Currency & Banking


We use Nepali currency in Nepal, and its currency code is NRS. The paper most common paper notes in use are 5, 10, 20, 50, 500, and 1000. 1, 2, and 25 paper notes are rarely found in use. Likewise, there are also coins of 1, 2, and 5. You can convert your country's currency upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, banks, or money exchange centers in Thamel. 

Most of the star hotels in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara also exchange currency, but the rate may differ from the currency exchange places. Always carry small notes with you. It will come in handy. 

Banking & Foreign Exchange

You can find ATMs in numerous places in the cities, and most of them will accept international cards issued by significant banking networks ((Plus, Cirrus, etc). The maximum withdrawal amount at once is NRS 30,000, and you can make multiple withdrawals.

Similarly, you can proceed with payments via Visa, Master Card, JCB, and American Express in most tourist class hotels, restaurants, cafes, airlines, and major merchants. Do know that there can be a transaction fee for processing the cards. As these charges are not enforced by the merchants but the banks themselves, we highly suggest you not ask for a discount. The charge may be around 4% (American Express fees are considerably higher, approximately 7%).