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How much does it cost to visit Bhutan?

While visiting Bhutan, one should be aware about Peak Tourist season and Lean Tourist season. All the visitors to Bhutan except Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivians have to pay a mandatory minimum tariff set up by Royal Government of Bhutan. It is set up at USD $250 per person per night stay in Bhutan during peak tourist season (March, April, May, September, October and November) and USD $200 during lean season (December, January, February, June, July and August).

On top of mandatory minimum daily tariff, single travelers have to pay an extra premium of $40 per night stay in Bhutan as surcharge (both peak and lean season) and visitors travelling in the group of two (dual traveler) have to pay an extra premium of $30 per person per night stay as surcharge (both lean and peak season).

All visitors have to bear a onetime payment of $40 as Bhutan visa fee on top of mandatory daily tariff and surcharges.

Your total tour payment including Bhutan visa fee must be wired transfer prior to your arrival, since without paying full payment in advance, your visa to Bhutan will not be approved.

$250 per night stay in Bhutan sounds bit too high but if you split it up, it is definitely worth paying. Except your flight tickets, everything within Bhutan including accommodations, food, land transportation, guide services and government royalty of $65 per person per night stay in Bhutan are covered by the minimum daily tariff.

The government royalty of $65 per person per night stay in Bhutan goes to a very good cause. It goes for infrastructure developments, free education and free medical and health services in Bhutan, which indirectly you are playing a great role in community services.

With your flight tickets to Bhutan booked, you can literally enter into Bhutan with just $100 in your pocket.

The minimum daily tariff of $250 during peak season and $200 during lean season covers the following:

1. Accommodations in 3 star rated hotels in twin sharing basis. (Up gradation to 4 star and 5 star hotels available on bearing the extra premium)

2. All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea and snacks)

3. Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of $65 per night stay per person (SDF goes for free medical services, free education, infrastructure development and reducing poverty).

4. All road transportation in comfortable SUV cars and Buses with experienced drivers.

5. Licensed English speaking guide.

6. Entry fees to all tourist visiting sites.

7. All government related taxes.

8. Bottled water during the day.

9. Trekking equipment and Haulage (for trekking tours)

The minimum daily tariffs however do not cover the following:

1. Beverages and soft drinks

2. Tips and gratuity

3. Laundry

4. Travel insurance

5. Any cost beyond our control.

Example / Sample price

As an example; the cost of visiting Bhutan for 7 days and 6 nights during peak season not including flight tickets will be as follows:

1. Group of 3 or more travelers

($250 x 6 nights) + $40 (visa fee) = $ 1540 per person

2. Group of 2 travelers (dual travelers)

($250 x 6 nights) + (6 nights x $30 (surcharge)) + $40 (visa fee) = $1720 per person

3. Single travelers

($250 x 6 nights) + (6 nights x $40 (surcharge)) + $40 (visa fee) = $1780

Cost for 7 days and 6 nights during lean season will be as follows:

1. Group of 3 or more travelers

($200 x 6 nights) + $40 (visa fee) = $ 1240 per person

2. Group of 2 travelers (dual travelers)

($200 x 6 nights) + (6 nights x $30 (surcharge)) + $40 (visa fee) = $1420 per person

3. Single travelers

($200 x 6 nights) + (6 nights x $40 (surcharge)) + $40 (visa fee) = $1480

For regional tourists (Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivians), cost to visit Bhutan is determined by the type of services they prefer. Contact us for further details, if you fall under regional category.

How far in advance you should book your Bhutan trip?

We recommend you to book your Bhutan holiday at least a month earlier due to following reasons:

i. Difficulty in getting flight tickets

At present Bhutan have only two airlines (Drukair and Bhutan airlines) that operate between few international destinations such as India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal and Singapore. To make matters worse; it does not have daily scheduled flights to all this destinations making it difficult to get flight tickets.

During peak tourist seasons (March, April, May, September, October and November), flight tickets are book out for months and thus it is better if you book your Bhutan holiday at least a month earlier.

ii. Time taken for transferring tour money and Visa application

Transferring tour money to Bhutan sometime takes more time than we anticipate due to unexpected circumstances such as sending to wrong addresses, misspelling addresses and time consumed by correspondent banks. Public holidays and weekends in between, further delays the transfer process. In general it takes less than a week for tour money to reach Bhutan from anywhere else in the world.

Visa application can be processed only after your full tour payment has been received and to process your visa, it takes maximum of 3 working days, but with weekends and public holidays in between can further delay the process.

iii. Difficulty for better logistic arrangements

Due to limited number of luxury and tourist standard hotels in Bhutan, during peak tourist seasons, it is difficult to get the hotel of your choice and the ones with better facilities; thus it is recommended that you book your Bhutan holiday at least a month earlier.

iv. Difficulty in booking language speaking guides.

Language speaking guides such as Chinese (mandarin), German, French and Japanese are very limited in Bhutan and therefore for those tourists who wish to have a guide who can speak the above mentioned languages, we recommend you to book your Bhutan holiday at least a month earlier.

How to transfer your tour money to Bhutan?

The only way you can transfer your tour money to Bhutan is to wire transferred through a bank. No visa cards, debit cards or credit cards are accepted.

Your tour money wired to Bhutan will be deposited into Tourism Council of Bhutan’s bank account maintained with Bhutan National Bank; not directly to your tour operator’s account.

However remind your bank at the time of wiring your tour money to reflect your Tour operators name and its bank account number as the ultimate beneficiary, so that once your money gets deposited into Tourism Council of Bhutan’s account, they will figure out on behalf of which tour operators the money has been deposited and subsequently will issue your Bhutan visa.

Bank details of Tourism Council of Bhutan, your Tour operator and Correspondent bank will be provided to you by your correspondent Tour Operators.

Your tour money to Bhutan have to wire transfer prior to your arrival in Bhutan and failing to do so will result in Tourism Council of Bhutan not issuing your visa. Only after receiving your full tour payment along with visa fee, Tourism Council of Bhutan will issue you a visa clearance to visit Bhutan.

Your Tour money will remain with Tourism Council of Bhutan till you have left from Bhutan. Your tour operator will get access to the money only after your departure from Bhutan.

Bhutan tour cancellation policy

Tour Programs booked through See Bhutan Travels and subsequently cancelled shall be subjected to cancellation charges as follows:

  • Cancelled before 30 days – no charges
  • Cancelled within 22 – 30 days – 10% of the rate
  • Cancelled within 15 – 21 days – 20% of the rate
  • Cancelled within 8 – 14 days – 30% of the rate
  • Cancelled less than 7 days or without notice – 50% of the rate
  • Cancelled after arrival in Bhutan – non refundable (100% of the rate)

No extra charges will apply for changing your tour dates to visit Bhutan, provided you visit on same season (either lean or peak).

If you change your tour dates from either peak season to lean or from lean season to peak, then the cost to visit Bhutan will fluctuate accordingly with the minimum daily tariff, which is set up by royal government of Bhutan at $250 per person per night stay during peak season (March, April, May, September, October and November) and $200 during lean season (December, January, February, June, July, August).