Getting into Bhutan


  • Travel by Air

The country has so far only one international airport that caters to the needs of visitors coming in through flight. Bhutan has two carriers – Drukair and Bhutan Airline. As flights can be delayed due to weather or other operational requirements, we strongly advise visitors to Bhutan to factor in at least 3-6 hour transit time before connecting to or from Drukair/ Bhutan Airline’s flight.

The following stations are connected with Bhutan Flights:

  • India (Kolkata, New Delhi, Bagdogra, Mumbai, Gaya, Guwahati)
  • Nepal (Kathmandu)
  • Thailand (Bangkok)
  • Singapore (Singapore)
  • Bangladesh (Dhaka)

  • Travel by Land

You can enter into Bhutan from any of the three entry points: Samdrup Jongkhar (southeast Bhutan), Gelephu (south Bhutan), and Phuntsholing (southwest Bhutan)

Bagdogra airport, in the state of West Bengal (India) is the nearest airport about 5 hours drive from Phuentsholing. Also Bagdogra (and its main town Siliguri) is the convenient point for visiting West Bengal region of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, state of Sikkim.

The nearest airport to the south-central border town of Gelephu is at Bagdogra, West Bengal, about 6 hours’ drive away. Gelephu can also be used as entry/exit point for travellers wishing to visit the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam and the North Eastern Indian States along with Bhutan.

Samdrup Jongkhar is the only entry point in eastern Bhutan.  The nearest airport to the south-eastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar is at Guwahati, capital of the Indian state of Assam, about 3 hours’ drive away. Samdrup Jongkhar is a convenient entry/exit point for travellers wishing to visit the Indian states of Assam and other North Eastern states of India along with Bhutan.  Tourists entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take you to Trashigang, the largest District in the country, and from there over the lateral route to Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangde Phodrang and then finally into capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 kms and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.