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Chengdu to Lhasa Flight

  • by Liffity
  • Last Updated: 2022-12-28

Flying into Tibet from Chengdu, the land of abundance, is currently the city with the most flights into Tibet at the most affordable price. Chengdu to Lhasa flight covers 1262.9 kilometers(784 miles) and takes 2.5 hours. When you fly to Lhasa, remember to check in as early as possible and choose a window position. Because during the flight, you will cross the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and overlook the well-known places in western Sichuan and Tibet such as Daocheng Yading, Gongga Mountain, Meili Snow Mountain, Nyainqentanglha, Yarlung Zangbo, Himalayas, etc. 

Chengdu to Lhasa Air Route
Air Route from Chengdu to Lhasa (Click to view a bigger image)

Why Choose the Chengdu to Lhasa Flight?

Chengdu is the political, economic and cultural center of southwest China and an important city in the Yangtze River valley. Its airport connects to the world's 30 busiest airports. There are many reasons why Chengdu is your best choice when going to Tibet, and here are some of these reasons:

  • First, it's convenient and affordable. Chengdu offers one of the shortest flights to Tibet by taking 2.5 hours or less. And Chengdu offers many flight options to Lhasa every day. On average, there are around 12-17 daily flights to Tibet from Chengdu. So, you will have flexible choices of flight schedules as well as cheaper fares.
  • Second, there are myriads of international flights to Chengdu from cities like Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Bangkok, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, and many more. Also, as a  transport hub, there're many flights coming from other domestic cities of China like Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Xian, etc.
  • Lastly, Chengdu is a thriving city, also known for being a tourist destination on its own. You can enjoy tasty food, ancient buildings, traditional cultures, and lovely pandas. So, if you choose it as your gateway to Tibet, you may allow a day or two for touring the different tourist destinations of Chengdu. 

Chengdu to Lhasa Flight Schedule

There are many direct flights from Chengdu to Lhasa every day. The earliest flight departs from less than six in the morning until ten in the evening, and the flight time is about two and a half hours.

Chengdu to Lhasa Flights

Flight No. Departure---Arrival Duration Frequency Aircraft Type Price
05:50---08:10 2h 20m Every Day Airbus A330-300 USD305
Economy Class
06:10---08:45 2h 35m Every Day Airbus A319 USD305
Economy Class
06:50---09:10 2h 20m Every Day Airbus A330 USD305
Economy Class
07:00---09:30 2h 30m Every Day Airbus A330 USD305
Economy Class
07:40---10:05 2h 25m Every Day Airbus A319 USD305
Economy Class
45min layover in Diqin
4h 20m Every Day Airbus A330 USD305
Economy Class
09:30---12:10 2h 40m Every Day Boeing 737 USD305
Economy Class
12:15---14:30 2h 15m Every Day Airbus A319 USD305
Economy Class
12:20---14:40 2h 20m Every Day Airbus A319 USD305
Economy Class
18:35---20:45 2h 10m Every Day Airbus A330 USD305
Economy Class

Lhasa to Chengdu Flights

Flight No. Departure---Arrival Duration Frequency Aircraft Type Price
09:25---11:25 2h Every Day Airbus A330 USD305
Economy Class
09:30--11:40 2h 10m Every Day Airbus A319 USD305
Economy Class
10:15--12:20 2h 5m Every Day Airbus A330 USD305
Economy Class
12:50--14:55 2h 5m Every Day ​Boeing 737 USD305
Economy Class
15:40--17:44 2h 5m Every Day ​Airbus A319 USD305
Economy Class
18:55---21:25 2h 20m Every Day Airbus A319 USD305
Economy Class
21:50---23:50 2h Every Day Airbus A330 USD305
Economy Class


During the peak tourist season(July to September), there are fewer discounts on air tickets, usually about 20% off.  You can consult travel agencies or ticket purchase points for cheaper plane tickets. You can also choose evening or morning air tickets, which will be relatively cheaper. Sometimes, if you book one month in advance, there's a bigger discount.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (IATA: CTU, ICAO: ZUUU) is located in the southwest of the central city of Shuangliu District, Chengdu, China, 16 kilometers away from downtown Chengdu. It is one of China's eight regional hub airports as well as aviation hubs for passenger and cargo distribution centers in inland areas of China. Shuangliu Airport is currently divided into two terminals, T1 and T2. Sichuan Airlines and all international/Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan flights take off and land at Terminal T1. All other flights take off and land at Terminal T2. You can walk between the two, for about ten minutes. In addition, there is a shuttle bus between T1 and T2, which runs every five minutes, and the operating hours are from 7:30 in the morning to 10:00 in the evening.

Several ways to get from/to Chengdu Airport to/from Chengdu city

1. Taxi: The airport taxi waiting point is Terminal 1: Outside Gate 2 of the Arrival Hall. Terminal 2: Outside gates 4 and 5 of the arrival hall. The cost is about CNY200.

2. High-speed rail: Chengdu-Mianle Intercity Railway has Shuangliu Airport Station on the first floor of Terminal 2 of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, connecting Shuangliu Airport with Chengdu South Railway Station and Chengdu East Railway Station.

3. Metro: Chengdu Metro Line 10  starts from Taipingyuan Station, passing through Cujin Station, Huaxing Station, Jinhua Station, Shuangliu Airport Terminal 1 Station, and ending at Shuangliu Airport terminal 2 Station.

