Transportation in Bhutan

Local transportation is arranged on a private automobile with an experienced driver or a guide as per the travel plan set with the tour operator for all foreign guests, with the exception of citizens of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. The daily tourism fees that visitors pay to their tour operators already include the cost of local transportation. Currently, driving or renting a car in Bhutan is not allowed for international visitors.

Bhutan generally does not have any railroads, and the majority of the public transportation is provided by bus service between the several districts. The larger tourist cities may offer taxis, but unless you truly want to experience the bumpy journey on the lengthy, winding roads with hairpin curves in the mountains, you don't need to bother about them. You must let your tour operator know you want to do this before you travel to Bhutan. You must let them know that on a certain day of your tour, you'd want to travel in an actual local way by taxi or local bus.

Bhutan offers a few domestic flight options, however, they are few. Currently, internal flights connect Paro with Bumthang, Gelephu, and Yongphula in Bhutan. The Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service also offers chartered flights, scenic tours, and medical evacuations, which is especially useful if you're walking along Bhutan's isolated routes. It is typical to observe tourists traveling by bicycle. When visiting Bhutan, many visitors bring their own mountain bikes so they can enjoy quick mountain biking excursions on days when sightseeing tours are over by early afternoon.