Access to Bhutan

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Access to Bhutan

There are 2 ways through which you can enter Bhutan:

By Air

The best way to enter Bhutan is by Druk Air, the national air carrier. The following cities are connected to Bhutan with Druk Air flights.

  • India: Delhi (DEL), Kolkotta (CCU) & Gaya (GAY)
  • Nepal: Kathmandu (KTM)
  • Bangladesh: Dhaka (DAC)
  • Thailand: Bangkok (BKK)
  • Burma: Rangoon (RGN)

Druk Air is the only airline operating in Bhutan. As Druk Air flights may be delayed because of weather in the monsoon (July & August), it is advisable to keep a 24-hour gap before any onward international connections.

Bhutan Travelers can assist you in arranging your Druk Air flights. For the Druk Air reservation, we would require your full names as in your passports. We will buy your Druk Air tickets and send them to you in advance or to the respective Druk Air check-in counters from where you board your flights. You may collect them at the check-in counter on arrival.

By Overland

There is one overland entry and 2 exit points:

  • Both entry and exit can be done via Phuntsholing
    • You can enter/exit Bhutan overland from the Indian state of West Bengal into Phuntsholing, a border town in the southwest of Bhutan. Four hours drive from Phuntsholing will take you to Bagdogra in the state of West Bengal (India) which is the nearest airport from Phuntsholing. Phuntsholing serves as a convenient point for travelers wishing to visit the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal along with Bhutan. The drive from Phuntsholing to Thimphu takes six hours.
  • Only exit can be done via Samdrup Jongkhar
    • Samdrup Jongkhar is in the southeast, 110 km from Guwahati, India, which is nearest to the Guwahati Airport. From Guwahati, you may fly into other Indian cities like Delhi, Bombay or Kolkotta and to your onward flight connections. This exit is more convenient if the travelers do not wish to travel back the same lateral route to Paro for the flights and who would like to combine Assam trips with Bhutan.

Some major places driving distance:

From To Distance Duration
Thimpu Paro 54km 02 hrs
Thimpu Phuentsoling 172km 06 hrs
Thimpu Wangdue 70km 03 hrs
Thimpu Punakha 76km 03 hrs
Punakha Wangdue 17km 40 min.
Wangdue Tongsa 129km 05 hrs
Tongsa Bumthang 68km 03 hrs
Bumthang Mongar 198km 07 hrs
Mongar Lhuentse 76km 03 hrs
Mongar Tashigang 91km 03 hrs
Tashigang Chorten Kora 52km 02 hrs
Tashigang Samdrup Jongkhar 180km 07 hrs
Samdrup Jongkhar Guwahati(Asam) 110km 03 hrs
Samdrup Jongkhar Phuentsoling 380km 10 hrs
Phuentsoling Bagdora 170km 04 hrs
Phuentsoling Sillguri 160km 04 hrs