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There are 3 ways to get from Kathmandu to Thimphu by plane, car, train or bus

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Fly  •  1h 52m

  1. Fly from Kathmandu (KTM) to Paro (PBH) KTM - PBH

$231 - $241

2 alternative options

Drive, train  •  26h 41m

  1. Drive from Kathmandu to Raxaul Junction (RXL)
  2. Take the train from Raxaul Junction (RXL) to New Alipurduar (NOQ)
  3. Drive from Phuentsholing - Bhutan Post to Thimphu

Bus, train  •  39h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Kathmandu to Birgunj
  2. Take the train from Raxaul Junction (RXL) to New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
  3. Take the bus from Siliguri to Phuentsholing - Bhutan Post
  4. Take the bus from Phuentsholing - Bhutan Post to Thimphu

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The cheapest way to get from Kathmandu to Thimphu is to fly which costs $230 - $250 and takes 1h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Kathmandu to Thimphu is to fly which costs $230 - $250 and takes 1h 52m.

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The distance between Kathmandu and Thimphu is 427 km.

It takes approximately 1h 52m to get from Kathmandu to Thimphu, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Kathmandu Airport to Paro Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Thimphu is 15m ahead of Kathmandu. It is currently 9:54 AM in Kathmandu and 10:09 AM in Thimphu.

Bhutan Airlines and Druk Air offer flights from Kathmandu Airport to Paro Airport.

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There are 71+ hotels available in Thimphu. Prices start at $30 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kathmandu to Kathmandu Airport is to drive which takes 7m and costs $1.

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Map of how to get from Kathmandu to Thimphu.
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  • Distance: 266.7 miles
  • Duration: 1h 52m

What companies run services between Kathmandu, Nepal and Thimphu, Bhutan?

Bhutan Airlines and Druk Air fly from Kathmandu to Thimphu once daily.

Airlines
Bhutan Airlines
Website
bhutanairlines.bt
Flights from Kathmandu to Paro
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $470
Druk Air
Website
drukair.com.bt
Flights from Kathmandu to Paro
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $380
Train operators
Indian Railways
Website
indianrail.gov.in
Train from Raxaul Junction (RXL) to New Alipurduar (NOQ)
Ave. Duration
18h 32m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$13 - $21
Book at
irctc.co.in
Train from Raxaul Junction (RXL) to New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
Ave. Duration
15h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$10 - $19
Book at
irctc.co.in
Bus operators
bus
Bus from Kathmandu to Birgunj
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10
Bhutan post
Phone
+9750233444
Email
customercare@bhutanpost.bt
Website
bhutanpost.bt
Bus from Siliguri to Phuentsholing - Bhutan Post
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
tourism.gov.bt
Book at
tourism.gov.bt
Bus from Phuentsholing - Bhutan Post to Thimphu
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
bhutanpost.bt

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