Flights to Tibet from Chongqing

  • by Eric
  • Last Updated: 2020-04-20

Located on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Chongqing is one of the four municipalities in China. With the famous scenic spot - Three Gorges, Chongqing is deserving of a visit before your Tibet trip. 

There are 7 direct flights to Lhasa from Chongqing every day, respectively operated by Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Southern Airlines, West Air, Xiamen Airlines and Air China. Travelers can choose to fly to Lhasa, to Nyingchi, and to Qamdo as a destination. And, some discounts will be offered even in peak travel seasons from May to October. Besides, flying to Tibet from Chongqing is a short flying distance compared with flights to Tibet from Shanghai, Beijing, etc, which only cost 2 hours 20 mins on average.

As a local Tibet travel agency, we offer booking services for Chongqing-Tibet flight, or Chongqing Tibet tour packages according to your requirements, as well as your Tibet Travel Permit.

Air route from Chongqing to Lhasa.

Air Route from Chongqing to Lhasa.

Chongqing Jiangbei Airport

Chongqing Jiangbei Airport is one of the busiest airports in China, located in the town of Yubei District, 19 kilometers away from downtown Chongqing.  It is the third-largest aviation hub in southwest China. It is also a national airport, one of China’s top ten airports and the world’s top 100 airports. The airport aims to become a world-class business airport and Asia's leading hub. 

International Flights to Chongqing

Tourists from the following locations can fly to/from Chongqing directly. 

1) Europe: London, Rome, Helsinki, Frankfurt, Amsterdam

2) Australia: Sydney, Auckland

3) North America: San Francisco, Los Angeles

4) Africa: Cairo, Aswan

5) Middle East: Dubai

6) East Asia: Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Chiengmai, Daegu

7) Southeast Asia: Singapore, Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket, Male, Jeju, Sien Reap, Kuala Lumpur, Nha Trang, Koh Samui, Da Nang, Kalibo

8) West Asia: Doha

9) North Asia: Moscow

10)Other regions: Hong Kong, Macao, Taipei, Kaohsiung can reach Chongqing directly by flight.

Domestic Flights to Chongqing

Chongqing offers hundreds of domestic flight routes to other cities in China. Most of these flights use Terminal 2 of the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, while some use Terminal 3. These flights include frequent non-stop flights to/from the major tourist destinations and regions of China.

1) Northern Chinese cities of Xian, Dunhuang, Hohot, Tianjin, Taiyuan, Harbin, and Xining.

2) Eastern Chinese cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Guangzhou, and Nanjing.

3) Southern Chinese cities of Sanya, Guilin, Kunming, Yichang, and Guiyang.

4) Western Chinese cities of Lhasa, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Daocheng, Kangding, Lijiang, Kunming, Nyingchin, Dali, and Shangri-La. Lastly, it also services flights to/from the middle regions of China like Wuhan, Changsha, Luoyang, Nanchang, and Hefei.  

Chongqing Lhasa Flights Timetable and Schedule:

Chongqing - Lhasa Flight Timetable

Flight No. Departure---Arrival Duration Frequency Aircraft Type Price


2h 55m Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



3h Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



2h 50m Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



3h Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



3h Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



3h Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



2h 55m Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class

Lhasa - Chongqing Flight Timetable

Flight No. Departure---Arrival Duration Frequency Aircraft Type Price


2h 25m Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



2h 30m Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



2h 25m Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



2h 30m Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



2h 40m Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



2h 20m Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class



2h 25m Every Day Airbus A319


Economy Class

Flights from Chongqing to Tibet's Other Prefectures

Tibet has 4 other airports aside from the Lhasa Gonggar International Airport. The other four airports are the Qamdo Bangda Airport, Nyingchi Mainling Airport, Ngari Gunsa Airport, and Shigatse Peace Airport. From Chongqing Jiangbei International Airports, you also can book flights to the Nyingchi Mainling Airport and Qamdo Bangda Airport.

Chongqing to Nyingchi Flight

You can choose Nyingchi as the first stop of your tour of Tibet. Nyingchi is in the southeast region of Tibet and it is a prefecture-level city. Many tourists are attracted to Nyingchi because of its natural beauty. It has the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon and other awesome sites to boast of. In fact, it is often referred to as the “Eastern Switzerland.”

The flight from Chongqing (CKG) to Nyingchi (KZY) takes 2 hours and 45 minutes and there are around 13 direct flights between these two cities. The flight numbers for this route are 3U8153, 3U8439, and TV9870, and the airlines that serve this route are Tibet Airlines and Sichuan Airlines, both of which are using A31X/32X types of aircraft.

The Nyingchi Mainling Airport (LZY) has an elevation of 2,949 meters. It is lower in elevation than the Lhasa Gonggar Airport, and thus, it is a good choice for acclimatizing yourself to high altitude weather before heading to Lhasa.

Nyingchi is also considered one of the world's most difficult airports for aircraft to reach because of its unusual location in the Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley and the narrow flight path leading to the airport. It is also hemmed by high mountains and enveloped in fogs and clouds most of the time. Most flights to Nyingching Mainling Airport arrive in the early morning, while outbound flights to Chongqing are mostly in the afternoon.

