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 they 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. Always agree on a fare before setting off if there is no meter, and ask at your hotel for guidelines on pricing as drivers do tend to overcharge tourists if they can get away with it. 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, particularly as it is so easy to get lost in Kathmandu. Bicycle theft is also common. Self-drive car hire is not available and rented cars come with a driver, but this is an expensive option and traffic is invariably heavy, making it slow going. It is actually best to negotiate the city on foot when possible, as this is often the least stressful way to get around and the best way to really experience the daily life going on in the bustling streets.
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