How to Travel from Kathmandu to Chitwan
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and home to a large number of well-designed ancient architectures, is usually the first stop of a Nepal tour for foreign tourists. From here you can get to other parts of Nepal, such as Chitwan, the best place to get close to the wildlife in Asia and experience adventures such as hiking into the jungle, kayaking down the river, biking around the lakes, taking a jeep safari…
To travel from Kathmandu to Chitwan, you can take a flight or bus or chart a private car. According to your itinerary and needs, please check the detailed transportation information below to choose the one that suits you most.
How far is Chitwan from Kathmandu
Kathmandu is located in central Nepal while Chitwan is about 152 km to the southwest of it, near the border with India. Taking a flight is the fastest transfer way but you need to take a taxi after arriving at the airport. If you want to see the scenery on the way, taking a bus or travelling by private car is also available.
Recommended Kathmandu Chitwan Tour: 6 Days Kathmandu & Chitwan National Park TourKathmandu to Chitwan Transportation Map (click to enlarge)
Option 1: By Flight - Kathmandu to Chitwan Flight
Route: Kathmandu ✈ Bharatpur (20min) + Bharatpur to Chitwan by car (50min)
The air hub for Chitwan National Park is Bharatpur which is about 23 km, 50 minutes’ drive away. At present, there are 7 daily direct flights from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) to Bharatpur Airport (BHR) operated by Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines. The flight only takes 20 minutes.
After arrival, you can find plenty of taxis at the airport that can take you to Chitwan National Park.
Kathmandu to Chitwan Nonstop Flights
|Flight No.||Flight No.||Dep. Time||Arr. Time||Duration|
|U4 351||Buddha Air||09:00||09:20||20 min|
|YT 173||Yeti Airlines||09:00||09:20||20 min|
|U4 353||Buddha Air||11:10||11:30||20 minutes|
|YT 133||Yeti Airlines||12:30||12:50||20 minutes|
|U4 355||Buddha Air||12:50||13:10||20 minutes|
|YT 175||Yeti Airlines||14:00||14:20||20 minutes|
|U4 359||Buddha Air||14:30||14:50||20 minutes|
Note: The information above is for your reference only and the flight schedule may change due to multiple factors, please double check before your trip.
Option 2: By Bus - Kathmandu to Chitwan Bus (5.5-7.5h)
Route: Kathmandu to Sauraha bus (about 5-7h) + Sauraha to Chitwan by car (30 min)
Travelling to Chiwan by bus is another popular choice for independent tourists. You can take daily buses at Sorakhutte near Thamel area in Kathmandu. After 5-7 hours, the bus will arrive at Sauraha, a little village about 7 km, 30 minutes’ drive from Chitwan National Park.
The bus is usually air-conditioned and will stop a couple of times for meal or toilet breaks. The road may be a little bumpy sometimes because there is always some part of Nepal is under construction. On the way you will see the hilly landscapes if you sit on the left side of the bus. After you get to Sauraha, you can take a taxi for another 30 minutes to Chitwan National Park.
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How to Plan a Nepal Tour
Best time to visit Nepal: March to mid-June and mid-September to November
How to get to Nepal: overland driving from China (Tibet) and India, flights from China (Tibet, Chengdu…), India (Delhi/Mumbai/Kolkata/Bengaluru...), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Thailand (Bangkok), Singapore, etc.
Nepal Visa: you can get Nepal Visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport and border entry ports, or apply for it from Nepal Embassy abroad before departure, which takes about 1 to 3 working days.
Tourists always start a Nepal tour from Kathmandu - the capital city and tourist distribution center. 4 days is enough to enjoy the world heritage sites and Himalayan views in Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot). For those travelers who won’t want to miss the most astonishing nature of Nepal, spend 1 or 2 more days visiting lakeside Pokhara. For more experience, Chitwan is a good choice to offer Nepal’s oldest wildlife (various mammal and birds species) as well as a variety of excursions in 2 days usually. If you are a Buddhist follower or fan, travel Lumbini and other Buddhist sites in 3~4 more days. If you are a trekking enthusiast, there is a bucket of trekking routes, like Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit, Poon Hill, etc.
It is strongly recommended to take a Tibet Nepal overland trip, so you are able to have Himalayan landscape savory and special culture encounter in one go. Or you can extend your trip to tiny Bhutan to find the mystery of happiness. Tibet Discovery is specialized in providing Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour Packages and you are also welcomed to customize your unique experience.
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