There has been an update to this post.
This post really is designed to be ‘googled’ and to be found by people looking for free ATM withdrawals in Nepal. I’m a huge fan of Nepal and normally head over around once a year. There’s something about the generosity of the locals that is infectious. It’s the one country that really made an impact on me but enough of the clichés…..
Withdrawing cash at most ATMs in Nepal cost 500 or 600 rupees which is around €5. These fees can add up very quickly. On my second visit I realised that Standard Chartered ATMs offer free withdrawals. I presume it is free for all international cards as I’ve used my BOI debit card, AIB debit card and
Revolut Card* and wasn’t charged the ATM fee on any of these cards. There is a list of Standard Chartered ATMS online.
*Update: Revolut cards are now charged 500 Rupees per withdrawal. SC charge 500RS for credit (and prepaid) cards. I used my AIB, BOI and N26 debit card without any fees.
If you are staying in Thamel the easiest one is near Hot Breads. There are two ATM lounges near Hot Breads and the one beside Fire Club has the Standard Chartered ATM. If you are standing looking directly at Hot Breads walk to the left and it is in on the right after about 20 metres. Don’t forget after 9:30 all the cakes are 50% off in Hot Breads!
The other two nearby that I’ve used are at Hotel De’l Annapurna beside KFC on Durbar Marg and New Road near Statue Of Juddha Samsher. There is also one at the Bouddhanath Stupa and apparently there is one at Kathmandu Guest House as well but I’ve never used it. There are some Standard Chartered ATMS outside of Kathmandu including Pokhara and Birgunj but they are few and far between. There are none near Chitwan which caught me out.
Either way free ATM withdrawals combined with a Revolut or N26 Black card means totally free ATM withdrawals. If I’m staying in the valley and know I’ll be near ATMs I try to withdraw small amounts frequently instead of larger amounts. It’s not really from a security point of view, I’ve never felt unsafe or at risk in Nepal, I just don’t like having the equivalent of hundreds of dollars in cash on me when the average monthly wage is less than $100.
If you’ve never been to Nepal I strongly recommend going.