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How to Get to Tibet from Philippines?

  • by Eric
  • Last Updated: 2023-11-19

For tourists from the Philippines to Tibet, since the Philippines faces the South China Sea, most probably your planes will be taking off from the Philippine international airports of Manila or Cebu. So your best option would be to travel to Tibet via mainland China. Alternatively, you also can travel to Tibet via Kathmandu, Nepal but there's no direct flight to Kathmandu.

Philippines to Tibet via Mainland China

There are three cities that you can choose as your entry cities in mainland China from the Philippines. These cities are Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai which have direct flights from your country.

Philippines to China

Manila to Beijing(MNL-BEK)

Airlines Dep. - Arr. Duration Price

Air China CA180

06:20 - 11:05 4h 45m Economy Class
USD350
Philippine Airlines PR358 07:00 - 11:55 4h 55m Economy Class
USD350

Manila to Shanghai(MNL-PVG)

Airlines Dep. - Arr. Duration Price
Cebu Airlines 5J678 20:15 - 00:05 3h 50m Economy Class
USD350
Philippine Airlines Z2018 23:05 - 02:35 3h 30m+1 Economy Class
USD350
China Eastern Airlines MU212 04:55 - 08:30 3h 35m Economy Class
USD250

Manila to Guangzhou(MNL-CAN)

Airlines Dep. - Arr. Duration Price
China Southern Airlines CZ3092 12:00 - 14:35 2h 35m Economy Class
USD150
China Southern Airlines CZ398 17:30 - 20:10 2h 40m Economy Class
USD150
Philippine Airlines Z2138 23:40 - 02:20 2h 40m+1 Economy Class
USD150
Philippine Airlines PR382 02:30 - 04:55 2h 25m Economy Class
USD100

Mainland China to Tibet

Your route from mainland China to Tibet will depend on your chosen city of entry to mainland China. You can choose from any of the above-mentioned cities that have direct flights to Lhasa.

Beijing-Lhasa Route

If you choose Beijing as your entry point to mainland China, you will have two options to reach Lhasa from Beijing.

You can take a direct flight to Lhasa at Beijing Captial International Airport for its efficiency and comfort. The economy seats usually cost around CNY 3260/USD 465. >>See more about Beijing to Lhasa flights

Alternatively, you can also travel to Lhasa from Beijing by train to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way and acclimate to the high altitude better. The train, Z21 takes around 41 hours to reach Lhasa. You are recommended to choose a soft sleeper which usually costs CNY 1,200/USD171 each as it's a long journey. >>See more about Beijing to Lhasa train

Shanghai-Lhasa Route

If you choose Shanghai as your entry point to mainland China, you will have two options to reach Lhasa from Shanghai.

You can take connecting flights to Lhasa at either Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport for its efficiency and comfort. The economy seats usually cost around CNY3351/USD478.  >>See more about Shanghai to Lhasa flights

Alternatively, you can also travel to Lhasa from Shanghai by train to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way and acclimate to the high altitude better. The train Z164 takes about 44 hours and 33 minutes to reach Lhasa. You are recommended to choose a soft sleeper which usually costs CNY 1300/USD186 each as it's a long journey. >>See more about Shanghai to Lhasa train

Guangzhou-Lhasa Route

If you choose Guangzhou as your gateway to mainland China, you can also travel either by train or by plane to Lhasa.

You can take connecting flights to Lhasa at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport for its efficiency and comfort. The economy seats usually cost around CNY3647/USD521. >>See more about Guangzhou to Lhasa flights

Alternatively, you can also travel to Lhasa from Guangzhou by train to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way and acclimate to the high altitude better. The train Z265 takes around 53 hours and 53 minutes to reach Lhasa. You are recommended to choose a soft sleeper which usually costs CNY 1468/USD 210 each as it's a long journey. >>See more about Guangzhou to Lhasa train

Necessary Travel Documents

Filipino travelers are generally required for a China Visa before you can enter China. To apply for a Chinese Visa, you need to secure the service of an invitation letter or tourist contract from a Chinese Travel Agency. As a Tibet Travel Agency, Great Tibet Tour can also help you provide such supporting documents for your Chinese Visa.

And Filipinos are also required to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit to enter Tibet. Please note that individual travelers are not allowed to apply for the permit on your own, but to entrust a Tibet travel agency to obtain it for you by placing a booking with them prior.

Philippines to Tibet via Nepal

Another viable route that you can take to travel from the Philippines to Tibet is via Nepal. However, there are no direct flights so you need to take connecting flights to reach Kathmandu from your country, which takes more than 20 hours with at least one stopover.

Then, upon arriving at Kathmandu, you have two options to reach Tibet: either by an overland route from Kathmandu to Lhasa or by plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa, Tibet.

By Land

It would usually take around 7 days to complete the overland route from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa, Tibet. You can shorten or lengthen this trip, depending on your stopovers and destinations along the way. In this overland trip, you will see Mount Everest and will get the chance to visit other Tibetan cities like Shigatse and Gyantse.

You will need a China Group Visa before you can enter Tibet via Gyirong Port, along with your Tibet travel permit.

By Plane

Upon arriving in Kathmandu, Nepal, you can board a flight to Lhasa’s Gonggar International Airport. There are two airlines that operate flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa. These airlines are Air China and Sichuan Airlines. These two airlines provide daily flights between Nepal and Tibet.

Conclusion

You can readily contact us if you want to travel to Tibet from the Philippines. We can facilitate the processing of all the necessary permits that you need to present when you travel to Tibet. We will also arrange everything for you to make your travel to Tibet a breeze, including your hotel accommodations and travel itinerary. Just feel free to drop us an email.

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