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How to Get to Tibet from Hong Kong?

  • by Liffity
  • Last Updated: 2023-03-02

Tibet is one of the most visited tourist destinations in China and gets millions of tourists from around the world every year. There are several major routes to get to Tibet through various cities and territories, among which Hong Kong is a popular one. Hong Kong is situated in Southern China and it itself is a transportation hub and tourist destination.

There are several routes to Tibet from Hong Kong, and all of them give you the chance to explore a number of famous Chinese cities. Let's explore the best possible routes to the roof of the World from Hong Kong.

Route 1: Hong Kong to Tibet via Chengdu(most recommended!)

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

First Phase: Hong Kong to Chengdu

By Air

Chengdu is one of the most preferred gateways to access Tibet from Hongkong. It takes 2 hours 35 minutes to complete this aerial journey and costs around USD387.

By Train

Traveling to Chengdu from Hong Kong by train is not preferred because there are very fewer train options between these two destinations.

Second Phase: Chengdu to Tibet

By Air

There are around three dozen flights to Tibet from Chengdu and almost 12 of them are direct flights. The aerial distance between Chengdu and Lhasa, Tibet is 1,286 kilometers which are covered in two and a half-hour by air. >> Check more about Chengdu to Lhasa Flights

By Train

While traveling by train, it takes 36 hours to complete the journey covering about 3,000 kilometers of distance. The train leaves every second day from Chengdu to Tibet and costs about CNY627. >> Check more about Chengdu to Lhasa Train

Route 2: Hong Kong to Tibet via Guangzhou

First Phase: Hong Kong to Guangzhou

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

By Air

Guangzhou is the major Chinese city closest to Hong Kong and it provides you with multiple best options to get to Lhasa. There are daily two flights from Hong Kong to Guangzhou that get you to the destination in around an hour and cost you USD131.

By Train

Here, trains are better options for you to take. Multiple pairs of normal and high-speed trains run between both cities daily. High-speed trains normally take 50 minutes to get to Guangzhou while normal-speed trains complete their journey in around 2 hours.

Second Phase: Guangzhou to Tibet

By Air

There are daily 3 flights to Lhasa, Tibet from Guangzhou daily, one direct and two indirect flights via Chongqing. Total air travel is around six hours along with a one-hour stay if traveling on indirect flights. >> Check more about Guangzhou to Lhasa Flights

Guangzhou to Tibet

You can get to Tibet from Guangzhou by train by traveling the almost entire length of China in a 4980-kilometer journey which takes about 50 hours. Not preferred if your schedule is tough. >> Check more about Guangzhou to Lhasa Train

Route 3: Hong Kong to Tibet via Xi'an

First Phase: Hong Kong to Xian

Xian Xianyang International Airport

By Air

There are three flights daily from Hong Kong to Xi'an, two of them are direct flights while the third one is a connecting flight through Guangzhou. Direct flights take around three and a half hours to get to Tibet.

Second Phase: Xian to Tibet

By Air

There are daily eight flights from Xi'an to Lhasa, Tibet that takes around 3 hours and 20 minutes on direct flights while 4 hours and 20 minutes on indirect flights. If you are traveling from Xian to Tibet, the aerial journey is preferred because there is almost no option of traveling by train. >> Check more about Xian to Lhasa Flights

By Train

There are no direct trains from Xi'an to Tibet. The trains from Guangzhou and Shanghai take stop in Xi'an but the trains are usually full due to high demand so it is difficult to get a ticket. Traveling to Xi'an by train is not recommended as you may suffer if unable to get a train ticket. >> Check more about Xian to Lhasa Train

Route 4: Hong Kong to Tibet via Chongqing

First Phase: Hong Kong to Chongqing

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport

By Air

It takes around 2 hours 35 minutes to get to Chongqing by air but there are very few daily flights between both cities, i-e, four.

