There are only two ways to enter Bhutan – by air and by road.
Entering by Air
The two national carriers of Bhutan are Drukair and Bhutan Airlines who fly regularly to Paro, Bhutan’s only international airport, 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.
Important Note: Drukair & Bhutan Airlines operate in an alpine environment with a small fleet and, although rare, delays can occur due to weather or other operational requirements. We strongly advise visitors to Bhutan to factor in at least an 3-4 hour transit time before connecting to or from a Paro flight.
Bhutan & Beyond will arrange Drukair & Bhutan Airlines tickets on your behalf.
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 currently operate 3 Airbus A319 jets, offering economy and business class seating, and Drukair also operates 1 ATR-42 turbo prop 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.
Entering by Road
There are currently three authorised entry & exit points by road for foreign tourists.
The first is at Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan, from West Bengal in Northern India. The adjacent Indian town is called Jaigaon. We strongly recommend vistors entering or departing at Phuntsholing spend the first night there on the Bhutan side. Jaigaon is chaotic and only offers low standards of accommodation.
The second entry/exit point is at Samdrup Jongkhar in the far southeast of Bhutan. This option, bordering the Indian State of Assam, is useful for visitors who travel to the more remote eastern side of Bhutan. It is 3 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 Bhutan for those on specialised itineraries.
Important Note: Driving in Bhutan, the roads are narrow and the driving speed in Bhutan is generally 35-60 kms per hour, courtesy of the high number of bends per kilometre (up to 10 or more bends per km in some areas and especially in eastern Bhutan).