How to get into Bhutan

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Travelers have two options to get into Bhutan. They can come either by air or land.

Air

One of the ways to get into Bhutan is by air. The only international airport in the country is located in Paro from where it takes only about an hour to drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. At present, only two carriers fly into the country: Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. There are also domestic airports in Yonphula in eastern Bhutan, Bumthang in central Bhutan, and Gelephu in south-central Bhutan.

Drukair flies to and from:
Bangkok (BKK – Thailand)
Delhi (DEL – India)
Kolkata (CCU – India)
Bagdogra (IXB – India)
Gaya (GAY – India)
Guwahati (GAU – India)
Kathmandu (KTM – Nepal)
Dhaka (DAC – Bangladesh)
Singapore (SIN – Singapore)

Bhutan Airlines flies to and from:
Bangkok (BKK – Thailand)
Delhi (DEL – India)
Kolkata (CCU – India)
Gaya (GAY – India)
Kathmandu (KTM – Nepal)

Land

Another way to enter Bhutan is by road through Phuentsholing, a vibrant border town with the Indian state of West Bengal. It is an important entry and exit point for those interested to travel to Sikkim and Darjeeling before or after Bhutan. The journey takes about 5 hours from Thimphu to Phuntsholing and another 6 hours from Phuentsholing to Sikkim/Darjeeling.

Tourists can also enter Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar in south east Bhutan. The journey from Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati is about three hours. From there, you can take a flight to Kolkata, Delhi, Bangkok or Bagdogra or catch a train to various Indian destinations.

Gelephu, in south-central Bhutan, is another entry point to Bhutan. It is approximately 250 kms from Thimphu and the journey will take about 6 to 7 hours.