Chongqing-Qamdo Flights

Qamdo or Chamdo is also a prefecture-level city of eastern Tibet. It is the third-largest city of Tibet and its airport is the Qamdo Bamda Airport (BPX) that first opened in 1994. It is tagged as the world's second-highest airport, perched at an elevation of 4,334 meters above sea level.

Qamdo also has the longest runway in the world with a length of 5,500 meters and a width of 45 meters. It also holds the title of having the world's worst climate for an airport. The flying distance between Qamdo and Chongqing is 922 km and it takes about 2 hours to complete this flight.

Qamdo is known for the mesmerizing Ranwu Lake and the famous Karuo Relics, and for this reason, many tourists brave the difficult travel to Qamdo to visit its remarkable sites. 

Compared to the Chongqing-Lhasa flights, the costs of Chongqing-Qamdo flights are cheaper. Qamdo is also easily accessible from Chongqing. Moreover, there is only one flight service the Qamdo-Chongqing flight route, and this flight is offered by Tibet Airlines. This lone flight departs in the morning.   

Lhasa Gongga International Airport

Lhasa Gongga International Airport (LXA) is located 62 kilometers southwest of Gongga County and is the largest airport. SinceLhasa Gongga Airport 2017, the airport has a passenger throughput of over 9 million. Boeing 757 is available to park at the airport from 2018.

After 2.5 hours of air travel, you will arrive at the largest airport called "Lhasa Gonggar International Airport" (LXA). This airport 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 ply 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.

How to Reach Downtown Lhasa from the Airport?

Since Lhasa Gonggar Airport is around 60km from downtown, you will need to travel from the airport to downtown Lhasa. The travel time from the airport to downtown Lhasa usually takes only one to two hours. There are different modes of transport that you can use to reach downtown Lhasa, and here are the modes of transport you can take:

Airport Shuttle

Regular buses ply the Airport-Lhasa route. There are also airport shuttle buses that you can take, and the fare will cost you 30 RMB. It usually takes one to two hours to reach downtown Lhasa. The seats in airport shuttle are usually in high demand, hence, it is better to get a guaranteed seat. The downside of riding an airport shuttle is that you have to wait for the bus to be full before the shuttle travel.


You can also opt to hail a taxi upon arrival at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport. It may be a bit difficult to hail a taxi at the airport and taxi fares usually cost 160RMB up to 200RMB. A taxi ride from the airport is faster and it usually takes only an hour to reach downtown. One caveat when riding a taxi is this—make sure you agree about the fare before you get into a taxi.

Private Transfer Service

If you are traveling to Tibet through the help of a tour agency, your tour agency usually would provide you with a private transfer service. Your private driver will usually wait for you outside the airport to pick you up. This transfer service is more convenient because it would bring you directly to your hotel.

FAQs About Chongqing-Lhasa Flight

1. How do I get to Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport?

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) is 19-km away from downtown Chongqing. If you are coming from downtown Chongqing, it will take you less than an hour to reach the airport. You got several options to reach the airport:

First, you can either hail a taxi to the airport and spend around CNY50 or more for the taxi fare.

You can also go via the Metro Lines 3 and 10 that both have airport stations. You can find the entrance of Line 3 at the parking lot of the airport, and along the T2B Terminal and Passengers Service Area C. This Line is open from 6:30 am to 10:30 in the evening. On the other hand, you can find the entrance and exits of Line 10 at Terminal 2. The Metro Line 10 operates from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm if you are coming from the airport.

Lastly, you can ride one of the long-distance buses that ply the airport-downtown route.

2. How long does it take to reach Lhasa from Chongqing?

Lhasa is about 947 miles or 1,525 kilometers from Chongqing. Thus, it will usually take 2 hours and 17 minutes to complete a flight from Chongqing to Lhasa. The Lhasa-Chongqing flight is definitely one of the fastest and most convenient flight options you can have from any inland cities of China.

3. Where is JKG airport located?

Chongqing has around three civil airports in operation, and the busiest among the three is the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport. It is the 8th busiest airport in China and it is located some 19 kilometers from downtown Chongqing. Its exact location is in Chongqing's Yubei District. It handles around 41,595, 887 passengers per year.

4. What Types of Aircraft fly on this Route?

Several airlines serve the Chongqing-Lhasa flight route, and these airlines are the Sichuan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Air China, Xiamen Airlines, West Air Chongqing Airlines, and Tibet Airlines. All these airlines fly the Boeing 737 type of aircraft on this route.

You surely have enough options if you choose the Chongqing-Lhasa flight route. Seven airlines also operate non-stop flights from Chongqing to Lhasa. These airlines are Air China, Sichuan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, China Southern Airlines, West Air (China), Chongqing Airlines, and Tibet Airlines.

5. What documents do I need to have the Chongqing-Lhasa flight hassle-free?

There are basically three important documents that you should have to make this trip a hassle-free trip, namely: Tibet Travel Permit, your valid Passport, and Chinese Visa. Please note your passport should be valid and updated. 

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