Domestic Flights in Nepal

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Domestic Flights in Nepal

With Alternative Airlines you can search and buy domestic flights within Nepal! Discover the airlines that offer domestic flights, the benefits of  catching a domestic flight within Nepal, as well as check-in and baggage information. Also, check out our list of FAQs

What are domestic flights?

 

Domestic flights are short-haul flights that happen within the same country. This means that departure and arrival will both take place within Nepal. Domestic flights are a popular option for travellers in Nepal, and when the decision is between a 45 minute flight or 17 hours on a bus as it slowly winds up a mountain, it’s easy to see why!

Why book domestic flights within Nepal?

 

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Nepal is home to a stunning and diverse natural landscape, and welcomes many tourists from around the world. If you want to explore the country, you’ll be pleased to hear that Nepal has an excellent network of domestic flight routes. Despite a very challenging terrain, engineers have created runways in the depths of the jungles and on amongst the peaks of the Himalayas.

Tourists are likely to land at Tribhuvan International Airport near Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. From this airport, there are many smaller airports to which connections can be made. As well as Kathmandu, there are also minor air hubs at Pokhara, Nepalganj in the southwest and Biratnagar in the southeast.

Popular destinations from Kathmandu include Pokhara, Jomsom, Janakpur, Biratnagar, and Nepaljung.

Top Tip: Most of the airlines offer scenic mountain flights from Kathmandu in the morning, so it is likely you will have to wait until the afternoon before domestic services begin.

 

Tribhuvan International Airport

Tribhuvan International Airport is Nepal's primary international airport - if your're flying to Nepal, it's likely that you'll land at Tribhuvan International Airport. From this airport, connections can be made to destinations throughout Nepal. The airport is located in the Kathmandu Valley, which is about 3.1 miles from the city center of Kathmandu. Over 30 international airlines currently connect Nepal to destinations throughout Asia and the Middle East.

Some of the airlines that fly to Tribhuvan International Airport: Himalaya Airlines, Air India, Air China, Air Arabia, Cathay Dragon, China Eastern, and many more.

 

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Airlines that offer Domestic Flights within Nepal

 

There are three major domestic airlines operating in Nepal: Nepal Airlines, Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines.

Nepal Airlines

Nepal Airlines is the national carrier of Nepal, and operates from its base at Tribhuvan International Airport. The airline runs services to popular destinations including Biratnagar, Pokhara, Lukla, Phaplu, Bhojpur, Lamidanda, Tumlingtar, Dolpo and Jumla, as well as other airstrips.

Check-in online: web check-in is not currently available for Nepal Airlines passengers

Check-in at the airport: arrive at the airport 2-3 hours before scheduled departure

Is a passport required: either a valid passport, original voter ID (as issued by the government of Nepal), or original citizenship card. Foreign passengers should travel with their passport. 

Yeti Airlines

Based at Tribhuvan International Airport, Yeti Airlines is the parent company of Tara Air. Combined, the two airlines are the largest flight operator of Nepalese domestic flights, and provide access via connecting flights to most of the popular tourist destinations within Nepal. The airline also offers a popular Everest Express flight from Kathmandu to the Everest range.

Check-in online: web check-in is not currently available for Yeti Airlines.

Check-in at the airport: please visit our Yeti Airlines page for more check-in information

Is a passport required: valid travel documents are required. Foreign travelers will need a passport as a valid form of identification. 

Buddha Air

Buddha Air is also based at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, and flies to destinations throughout Nepal.

Check-in online: web check-in is not currently available for Buddha Air. 

Check-in at the airport: Airport check-in will close one hour before scheduled departure. 

Is a passport required: For Nepalese travellers can carry government issued national ID, including a citizenship card, driving license, or election photo ID card. Travellers from India will can carry a government issued photo ID (excluding the Aadhar Card). All other foreign travellers will need a valid passport.

 

Domestic Flights Popular Routes

 

Pokhara

Pokhara is a city on Phewa Lake, in central Nepal. It's an incredibly scenic location and popular with tourists.

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara Airport (PKR).

Airlines that fly to Pokhara:

Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines

 

Nepalganj

Nepalganj is a City in the Banke District of Nepal.

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Airport (KEP).

Airlines that fly to Nepalganj:

Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Shree Airlines, Saurya Airlines, Sita Airlines, Summit Ait, Tara Air, and Yeti Airlines.

 

Heading to Everest?

 

Everest is in Tibet, so flying from Kathmandu to visit Everest isn't a domestic flight.

However, many of the airline companies mentioned offer scenic flight tours of Everest, which depart from and land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Flights last about an hour and offer the chance to photograph and see the incredible mountain from above. Fly with Yeti Airlines and Buddha Air.

Looking for flights to Everest?

For more information on getting to Everest, check out our full guide: Flying to Everest

 

Domestic Flights in Nepal: FAQs

What is the Baggage Allowance on Domestic Flights within Nepal?

Please note that, as a standard rule, domestic airlines have a 15kg allowance for hold baggage. On some flights, passengers are restricted from paying for excess baggage. If you plan on heading to certain mountain airstrips, including Lukla, Jomsom and Juphal, there is a reduced limit of 10kg for hold baggage and 5kg for hand luggage.

 

Where can I book domestic flights Nepal?

Alternative Airlines! It is easy to use our search form a the top of the page to search for flights between your chosen destinations within Nepal. We'll then show you all available flights from all airlines — all you have to do is choose the best flights for you!