Driving Distance within Bhutan

If you have never experienced driving in the Himalayan Mountains, driving through Bhutan will certainly be a thrilling experience.  However because of the sharp twists and turns and the narrow roads, you will find that covering even short distances will take you much longer than you would ever expect.  If you look at the table below it seems like the average speed in most of the country is about 30 km/h (18 mph), and it is correct.

Unfortunately road works will also cause havoc with driving as often the road needs to be blocked from both directions for several hours for the crew to work.

From/To

Distance (km)

Approx Travel Time

Thimphu – Paro

55

1 hr
Thimphu – Phuentsholing

176

6 hrs
Phuentsholing – Bagdogra (India)

170

4 hrs
Thimphu – Haa

115

3 hrs 30 min
Haa – Paro

60

2 hrs 30 min
Thimphu – Wangdue Phordang

70

2 hrs
Thimphu – Punakha

77

2 hrs 15 min
Punakha– Wangdue Phordang

21

30 min
Wabgdue Phordang – Trongsa

129

4 hrs
Trongsa – Bumthang

68

2 hrs 30 min
Bumthang – Mongar

190

7 hrs
Mongar – Trashigang

90

3 hrs.
Trashigang – Trashi Yangtse

65

2 hrs 30 min
Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar

185

6 hrs
Gelephu – Zhemgang

133

4 hrs
Zhemgang – Trongsa

111

3 hrs 30 min