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Bhutan Currency - An Overview

Bhutan Currency


Bhutanese Ngultrum

The ngultrum (symbol: Nu., code: BTN) is the currency of the Kingdom of Bhutan. It is subdivided into 100 chhertum. The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan is the minting authority of the Ngultrum banknotes and coins.The Ngultrum is currently pegged to the Indian rupee at par.

Tourist can exchange traveler’s cheques or cash at the foreign exchange desk at Paro Airport and Bank of Bhutan branches in major townships such as Paro and Thimphu. As you travel into the interior, ATM and banking facilities are almost non-existent. We suggest that you do your banking whilst in Paro or Thimphu, and take local currency with you to the countryside. Currencies that can be exchanged include the U.S. Dollar, Pound Sterling, Euro, Japanese Yen, Swiss Franc, Hong Kong Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Denish Kroner, Australlian Dollar and Singapore Dollar. Some hotels also provide foreign exchange services, however many of these are limited to U.S. Dollar exchanges.

Credit cards only accepted in a very limited number of handicraft stores in Thimphu and high-end hotels.

Limited ATM facilities are available in major townships. MasterCard and Visa international credit and debit cards can be used on these ATM’s to withdraw cash.

You may need to show your passport when you exchange money or travelers cheques.