There are three bus stations in Pokhara. Tourist buses to Kathmandu and Royal Chitwan National Park leave from the tourist bus park near Mustang Chowk. The dusty and chaotic main Pokhara bus park at the northeast end of the Pokhara airstrip has buses to Kathmandu and towns in the Terai. You will find the main ticket office at the back and the night buses office at the top of the steps near the main highway. Buses going to the trailheads for the Annapurna Conservation Area leave from the Baglung bus park, about 2km north of the centre on the main highway.
|Stop||Fare (Rs)||Duration (hr)||Route|
|Phedi||90||1½||Annapurna Sanctuary Trek|
|Naya Pul||240||2||Ghorepani (Poon Hill) to Ghandruk trek, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek; bus route to Jomsom|
|Baglung||350||3||bus route to Jomsom|
|Beni||400||4||bus route to Jomsom|
The bus trip between Kathmandu and Pokhara takes six to eight hours, depending on the condition of the road. Tourist buses (Rs 700 to Rs 1000) are the most hassle-free option and leave from the tourist bus park at 7.30am. Taxis meet the tourist buses on arrival but brace yourself for Pokhara’s notorious hotel touts.
Greenline has a daily air-con bus to Thamel (US$25 with lunch, six to seven hours) departing at 7.30am from its Lakeside East office. Golden Travels has a similar service to Durbar Marg (US$15 with lunch) in central Kathmandu, leaving from the tourist bus park. Other reputable tourist buses include: Mountain Overland, which costs US$17 with lunch, and Blue Sky Travel, which costs Rs 700, and stops for breakfast and lunch.
Public buses to Kathmandu (day/night Rs 600/650) leave from the main public bus station. Faster microbuses run to Kathmandu (Kalanki) for Rs 650, leaving from the highway in front of the public bus stand.
Stops along the road to Kathmandu include Dumre (for Bandipur, Rs 150, two hours), Abu Khaireni (Rs 250, three hours) and Mugling/Manakamana (Rs 350, four hours).
There are also four daily direct buses going to Gorkha (Rs 400, five hours) leaving from the main bus park.
The best way to get to Chitwan is by tourist bus (seven hours). Buses leave the tourist bus park daily at 7am for Sauraha (air-con from Rs 600), arriving at Bachhauli, a 15-minute walk from town, or there are taxis waiting to transfer travellers to their hotel.
Greenline has a daily air-con bus to Sauraha (US$25 including lunch, 5½ hours) departing at 7.30am from its Lakeside East office (the return journey drops off at the tourist bus park). Mountain Overland charge Rs 750 and leave from the tourist bus park at 7am.
The closest border crossing to Pokhara is Belahiya/Sunauli, which is just south of the town of Siddharthanagar (Bhairawa).
You must change buses at the border for most tickets to India. However, there is an air-con bus that departs the tourist bus park every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at noon bound for New Delhi (Rs 3700, 31 hours).
There are two (sometimes three) buses to Siddharthanagar (Bhaiwara; Rs 800, seven to nine hours), via Narayangarh (departing 7.15am) or the Siddhartha Hwy (the speedier option, departing at 8.30am), from the tourist bus park. From the main Pokhara bus park there are nearly 20 day and night buses daily for Siddharthanagar (Bhaiwara; day/night Rs 450/500, eight hours), where you can pick up a local bus to the border post at Sunauli.
There are buses heading to Birganj (Rs 650, nine hours), Nepalganj (Rs 1300, 12 hours), Bhimdatta (Mahendranagar; Rs 1500, 16 hours) and Kakarbhitta (Rs 1650, 17 hours).
As well as the buses to the Indian border, there are regular day/night services to Narayangarh (Rs 450, five hours), where you can change to buses heading east and west along the Mahendra Hwy. All buses leave from the main Pokhara bus park.
Most buses go via Mugling, but there are also buses along the dramatic Siddhartha Hwy to Butwal (Rs 650, six hours) via Tansen (Rs 550, five hours).
Buses to the trailheads for most treks in the Annapurna Conservation Area leave from the Baglung bus park. Buses leave Baglung about every half-hour from 5.30am to 3.30pm.
One important exception is the start of the Annapurna Circuit Trek; in this case you head east for Besi Sahar. For Besi Sahar (Rs 450, five hours), there is a tourist bus leaving at 6.30am from the tourist bus park, or you can take any bus bound for Kathmandu and change at Dumre.
A daily direct bus to Jomsom (Rs 1300, eight to nine hours) departs from Hallan Chowk at 7am. In the other direction the departure time is the same and the bus leaves from near the airport. Book through one of the Lakeside travel agencies.
Getting a group together and taking a taxi to the trail heads is worth considering. Costs from Lakeside are roughly: Hyangja (Rs 800), Phedi (Rs 1400), Naya Pul/Birethanti (Rs 2500), Baglung (Rs 3500), Beni (Rs 4200).