Distance and travel time

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Given Bhutan’s mountainous terrain, mode of travel in Bhutan is mostly by road. However, three domestic airports have opened up- one in Bumthang in centrl Bhutan, one in Yonphula in Trashigang, Eastern Bhutan and one in Gelephu in the south. However, at the moment, only the Bumthang airport is operational. Therefore, tourist now have an option of flying to Bumthang.

Nevertheless, roads are well maintained and currently, double lanning of east-west highway is going on.  Travelling by road can be interesting and adventurous as you will have an opportunity to see some of the beautiful mountain peaks, lush valley and mesmerizing pass.

Driving time between various places is  often determined by weather and during monsoon and foggy weather, driving time can be much longer. The table below provides a estimate of distance and driving time between various places in Bhutan.

Driving time between various places in Bhutan
From To Distance (Km) Driving Time (approx)
Thimphu Paro 54 60 min
Thimphu Phuntsholing 171 6 hours
Phuntsholing Bagdora 170 4 hours
Thimphu Wangduephodrang 70 3 hours
Thimphu Punakha 71 3 hours
Punakha Wangduephodrang 23 45 mins
Wangduephodrang Trongsa 129 4 hours 30 mins
Trongsa Bumthang 68 2 hours 30 mins
Thimphu Phuntsholing 171 6 hours
Bumthang Mongar 193 7hours
Mongar Lhuntse 75 3 hours
Mongar Trashigang 91 3 hours 30 mins
Trashigang Chorten Kora 51 2 hours
Trashigang Samdrupjongkhar 180 6 hours 30 mins
Samdrupjongkhar Phuntsholing 356 9 hours