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||Haa||115||up to 4 hrs|
|Paro||Haa||65||up to 2 hrs|
|Phobjikha||Trongsa||59||up to 2 hrs|
|Trongsa||Jakar||68||up to 2 hrs|
|Trashigang||Chorten Kora||52||1 hr 30 m|
|Trashigang||Khaling||54||1 hr 45 m|
|Trashigang||Samdrup Jongkhar||180||6 hrs|