- by Caroline
- Last Updated: 2019-09-21
Are you British? Are you a British who longs for a Tibet holiday? Are you happening to search for the flights to Tibet from the UK? Congratulations! You are about to get what you want soon!
As an experienced Tibet tour operator, we arranged thousands of international travelers a dreaming Tibet tour during the past 12 years, many of which are the guests from the UK. The first question they need to figure out is how to fly to Tibet from the UK. Thus, we sorted out the information of flights to Tibet from the United Kingdom for your reference. Hope to help you find the suitable solution to turn your Tibet tour plan into reality instead of considering always.
No. 1. There is no direct airline to Tibet from the United Kingdom.
The only direct international flight to Tibet is from Kathmandu to Lhasa. So, as a British, you can only choose to fly to Kathmandu, Hong Kong, or gateway cities in mainland China. And then continue to fly to Tibet.
No. 2. Flights to Tibet from the UK.
Non-stop flights from London Heathrow International Airport to China
London --- Beijing, China Airline, Virgin Atlantic Airways, 9-10 hours, USD285-420 for economy class.
London --- Shanghai, China Airline, Virgin Atlantic Airways, China Eastern Airlines, British Airways, 11-12 hours, USD550-1100 for economy class.
London --- Guangzhou, China Southern Airlines, 11-12 hours, USD1100-1250
London --- Hong Kong, Virgin Atlantic Airways, British Airways, 11-12 hours, USD700-750
There are also many airlines such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, West Air Co. Ltd. Etc. offer transit flights to Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou via Moscow, Warsaw, Amsterdam. The price is relatively lower than direct lines while it takes 18-30 hours.
The only non-stop flight from London Gatwick Airport to China, as well as the best and cheapest plan from the UK to Tibet, is flying to Chongqing.
London Gatwick Airport – Chongqing, Tianjin Airlines, 11-12 hours, USD430-620
Chongqing – Lhasa, Air China, Sichuan Airlines, 2-3 hours, USD300-350
Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Capital Airlines, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines offers transit flights from London Gatwick Airport to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong via Moscow, Chongqing, Taipei, etc.
There are no direct flights to Kathmandu from the British. Air India or Oman Air offer the transit flights from London to Kathmandu via Delhi, Muscat, or Abu Dhabi. It takes about 19-35 hours and costs USD500-600 for economy class.
Then, flying to Lhasa from Kathmandu only takes one hour and 40 minutes, offered by Sichuan Airline, USD800-1000. Yes, it is a little bit expensive because the air tickets from Kathmandu to Lhasa are always in a high demand.
Tips: When you get to mainland China, the next step is to take a flight or train to Tibet. Just make sure you get the original Tibet Travel Permit before boarding the domestic flights. For boarding the train, the copies of the Tibet Travel Permit are enough unless you start from Chongqing, Xi’an or Lanzhou.
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