Travel budget and cost of living in Bhutan how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Bhutan

Bhutan: calculate your travel budget

Bhutan: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Bhutan for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 52 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.9 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 934* (61138 BTN)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 128 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 3.5 per person
  • $ 3 per person

Total budget:

$ 2573* (168462 BTN)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 222 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 23 per person
  • $ 6.7 per person
  • $ 6 per person

Total budget:

$ 4086* (267470 BTN)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Bhutan in 2019

Cost of living: Bhutan VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Bhutan in 2019 is 26% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Bhutan in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Bhutan by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Bhutan compared to the national average.

Cities /Bhutan View Details
Thimphu 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Thimphu

Local prices in Bhutan by expense type

Restaurant budget in Bhutan

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Bhutan costs 42% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.5/person
($ 3 to $ 3.8)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
( $ 12)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 13/person
( $ 13)

65% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3.5 for 500ml
($ 3 to $ 3.8)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.1 for 330ml
( $ 1.1)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.6/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 3.8)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.6 to $ 0.7)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Bhutan

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Bhutan is 23% more expensive than in United States.
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 78/night
($ 27 to $ 2377)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 177/night
($ 26 to $ 11443)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 266/night
($ 72 to $ 5037)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 544/night
($ 242 to $ 910)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 58/month
($ 33 to $ 104)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 536/month
($ 188 to $ 910)

223% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167

Supermarket food budget in Bhutan

On average, the price of supermarket food in Bhutan costs 52% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.1)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.1/500g
( $ 1.1)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.2/12 eggs
( $ 1.2)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.1/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 6.8)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.4/kg
( $ 5.4)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 3.6/kg
($ 3 to $ 3.8)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.3/kg
( $ 2.3)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 0.7)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
( $ 0.6)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.5
($ 0.5 to $ 0.5)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 3.8/kg
( $ 3.8)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Bhutan

On average, the price of transport in Bhutan costs 53% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.4)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 16/month
( $ 16)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.4/km
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

40% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.2
($ 1.2 to $ 1.2)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4

Budget for living and housing in Bhutan

On average, the cost of housing in Bhutan costs 72% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 49/month
($ 24 to $ 77)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 32/month
($ 16 to $ 47)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 115/month
($ 61 to $ 229)

91% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 75/month
($ 46 to $ 199)

93% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 254/month
($ 152 to $ 380)

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 179/month
($ 107 to $ 274)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 47/month
($ 46 to $ 47)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 95/month
($ 61 to $ 138)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 2150/yr
($ 455 to $ 4558)

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Bhutan

On average, budget for leisure activities in Bhutan is 25% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3/ticket
( $ 3)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 38/hr
( $ 38)

126% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Bhutan

On average, shopping budget in Bhutan costs 10% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 9.1/pack
( $ 9.1)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 40
($ 32 to $ 61)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 44
($ 39 to $ 47)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 63
($ 61 to $ 65)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 49
($ 46 to $ 54)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

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About the information on the cost of living in Bhutan

The information about the cost of living in Bhutan shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Bhutan updated on 10-03-2019.

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