The country has so far only one international airport that caters to the needs of visitors coming in through flight. As flights can be delayed due to weather conditions (particularly during the summer months), it is advisable to allow 24 hours before any onward connection. Confirmation of travel during festival seasons (March, April, September, October and November) should be made a minimum of two months in advance with S P Tours and Treks to ensure seats with the airline. A Bhutan Visa must be issued before purchasing Druk Air Tickets. The following stations are connected with Druk Air Flights:
– India (Kolkata, Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati, Mumbai, Bagdora)
– Nepal (Kathmandu)
– Thailand (Bangkok)
– Bangladesh (Dhaka)
Our national airline (Druk air) and Tashi Air flies several times a week between its destinations, but flight timings and frequency vary according to season. For detailed information about airline, schedule and tariff, please refer to its website: www.drukair.com.bt( drukair website)
You can enter into Bhutan from any of the three entry points: Samdrup Jongkhar (southeast Bhutan), Gelephu (south Bhutan), and Phuntsholing (southwest Bhutan).
Bagdogra airport, in the state of West Bengal (India) is the nearest airport about 5 hours drive from Phuentsholing. Gelephu can also be used as entry/exit point for travellers wishing to visit the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam and the North Eastern Indian States along with Bhutan.
Samdrup Jongkhar is the only entry point in eastern Bhutan. The nearest airport to the south-eastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar is at Guwahati, about 3 hours’ drive away. Samdrup Jongkhar is a convenient entry/exit point for travellers wishing to visit the Indian states of Assam and other North Eastern states of India along with Bhutan. Tourists entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take you to Trashigang, the largest District in the country, and then finally into capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 kms and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.