Travelling Within Bhutan

With the exception of the Gasa district, all major towns in the 20 districts of Bhutan are accessible by road. Despite high mountains, steep slopes, and the deepest of valleys Bhutan has a relatively well developed network of roads. That said, rarely will one find a length of either straight or flat road. In some stretches one can encounter 6 to 7 bends per kilometre! Steep ascents and descents are characteristic of road travel in Bhutan and this can make travel much slower than one may be used to. Average speeds for road travel rarely exceed 30 km/hr, with tourist buses making even slower progress. One is however handsomely rewarded for the long and sometimes tiring car journey, by the spectacular views of towering mountains, lush green jungle, ancient villages and majestic monasteries.
The majority of roads are sealed but can still be bumpy and are almost always single lane. Bhutan’s drivers know their land well and are cautious and careful drivers. The density of traffic is normally very low. All your Transportation within Bhutan is arranged by Lotus Adventures Bhutan.

Distances and Travel Times within Bhutan.

From/To Distance Travel Time
Thimphu – Paro

65 km

1 hr 30 min
Thimphu – Phuntsholing

176 km

6 hrs
Phuntsholing – Bagdogra (India)

170 km

4 hrs
Thimphu – Ha

115 km

3 hrs 30 min
Ha – Paro

60 km

2 hrs 30 min
Thimphu – Wangdue Phodrang

70 km

2 hrs
Thimphu – Punakha

77 km

2 hrs 15 min
Punakha – Wangdue Phodrang

21 km

30 min
Wangdue Phodrang – Trongsa

129 km

4 hrs
Trongsa – Bumthang

68 km

2 hrs 30 min
Bumthang – Mongar

129 km

4 hrs
Mongar – Trashigang

90 km

3 hrs
Trashigang – Trashi Yangtse

55 km

2 hrs


Tourist Buses
Tourists can travel in Bhutan with medium-sized buses (20-22 seats), small buses (8-12 seats) or hired cars. Road widths do not permit larger buses.

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