There are basically two ways to enter Bhutan, either by air or by road.
Traveling by Air
The two national carriers of Bhutan are Drukair and Bhutan Airlines that fly regularly to Paro (Bhutan’s only international airport) from:
|Bangkok||Twice a day, 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.|
Domestic Air Services in Bhutan
The Drukair provides regular domestic services from Paro to Bumthang, Yonphula & Gelephu using the ATR 42 turboprop aircraft. Flights do not operate over the rainy season June to late September.
Drukair & Bhutan Airlines Aircraft.
Drukair currently operates 3 Airbus A319 jets, offering economy and business class seating, and Drukair also operates 1 ATR-42 turboprop aircraft (for the shorter sector flights) offering economy class only seating. Bhutan Airlines currently has 2 Airbus A319 jets. These aircraft are extremely well suited for the alpine environment and your descent into the Paro Valley will be among the highlights of your visit. The flight between Paro and Kathmandu runs parallel with the Himalayas for much of the journey and Mt Everest can often be seen very clearly.
Traveling by Road
Currently, there are three authorized entry & exit points by road for foreign tourists.
The first one, at Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan, from West Bengal in Northern India. The adjacent Indian town is called Jaigaon and we strongly recommend visitors entering or departing from Phuntsholing spend the first night there on the Bhutan side for a standard and comfortable stay.
The second entry/exit point is at Samdrup Jongkhar in the southeast of Bhutan. This point, bordering the Indian State of Assam, is useful for visitors who travel to the more remote eastern side of Bhutan. It is about a three-hour drive from Samdrup Jongkhar to the Indian airport of Guwahati which will connect you by air to your onward destination.
The third entry/exit point is Gelephu in central southern.
Driving in Bhutan, the roads are narrow and the driving speed in Bhutan is generally 35-60 km per hour, courtesy of the high number of bends per kilometer.