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How to Travel to Tibet from Beijing?

As the capital of modern China, Beijing is an attractive metropolis with age-old history. Traveling to Tibet from Beijing is a good choice for international travelers because Beijing is an important international arrival hub and you can get to Lhasa from here conveniently. What's more, being the capital city of China, Beijing is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. From Beijing to Tibet, you can enjoy different cultures and nature in China in one journey. 

There are two ways to get to Tibet from Beijing. You can either take a flight that is fast and comfortable or take a train that offers a better natural view of the Tibetan Plateau.

Beijing to Lhasa flight route

Travel to Tibet from Beijing

Beijing to Tibet by Flight

There are multiple flights from Beijing to Lhasa every day. Presently, 6 non-stop flights between Beijing and Lhasa run every day operated by Air China, Tibetan Airlines, and Shenzhen Airlines. The non-stop flight takes about 4.5 hours and costs 478 USD for a one-way ticket. Besides, there're also some direct flights and connecting flights. Thus, you have lots of choices.

Beijing Lhasa Flights Schedule

Route Departure Arrival Duration Frequency
Beijing to Lhasa 08:30 13:00 4h 30m Every Day
Beijing to Lhasa 09:55 14:15 4h 35m Every Day
Beijing to Lhasa 14:55 19:30 4h 35m Every Day
Lhasa to Beijing 09:30 13:25 3h 55m Every Day
Lhasa to Beijing 10:00 13:35 3h 35m Every Day
Lhasa to Beijing 16:10 20:15 4h 5m Every Day

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Beijing to Tibet by Train

Another way to get to Tibet from Beijing is by train. Beijing to Lhasa train (Z21) stretches as far as 3,757 km and crosses over 8 provinces. It takes around 41 hours from Beijing to Lhasa and its return train is Z22(Lhasa-Beijing). This train will pass through Qinghai-Tibet Railway after Xining and you will be impressed by the breathtaking scenery including desert, grassland, wildness, pasture, snow-mountains, and lakes. There are two classes of cabins available. A hard sleeper cabin ticket costs USD116 per person, while a soft sleeper cabin ticket costs USD185 per person. You are recommended to choose the soft sleeper cabin for a more comfortable berth and better privacy. The oxygen system is equipped in cabins, so you’re unlikely to suffer from altitude sickness.

Beijing Lhasa Trains Schedule

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Frequency
Z21(Beijing-Lhasa) 20:00 12:45 40:45 Hours daily
Z22(Lhasa-Beijing) 16:30 8:20 39:58 Hours daily

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Tibet Travel Permit

If ever you would travel from Beijing to Tibet as a foreigner, the prerequisite permit that you should secure beforehand is the Tibet Travel Permit. Before boarding the plane or train to Lhasa, you must show it. Tibet Travel Permit won't be issued to individual travelers as independent travel is not allowed in Tibet. Therefore, travelers have to book a tour with a local Tibet travel agency and your travel agency will apply for the Tibet Travel Permit on behalf of you.

What to See


Before departing for Tibet, you are suggested to stroll in Beijing city and spend some days experiencing ancient Chinese culture. You can visit the majestic Forbidden City, the splendid Temple of Heaven, the amazing Great Wall and the elegant Summer Palace. Wandering bustling Hutongs and tasting traditional Chinese food, you’ll enjoy the unique cultures of China. At night, you can watch Beijing Opera Shows and Kungfu Shows, which are really special.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City


Lhasa and Nearby

Once arrive in Lhasa, you can explore this 1,300-year-old city. The top three must-see highlights are Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Step into the splendid Potala Palace, you can have a view of Thangkas, Buddha statues, paintings, and Buddhism artworks. In front of the sacred Jokhang Temple, you can see many devoted pilgrims worshipping. On Barkhor Street, it’s a good choice to buy some Tibetan handicrafts and Buddhist items. You can also follow the local Tibetans and do kora around Jokhang Temple. Turn to the suburb of Lhasa, the biggest Tibetan Monastery Drepung will be your next destination. You also won’t miss debating monks at the most beautiful Tibetan Monastery - Sera. In this 600-year-old temple, monks debate about Buddhism every afternoon from Monday to Saturday.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace

You also can extend your Lhasa trip to Namto Lake, which is called the heavenly lake by Tibetans. Crystal-like lakes shine in the sunlight, and fresh air will refresh your body as well as your spirit. In the background of snow-capped mountains, you are absolutely in a picture.

√  4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour

√  5 Days Lhasa & Namtso Lake Tour

Everest Base Camp

As an energetic traveler, you are free to explore remote areas away from Lhasa in Tibet. You can travel to Everest Base Camp(EBC). Along the way, you will enjoy more landscapes and feel more of its culture. You can see prayer flags and mani stones at almost every mountain pass, and be moved by Tibetans’ pure religious belief. Finally, you may stay overnight at the tent of EBC and admire the amazing sunset and sunrise of Golden Everest Peak.

√  8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Group Tour

Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar

You can also kora around Mount Kailash, the most important pilgrimage in Asia and known as “the center of the world”. Devoted pilgrims believe that one kora around Mount Kailash can relieve them from the sins of their lifetime. Not far from Mt.Kailash, there's the holiest lake in Tibet - Manasarovar. The water here is believed to clean one's annoyances when he is rinsed by the river.

√  15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour

Extend Your Journey to Nepal

If you want to extend your journey after exploring Tibet, you can get to Nepal by flight or by land. We offer Nepal Tibet tour packages, you will have the opportunity to experience different Buddhist cultures, nature, and people on a journey.

√  7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour

√  6 Days Lhasa Kathmandu Flight Tour

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Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Mich***

I am an American teacher (with US Passport and Z visa) working in Beijing. My work ends July 20, but I am staying in China to July 31.
I am interested in joining a tour group to Tibet for five or six days (approximately) in late July. Preferably, going by train (at least one way). Can you offer me some type of tour options. I can stay at moderate hotels and other accommodations, and travel and tour in groups.

Answered by Merry

Dear Mich****, 

We have 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour departing on July 26, we can send you off on 30 July. If so, I suggest you book the flight ticket to leave Lhasa after 4:30 pm.

Regarding the train ticket from Beijing to Lhasa, it's very difficult to book the direct soft-sleeper train ticket. You may try to book it on or Or I suggest you fly to Xining then take a train to Lhasa, which may not be so difficult to book the soft sleeper train ticket.

Asked by cris***

Hello, I sent you a another mail. I want to go from beijing to lhasa by train in 22 ou 23 july. Then some days - no more than a week - in Tibet. I would like you send me some options and the prices from 1 person.Thank youCristina cardoso

Answered by Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to have a Tibet tour (less than a week) at the end of July from Beijing on 22 or 23 July by train. For travelers less than five, we usually suggest them join our small group tours to keep the cost down. We have a 6-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour may match your needs.