|Nepal :: Ground Travel|
Travel by Road: Car hire is available, but it is recommended that you hire a driver too.
Taxis are available and can be hailed off the streets. They can be easily identified by their black number plates. During the evenings the fare is more expensive. Buses, mini-buses and tempos (motor rickshaws) have regular routes and depart once they have sufficient passengers. They are not scheduled, but are frequent. Urban bus services do not operate after 8pm. Intercity bus services run to various destinations within Nepal. Tourist bus services are available from travel agents. Rickshaws are a great means of travelling over short distances.
What Side of the Road?: Driving is on the left side of the road.
Speed Limits: An average driving speed inside Kathmandu valley is 40/50 kph
International Driving Permit: The International Drivers Permit is required and valid for 15 days. A local license must then be obtained.
What is an International Driving Permit? The 1949 (IDP) is a special licence for tourists, authorised by a UN treaty among nations of the world, for the purpose of allowing motorists to drive vehicles in international traffic without further tests or applications. It is proof that the holder possesses a valid driver's licence issued by a competent authority in their country of residence.
How do I obtain one? You can obtain an application by either contacting your local Automobile Association office to pick-up or have an application mailed to you. Links to the Automobile Association sites for the following countries are provided below.
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