Flights to Tibet

  • by Caroline
  • 2017-09-19

Why More and More People Choose Taking a Flight to Tibet?

Compared with taking a train, saving so much time is the biggest advantage of taking a flight to Tibet, especially for those travelers who have a tight schedule. Nowadays, “time is money”, is true for most of the people. After working ass-off for only a one-week or 10-day vacation, you really want to get to Tibet directly rather than wasting time on the way, which is usually more than 40 hours by train. Response to the market demand, 18 cities in China have offered the direct flights to Tibet. Most of them are the mighty gateways of China, such as Beijing- the capital of China, Shanghai- the financial center, Chengdu- the land of abundance, Xi’an- the starting city of the Silk Road, etc. There even 6-17 direct flights per day to Tibet in those top cities. So, it’s convenient to reach Tibet by air wherever you are in China. And if you travel to Tibet from Nepal, you can also take the direct flight from Tribhuvan International Airport which is located in Kathmandu. There are 1 or 2 direct flights to Lhasa each day.

travel to Tibet by air

Airport in Tibet

At present, there are 5 airports in Tibet- Gonggar Airport in Lhasa, Mainling Airport in Nyingchi, Peace Airport in Shigatse, Bangda Airport in Qamdo, and Gunsa Airport in Ngari. Among them, Lhasa Gonggar Airport is the most important one because Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, and it’s the only international airport which offers flights to all the mentioned 18 cities in China and flights between Lhasa and Kathmandu. Besides, except for Shigatse, which is too close to Lhasa, there are flights to the other three airports in Nyingchi, Qamdo, and Ngari. Only a few cities in China, like Chongqing, Chengdu, Urumqi, etc. have flights to those smaller four airports.

Major Cities Where You Can Take a Flight to Tibet

In China, there are 18 cities where you can travel to Tibet by air, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Guangzhou, Kunming, Chongqing, Shangri-La etc.

Chengdu, the gateway city of Southwest of China, the daily flights to Tibet are the most, which is 12-17 every day from May to October. Beijing, Chongqing, Xi’an, and Kunming come next.

Up to now, the only alien country connected with Tibet by air is Nepal. So, no matter you are from USA, UK, Canada, Span, or any other countries in the world, you have to enter Tibet from Kathmandu or the rest part of China. It takes about one hour to reach Lhasa from Kathmandu by airplane.

the Potala Palace, Tibet

Do I need to book air tickets in advance?

The answer is no doubt a yes. With the development of tourism, Tibet has become a hot destination for travelers. The demands of the market have been increasing a lot that makes the ticket is very busy and hard to buy, even if the price is relatively expensive and there are quite a few flights. Therefore, it’s best to book the ticket in advance, especially during the peak season, generally from July to October. Great Tibet Tour will help you book flights once you are engaged with us. Please do not hesitate to contact us for flight information.

What Permits Do I Need to Take the Flight to Tibet?

Of course, your original passport is the first important document.

Secondly, you must get some necessary permits for your Tibet tours, such as Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, Tibet Military Permit, etc. Except for the Tibet Travel Permit, which is a basic document, the others depend on the request of your air route. For Tibet Travel Permit, the request is different from the place where you enter Tibet. To obey the regulation of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), foreigners must provide the original Tibet Travel Permit when boarding the domestic flights to Tibet. But the scanned copy of Tibet Travel Permit is acceptable when taking flight from Kathmandu. Your Tibetan tour guide will bring the original one to get you released from the Lhasa airport.

Thirdly, Chinese Visa. Here are two situations as well. One, fly to Tibet from inbound China, you have to apply for Chinese Visa in your country. Two, fly to Tibet from Kathmandu. In this case, you don’t need to apply for Chinese Visa by yourself. Because according to the government’s regulation, it has to be issued in Nepal. The one you obtained before will be canceled in Nepal. What you should do is giving your passport to the Nepali agent when arriving at Kathmandu and waiting for 2-3 days to get the China Group Tourist Visa. 

information of main flights to Tibet

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Good Morning I´m making a trip to China, and i was thinking to travel to Tibet in May from the 19th till the 22nd (3 nights). We (me and my wife) don’t have airplane ticket yet, from Kunming to Lhassa on the 19th, and Lhassa to Kathmandu on the 22nd, althought we already have booked the Hotel (Tibet Huayu Paradise Hotel). We also have Chinese Permits to China, but we need Tibet Permits. We would like to make a day tour in Lhassa, or hire a tour guide and a driver for one day. I would like to know what tours you have for one day and the prices? Or, how much it will cost a private guide and a driver for one day in Lhassa, including the Permits? I also would like to know if you have any interest to arrange those two flight for us, and what are the prices? Wait for your reply.Best regardsPedro Ribeiro



For the accommodation, it depends on you. The price between Sep 1st to Oct 10 is different from the price from Oct 11 to Oct 31. From September 1 to October 10, it usually charges as $70 per night for 3-star; $100 per night for 4-star. From October 11 to October 31, $52 per night for 3-star; $76 per night for 4-star. For the transportation, we usually use SUV vehicles according to the group size and season, as well as what the itinerary needed. The 13 days Tibet Nepal Nature Scenery Tour is a private tour. To save cost, we can arrange similar group tours in Tibet, plus private tour in Nepal for you. What do you think?

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It’s a private tour. Before I quote you, could you please kindly let me know the following info? 1. How many people in your group? 2. What kind of accommodation would you like to stay in? The Luxurious (5-star), the comfortable (4-star), economy class (3-star) hotel or the budget guest house?

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