Flights to Tibet

When you are going to travel to Tibet, you may consider that what is the best way to travel to Tibet. If you wanna a convenient and time-saving way, traveling to Tibet by air is definitely your first choice. You can take flights from other cities of China to Lhasa or you can take flights from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa.

If you decided to take flights to Tibet, Chengdu seems to be a great gateway for you to travel to Tibet.
Lhasa Gongga International Airport

Taking Flights from Other Cities of China to Tibet

  1. Taking Flights from Chengdu to Tibet
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

If you decided to take flights to Tibet, Chengdu seems to be a great gateway for you to travel to Tibet. There are multiple flights about 12 flights per day from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to Lhasa Gongga International Airport. The distance between Chengdu and Lhasa is about 768 miles and it takes about 2.5 hours to fly from Chengdu to Lhasa. Meanwhile, you can take flights from Chengdu to other major prefectures in Tibet such as Nyingchi, Shigatse, and Qamdo.

  1. Taking Flights from Beijing to Tibet

As the capital city of China, it is easy for tourists to take flights from their country to Beijing. Trough less than Chengdu, there also are multiple flights from Being to Lhasa. It is about 3 flights per day. The 1867 miles’ journey will take tourists about 4-6 hours.

  1. Taking Flights from Shanghai to Tibet

For tourists who want to travel to the holy land Tibet directly by flight without spending some days in other cities of China, Shanghai is a perfect gateway to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Currently, there are 5 flights per day from Shanghai to Lhasa including 2 direct flights and 3 connecting flights. It will take about 7~8 hours to fly from Shanghai to Lhasa over a distance of 1930miles.

4.Taking Flights from Xining to Tibet

Xining, the capital city of Qinghai province, was regarded as the best gateway to take a train to Tibet because it is the starting point of the world highest railway, Qinghai Tibet Railway. In fact, it is also very convenient to take flights from Xining to Lhasa. There are 3 flights to Lhasa per day.

Air Route Distance Duration Flight Type Tickets Price
Chengdu-Lhasa 768miles about 2.5 hours direct flights 280$
Beijing- Lhasa 1867 miles 4~6 hours direct flights 493$
Shanghai- Lhasa about 1930mi about 7~9 hours stopover / connecting 509$
Xining -Lhasa 968miles about 2.5~7 hours direct / connecting 280$

Taking Flights from Kathmandu to Tibet

You can take flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to Lhasa Gongga International Airport.
Tribhuvan International Airport

Kathmandu,  the capital city of Nepal is a significant gateway for tourists who wanna to travel to Tibet. With two direct flights putting in service, Traveling from Kathmandu to Tibet is a convenient and time-saving way. You can take flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)  to Lhasa Gongga International Airport. Generally speaking, you can take direct flights that run by Air China and Sichuan Airline to Tibet. Meanwhile, you take connecting flights to other cities of China and transfer from those cities to Lhasa.

Flight Route Airlines Dep.  Arr.   Schedule
Kathmandu to Lhasa Air China 12:10 11:10 every day
Sichuan Airline 11:10 14:50 every other day

What Documents are Needed when you Travel to Tibet?

Route Documents
Kathmandu to Lhasa Group Visa & Tibet Travel Permit
Other Cities of China to Tibet China Visa & Tibet Travel Permit


The Tibet Travel Permit and Group Visa can only be applied by travel agencies in Tibet. So you’d better book a Tibet travel agency which will take care of those permits with the info you give to them.

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