Travel to Tibet from Chongqing

On a Yangtze River cruise you will see impressive scenery and local culture

Chongqing, as a major gateway city to Tibet and located in the southwest of China, is an extra city the area of the upper Yangtze River. It was a capital in wartime, and became one of the four municipalities in China in 1997. Surrounded and built by mountains, and located on the edge of Sichuan Basin, Chongqing is called as “mountain city”. Delicious food, profound history and natural scenery of Chongqing allure a great deal of people coming here to have a visit. So before your trip in Tibet, you can spent 1-2 days in Chongqing to have a sightseeing of some scenic spots, like Dazu Rock Carving, Three Gorges Museum, Hongya Cave, Wulong Karst Landscape, etc. what’ more, the hot pot in Chongqing a must-not-miss spicy food.

By Flight

Chongqing Jiangbei Airport is a busy airport, and there are a large amount of flights are operated from both domestic and overseas to Chongqing. Traveling to Tibet by flight is very convenient and time-saving, as there are almost 10 direct flights to Lhasa each day. Compared with the train to Lhasa from Chongqing, taking more than 30 hours, the flight to Lhasa only takes about 3 hours. These flights are operated by Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Southern Airlines, West Air, Xiamen Airlines and Air China.

 Chongqing to Lhasa Flight Schedule

Flight No.

Departure—Arrival Duration Plane
TV9813

Tibet Airlines

06:00—08:50 2h 50m

Non-stop

Airbus A319
PN6271

West Air

06:10—08:55 2h 45m

Non-stop

Airbus A319
PN6391

West Air

14:30—17:25 2h 55m

Non-stop

Airbus A319
3U8633

Sichuan Airlines

07:00—09:40 2h 40m

Non-stop

Airbus A319
CZ8165

Southern Airlines

08:30—11:20 2h 50m

Non-stop

31C
CZ8065

Southern Airlines

16:35—19:35 3h

Non-stop

31C
3U8665

Sichuan Airlines

14:05—17:00 2h 55m Airbus A319
CA4420

Air China

13:45—16:30 2h 45m Airbus A330
MF8467

Xiamen Airlines

10:55—13:40 2h 45m

Non-stop

Boeing 737

CZ3463

Southern Airlines

11:15—14:05

2h 50m

Non-stop

31G

By Train

The whole railway from Chongqing to Lhasa 3654km, taking about 35 and a half hours. The train Z223 starts from Chongqing North Railway Station at 22:25 and arrives at Lhasa Railway Station at 09:55 on the third day, meanwhile the train departs every other day. Though, traveling to Tibet by train takes much more time than by flight, you can enjoy the cruise trip in the Yangtze River and then move to Tibet to enjoy the stunning view along the train tour. Once the the world’s highest train enters Xining, you will have a chance to enjoy the stunning and amazing natural scenery along Qinghai-Tibet Railway. With the acute ascent of elevation along the route, you may have the altitude sickness. In consideration of this, oxygen supply systems are prepared in the train, so you don’t have too much worry about this sickness.

Notes:

  1. The flight and train schedule above is just for reference.
  2. Prepare all the documents you need before you board the Tibet train or flight, and you should keep in mind that Chongqing is a city you need to take your original Tibet Travel Permit to board the train.
  3. After you arrival in Lhasa, you should take a good rest to acclimatize to the higher altitudes.

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