Getting there & away
The well-organised bus stand is about 1km northeast of Birendra Chowk. Buses to Kathmandu (day/night Rs 450/540, 12 hours) and Pokhara (day/night Rs 400/520, 12 hours) leave early in the morning or early in the afternoon; all buses run via Narayangarh (day/night Rs 380/400, eight hours). Buses for Mahendranagar (Rs 300, six hours) leave hourly from 5.30am until 2pm in the afternoon.
Local buses to Thakurdwara (for Royal Bardia National Park) leave at 11.20am and 1.30pm (Rs 126, three hours).
Nepalganj is the main air hub for western Nepal. RNAC(520767) has four weekly flights to Kathmandu (US$103 to US$122, two hours) and numerous flights to small airstrips in the interior, including Jumla (US$61 to US$69, 45 minutes) and Dolpa (US$81 to US$91, 45 minutes). Most of the private airlines also fly to Kathmandu for around US$109.
If the airline offices are closed, try Neha Tours & Travels(523525) or Sneha Tours & Travels(522507) on the main road.