How to bring money to Nepal

Nepal is not an expensive country at all and and even when foreign visitors are forced to pay more than Nepalese (for National Park permits, museum admission and even domestic airfare) prices are not high.

The present denominations of Nepalese currency in production are: Notes – 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 rupees; Coins – 1, 2 and 5 rupees.

Exchanging foreign currency

If you have a trip to Nepal planned, here is what you need to know about where to exchange foreign currency for Nepalese rupee. Changing money in Nepal is easy – Kathmandu has a large number of exchange centers, most of them in Thamel, the tourist hub of the city. You can also exchange foreign currency for Nepalese rupee at the airport itself or in banks. The exchange rates are quite competitive and the commission is negligible. This only applies to some foreign currencies listed in Nepal Rastra Bank’s website, though, and other currencies are not changeable anywhere in Nepal.


The easiest way to access funds in Nepal is through ATM machines. Machines have sprung up all over the major cities of Nepal in the last few years, and can be found next to banks. The flat-rate charges are small, and exchange rates are normally reasonable. Your bank can advise you on the conversion rate and fees you can expect.


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