Bhutan’s only international airport is in Paro, about two hours away from Thimphu by road. There are regular flights from New Delhi and Mumbai to Paro city by Drukair- Royal Bhutan Airlines, which is the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bhutan.



Thimphu is connected to most parts of Bhutan. It has a city bus station from where inter-district buses depart and arrive. From Paro airport, Thimphu-bound taxis are available and can cost up to Nu 800. Self-driving from Phuentsholing is a scenic and enjoyable journey that takes about five hours (172 kilometres).





You can catch a bus plying from one end of the city to the other. The local bus station is located just east of the stadium on Chang Lam.




To travel around, you can hire a taxi, which can be a little expensive. These tourist taxis charge about NU 15 per kilometre, with a minimum charge of about Nu 1,400 per day (which includes driver’s food, accommodation and fees).



Most shops and areas of interest are within walking distance of Thimphu’s major hotels. There are chances of getting lost in Thimphu as there are no street names. There is only one main street, Narzim Lam, which is lined with shops of all kinds. It would be best to buy a map or ask for directions to your final destination.



Bhutan is not a part of 1949 and 1968 Conventions of road traffic, but an International driving permit is honoured by the country. Indians can bring their own cars and travel in Bhutan. For a travel permit you will have to apply to the Road Safety Department for a minimal payment of about INR 400 for a one week travel in Bhutan. For the vehicle travel permit you will have to produce all valid documents of the vehicle along with the driving license of the driver. Driving is on the left site of the road. In towns, speed limits are from 8 km/h to 20 km/h. The maximum speed limit in urban areas is 30 km/h and 50 km/h is the maximum speed limit in the country. For more information about driving in Bhutan or applying for a license.

Car Rental/Car Hire Options


Public transport is available in Thimpu but the frequency is limited to few times in a day. Renting a car is a good option. However the roads are mountainous and if you are not accustomed to driving in such terrain, it is a good idea to rent a cab or use the one arranged by your guide.

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