With the stunning natural scenery and charming region culture, traveling to Tibet is regarded as a once-in-a-life journey for most of the tourists. Located in the Australian continent, Australia is the closest country to Aisa. It is also popular for Australians to travel to Tibet. The same as other foreigner travelers travel to Tibet, there are some restrictions for Australians to travel to Tibet, for example, Australians can not travel to Tibet alone unless joining an organized Tibet tour and it is still necessary for Australians to travel to Tibet with a Tibet Travel Permit.While the main benefit of travel for Australians is that there are a huge number of direct flights to many of the major airports in China.
How to travel to Tibet from Australia
Currently, there are two ways to get to Tibet. The most popular way is getting to Tibet via Mainland China. And it is also available for Australians to travel to Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal, the only city that has international flights to Lhasa.
Get to Tibet from Australia via Mainland China
Since there are daily flights to China from Australia, it is easy to get to Tibet from major cities of China such as Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chongqing. When you arrive at those cities, you can choose to take flights to Tibet or take trains to Tibet. There are direct flights from those cities to Tibet usually take about 3-7 hours to get to Tibet. If you have a tight schedule, you should take flights to Tibet especially take flights to Tibet from Chengdu, the closest gateway to Tibet. And, if you wanna explore the unique landscape view of China, traveling to Tibet by train is a pretty good decision that you can see the great mountain view, splendid grassland, and the stunning lake view. It will take around 22-47 hours to get to Tibet by train from those cities. Xining, as the start point of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, seems to be the best destination to catch the Tibet Train Tor. Getting to Tibet via Mainland China, you need two significant permits, the China Visa and Tibet Travel Permit. You can easily get you China Visa through the Chinese Embassy in Australia. If you wanna get the Tibet Travel Permit, you must take part in a Tibet tour operated by the local travel agencies because according to the government regulation, we can help the travelers to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit without a tour.
Get to Tibet from Australia via Kathmandu, Nepal
For tourists who wanna explore the mysterious of Himalaya region, it is a good idea to travel to Tibet via Kathmandu, Nepal. There are daily flights to Tibet from Kathmandu including both the direct flights and connecting flights which make it easy for you to get to Tibet. Generally speaking, it will take 1.5 h to take direct flights to Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal. Traveling to Tibet from Kathmandu, you need to apply both the Group Visa and Tibet Travel Permit. The Group Visa is totally different from China Visa and you don’t need to apply for the China Visa if you do so.