Flights to Tibet


With the development of the transportation, more and more vehicles are available for travelers who want to travel to Tibet, such as train, airplane, bike, etc. Among the multiple means of transportation, taking flights to Tibet is the most convenient way. Although the price of the airplane ticket is not cheap, taking flights can save a lot of time. If you come from United States, Singapore, UK, Australia, Canada, India, Hong Kong, etc, you need to arrive in Kathmandu or mainlands of China firstly, then transfer another flight to Tibet.

The first entrance is in Kathmandu - the capital city of Nepal. You can take the direct flight to Lhasa - the capital city of Tibet from Kathmandu. The number of the daily flight flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa is about one or two. No matter you are from USA, UK, Canada, Spain, or any other countries in the world, you have to enter Tibet from Kathmandu or the rest part of China. It takes about 1 hour to reach Lhasa from Kathmandu by airplane. If the weather permits, you can see the summit of Mt Everest outside of the window.

The second entrance is in China. There are more than 18 cities for travelers to travel to Tibet from mainlands of China by air, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, Kunming, Shangri-La, Xining, Nanjing, Xiamen, etc. In some major cities like Chengdu, Beijing, and Xian, the number of daily flights ranges from 6 to 17. 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.

Although the number of flights is plenty, travelers still need to book the air ticket in advance. Because the supply of the air ticket to Tibet always fails to meet the demand in the peak season.

For your reference : Domestic Flights | Airports in Tibet | International Flights | FAQ

Domestic Flights

See the flight route from Shangri-la to Lhasa.

Shangri-La to Lhasa Flights

2hrs 5mins direct
Shangri-La is surely a place worth visiting and had been romanticized in the popular novel "Lost Horizon". If you want to fly to Tibet from Shangri-La, it's applicable. Here are some flight info and FAQs about Shangri-La- to-Lhasa travel.
There's no direct flight between Tibet and Hongkong. You can fly to Chengdu, Guangzhou, or Xining then transfer to Tibet.

Flights to Tibet from Hongkong

8hrs 5mins~19hrs 25mins connecting
There’s no direct flight between Hongkong and Lhasa. Tourists who want to travel to Tibet from Hong Kong have to fly to Chengdu, Guangzhou, or Xining at first.
There's only one direct flight from Guangzhou to Tibet currently.

Flights to Tibet from Guangzhou

6hrs 15mins direct / connecting
There is only one direct flight from Guangzhou to Lhasa, Tibet at present. It is operated by China Southern Airlines. The duration time of the flight is about six hours including the one-hour-stopover in Chongqing.
There're 14 flights flying from Chengdu to Lhasa everyday.

Flights to Tibet from Chengdu

2hrs 25mins~2hrs 45mins direct
There are 14 direct flights flying from Chengdu to Lhasa, Tibet. They are operated by Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Air China, and China Eastern Airlines. It takes about more than two hours to arrive in Lhasa.
Xian is an important hub to fly to Tibet, as there are 7 daily flights.

Flights to Tibet from Xi’an

3hrs~4hrs 50mins direct / connecting
There are 5 direct flights from Xian to Lhasa and another 5 direct flights from Lhasa to Xian. It takes about 3hrs 20mins for direct flight from Xian to Lhasa.
flight route from Kunming to Lhasa

Flights to Tibet from Kunming

3hrs ~ 4hrs direct/connecting
At present, there are five direct flights flying from Kunming to Lhasa operated by Sichuan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Tibet Airlines, including two nonstop flights and three flights with one stop in Lijiang or Diqing.
The map of the flight route from Chengdu to Nyingchi

Nyingchi Chengdu Flights

1hr 50mins~2hrs direct
Taking a flight to Nyingchi from Chengdu is the most convenient way. At present, there are four flights flying from Chengdu to Nyingchi. Here are some details about the time schedule and FAQs.
The map of the flight route from Chengdu to Shigatse

Shigatse Chengdu Flights

2hrs 40mins~2hrs 55mins direct
Taking a flight to Shigatse from Chengdu is the most convenient way. At present, there is only one direct flight flying from Chengdu to Shigatse. Here are some details about the time schedule and FAQs.
Making Beijing as the 1st destination before flying to Tibet is a popular choice.

