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There are 6 ways to get from Kathmandu to Varanasi by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Varanasi  •  1 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Kathmandu (KTM) to Varanasi (VNS) KTM - VNS

$137 - $419

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Bus, train  •  22 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Kathmandu to Birgunj
  2. Take the train from Raxaul Junction (RXL) to Varanasi City (BCY) Sadbhavana Exp / ...

$19 - $29

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Fly to Bhairawa, train  •  8 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Kathmandu (KTM) to Bhairawa (BWA) KTM - BWA
  2. Take the train from Nautanwa (NTV) to Varanasi Junction (BSB)

$117 - $309

Bus, drive, train  •  13 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Kathmandu to Chitwan Sauraha
  2. Drive from Chitwan Sauraha to Narkatiaganj Junction (NKE)
  3. Take the train from Narkatiaganj Junction (NKE) to Varanasi Junction (BSB)

$25 - $45

Drive, train  •  14 h

  1. Drive from Kathmandu to Raxaul Junction (RXL)
  2. Take the train from Raxaul Junction (RXL) to Varanasi City (BCY) Sadbhavana Exp / ...

$20 - $35

Drive  •  7 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Kathmandu to Varanasi 316 miles

$40 - $65

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kathmandu to Varanasi is to bus and train which costs $19 - $29 and takes 22 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kathmandu to Varanasi is to fly which costs $130 - $420 and takes 1 h 39 min.

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The distance between Kathmandu and Varanasi is 351 km. The road distance is 505.6 km.

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It takes approximately 1 h 39 min to get from Kathmandu to Varanasi, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Kathmandu Airport to Varanasi Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Varanasi is 15 min behind Kathmandu. It is currently 12:45 PM in Kathmandu and 12:30 PM in Varanasi.

Yes, the driving distance between Kathmandu to Varanasi is 506 km. It takes approximately 7 h 45 min to drive from Kathmandu to Varanasi.

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Buddha Air Ltd offers flights from Kathmandu Airport to Varanasi Airport.

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There are 341+ hotels available in Varanasi. Prices start at $9 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kathmandu to Kathmandu Airport is to drive which takes 7 min and costs $1.

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Map of how to get from Kathmandu to Varanasi.
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  • Distance: 219.3 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 39 min

What companies run services between Kathmandu, Nepal and Varanasi, India?

Buddha Air Ltd flies from Kathmandu to Varanasi twice a week.

Airlines
Buddha Air Ltd
Website
buddhaair.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Varanasi
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Kathmandu to Bhairawa
Ave. Duration
35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Nova Airline
Website
novaairways.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Bhairawa
Ave. Duration
25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $250
Yeti Airlines
Website
yetiairlines.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Bhairawa
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $250
Train operators
Indian Railways
Website
indianrail.gov.in
Train from Nautanwa (NTV) to Varanasi Junction (BSB)
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$5 - $16
Book at
irctc.co.in
Train from Narkatiaganj Junction (NKE) to Varanasi Junction (BSB)
Ave. Duration
7 h 21 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$6 - $17
Book at
irctc.co.in
Train from Raxaul Junction (RXL) to Varanasi City (BCY)
Ave. Duration
11 h 36 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Book at
irctc.co.in
Bus operators
Bus Nepal
Website
busnepal.com
Bus from Kathmandu to Chitwan Sauraha
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
busnepal.com
bus
Bus from Kathmandu to Birgunj
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10

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