Second Phase: Chongqing to Tibet

By Air 

There are daily 10 direct flights and 12 indirect flights from Chongqing to Lhasa, Tibet. A direct flight costs CNY1890 for an economy class ticket and it takes 2 hours and 50 minutes to reach the destination, i.e., Lhasa, Tibet. >> Check more about Chongqing to Lhasa Flights

By Train

Trains depart every other day from Chongqing to Tibet, interestingly, on odd days of the months such as 2, 4, 6, etc., for the half-year while on even days of the months such as 1, 3, 5, etc., for the other of the half-year. The train travel between Chongqing and Lhasa takes around 35 hours to complete and several types of berths can be booked as per your budget and needs. >> Check more about Chongqing to Lhasa Train

Route 5: Hong Kong to Tibet via Beijing

First Phase: Hong Kong to Beijing

By Air

Beijing is the capital city of China. There are over 20 daily flights to Beijing from Hong Kong as several domestic and international carriers offer direct flights. These flights normally take 3 hours 35 minutes to get to Beijing from Hong Kong and the ticket will cost you around USD242.

By Train

While traveling by train you have two options; either by high-speed trains or by normal trains. The normal trains take around 24 hours while the high-speed trains complete their journey in about 9 hours.

Beijing Capital International Airport

Second Phase: Beijing to Lhasa, Tibet 

By Air

After reaching Beijing, you will head to Lhasa; the Tibetan capital city. You will have only one flight that takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes. It cost you around USD450. Only one flight takes off daily. >> Check more about Beijing to Lhasa Flights

By Train

There is only one train Z21 from Beijing to Lhasa on a daily basis which takes around 40 hours to complete the journey. It's long-time travel but you can enjoy the wonderful sightseeing along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway; on the other hand, it can help you acclimatize to the high altitude step by step. >> Check more about Beijing to Lhasa Train

Route 6: Hong Kong to Tibet via Shanghai

First Phase: Hong Kong to Shanghai

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

By Air

Over 35 direct flights run to Shanghai from Hong Kong daily which costs as low as USD141 and the average flight time is 2 hours 35 minutes.

By Train

A number of normal and high-speed trains get to Shanghai from Hong Kong daily. The normal train takes 19 hours to complete its journey while the high-speed train takes around 8 hours and 20 minutes to get to Shanghai.

Second Phase: Shanghai to Tibet

By Air

You have the option to fly to Tibet 5 times a day from Shanghai. Two of these flights are direct and the rest are indirect making stopovers at Chengdu or Xi'an. Normally these flights take seven to nine hours to make it to Tibet from Shanghai covering a total of 3,000 km. >> Check more about Shanghai to Lhasa Flights

By Train

There is daily one train from Shanghai to Lhasa, Tibet that completes its journey in 46 hours and passes through the eight provinces of China in this tiring journey. >> Check more about Shanghai to Lhasa Train


We recommend you choose Chengdu as the stopover among all the six gateway cities to get to Lhasa, Tibet from Hongkong. This route gives a golden chance to explore Chengdu, which is the cultural hub of Southwest China. And there are more than 10 direct flights between Lhasa and Chengdu daily. Furthermore, the train from Chengdu to Lhasa is also a great route, because this route gives a chance to experience the Qinghai-Tibet railway within 36 hours.

Besides all the cities mentioned above, Xining,  Lanzhou, Zhengzhou, Guiyang, and Kunming also have direct flights to Lhasa. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Asked by Thi ***

Interested in the 8 day classic Tibet tour or possibly the 11 day Tibet & Kathmandu tour. Want to join a tour group. There are 3 of us. What is the single supplement fee? Coming from Hong Kong, need to be back by 4/26. Prefer to train to Lhasa and fly back. Thanks!

Answered by Beatrice 2023-01-03

Dear Thi Pham, For 8 days Tibet classic tour, also the most popular tour among travelers, we can open a group tour for you. But for the 11 days Tibet & Kathmandu tour, could you specify which one? 

If you depart from Hongkong, you can get to Guangzhou first, then take the Tibet train to Lhasa, which takes 53 hrs. We can also help you book the soft sleepers if you want. To get back by April 26, you need to board on Tibet Train before April 16.