NEPAL (13): ANGIE’S EYES ON NEPAL: How to travel from Kathmandu to Lumbini/Lumbini to Kathmandu by flights or by bus?

Travel from Kathmandu to Lumbini/ Lumbini to Kathmandu by flights. 

The easiest way to travel from Kathmandu to Lumbini is by domestic flight from Kathmandu(Tribhuvan airport) to Lumbini (Bhairahawa airport).  The duration is 30 minutes.

Once you arrived in Bhairahawa airport, you can get a taxi from airport to Lumbini at 1000rp (USD12). The taxi fare is standard as it is the rule from the government.

There is two airlines are operating from Kathmandu to Lumbini / Lumbini to Kathmandu which is Yeti and Buddha.

Price for the flight is USD145 net.(as on 25th May 2014)

See below the time table (as on 25th May 2014), for more up to date timetable and price charged, please ask us by sending an email to:

Kathmandu to Bhairahawa Flight Schedule

1) Kathmandu to Bhairahawa         Buddha Air          Depart 08:10             Arrive 08:45

2) Kathmandu to Bhairahawa          Buddha Air          Depart 13:10             Arrive 13:45

3) Kathmandu to Bhairahawa          Buddha Air          Depart 16:40             Arrive 17.15

4) Kathmandu to Bhairahawa          Yeti Air                 Depart 08.40             Arrive 09.10

5) Kathmandu to Bhairahawa          Yeti Air                 Depart 16:30             Arrive 17.00

Bhairahawa to Kathmandu Flight Schedule

1) Bhairahawa to Kathmandu           Buddha Air        Depart 09.00               Arrive 09.35

2) Bhairahawa to Kathmandu           Buddha Air        Depart 14.00               Arrive 14.35

3) Bhairahawa to Kathmandu           Buddha Air        Depart 17.35               Arrive 18.10

4) Bhairahawa to Kathmandu           Yeti   Air             Depart 09.30               Arrive 10.00

5) Bhairahawa to Kathmandu           Yeti   Air             Depart 17.20               Arrive 17.50

Travel from Kathmandu to Lumbini/ Lumbini to Kathmandu by Bus: 

1st Option: Easy and nice!! 

There is only one tourist bus travel from Kathmandu to Lumbini which is operated by Saleena Bus depart from Kalanki bus station at 8am. The journey is 9 to 10 hours. You will arrive in Lumbini at 5pm. You will be stopped at Lumbini Bus Park. This is the best option actually.  The air-conditioned bus fare is at 1000rp(USD12) for one way.

See below for the timetable travel from Lumbini to Kathmandu, price charged at 1000rp(USD12) too.

tourist bus ticket from lumbini

The air-conditioned bus travel from Lumbini to Kathmnadu is at 7.15am from Lumbini bus park which price at 1000rp(USD12). The other options are without air-conditioned which is only at 600rp. See below the photo of the non-air-conditioned tourist bus photo.

tourist bus lumbini kathmandu no air con

2nd Option: Not easy but nice too!! 

Kathmandu to Lumbini. 

You can go to Kalanki bus station at anytime(local vans depart to Bhairahawa) every 30 minutes. Non-air conditioned. Journey is about 8 to 9 hours. Price for the ticket is at 800rp (USD9) for one way. However, you will be stopped at Bhairahawa. You need to take a local bus to Lumbini. The ticket price from Bhairahawa to Lumbini is at 50rp(USD4).

So total price you need to pay is at 850rp(USD10).

You can depart a bit later around 10am and you will arrive in Bhairahawa at around 6pm.

I travelled with second option as I overslept again. I have no choice as I need to be in Lumbini on the day. I was blamed again as I woke up at 9am, the comfortable air-conditioned bus already departed 2 hours ago.

It was an interesting experience but, it was not an easy journey. The temperature is at 42 degree, and we were travelling on the van with no-conditioned for almost 9 hours. Can you imagine my situation in the crowded van?

See some photos:

Below: Purchasing ticket at the counter.

kalanki bus station nepal

 Below: That was the van we were travelling to Lumbini from Kathmandu.

kalanki bus station

 Below: What is the name of the fruit? taste sour.. I don’t like it.

cranberry seller

 Below: Anyone, sunglasses?


 Below: Vans to Lumbini from Kathmandu depart every 30 minutes, can you feel the dirts and heats from the picture? The temperature at 40 degree. 😦

kalanki bus station nepal

 Below: After 8 hours van’s ride, we arrived in Lumbini Gate, Bhairahawa. Lumbini is 30 minutes away from here.

lumbini gate Bhairahawa nepal

 Below: We took a rest at Bhairahawa town before taking a local bus to Lumbini

bhairahawa town Nepal

Below: That is the Bhairahawa Bus Station. The  non-airconditoned local busses are waiting for their customers. Per ride(30 minutes) is at 50rp. The busses also travel to Sounali – Nepal-India border which is only 30 minutes away from here.

bhairahawa bus station

Below: Finally, I arrived in Lumbini. Tired after 10 hours on the road with 40 degree temperature and I looked so horrible. 😦

NOTE: Sunflower Travellers Lodge is my favourate hotel in Lumbini. This is the only place in Lumbini I can find good Chinese food and good room in Lumbini with budget of USD30 for the room(air-conditioned), and USD5 for each meals. I can’t find another restaurant which can satisfied my taste buds in Lumbini. Email me if you want me to help in booking the rooms.

sunflower traveller lodge lumbini

NOTE: Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha, it is the UNESCO world heritage site, a must visit place.

NOTE: I won’t travel by non-air-conditioned vehicle during summer in Nepal any-more. I won’t overslept next time too. I swear.. however, will it be my last time overslept? Answer: I dont think so. I am ready to suffer on the road again. 😦

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