There are only two ways to enter Bhutan – by air and by road.
“Druk Air” (Royal Bhutan Airlines) established in 1981, fly regularly to Paro, Bhutan’s only international airport, from Bangkok, Dhaka, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Gaya, Kathmandu and Singapore.
“Bhutan Airlines” who commenced operations in 2013 operate to five destinations, Bangkok, Kolkata, Delhi and Kathmandu and Paro.
The aircrafts used by Druk Air are two new Airbus 319 each having 114 seats, equipped with up-to-date safety regulations.
Footloose Bhutan will arrange Druk Air & Bhutan Airlines tickets on your behalf.
Druk Air commenced domestic air services in 2012 using the ATR 42 turbo prop aircraft. The route is Paro to Bumthang (central Bhutan) and return approx 2-3 times per week. This will allow return visitors to avoid the long drive to central Bhutan to focus on the central and more remote eastern region in a shorter time frame.
Please contact Footloose Bhutan for information on flight schedules and fares.
Drukair currently operates 3 Airbus A319 jets, offering economy and business class seating, and 1 ATR-42 turbo prop aircraft (for the shorter sector flights) offering economy class only seating. Bhutan Airlines currently has one Airbus A320 with another on order. These aircraft are extremely well suited for the alpine environment and your descent in to 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.
There are currently two authorised entry & exit points by road for foreign tourists.
The first is at Phuentsholing in southwest Bhutan, from West Bengal in Northern India. It takes about 3 hour drive from the Indian airport of Bagdogra to Phuentsholing.
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 about 3 hour drive from Samdrup Jongkhar to the Indian airport of Guwahati which will connect you by air to your onward destination.