Bhutan: Best Tourist eSIMs Reviewed (2024)

Are you thinking of traveling to Bhutan soon and looking for the best travel eSIM?

Many eSIM providers are available nowadays, but not all are equal or good.

Some offer unlimited data, while others include a phone number for local, regional, or global use.

Some have blazing-fast speeds, while others have extended validity.

Whatever you need, there will be an eSIM for your liking.

In the case of Bhutan, I recommend one of these eSIM providers, which I have tested in numerous countries on multiple continents:

Airalo, Alosim, Holafly & Nomad Logos for eSIM GuidesAiralo, Alosim, Holafly & Nomad Logos for eSIM Guides

What do they offer?

eSIM Packages Prices Data Phone Number? 5G NR? Discount Code(s)
Airalo 1 9.50 USD 1 GB for 7 days No Yes MAY10 (10%) & MAY15 (15%) 2
Alosim 1 9.50 USD 1 GB for 7 days Yes (CA/US number) 1 Yes PTW (5%)

1 Alosim allows you to pick a Canadian (CA) or American (US) phone number through its sister app Hushed, giving you credits worth 30 minutes (within Bhutan or from Bhutan to anywhere else) or 50 texts (same conditions as calling)
2 if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM, use code MAY15 for 15% off. You can still get 10% off using code MAY10 if you are an existing customer. Note each code has a redemption limit of 3000 (while the codes of Alosim and Holafly have no redemption limit

What about eSIMs global eSIMs exist? Of course!

eSIM Global eSIMs? Countries Phone Number?
Airalo Yes (Discover(+)) 120+ Yes (Discover+ only)
Alosim No N/A N/A
Holafly No N/A N/A
Nomad Yes (Global 109/136) 109 & 136 No

The discount codes I highlighted earlier can also be redeemed for any regional or global eSIM.

Now that we have an overview of our options let’s go through each and find out about their benefits.

But if you already have an eSIM provider in mind, just click on the links next to jump to the respective sections: Airalo and Alosim.

Buying an eSIM for Bhutan Guide (logos of Paro, Airalo & Alosim)Buying an eSIM for Bhutan Guide (logos of Paro, Airalo & Alosim)

Original publication: 20th of September 2022. Last updated: 1st of May 2024.


Table of Contents

Airalo Bhutan eSIM

Airalo LogoAiralo Logo
© Airalo

Airalo has only one eSIM that can be used in Bhutan: Paro.

Below is a quick overview:

eSIM Coverage Packages Prices Data 5G NR in Bhutan?
Paro Bhutan only 1 9.50 USD 1 GB for 7 days Yes

Remember to use code MAY15 for 15% off if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM before OR code MAY10 for 10% off if you are an existing Airalo user (valid until the 31st of March – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code).

Bhutan Paro eSIM AiraloBhutan Paro eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Airalo was the first eSIM store launched in 2019.

It is also the largest eSIM provider, covering more than 200 countries and territories.

Airalo All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)Airalo All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

The first eSIM I ever tested was one from Airalo (in the Netherlands).

This is why I have tested Airalo eSIMs in more countries than other providers.

Airalo gives each country’s eSIM a unique name that is often related to said nation.

Airalo Paro (Bhutan) eSIM

Airalo’s Bhutan eSIM is called Paro.

Bhutan Paro eSIM AiraloBhutan Paro eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

As highlighted in the table earlier, there are only one Bhutan Paro eSIM variant:

  1. Bhutan/Paro 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 1st of May.

Airalo Bhutan Paro eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel WizAiralo Bhutan Paro eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

With the Airalo Paro eSIM, you can use the B-Mobile Bhutan network.

Airalo eSIMs for Bhutan Details Infographic by Phone Travel WizAiralo eSIMs for Bhutan Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

In my Bhutan SIM card buying guide, I tell you more about which Bhutanese mobile operator is/are the best in coverage or speed so you can manually select the network that would suit your needs.

Buying a SIM Card in Bhutan Guide (logos of Tashi Cell and B Mobile)Buying a SIM Card in Bhutan Guide (logos of Tashi Cell and B Mobile)

Airalo eSIMs for Bhutan Summarized

To summarize, these are the characteristics of each Airalo eSIM covered in this section:

  • Paro:
    • can be used in Bhutan only
    • is priced at 9.50 USD
    • has only one variant (1 GB for 7 days)
    • has 5G NR access
    • has no phone number
Airalo eSIMs for Bhutan Summary Infographic by Phone Travel WizAiralo eSIMs for Bhutan Summary Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

Alosim Bhutan eSIM

Alosim LogoAlosim Logo
© Alosim

Alosim has only one eSIM that can be used in Bhutan: Bhutan.

