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Flights to Tibet from Dubai

  • by Eric
  • Last Updated: 2024-04-16

Famous as the richest city in the Middle East, Dubai is a city-state and has the most population in the United Arab Emirates. As a resident of such a big and rich city, a tour of Tibet is a unique experience that may change your spirit. Being famous as "the Roof of the World", Tibet is a mysterious and remote region for most visitors. During the travel to Tibet, you can experience the Tibetan religious culture, have a view of crystal lakes, step on snow-capped mountains, and visit sacred monasteries. Besides the splendid Potala Palace, the sacred Jokhang Temple and the busy Barkhor Street, you will also get impressed by majestic Mt. Everest, amazing Yamdrok Lake, and holy Mt. Kailash. Well, how to travel to Lhasa from Dubai?

Dubai is 3,219 kilometers from Lhasa. Flights usually take 18.5 or more hours in total and have 2 layovers. The price is not cheap, takes about 1000 ~ 1500 USD. The faster one is to take a direct flight from Dubai to Guangzhou and then have a stopover in Chongqing, which only needs 18.5 hours. But the price is more expensive, it will take about 1500 USD. The price varies from day to day, but you can check it online easily.

Dubai to Lhasa Flight Brief Info

Dubai to Lhasa Flight route

  • Aerial Distance:3,747 miles (6031 km)
  • Duration: at least 18.5 h
  • Major Airlines: Emirates Airlines, Air China, Sichuan Airlines
  • Altitude:16m(Dubai)- 3650m(Lhasa)
  • Layovers: At least 2
  • Airport: Dubai International Airport(DXB)  – Lhasa Gonggar International Airport (LXA)

How to Travel to Tibet?

Dubai is 3,219 kilometers from Lhasa. For Dubai travelers, it's convenient to fly to Lhasa, Tibet. Since there is no direct flight between Dubai and Lhasa, passengers have to transfer flights via Kathmandu, Nepal, or major cities of China and then take a flight or a train to Lhasa.

Dubai to Tibet via Kathmandu

Taking flights from Dubai to Kathmandu then to Tibet is one of the popular ways for travelers as the flight duration is relatively short. Flights usually take 7 or more hours in total via a layover at KTM Airport in Kathmandu. The price is relatively expensive, taking about 634 USD ~ 2000 USD. You are recommended to take a direct flight to KTM airport, which only takes 4.3 hours then fly to Lhasa. But the daily flights have not yet resumed so far, around 3 flights per week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting from 17 April. You can check it online easily. Currently, there is no train from Kathmandu to Tibet so you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa or take an overland tour.

Please note, that you have to stay in Kathmandu for at least three days for your Chinese group visa application and this group visa requires 4 participants to apply together. If there are less than 4 people from you,  the group visa will not be issued. So the actual time of flying to Kathmandu/Delhi takes much longer than flying to mainland China and then to Lhasa, Tibet.

Dubai to Tibet via China Mainland

Taking flights from Dubai to China mainland and then to Lhasa is the fastest way. Chinese inland cities like Chengdu, Xián, Kunming, Chongqing, or Guangzhou are recognized as tourist cities with rich historical attractions and local delicacies. So you can stay there for 2 or 3 days for sightseeing. The fastest flight to Lhasa takes about 18h. You can fly to KMG in Kunming, or XIY in Xián, or CAN in Guangzhou, then fly to Lhasa. Alternatively, you also can take a Tibet train from the above-mentioned cities to enjoy the amazing scenery of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Documents Required When Traveling from Dubai to Tibet

Currently, the only international flights to Lhasa are from Kathmandu. If you prefer to enter Tibet from Kathmandu, you need to first book with a Tibet travel agency at least 10 workdays in advance for your Tibet Travel Permit and a tourist invitation letter. And when you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to stay at least 3 working days there to get your China Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, along with the tourist invitation letter and your passport. Only if you have a China Group visa and Tibet travel permit, can you then enter Tibet from Nepal. 

Alternatively, you can fly to mainland China first, then take domestic flights or trains to Tibet. You still need your Tibet Travel Permit with the help of a Tibet Travel Agency. And you also need to obtain your China Visa in your home country prior.

Right now, individual travelers only can entrust a Tibet travel agency to obtain a Tibet travel agency for you. As a local travel agency in Tibet, Great Tibet Tour is a group of experts specializing in arranging your Tibet trip. Contact us, and we'll guarantee your Tibet Travel Permit and arrange a perfect journey in Tibet for you.

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Asked by Ajma***

May I know when a passenger can travel to Dubai & return flight is available

Answered by Julie

For Dubai travelers, since there is no direct flight between Dubai and Lhasa, you have to transfer flights to Lhasa.