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:

  • $ 67 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.4 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1148* (79506 BTN)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 143 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 3.5 per person
  • $ 3.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2536* (175602 BTN)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 269 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 6.7 per person
  • $ 7.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 4589* (317828 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 2020

Cost of living: Bhutan VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Bhutan in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Thimphu

Local prices in Bhutan by expense type

Bhutan: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Bhutan costs 66% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.9/person
($ 1.8 to $ 7.3)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 4.8/person
($ 3.6 to $ 11)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.4/person
($ 3.6 to $ 12)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.9 for 500ml
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 0.7 for 330ml
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.2/cup
($ 1.4 to $ 3.6)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.6 to $ 0.7)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Bhutan: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Bhutan is 36% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 70/night
($ 64 to $ 79)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 216/night
($ 51 to $ 680)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 322/night
($ 157 to $ 631)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 512/night
($ 439 to $ 586)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 90/month
($ 72 to $ 113)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 508/month
($ 428 to $ 585)

204% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 75/month
($ 70 to $ 79)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 465/month
($ 126 to $ 1030)

163% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Bhutan: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Bhutan costs 59% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 0.7)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.6/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 1.9)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 4.9/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 5.1)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.7/kg
($ 4.2 to $ 5.4)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 3.6/kg
( $ 3.6)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.2)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.5/kg
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 0.5/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5
($ 0.5 to $ 0.6)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.4/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 5.1)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Bhutan: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Bhutan costs 57% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 20/month
($ 15 to $ 23)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.4/km
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

27% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.2
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5

Bhutan: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Bhutan costs 71% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 49/month
($ 30 to $ 73)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 34/month
($ 23 to $ 45)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 94/month
($ 73 to $ 175)

93% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1501
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 71/month
($ 45 to $ 118)

94% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1204
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 222/month
($ 217 to $ 292)

90% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2433
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 162/month
($ 116 to $ 224)

91% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1912
Gym
Gym
$ 67/month
($ 15 to $ 145)

56% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 81/month
($ 52 to $ 132)

92% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1054
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1266/yr
($ 794 to $ 4358)

93% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18546

Bhutan: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Bhutan is 8% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.6/ticket
($ 2.9 to $ 3.6)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 34/hr
($ 30 to $ 36)

87% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Bhutan: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Bhutan costs 32% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.2/pack
($ 3.6 to $ 8.7)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 41
($ 23 to $ 73)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 33
($ 18 to $ 45)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Trainers
Trainers
$ 54
($ 40 to $ 61)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 51
($ 44 to $ 81)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

Plane ticket budget

London → Paro
London → Paro
London → Paro
$ 1611
(fair price: $ 1545)

Tours and organised trips in Bhutan


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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 04-04-2020.

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