Kathmandu travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to Kathmandu

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Kathmandu for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 20 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.2 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 412* (49826 NPR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 41 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 6 per person
  • $ 4.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1312* (158774 NPR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 75 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 8.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2271* (274806 NPR)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).



Cost of living in Kathmandu compared to United States in 2023

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in Kathmandu in 2023 is 56% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Kathmandu in 2023 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in Kathmandu by expense type

Restaurant budget in Kathmandu

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Kathmandu is 57% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.5/person
($ 1.3 to $ 4.3)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 19
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 13/person
($ 7.3 to $ 22)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.5/person
($ 6 to $ 10.3)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.5 for 500ml
($ 1.7 to $ 3.8)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.5 for 330ml
($ 2.2 to $ 5.1)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.7/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

Hotel and accommodation budget in Kathmandu

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Kathmandu is 66% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 24/night
($ 23 to $ 26)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 36/night
($ 8.4 to $ 220)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 146
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 45/night
($ 16 to $ 95)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 208
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 106/night
($ 44 to $ 205)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 305
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 204/night
($ 115 to $ 345)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 653
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 26/month
($ 14 to $ 39)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 131
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 39/month
($ 15 to $ 78)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 198
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 126/month
($ 38 to $ 300)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 187
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 29/month
($ 11 to $ 78)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 250
Family room
Family room
$ 174/month
($ 49 to $ 481)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 192

Supermarket food budget in Kathmandu

On average, the price of supermarket food in Kathmandu is 69% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.7)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.8/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 2.5)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.6/kg
($ 2.5 to $ 4.3)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Apples
Apples
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 3)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.2
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1

Public and private transport budget in Kathmandu

On average, the price of transport in Kathmandu is 41% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

92% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.8/km
($ 0.5 to $ 1.7)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.6)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.2
($ 1.3 to $ 4.3)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8

Leisure activity budget in Kathmandu

On average, budget for leisure activities in Kathmandu is 62% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.3/ticket
($ 3 to $ 6.5)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 8.6/hr
($ 4.3 to $ 13)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 21

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Kathmandu

On average, shopping budget in Kathmandu is 41% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.5/pack
($ 2.4 to $ 4.3)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 28
($ 13 to $ 60)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 52
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 38
($ 15 to $ 52)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41

Plane ticket budget

London → Kathmandu
London → Kathmandu
London → Kathmandu
$ 904
(fair price: $ 813)
Sydney → Kathmandu
Sydney → Kathmandu
Sydney → Kathmandu
$ 1105
(fair price: $ 919)
Manchester → Kathmandu
Manchester → Kathmandu
Manchester → Kathmandu
$ 1007
(fair price: $ 844)
Melbourne → Kathmandu
Melbourne → Kathmandu
Melbourne → Kathmandu
$ 1120
(fair price: $ 938)
New York City → Kathmandu
New York City → Kathmandu
New York City → Kathmandu
$ 1309
(fair price: $ 1090)
Edinburgh → Kathmandu
Edinburgh → Kathmandu
Edinburgh → Kathmandu
$ 1059
(fair price: $ 909)


About this information on the cost of living in Kathmandu

The information about the cost of living in Kathmandu shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including: Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

The information about the cost of living in Kathmandu was updated on 01-02-2023.

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