes. If you walk from the terminal to the road (Ring Road) you can often stop a cheaper taxi. Plenty of people are willing to carry your baggage for a fee.

Airport Parking

There's a short-term parking lot outside the terminal building. Seen from the entrance, the long-term parking lot is located further to the left.




There are no hotels at Kathmandu Airport. One of the nearest accommodations is the boutique hotel Dwarika’s (Tel. +977(0)1 447 3725). Other hotels nearby the airport include Hyatt Regency Kathmandu‎ (Tel. +977(0)1 449 1234), The Everest Hotel‎ (Tel. +977(0)1 478 0100), Hotel Vajra (Tel. +977(0)1 427 1545) and Radisson Hotel Kathmandu‎ (Tel. +977(0)1 441 1818).‎ For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

There's no restaurant at Kathmandu Airport! As for shopping not a lot is going on either: there's one souvenir shop.


You cannot store your baggage at Kathmandu Airport. Near the baggage claim area there's a lost-and-found counter.


There are a general information desk and a Tourist Office on the ground floor. This Tourist Information Center offers brochures about places of interest in English, German and Spanish. There's also a counter to book hotels.


Apart from some CIP (Commercially Important Persons) lounges with basic facilities like faxing and copying Kathmandu Airport doesn't offer business facilities. For this you need to turn to the business hotels in the city. The Hyatt, The Everest Hotel and Radisson (see Hotels), for example, offer meeting space and conference rooms.

Disabled facilities

Kathmandu Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.

Other services

In the Arrivals Hall there are three banks, in the Departure Hall only one. You can change money here. In Nepal stringent rules apply to the import and export of money, so make sure to keep the receipt when you change money. The First Aid station can be reached via the general information desk or via one of the telephones in the terminal. There's also a small post office.




Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport
Ring Road

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +977(0)1 473 985
Fax: none
Email: via contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: KTM
ICAO airport code: VNKT