Flights to Tibet from Beijing

4hrs 20mins~4hrs 40mins direct
Flying to Tibet from Beijing is convenient since there are 2 directs flights available every day. Travelers can travel to Beijing from their countries and transmit to Tibet easily.
There's only 1 direct flight from Shanghai to Lhasa currently.

Flights to Tibet from Shanghai

7~9 hrs direct / connecting
Flight information from Shanghai to Tibet. Traveling to Tibet from Shanghai by flight is a convenient and time-saving way. At present, there's only 1 flight from Shanghai to Lhasa.
See the flight route from Nanjing to Lhasa on the map.

Nanjing to Lhasa Flights

5hrs 45mins connecting
Nanjing is a fabulous tourist city with awesome historical sites. If you want to maximize your travel experience to Tibet, or find an alternative if you can't book flight ticket from Shanghai to Tibet, you may choose to fly to Lhasa from Nanjing. Check detailed flight info and FAQ.
There're 10~13 direct flights from Chongqing to Tibet everyday.

Flights to Tibet from Chongqing

2hrs 50mins direct
The guide of booking flight tickets from Chongqing to Tibet, including the timetable and schedules from Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Southern Airlines, West Air, Xiamen Airlines and Air China.

Airports in Tibet

tibet airports
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 from Gonggar Airport 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.

International Flights


Flights to Tibet from Kathmandu

There are two options for taking flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. You may choose either way according to your Tibet travel plan. Here is the list of flight info for your preference.
Flights to Tibet from Singapore

Flights to Tibet from Singapore

Taking a flight to Tibet has become a popular way for tourists who plan a trip to Tibet. The majority of tourists like to fly to Beijing/Shanghai, Chengdu and Kathmandu and then transfer to Lhasa.
Tibet Scenery

Flights to Tibet from UK

Traveling to Tibet becomes more and more popular in Britain nowadays. Great Tibet Tour lists the useful information about the flights to Tibet from UK. Hope to help British travelers find the best way to get to Tibet.

Flights to Tibet from Bangkok

Taking flights to Tibet from Bangkok seems to be the greatest way to travel to Tibet for Thai people. You will not only visit holy Buddhism sites but also enjoy the unique natural scenery. Check the detailed flight info and choose your suitable one.
Flights to Tibet from Dubai

Flights to Tibet from Dubai

It's convenient to travel from Dubai to Tibet by plane. Flights usually take 11 or more hours in total and have two layovers at DEL Airport in New Delhi and KTM Airport in Kathmandu.
Flights to Tibet from Canada

Flights to Tibet from Canada

You can go to Tibet from Canada via the plane to Beijing, Hongkong, Shanghai and other mainland cities in China and take the connecting flights to Lhasa. Or you can take the connecting flights to Kathmandu which is more expensive.
if you love photogragh, just go to Tibet

Flights to Tibet from Japan

How to get to Tibet from Japan? We list the guidance for all the details including the documents for entering Tibet, equipment and gear, and various flight routes. You have lots of choices.
Mount Kailash

Flights to Tibet from US

Taking flights to Tibet from US seems to be the best way to explore Tibet since there are multiple flights from the USA to China and Nepal.
air india

Flights To Tibet from India

Flights to Tibet from India .Some ways to reach Tibet from India. Some cities you can choose in India to reach Kathmandu and then fly to Tibet.
Dublin, Ireland (DUB-Dublin)

Flights to Tibet from Ireland

It takes about 24hrs to fly from Dublin to Tibet, taking a flight from Ireland to Tibet has becoming more and more popular for visitors. You can experience its beauty because flying to Lhasa is now easier than ever.

Frequently asked questions

How to get to Tibet? by train or by air?

Based on years of experience, Great Tibet Tour would recommend you fly over the train to Tibet. First of all, Tibet train is always in high demand, not very easy to purchase unless you can book months in advance with us to guarantee it. Secondly, train ride usually takes long hours, 24-hour is the shortest duration from Xining to Lhasa, and the ride itself is tiresome. Thirdly, the train cabin is filled with artificial air which doesn't really help you to acclimatize, whereas the flight takes about 2hrs usually, and after you land in Tibet, there is still a lot of oxygen in your system.

Not really. Inside the Tibet train, the air is filled with manmade oxygen starting from Xining Station, of which can't help you acclimatize the high altitude gradually as you being led to believe.

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.

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. 

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.

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