The public bus system in Kathmandu is perhaps best not attempted, unless by the seasoned traveller, as buses tend to be crowded and unreliable, leaving only when buses are full to bursting. Taxis are available and are usually found outside hotels and shopping centres. Passengers should ensure the meter is switched on, although fixed prices can be negotiated for sightseeing. Auto rickshaws (tempos) are a good option and usually operate on fixed routes, while pedal rickshaws are best used only for short trips. Bicycles and motorcycles can be hired, but pollution and heavy traffic make this a less preferential option. Bicycle theft is also common. Self-drive car hire is not available and cars come with a driver, but this is usually an expensive option and traffic is invariably heavy, making it slow going. It is perhaps best to negotiate the city on foot.
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