4. Airport bus: There are several buses from the airport to Chengdu city:

No. 300 to North Railway Station - Shuangliu International Airport; fare: CNY10,
No. 303, city ticket office (next to Minshan Hotel)-Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport; fare: CNY10,
No. 304, Chengren Bus Station-Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport; fare: CNY2
No. 317, Chengdu East Railway Station East Square-Shuangliu International Airport; fare: CNY12

5. Chartered car: If you don't like either of the above ways, you may consider chartering a car. Our agency provides car chartering services including airport pick-up/send-off services for all tourists.

Flight Schedule from Chengdu to Other Tibet Prefectures

Lhasa Gonggar International Airport(LXA) is not the only airport in Tibet. There are also some flights from Chengdu to other prefectures of Tibet like Shigatse, Nyingchi, and Qamdo. Here's the schedule.

Flight No. Departure---Arrival Duration Frequency Plane Price
3U8693 Sichuan Airlines 07:45----10:00 Chengdu -- Nyingchi 2h 15m Every Day Airbus A319 USD211 Economy Class
CA4431 Air China 08:15----10:25 Chengdu -- Nyingchi  2h 10m Every Day Airbus A319 USD211 Economy Class
TV9848 Tibet Airlines 08:30----10:35 Chengdu -- Nyingchi 2h 5m Every Day Airbus A319 USD211 Economy Class
TV9843 Tibetan Airlines 06:20----09:10 Chengdu -- Shigatse 2h 50m Every Day Airbus A319 USD260 Economy Class
TV9894 Tibetan Airlines 08:15----09:50 Chengdu -- Qamdo 1h 35m Every Day Airbus A319 USD243 Economy Class
CA4409 Air China 08:30----10:05 Chengdu -- Qamdo 1h 35m Every Day Airbus A319 USD243 Economy Class

Necessary Permits

Tibet Travel Permit -Passport: The passport must be a valid passport. Whether it is to take an airplane or book a ticket during a trip, check in to a hotel, or pass the security check, the original passport must be provided, so tourists must take good care of their passports and beware of loss.

-Chinese visa: Except for countries that are visa-free within 15 days, tourists from other countries need to provide a valid visa.

-Tibet Travel Permit: When you exchange your boarding pass and go through the airport security check, the airport staff will check your Tibet entry permit, so please make sure you have prepared the permit before taking the plane and bring it to Lhasa. To get a Tibet travel permit, you need to sign up with a reliable Tibet travel agency first. Then, you should send a photocopy or scanned copy of your passport to this agency. Afterward, this agency will apply on your behalf for a Tibet Travel Permit at the Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa. Once this permit is issued, your tour agency will send it to you by post. The process usually takes up to 10 working days so please book earlier.

Lhasa Gonggar International Airport

Lhasa Gonggar Airport Lhasa Gonggar International Airport(LXA) is 62 kilometers from Lhasa, being located in Gonggar County, Shannan Prefecture. It is situated 11,710 ft above sea level and only Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 can lad in this airport.

This airport is serviced only by one international flight from Kathmandu. During peak season, there are one or two daily direct flights that fly the Kathmandu-Lhasa air route. These flights are operated by Sichuan Airlines and Air China.

Being the most important airport in Tibet, the Lhasa Gonggar Airport caters to many domestic flights from the other cities of China that include Chengdu, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Kunming, Xining, Chongqing, Shangri-La, and many other domestic cities. Chengdu is one of these domestic cities that offers direct flights to Lhasa.

>>See more about Lhasa Airport

Frequently Asked Questions About Chengdu-Tibet Flights

1. What is the ideal time to visit Tibet?

The highly recommended season for traveling to Tibet by plane is from April up to October. The other months are more often very cold with heavy snowfall. Moreover, during these months, flights are more frequent, giving you more flight options at hand.

Tibet is also of high altitude. So, you will need some time to acclimate yourself to its weather. It's highly suggested that you go for an early flight to give your body more time to adjust to Tibet’s high-altitude weather during the day.

2. Is there any direct international flight to Tibet?

There is no direct international flight to Tibet except that of the flight coming from Kathmandu, Nepal. Kathmandu is just 375 miles from Lhasa, and it will take you one and a half hours to reach Lhasa Gonggar Airport from Kathmandu. During peak travel season, there are around two daily flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

3. Are there tourist sites in Chengdu?

There are many natural, historical and cultural sites in Chengdu. You can visit Mount Qingcheng,  which is an important Taoist center in China. You can also visit Dujianyan Irrigation System known for being the oldest existing irrigation project in China. You should also never miss the Giant Panda Center, covering around 9,245 sq. miles. You can also visit the Kuanzhai Ancient Streets of the Qing Dynasty as well as the Jinli Pedestrian Street.

4. Are there other Airports in Tibet that have flights coming from Chengdu?

Tibet basically has 4 airports aside from Lhasa Gonggar Airport. These airports are Shigatse Peace Airport (RKZ), Nyingchi Mainling Airport (LZY), Qamdo Banda Airport (BPX), and Ngari Gunsa Airport (NGQ). Yet, only the Shigatse, Nyingchi, and Qamdo airports have flights from Chengdu.

Shigatse Peace Airport is around 46 km from Shigatse City which is the second-largest city in Tibet. The Nyingchi Mainling Airport, on the other hand, is located in the Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley. It is known as one of the most difficult airports to reach for an aircraft. The Qamdo Bamda Airport, however, is situated in Bamda village. It is a 2.5-hour drive from Qamdo, the country seat.

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