Below is a quick overview:

eSIM Coverage Packages Prices Data 5G NR in Bhutan? Phone Number?
Bhutan Bhutan only 1 9.50 USD 1 GB for 7 days Yes Yes

Remember that you can use code PTW for 5% off any Alosim purchase (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want).

Alosim Taiwan eSIMAlosim Taiwan eSIM
© Alosim

Alosim is backed by AffinityClick, which is known for the Hushed app.

AffinityClick LogoAffinityClick Logo
© AffinityClick

That app with the tagline “Temporary & Second Phone Number App for Wifi, Data Calling & Texting” has over 8 million downloads.

Hushed ScreenshotHushed Screenshot

It took a while, but AffinityClick finally bundled its product, which is a big deal.

Why? With any Alosim eSIM purchase, you will get a Hushed redemption code, giving you up to 30 international minutes or 50 international SMS.

You get a free +1 (American or Canadian) phone number from one of the more than 300 supported area codes.

While it would be fantastic to get a Bhutanese phone number instead, it is impossible to get one for the time being due to local regulations.

Either way, Alosim is the only eSIM provider that gives you a phone number for each eSIM purchase.

And it has eSIMs for over 170 countries, including Bhutan.

Alosim All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)Alosim All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

Alosim Bhutan eSIM

For Bhutan, you have the following one choices:

Alosim Taiwan eSIMAlosim Taiwan eSIM
© Alosim
  1. Bhutan 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 1st of May.

Alosim Bhutan eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel WizAlosim Bhutan eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

Alosim’s Bhutan eSIM gives you access to the B-Mobile (5G) network.

Alosim eSIMs for Bhutan Details Infographic by Phone Travel WizAlosim eSIMs for Bhutan Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

For more information on how Bhutanese mobile operator perform, check out my Bhutan SIM card buying guide, where I discuss the performance of each SIM card (in terms of coverage and speed).

Buying a SIM Card in Bhutan Guide (logos of Tashi Cell and B Mobile)Buying a SIM Card in Bhutan Guide (logos of Tashi Cell and B Mobile)

Alosim eSIMs for Bhutan Summarized

To summarize, these are the characteristics of each Alosim eSIM covered in this section:

  • Bhutan:
    • is priced at 9.50 USD
    • has only one variant (1 GB for 7 days)
    • has 5G NR access
    • includes a free +1 (American or Canadian) phone number through Hushed
      • allows for up to 30 international calls and/or 30 international SMS (within Bhutan or from Bhutan to any other country)
Alosim eSIMs for Bhutan Summary Infographic by Phone Travel WizAlosim eSIMs for Bhutan Summary Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

Overview of the Best eSIMs for Bhutan

That was a lot of info we went over, so let’s try to summarize everything.

Bhutan-only eSIMs:

  • Cheapest 3 GB Bhutan eSIM: N/A
  • Cheapest 5 GB Bhutan eSIM: N/A
  • Cheapest 10 GB Bhutan eSIM: N/A
  • Provider with unlimited data plans for Bhutan: N/A
  • Bhutan eSIM with the longest validity: Airalo & Alosim (7 days)
  • Bhutan eSIM with 5G NR: Airalo & Alosim
  • Bhutan eSIM with phone numbers: Alosim (American/Canadian)

Asia/APAC eSIMs covering Bhutan:

  • Cheapest 3 GB Asia/APAC eSIM: N/A
  • Cheapest 5 GB Asia/APAC eSIM: N/A
  • Cheapest 10 GB Asia/APAC eSIM: N/A
  • Provider with unlimited data plans for Bhutan and Asia: N/A
  • Asia/APAC eSIM with the longest validity: N/A
  • Asia/APAC eSIM with 5G NR in Bhutan: N/A
  • Asia/APAC eSIM with phone numbers: N/A

Do not forget to use one of these discount codes for extra savings:

  • Airalo: MAY15 for 15% off if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM. If you have, use MAY10 for 10% off (each code can be used 3000 times among all Airalo customers, so better redeem it quickly!
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (the code can be used by anyone, including existing customers, as many times as you wish – no redemption limit)

Enjoy Bhutan (and neighboring countries)!


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