Cheapest way to fly from Europe to Kathmandu?

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Hello people,

I’m researching the cheapest way to fly one-way from Belgium to Kathmandu around 2nd/3rd week of October.
Departing from nearby airports like Amsterdam, Cologne-Bonn Frankfurt or Paris is no problem.
Travel time is also not a real issue (i have no reservation with a trekking company) so taking multiple flights is OK but the overall flight duration shouldn’t be too excessive.
I still have to be able to walk on arrival ;-)
I read about a Belgian couple who flew from Istanbul to Kathmandu with Air Arabia and that seems like a very cheap option.
It would cost 65 € to fly from Belgium to Istanbul with Jetairfly.
Then another 253 € to fly from Istanbul to Kathmandu with Air Arabia via the UAE, taking two more flights and a 12 hour total flight duration.
But if I recall correctly, the couple had to buy some transit visa at Sharja International Airport (UAE).
The UAE’s Embassy website in Brussels mention though that Belgian citizens on vacation do not require a visa.
Any one has any more information or experience with this route?

Finally, could flying to Delhi first and then taking a Delhi-Kathmandu flight be any cheaper?
And would you need a visa if only transiting through Delhi?

Many thanks,
Joseph

sunchaser 17/08/13    Link Report

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Hi Joseph,

You don’t need a visa if transitting through Delhi, unless you want to leave the airport, in which case you can apply for one. The same goes for Sharjah Airport – you don’t need a transit visa if staying within the terminal building, but if you want to leave the airport, can apply for a transit visa of up to 96 hours. There’s more info on how to apply on the Sharjah Airport website (not sure if this link will work!): http://www.sharjahairport.ae/airport-guide/transfer-and-transit.

You probably won’t find a cheaper deal flying via Delhi rather than via Istanbul & the UAE, as Brussels–Delhi flights in October look like they’ll start at around €380, so that’s already more than via Istanbul, before you add on the Delhi–Kathmandu flight price as well. Istanbul–Delhi is also more expensive, at around €320, so I’d say Istanbul/UAE route is a good bet.

Hope that’s of some help!

Helen.

Helen Abramson 20/08/13    Link Report

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Hi Joseph,

Hopefully one of our editors or travellers can help you with this. In the meantime, I’ve had to remove the airline links from your post as we’ve had some problems with link-builders on the site recently.

Thanks, Tim

Tim Chester 19/08/13    Link Report

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Hi Tim,

Thanks for the update.
No sweat on the links, they were merely informative.

Cheers,
Joseph

sunchaser 19/08/13    Link Report

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Hey Helen,

Thanks for the info.
I did some more research and my initial plan remains the cheapest i.e. Brussels-Istanbul with Jetairfly then Istanbul-Sharjah (UAE)-Kathmandu with Air Arabia.
Since i’ll be travelling to India after Nepal afterwards, this is a better choice anyway since i get a few days in Istanbul to explore the city..

Cheers!
Joseph

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