Kathmandu to Pokhara Tourist Bus Ticket-1 Day

Tourist Bus
Trip Information
  • Duration8 Hours
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • ActivityTransportation
  • Trip StartKathmandu/Pokhara
  • Trip EndPokhara/Kathmandu
  • Best TimeAll around the year
  • Take a bus journey through the rural area of Nepal, along the traditional villages and local markets while crossing rivers and waterfalls.
  • Get yourself a sofa-seated bus with comfortable amenities like AC, large leg space, and following safety and sanitary protocols.
  • Cross the iconic Muglin bridge and get a stop near the Manakamana Temple, which is a renowned Hindu temple.
  • Find the most affordable and accessible transportation option with varying services based on personal budget and interest.
  • Get a glimpse of the Himalayan Mountain range, including Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri.
  • Enjoy some prominent locations while tasting local foods and dishes.

Trip Introduction

Pokhara, the second-largest city in Nepal, is a unique destination for tourists who intend to travel to Nepal. The vibrant city is 201 km away from the capital city, Kathmandu, and lies in the Gandaki Province of Nepal. The lakeside city of Pokhara is a popular choice for local and international visitors. Pokhara promises an opportunity to blend the cultural and spiritual aspects of Nepal with an exploration of various landmarks.

Top attractions in Pokhara

  • Tal Barahi Temple
  • Shree Bindhyabasini Temple 
  • Pumdikot Religious Area
  • Mahendra Cave 
  • Begnas Lake 
  • Phewa Lake 
  • Devi's Fall Pokhara 
  • Sarangkot Sunrise Pokhara 
  • International Mountain Museum

Not only the major attractions, Pokhara is also home to various adventure sports and extra-curricular activities. Adrenaline enthusiasts, Photographers, Wildlife adventurers, and those seeking a relaxing or enjoyable night can visit Pokhara. As Annapurna Conservation Area is close to Pokhara, many travelers mark Pokhara on their bucket lists yearly. The best time to visit Pokhara is spring and autumn, considered the best seasons for traveling to Nepal.

Activities in Pokhara

  • Bungee Jumping 
  • Paragliding 
  • Mountain Biking 
  • River Rafting 
  • Canoeing 
  • Zip Flying 
  • Microlight Flying 
  • Wildlife Sighting
  • Wildlife Photography 

Similarly, Pokhara is also the gateway to the Annapurna region. Trekkers and mountaineers from all over the world come to Pokhara to trek in the mountainous region of Nepal. Some major trekking routes in Pokhara are the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Mardi Himal Trekking, Ghandruk Village Trekking, Sarangkot Hiking, and many more. These trekking routes provide splendid views of snowcapped mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Machhapuchre.

The 201 km towards Pokhara from Kathmandu can be covered by a tourist bus, which usually takes 8–9 hours, depending on the road conditions and traffic. As of 2024/25, the road conditions are under constant maintenance, due to which the driving hours are relatively longer; however, it is presumed to be shorter once the construction work is finished. Thus, taking a regular bus to Pokhara can be a rough experience, so for a better experience, taking a tourist bus to Pokhara, equipped with comfortable amenities, is the best option.

What does Kathmandu Pokhara Tourist Bus Service offer? Facilities of the Kathmandu Pokhara Tourist Bus?

Kathmandu Pokhara Tourist Bus Facility by Holiday Tours Nepal offers a wide range of transport facilities that ensure passengers have a comfortable and relaxing drive. The spacious seat provides enough leg space so that travelers won't hurt their knees, and the attached air conditioners are present to cool off during hot, sunny days. Tourist Bus Service for Pokhara ensures that the sanitary protocols are followed. Similarly, the Pokhara Tourist Bus is well-equipped with safety measures in case of unforeseen circumstances.

The Kathmandu Pokhara Sofa Bus has sofa seats that provide a VIP or luxury experience. It is a newly introduced bus service that accommodates modern luxury seats for passengers; however, they come with a cost. The Kathmandu to Pokhara tourist bus ride will showcase the beautiful scenery of mountain ranges and landmarks of Nepal along the Trishuli River.

Passengers on the Kathmandu-Pokhara route usually see through picturesque landscapes and terraced fields with glimpses of Himalayan peaks. All these facilities come with quite reasonable prices, making them an accessible option for both domestic and international tourists. The service also offers multiple departures throughout the day, allowing travelers to choose a time that best suits their schedule.

Holiday Planner Nepal operates different kinds of buses according to the cost of the ticket price. The bus tickets for Kathmandu to Pokhara Bus Services are given below:

S.NBus serviceFacilitiesCost
1VIP Sofa Air Suspension Air conditioning, heater, and a bottle of mineral water$20
2Super Deluxe BusAir conditioning, a bottle of mineral water$15
3Deluxe BusA bottle of mineral water$10

Where and at What time does the bus depart from Kathmandu to Pokhara?

