Road Travel Times In Bhutan

Bhutan's Roads & Entering/Exiting Bhutan Overland:

Most of your travel through Bhutan will be by the one road that traverses the centre of the Kingdom. The road has been upgraded over the last 5 years and, is finally in good shape between western & central Bhutan with just some further upgrading going in in the eastern part of the country. Most journey times by road have been reduced and the road has less bends than before. All good news for tourist visitors!

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. 

Finally, the third entry point is Gelephu in central southern Bhutan for those on specialised itineraries

  • Average speed by car is approx 40-50 kms per hour.
  • The Bhutanese generally drive with great tolerance and skill.
  • Weather, road works, roadblocks (landslides) & vehicle breakdowns can all impact on your itinerary. Please take it in your stride.
  • We use SUV’s, Hyundai Minibuses or Toyota Coaster coaches depending on group size.

Driving Times Between Main Towns

FROM

TO

DISTANCE IN KMS

APPROX DRIVING TIME

Thimphu

Paro

65

1 hr 10 m

Thimphu

Phuentsholing

179

5 hrs

Thimphu

Haa

115

up to 4 hrs

Paro

Haa

65

up to 2 hrs

Thimphu

Phobjikha

133

4.5+ hrs

Thimphu

Wangdue

70

3 hrs

Thimphu

Punakha

77

3 hrs

Punakha

Phobjikha

83

2+ hrs

Punakha

Wangdue

13

40 m

Punakha

Paro

143

4 hrs

Punakha

Trongsa

129

4.5 hrs

Wangdue

Phobjikha

70

2 hrs

Phobjikha

Trongsa

59

up to 2 hrs

Phobjikha

Jakar-Bumthang

127

3+ hrs

Trongsa

Jakar

68

up to 2 hrs

Jakar

Mongar

198

7 hrs

Mongar

Trashigang

90

3-4 hrs

Mongar

Lhuentse

76

3 hrs

Trashigang

Chorten Kora

52

1 hr 30 m

Trashigang

Khaling

54

1 hr 45 m

Trashigang

Samdrup Jongkhar

180

6 hrs

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