The most convenient way to enter Bhutan is by air. Drukair, the country’s national carrier and Bhutan Airlines, the new private airline, are the only two airlines that fly into Bhutan.
The two airlines fly to Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, Kathmandu (Nepal), Dhaka (Bangladesh), and to Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi in India.
As flights can be delayed due to weather conditions, particularly during the summer months June and July, it is advisable to allow 24 hours before any onward connection.
Drukair’s fleet consists of three A319 Airbus aircraft with business and economy class seats. It also has a 48 seater ATR aircraft, which is used for short flights and domestic flights.
There are also domestic airports in the central district of Bumthang in the eastern district of Trashigang and in the southern district of Gelephu.
Entry and exist is also possible by road through the southern border towns of Phuentsholing bodering the Indian state of West Bengal and Samdrup Jongkhar bordering the Indian state of Assam. The city of Guwahati in Assam is a three-hour drive from Samdrup Jongkhar.
Bhutan has only one international airport in Paro, which is at an elevation of 2,200 metres.