Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a minimum daily fee to visit Bhutan?
Yes, all visitors to Bhutan are required to pay a minimum daily fee, which includes your standard accommodations, three meals at standard hotels or restaurants, a tour guide, and transportation in Bhutan.
The fee is USD 200 per person per night during the six off-peak months of December, January, February, June, July, and August, and USD 250 per person per night during the peak months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.
This USD 200/250 daily fee applies to groups of 3 or more travelers. Visitors traveling alone or with one other person must pay an additional per night surcharge. Please see https://mybhutan.com/pricing for details.
What is included in the daily fee?
The daily fee of USD 200 (off season) or USD 250 (peak season) includes:
- A night's stay in a 3-star hotel or farm stay (4 & 5 star hotels may require an added fee)
- Three meals per day at standard hotels or restaurants
- A licensed Bhutanese tour guide (for the extent of your stay)
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
- All internal taxes and charges
- A sustainable tourism royalty of USD 65
Please see https://mybhutan.com/pricing for pricing details.
What is the difference between booking a trip directly through MyBhutan and agents outside Bhutan?
MyBhutan does not add any charges on top of the government-mandated minimum daily rate.
International agents frequently embed extra charges within their tour packages to Bhutan. These markups make their trips cost an average of USD 635 a day in peak season, and USD 425 a day in off season. Because MyBhutan adds no extra charges, however, our average rate is USD 250 a day in peak season and USD 200 in off season. That's a direct savings to you of USD 385 and USD 225, respectively. Daily.
No international tour agency has offices on the ground in Bhutan. The MyBhutan team, however, is based both in Thimphu, Bhutan and the United States — we're the only travel group with international and local headquarters. This means our knowledge of the industry and country is far deeper than agents who don't live here. And our support for customers is unparalleled.
The other reason that travelers choose international agents to book their travel to Bhutan, aside from quality customer support, is their secure payment processing. MyBhutan has the most secure payment processing for travel to Bhutan, superior customer service, and we do not embed extra charges to the package we offer you.
What is the cheapest way to travel to Bhutan?
MyBhutan offers the cheapest way to travel to Bhutan, because we remove all of the premiums and hidden costs that previously made it prohibitively expensive for many people.
MyBhutan is dedicated to being the most transparent travel partner in Bhutan, providing you with the highest quality of service for the lowest minimum daily tariff.
Through MyBhutan, you can even customize your trip and arrange a private tour — and still have the lowest rate allowed by the government!
For more, please see www.mybhutan.com/why-travel-with-mybhutan.
Will I pay more if I book a trip to Bhutan through an international tour agency?
Yes. On average, you will pay USD 635 to an international tour agency for the same service you can get for USD 250 with MyBhutan.
Travelers often opt for international agencies because they offer convenient online payment and reliable service. But now, MyBhutan provides all the services of an international tour operator without ANY of the excessive premiums that result in inflated prices for travelers.
To understand how MyBhutan can offer trips for so much less than international agencies, please see www.mybhutan.com/why-travel-with-mybhutan.
How much is the visa fee to visit Bhutan?
A visa fee of USD 40 is levied on all travelers to Bhutan by the Department of Immigration.
If you choose MyBhutan as your travel partner, your visa fee will be processed ahead of time. When you arrive at the airport in Paro, simply present a hard copy of the visa included in your MyBhutan Welcome Packet to be allowed into the country.
The visa fee is a one-time levy on each traveler, in addition to the daily rate.
What discounts on the daily rate are available?
A 50% discount on the USD 65 royalty is given after the 8th night and a 100% discount on the royalty is given after the 14th night.
A discount of 50% on the minimum daily package is given to one person in a group of 11 people. A 100% discount is given to one member in a group of 16 or more persons.
Full-time students below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, are given a 25% discount.
There is no charge for children under the age of 5 years. Children between the ages of 5–12 years accompanied by elders/guardians are given a 50% discount on daily rates.
Visitors using discounts under sections 3 or 4 above will not be eligible for discounts under section 1.
Will I get a refund on my payment if I cancel my trip after completing the transaction?
If you need to cancel your trip, you will receive a full refund if you cancel 45 days or more prior to the arrival date in Bhutan. Trips cancelled less than 45 days before the arrival date incur cancellation penalties.
Air travel must be canceled with the airline directly.
See Refunds for the full details.
Is there a student discount?
Full time students below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, are given a 25% discount.
Is there a discount for large groups?
Yes. For groups of 11–15 people, a discount of 50% on the minimum daily package is given to one member of the group. A 100% discount is given to one member for groups of 16 persons or more.