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Money and costs

Ngultrum (BTN)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated November 15, 2018 6:04AM UTC
Daily Costs
Fixed Daily Rate:
  • All tourists must pay US$250 per person per day (US$200 a day from December to February and June to August), with a US$40/30 surcharge per person for those in a group of one/two. This covers accommodation, transport in Bhutan, a guide, food and entry fees.
  • Possible extra charges include hot-stone baths, cultural shows, horse riding, rafting, mountain bikes and tips.
  • Children under 12 years are exempt from the royalty component (US$65).
Budget (up to)
  • Only Indian tourists and foreign residents are able to set their own travel budgets.
  • Budget hotel: US$20–40
  • Restaurant meal in Thimphu: US$5–15
Top end (more than)
  • Luxury hotel: US$250–1500 above the daily US$250 tariff

Tours are prepaid so you'll only need money for drinks, laundry, souvenirs and tips; for this, bring cash. There are ATMs in most main towns, but it would be wise not to rely entirely on being able to use plastic. Credit cards are accepted in some hotels and souvenir shops, but only in major cities or well-touristed areas.