Flights to Tibet


With the development of 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 plane ticket fare is not cheap, it 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 mainland China or Kathmandu first, then transfer another flight to Tibet.

The first entrance is via China. There are more than 18 cities for travelers to get to Tibet from mainland 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 is the gateway city of Southwest of China, with the most daily flights(12~17) to Tibet from May to October. Beijing, Chongqing, Xi’an, and Kunming come next. It's advisable to stay one night in the mainland city, either to pick up your Tibet Travel Permit or to buffer potential delays of your international flights.

The second entrance is via Kathmandu - the capital city of Nepal. You can take the direct flight to Lhasa - the capital city of Tibet from Kathmandu. Usually, there're one or two direct daily flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa. It takes about 1hr and 30mins to reach Lhasa from Kathmandu by airplane. As a traveler, if you prefer to enter Lhasa from Kathmandu, please plan at least three days here for your China Group Visa. If possible, you can choose your seats on the left side of the plane to enjoy the summit of Mt. Everest.

No matter where you are from, you have to enter Tibet from gateway cities of China or Kathmandu. Although the number of flights is plenty, travelers still need to book the plane tickets in advance. Because the supplies of the air tickets to Tibet always fails to meet the demand in the peak tourist season.

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

Domestic Flights

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 several direct flights available every day. Check the lasted updated schedules, airports, and useful info for your traveling from Beijing to Lhasa.
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.
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

Taking a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is a good option as it's quick and convenient. You can choose direct flights from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport to Lhasa Gonggar Airport. Check the list of the flight schedules, price, required documents, and so on.
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.
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 Chinese cities like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, etc. and Kathmandu, Nepal. Then you can transfer your flights to Lhasa directly.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.

Frequently asked questions

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

Based on years of experience, Great Tibet Tour would recommend you take a plane instead of a Tibet to Tibet. First of all, the 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, 22-hour is the shortest duration from Xining to Lhasa, and the journey itself is tiresome. Thirdly, the train cabin is filled with artificial air which doesn't really help you acclimatize the altitude. Whereas the flight takes about 2hrs usually, and after you land in Tibet, there is still a lot of oxygen in your body.

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 spending much time on the way. As taking a train to Lhasa usually takes 21~40 hours from a Chinese gateway city. Response to market demand, 18 cities in China have offered 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 other permits depend on your travel destinations. For Tibet Travel Permit, the request is different from the place where you enter Tibet. To obey the regulation of the 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, flying to Tibet from inbound China, you have to apply for a Chinese Visa in your country. Two, flying to Tibet from Kathmandu, in this case, you don’t need to apply for Chinese Visa by yourself but China Group Visa. Because according to the government’s policy, you have to get China Group Visa issued in Nepal to enter Tibet.  Even if you have already obtained China Visa, it will be canceled in Nepal. What you should do is to give your passport to the Nepali agent when arriving in Kathmandu and waiting for 2-3 days to get the China Group 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 hard to buy, even if the price is relatively high. Therefore, you'd better book the flight tickets 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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