Bhutan is six hours ahead of GMT and does not observe daylight savings time. So in our summer, it is just five hours ahead.
The official currency is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN). Currency exchange is possible within the country, but only in cities. The Indian Rupee is also widely accepted across the country, however it is worth noting that you are unable to exchange or use Bhutanese Ngultrum in India.
There are several banks in the capital, Thimphu, such as Bank of Thimphu, Bhutan National Bank and Citibank, some of which can be found in other parts of the country as well.
Although some places accept Visa and American Express, credit cards are not widely accepted in Bhutan. So be sure to bring enough cash (US dollars or Indian Rupees) which can easily be exchanged at banks and some hotels.
Electricity and Plugs
The official voltage is 220 volts, but it may vary between 150 and 300 volts. We recommend bring a universal adaptor. Power cuts are frequent throughout the country.
Be aware that most shops are closed on Tuesdays and in Thimphu and Paro, most jurisdictions and shops are closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
To call Bhutan from the UK, dial 00 975 followed by the number you are calling. To call the UK from Bhutan, dial 00 44 followed by the number you are calling (without the initial 0).
Internet and Mobile Coverage
There is generally good mobile coverage throughout Bhutan, except in certain remote valleys. It is worth contacting your service provider before you travel, as it may depend on your provider whether or not you receive good mobile reception.