Nepal -The Cost of Getting There

Pokhara, Nepal, January 2017: Here’s a brief rundown of the costs incurred getting to Pokhara. From the journeys starting point in Norwich, England to the final destination of Pokhara, central Nepal.

£10 Bus From Norwich to London: A journey I’d normally do by train for about £10 except that on this day, 8th January, there are no £10 tickets! So the bus it is, disembarking at London’s Stratford Station from where one can get the underground trains to the airport.

£6.50 London Underground to Heathrow Airport: A relatively straight forward journey from East London to first Holbourn and changing there for the line to Heathrow – a journey time of about to  1 hour 15 minutes.

£440 Return Ticket to Kathmandu via Abu Dhabi: Fares to Kathmandu have seen a dramatic increase compared to 2016. The average price for 2017 looks to be around the £600 mark for departures 1st week of January from London – so finding a return ticket for £440 was a lucky break! Etihad Airways, departing London at 20.00 bound for Abu Dhabi with a change of plane going to Kathmandu, E-ticket booked on-line direct with the airline.  Here’s a quick video clip while waiting to depart Abu Dhabi. In general, routes to Kathmandu via the Middle East are the most cost effective. Other options are to fly via India but the price is steep with Air India being the most expensive closely followed by Jet Airways with fares slightly less. The most expensive ticket by far is Turkish Airlines via Istanbul – over £700 return!

£7.05 2 Coffees  at Abu Dhabi Airport: Without doubt the most expensive coffee I’ve encountered thus far on my world wide travels! With a few hours to kill at the airport, the opportunity to sample some Middle Eastern coffee didn’t pass me by. First call, MacDonald’s – £3.15 for a standard white coffee, ouch! Sometime later, a CNN branded coffee shop with the price tag of a medium Americano coming in at a staggering £3.90. Looks like I made an incorrect assumption on the price of things, oh well.

£14.00 Kathmandu overnight: Airport transfer to Thamel and Stupa guesthouse accommodation. One can save a few quid here by leaving the airport and grabbing a taxi from the road outside and searching for a cheaper place to stay. Personally, I wouldn’t wander around Kathmandu late at night – its worth pre-arranging accommodation and transport, it’ll save potential grief in the long run!

£6.50 Bus Ticket to Pokhara: Prearranged by the guesthouse which is just a short walk from the bus stand. here’s a previous post about the bus ride to Pokhara!

So, give or take a few £s the total cost getting to Pokhara from Norwich, UK equates to £484.05

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