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Riding the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

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Riding the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

How much is a bus ticket to Pokhara from Kathmandu? Is it safe for a first time traveler to Nepal...or would you recommend flying in/riding bus back with more comfort to the area? Can you catch the Greenline bus from the airport? Also, is it possible to purchase an extra ticket for your racksack...as I have heard that many have had theirs stolen or broken into because the luggage must go on top of the bus. Best case scenerio 6 hours? Worst 8?...Also, what happens if there is a strike?

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1. Re: Riding the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

That’s a Lot of questions !!

Tourist Busses are a lot safer and more comfortable than local busses – I have travelled between Pokhara and Kathmandu many times without adverse incidents

Tourist Busses all leave from The Kanti Path in Kathmandu around 7am – So you can’t catch them form the airport

Your big luggage does go on the roof, but Tourist Busses don’t have extra passengers riding on the roof so you luggage is safe

Tickets are about 500NPR (Aprox $7) – Compared with about $100 for a plane ticket – You could fly one way and catch a Tourist Busses the other

Green Line is more expensive, last year that was about $18 including lunch – About the same journey time but a little more comfort

Strike = No Bus

Good Luck

Rob

Edited: 25 January 2013, 09:40
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2. Re: Riding the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Hallo, take a look here:

http://www.greenline.com.np/rates.php

Greenline is the most confortable ones and the bus station is in Thridevi Marg, 400NRP taxi from Thribuvan International Airport Kathmandu (no more than 20 minutes in traffic drive)

It's a route of 7 hors and included a snack stop, a lunch stop with lunch and soft drinks included and a bottle of mineral water during the trip.

You can also book a flight to Pokhara, it'll cost around 90 USD or little more, for sure flight is more confortable if you compare with bus.

I suggest you to avoid microbus, they run too much in dangerous way to save 1 or two hours. Better safe life ;-) and have a 7 hours trip.

Namaste

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3. Re: Riding the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

bus tickets are about 10-15 bucks or so

i'd say it is very safe in terms of any pow wow with the locals

nepal is very friendly towards foreigners

but driving skills of the driver will keep you on edge of your seat most probably

(occasional plunge in the river down below time to time on the news)

but driving dwon on I-20 bumber to bumper to at 70 mph heading to dallas is equally risky!!!

for greenline you need to catch it at kantipath near thamel (not at the airport)

your backpack should be safe on the roof in tourist bus like greenline

on public bus it will be so crowded - occupying a seat just for your backpack will look rather snobbish

keep valuables with you and throw the backpack on the roof and use small padlock against railings

ride will be about 6-8 hours yes – but look at the bright side

it will not be boring

Edited: 25 January 2013, 09:44
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4. Re: Riding the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

The roads in Nepal or even in Ktm are definitely not very safe.

If you miss the tourist busses early morning, there are also minibusses leaving all the time from the bus station. There is no problem with luggage theft then.

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5. Re: Riding the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Yes I agree with other post . The tourist bus is much Sefer than Lucal bus but flights are more comfortable for sure. Of course there are many companies runs buses to pokhara some are expensive like Green line, but some cheaper buses also available - Sunny, Bench mark, etc which cost around 900npr. Flight ticket cost you 102$ but possible to make it little cheaper as there is more competition.

Good luck

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6. Re: Riding the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Flight ticket lowest price for non-Nepali is $ 70 from POK to KTM. Don't buy directly at the airlines, then the fare is $ 102. I talked for a long time with an airline marketing manager, he mentioned that apparently the fares sold to agencies is even lower than $70 from KTM to POK (instead of other way around). So make sure to keep that in mind. Buddha Air has IMO the best quality planes.

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7. Re: Riding the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

I wouldn't mind taking the bus from KTM>POK, somehow the other way around I do mind. Depends which side the cliffs are. Maybe others can comment on this.

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9. Re: Riding the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Johnmagar!

Why should the OP let you know, when he/she is arriving to Nepal?

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10. Re: Riding the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

We took Greenline Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and it (now) costs US$20/person, which includes a so-called 'gourmet' lunch (we were also told a newspaper, but was never offered). Lunch was awful, and not worth it. Bus was ok, nothing special.

On return from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we decided to forego the more expensive Greenline, and try one of the other 'deluxe' Tourist Buses (there are several lines, which all looked about same -- We took "New Road" Bus line, but other exactly similar ones incude, BABA, Loyal Travels, and a few others), all for only about US$8/person. Though they did not include lunch, they did provide a 1lt. Bottle Water, and actually offered a newspaper (promised by Greenline, but never delivered). Bus had same comfort as Greenline.

Bottom Line: Not worth spending the extra money (more than Double) for Greenline. Same Same.

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