Getting Around Kathmandu
The public bus system in Kathmandu is perhaps best not
attempted, unless by the seasoned traveller, as buses tend to be
crowded and unreliable, leaving only when buses are full to
bursting. Taxis are available and are usually found outside hotels
and shopping centres. Passengers should ensure the meter is
switched on, although fixed prices can be negotiated for
sightseeing. Auto rickshaws (
) are a good option and usually operate on fixed
routes, while pedal rickshaws are best used only for short trips.
Bicycles and motorcycles can be hired, but pollution and heavy
traffic make this a less preferential option. Bicycle theft is also
common. Self-drive car hire is not available and cars come with a
driver, but this is usually an expensive option and traffic is
invariably heavy, making it slow going. It is perhaps best to
negotiate the city on foot.