How it works:
- Version 1:
- A trick by multi-leg bus trips is to double charge you.
- Example: you are headed from point A to point C and have to transit at point B.
- The first bus operator from point A to B will charge you for the whole trip (from A to C).
- From point B to C, the other bus operator will claim to have paid the first bus operator for you and will demand you pay them the full fare again.
- Version 2:
- Official staff charging you more than the face value of the ticket.
- Version 3:
- You pay for a seat ticket, but are asked to move to a lousier seat by the bus conductor who claims that there is a new system or that there was a mistake.
Places to beware:
- Pokhara (bus from Besishar transiting at Dumre)
What to do:
- For multi-leg trips, pay each operator only for the service that they provide.
- For standard bus rides, find out what’s the standard bus fare instead of just relying on the official staff.
- If you are forced to shift to a much lousier seat, there is not much you can do besides reporting it to Nepal’s tourism board.