Road Travel Times In Bhutan

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, as at DEC18, 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!

Please note there are no trains in Bhutan and there are no public buses available for tourist use.

There are also domestic flights operated by Drukair that can help to reduce your road travel time on some itineraries.

  • Average speed by car is approx 40-60 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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