Cost per day
Depending on the bike and size of the engine, prices vary from Rs. 600-2500 ($6-25) per day. The most common bikes you’ll find are Pulsars (180/220 cc) and Royal Enfields (350 cc). If you rent the bike by week or by month, discounts are available.
- 110-125 cc (scooter) = Rs. 600 ($6)
- 150 cc (pulsar) = Rs. 700 ($7)
- 180 cc (pulsar) = Rs. 800 ($8)
- 220 cc (pulsar) = Rs. 1000 ($10)
- 350 cc (Enfield) = Rs. 2500 ($25)
What to look for
Rentals tend to be a little run-down so it’s worth looking around at the different shops for the bikes in the best condition. Look for bikes that are well-maintained and cared for by the owners, and take the motorcycle for a test drive before you rent it. See how it starts, how the engine sounds and how it shifts gears. Also check that all the lights are working, that the horn works (this will come in handy), and if there’s any previous damage to the bike.
You need to provide
- Passport with Nepalese visa (or) $2000 cash deposit
- Driver’s license from your home country will do, but an International Driver’s License is better.
Motorcycle rental companies don’t provide any kind of insurance. If you get in an accident, no matter who’s at fault, you’re responsible for paying (or collecting) the cost of damage.
Gas / petrol
There are petrol stations all around Kathmandu valley and along any main highway. The current price of petrol is Rs. 130 ($1.30) per litre.
Motorcycle Rental Shops
- There’s a shop in Thahity Chowk with motorcycles in good condition. (8:30am – 7:30pm) 98-51-023-1671.
- BS Motor Bike – Tours, Rentals, Repairs, opposite Kumari Hotel in Thamel. 4410751.
- Pheasant Transportation Service – near Thamel Chowk, down an alley near Cozy Guest House. 4701090.
- There are other motorcycle rental shops in Thamel, just ask around…