How To Get to Bhutan
We make getting to Bhutan easy. There are only two ways to enter Bhutan – by air and by road. The airline websites can be challenging and are often down. Bhutan & Beyond has our own airline reservation centre in Bhutan for fast and reliable flight bookings. This service is exclusively for clients purchasing our Bhutan land tours.
Entering by Air
The two national carriers of Bhutan are Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Both fly regularly to Paro, Bhutan’s only international airport. There are services from:
Bangkok: Twice daily.
Dhaka: 2-3 services per week, please enquire for schedules.
Delhi: 6 days per week, fluctuating so please enquire for schedules.
Bagdogra: 3 services per week. Please enquire for schedules.
Guwahati: 2 services per week. Please enquire for schedules.
Singapore: 2 services per week, usually ex Singapore SUN/THU and back SAT/WED.
Bhutan & Beyond will arrange your Drukair & Bhutan Airlines tickets.
Domestic Air Services In Bhutan
Drukair provides regular domestic services from Paro to Bumthang, Yonphula & Gelephu using the ATR 42 turbo prop aircraft. Flights do not operate over the rainy season June to late September.
Please contact Bhutan & Beyond for more information on domestic schedules and fares.
Drukair & Bhutan Airlines Aircraft.
Drukair & Bhutan Airlines both currently operate three Airbus A319 jets, offering economy and business class seating. One ATR-42 turbo prop aircraft is also operated by Drukair, offering economy class seating only. The A319 aircraft are extremely well suited for the alpine environment. Furthermore your descent into the Paro Valley will be among the highlights of your visit. Also, flights between Paro and Kathmandu run parallel with the Himalayas for much of the journey. Mt Everest can often be seen very clearly.
Entering by Road
There are currently three authorised entry points by road for foreign tourists & one authorised exit point for foreign tourists.
The first is at Phuentsholing in southwest Bhutan. Jaigaon is the adjacent Indian city in West Bengal. We strongly recommend vistors entering or departing via Phuentsholing spend the night there on the Bhutan side of the border. Jaigaon is chaotic and only offers low standards of accommodation.
The second entry point is at Samdrup Jongkhar (SJ) in the far southeast of Bhutan. SJ borders the Indian State of Assam. Therefore this border crossing is useful for visitors who travel to the more remote eastern side of Bhutan. It is 3 hour drive from the Indian airport of Guwahati to the Border at Samdrup Jongkhar. From here you can connect by air to your onward destination.
Finally, the third entry/exit point is Gelephu in central southern Bhutan for those on specialised itineraries. The border is currently closed to foreign tourists crossing. (DEC 2019)
Important Note: Driving in Bhutan. The roads are narrow and the driving speed is generally 35-60 kms per hour. Furthermore there are up to 10 or more bends per km in some areas.