Getting There and Around, Paro, Bhutan: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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Paro holds Bhutan’s only international airport. Therefore, getting to Paro is relatively easly. The airport is located 7 km away from Paro town and 53 km from Thimphu. There are several airlines that operates flights such as Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Druk Air is the main airline serving Paro Airport  and it offers flights to and from Bangkok, Delhi, Dhaka, Kathmandu and Kolkata. Bhutan Airlines offers flights to and from Kathmandu. It is also possible to get to Paro by hiring a taxi from Thimphu that the journey takes around 45 minutes. Roads are quite safe. There also daily coaster buses to Thimphu and Phuentsholing that leave from Dhug and Metho Transport at the northwest end of the town.

The main tourist sites in Paro are spread out throughout the valley, a vehicle is required to get around Paro. The city does not have a very good public transportation system and options are highly limited to taxis which are the only way to get around Paro. It is recommended for travellers to hire a taxi. They can be easily found at the main bazaar. The taxis don’t run by meter and therefore, negotiating the fares beforehand is recommended. There are some passenger buses but they are relatively slow, irregular and extremely crowded which ejects them being a transportation option. People who have their own vehicles can get to the main sights easily by using well maintained roads. For further exploration, it is recommended to hire a taxi. The last option is walking to get to some villages which are not connected by road which makes walking the only way to explore them.