Taxi Service in Kathmandu
The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, is known as the City of Temples for good reason. Many beautiful and historic temples, monasteries, and stupas are scattered throughout the Nepali tourist hub. The chaotic and colourful city is situated in the Kathmandu Valley surrounded by a mountainous landscape. Visitors can explore the city’s World Heritage sites, wander the markets or escape to the nearby mountains for some quality time with nature.
While exploring Kathmandu, taking a taxi is the easiest way to get to wherever you are going. Several taxi companies offer taxi services in Kathmandu. If you need a ride, you can find taxis waiting at popular destinations or you can flag a cab down the street. You can also call a Kathmandu taxi company to request a ride. A set fare is usually negotiated with the driver, or you can request that the driver uses the taximeter to determine the fare. Of course, you can also book your transfer in advance with a professional English-speaking Welcome Pickups driver for a competitive flat rate and no hidden fees.
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Kathmandu Taxi Prices
Kathmandu taxi fares are usually negotiated with the driver before starting the ride. If your driver has a meter in their vehicle, you can also request that the meter determines the fare. Generally, the fare can be estimated by a base rate of €0.50 (NPR 60) and a per kilometre rate of €0.40 (NPR 49). You can expect to pay a higher taxi fare at night.
If you’re travelling from Kathmandu Airport to downtown, fixed pre-paid fares are in place and can be found at the Airport’s relevant taxi booth; the fare from the airport to the city is estimated to cost around €2.40 (NPR 305) during the day. For a fair flat rate with no hidden charges, you can also pre-book your ride with Welcome Pickups.
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How to get a taxi in Kathmandu
Several companies provide taxi services in Kathmandu. Taxis can be readily found waiting near popular destinations, whilst they are also easy to flag down from the street. You can also call a Kathmandu taxi company to request that a driver comes to pick you up from your selected location.
Two of the top-rated local companies you can contact for a pickup are:
Taximandu: +977 (980) 2006 040
Cab Now:+977 (985) 1207 214.
To avoid spending time looking for a taxi or waiting around for a driver, especially after hours, you can pre-book a personalised transfer with one of Welcome’s professional, friendly local drivers instead and enjoy our 24/7 customer service, door-to-door pickups and personalised services.
Book your Kathmandu taxi transfer in advance
If you know where and when you’ll be needing a ride, you can save some time and hassle by booking your Kathmandu taxi ahead of time. When you book with Welcome Pickups, you know your prompt driver will be there as soon as you need to be picked up. What is more, you will be charged a competitive flat rate, so you won’t have to worry about negotiating with a taxi driver or what a taximeter will add up to.
Tips for your taxi in Kathmandu
- Tipping is not required. But if you have a good taxi driver who has charged a fair rate and offered top-level service, you can round up the end fare or leave a 10% tip.
- If you take a taxi from the street, they may not accept payment by card, so make sure to have some cash on you in the local currency, just in case.
- Any luggage items that fit in the boot of the vehicle can be transported for free.
Wheelchair-accessible taxis in Kathmandu
Nepal still has some headway to make with accessibility, and taking public transport can be challenging for persons with reduced mobility. Fortunately, CIL-Kathmandu, an advocacy group for persons with disabilities, offers a wheelchair-accessible van for getting around the city.
To book, you can fill out the relevant request form on the CIL-Kathmandu website. Other taxi companies may also offer larger vehicles that can accommodate folded wheelchairs, depending on availability.
Kathmandu taxi safety and complaints
Kathmandu taxis are a comfortable and quick way to get around the city during your visit. Taking a taxi in Kathmandu is generally a safe option.
If an issue does come up during your trip, keep a note of what happened, when, and where along with the taxi’s license plate and the driver’s name. You can report any incidents directly to the company you used or reach out to Kathmandu Valley Traffic Police, either by calling the hotline 103 or sending an SMS to +977 (985) 1295 100.