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

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Fly  •  1 h 52 min

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

$231 - $241

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Drive, train  •  26 h 21 min

  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  •  38 h 41 min

  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 1 h 52 min.

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

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The distance between Kathmandu and Thimphu is 427 km.

It takes approximately 1 h 52 min 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 1 h.

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Thimphu is 15 min ahead of Kathmandu. It is currently 5:04 PM in Kathmandu and 5:19 PM in Thimphu.

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

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There are 65+ hotels available in Thimphu. Prices start at $33 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kathmandu to Kathmandu Airport is to drive which takes 7 min 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: 1 h 52 min

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

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

Airlines
Bhutan Airlines
Website
bhutanairlines.bt
Flights from Kathmandu to Paro
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $470
Druk Air
Website
drukair.com.bt
Flights from Kathmandu to Paro
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
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
18 h 12 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$13 - $21
Book at
irctc.co.in
Train from Raxaul Junction (RXL) to New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$10 - $20
Book at
irctc.co.in
Bus operators
bus
Bus from Kathmandu to Birgunj
Ave. Duration
10 h
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
4 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
tourism.gov.bt
Book at
tourism.gov.bt
Bus from Phuentsholing - Bhutan Post to Thimphu
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
bhutanpost.bt

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