The bus station for the tourist bus to Pokhara is at Nayabazar, around 900 meters from Thamel, Kathmandu. The walk towards the bus station takes about 12-15 minutes, depending upon the pace. The bus leaves at 7 am every day from Nayabazar, also known as Sorhakhutte, arrive ten to fifteen minutes earlier to catch the bus. After that, the bus leaves at 7 pm. The location and departure time for Pokhara is given below:

S.NLocationDeparture Time
1Sorhakhutte7:00 am / 7:00 pm
2Balaju7:05 am / 7:05 pm
3Banasthali7:10 am /7:10 pm
4Swayambhunath7:20 am / 7:20 pm
5Sitapaila7:25 am / 7:25 pm
6Kalanki7:30 am / 7:30 pm

What can you expect during Kathmandu to Pokhara bus service?

Travelers who wish to take a bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara might be worried as it is a strenuous 8-10-hour trip. However, being a part of Holiday Tours Nepal will allow us to maintain comfort, safety, and convenience. We are here to ensure an exciting trip to the hilly region of Nepal.

Beginning from Kathmandu, passengers will leave the bus station in Nayabazar. After crossing Thankot, they will leave the bustling city and drive towards the more remote areas. On the way, passengers can see the Chandragiri Temple, which is the highest hilltop location of Kathmandu.

Immediately after crossing Thankot, the bus follows the Tribhuvan Highway towards Naubise. From Naubise, you will continue on the highway alongside the Trishuli River, a good option for rafting and canoeing. Passengers will reach Manakamana temple between Kathmandu to Pokhara ride located at Kurintar. Proceeding along the route, travelers will come across the small town of Khaireni, which separates the route towards Gorkha, Lamjung, and Pokhara. Moving straight on the highway, viewers can see shops, vendors, tea stalls, hotels, roadside shrines and temples, terraced farmlands, rivers, waterfalls, and various flora and fauna.

Watch for wandering monkeys, blooming rhododendron forests, and twittering of colorful birds. Pokhara's destination feels closer as the bus joins the Prithivi Highway after the Tribhuvan Highway. The ride from Khaireni will take about 5 hours to reach Pokhara. Passengers are going to have two to three stops along the way. During these stops, passengers can stretch their legs, take restroom breaks, and have food and refreshments. These stops are pre-determined based on the type of bus an individual books.

Similarly, as the bus reaches its destination, passengers can glimpse snow-capped mountains like the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. These views get better and better as the bus approaches Pokhara.

Cost Details
What's Included
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara via tourist bus with a sofa seat.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus with a sofa seat.

Kathmandu to Pokhara Tourist Bus Ticket-1 Day FAQs

  • The ticket price for the premium tourist buses towards Pokhara ranges from 15 to 25 dollars. The cost of a microbus, which is a local bus, ranges from 8 to 15 dollars. While the cost is more or less similar, it can fluctuate depending upon the time.

  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus is around 201 kilometers in total, as the road condition is not that good.

  • It takes around 8 hours to reach Pokhara by bus from Kathmandu, and it’s a bumpy ride, and the road condition is not that good either. The duration for Kathmandu to Pokhara can extend depending upon the traffic condition for the day, ongoing construction work or road condition.

  • Yes, the bus will have multiple stops on the way towards Pokhara from Kathmandu for toilet breaks and lunch breaks along the way. You can buy snacks at the points where the bus stop for toilet or lunch breaks.

  • There are various types of buses and rides available, like private cars, jeeps, and sofa-seat tourist buses, and the most commonly used are the microbus and local bus. You can either book a private jeep or buy ticket for the jeep or tourist buses.

  • The bus to Pokhara starts from a place called Sorhakhutte, which is near Thamel, and the other place is Balaju, which is around 15–25 minutes walking distance from Thamel. These are the usual places for the bus ride to start.

  • The bus stops at the Pokhara bus stop, which is located near the highway. Similarly, taxis and hotels are available within walking distance to reach the accommodation point for the night.

  • There are no such special services that are provided; only a comfortable bus with AC is all that’s available, and in some buses, they provide one bottle of water per person. The buses are however equipped with sanitary dustbins, entertainment unit and folding seats.

  • The stops are usually different according to the bus company, but some common places where the bus usually stops are Mugling, Maleku, and Naubise. These are some prominent places where the bus makes a stop as they are suitable for lunch and toilet breaks.

  • Trekkers and travelers can get tickets for Kathmandu to Pokhara bus by booking the bus ticket through holiday tours Nepal website or by contacting +977-9816710843 on WhatsApp.

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