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Travel to Tibet from Singapore

  • Last Updated: 2023-11-21

With the Chinese visa-free policy for Singaporean guests, more and more Singaporean tourists tend to travel to Tibet. Every year, tens of thousands of Singaporeans come to travel to beautiful Tibet to experience its unique plateau scenery and profound Buddhist culture.

Tibet Travel Permit

Unlike other international travelers, Singapore citizens don’t need to apply for a Chinese Visa as there's a 15-day Visa Free Policy for you. However, a Tibet Travel Permit is still indispensable for you to enter Tibet, which requires the scans of your passport. What’s more, foreign travelers are not allowed to travel independently in Tibet, and it means that you need to travel on an organized tour arranged by a local Tibet travel agency. As a senior Tibet Travel agency, Great Tibet Tour can arrange your tour perfectly as well as your Tibet Travel Permit.

How to Travel to Tibet from Singapore?

Although there are no direct flights from Singapore to Tibet, you can fly to major cities in China and transmit to Tibet conveniently. You can depart from Singapore Changi Airport(SIN) to Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities in China. For example, flights from Singapore to Chengdu are available every day, the flying time is about 4.5 hours and costs SGD420. Flying from Singapore to Beijing will take you 6 hours and cost you SGD830.

Once arrive in China, you will have two options to get to Tibet, by plane or by train.

There are daily flights towards Lhasa in major cities such as Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xián, etc., so you can choose one that suits your schedule. You’re suggested to board your plane from Chengdu to Lhasa because there are more flights and it's the closest gateway city to Tibet. Flying to Lhasa from Chengdu takes about 2.5 hours and costs SGD290. It will be quick and comfortable if you take a flight to Tibet. >>See more about flights to Tibet

Tibet train
Taking a train to Lhasa is a great way to enjoy the amazing scenery of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Another option is to have a Tibet train tour. You can board the Tibet train from Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Lanzhou and Xining. You are recommended to travel by train because the scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is reputable. You'll see snow-capped mountains, blooming flowers, crystal lakes and tranquil pastures during your train journey. The train is equipped with an oxygen system, so there’s no need to worry about suffering from altitude sickness. >>See more about Train to Tibet

What to See

Finally, you’ll arrive in this remote and mysterious land. Our Tibetan guides and drivers will take you to go sightseeing and explore its religion and cultural traditions. In the 1, 300-year-old Lhasa, you won’t miss the Potala Palace, Drepung Temple, and Barkhor Street. To extend your journey, you can visit YamdrokTso, Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, and many other breathtaking scenic sites. You will witness lofty mountains, countless devoted pilgrims and ancient Tibetan monasteries. >>See more about Tibet attractions

To make your unforgettable tour in Tibet, you can start planning your Tibet trip and contact us now!, we’ll guarantee you a once-in-a-lifetime journey that you will never forget after backing to Singapore.

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Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Zhen***

Hello, I would like to know if a 6 day itinerary could be arranged. My group is tentatively around 3 or 4 persons and we are looking at reaching Lhasa on 23rd May 2024. Could you provide a quote and advice on any visa requirements?

Answered by Jennie

Dear Zhen****,

We can arrange the 6-day Tibet tour for you on 23 May. We will help you apply for the Tibet Travel permit. For Singapore citizens, you can stay in China within 30 days without a China Visa.

6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour is my suggested itinerary according to your schedule & preference. If you agree, I will quote you. If not, I will tweak it until your satisfaction.

Asked by Meis***

Hi, planning a trip for a group of 4. We are interested in the 8-day tibet itinerary but would like to get a quote for a private tour. Also, we would like to travel to tibet by train but back by plane. Could the agency help to book the train tickets and also recommend the best place to take the train from?

Answered by Beatrice

Dear Meish****,

We can arrange your 8 Days Tibet trip starting on 27 October. If you are traveling from Singapore to Tibet, I suggest you take a Tibet train from Chengdu. And we can help book the related soft sleepers.

Asked by Ange***

Hi. I'm from Singapore and planning a trip 22 or 23 Dec 2023 (depending on flight timing) departure from Singapore and return to Singapore on 30 Dec. With such short time frame, what would be your recommendation on the itinerary if I want to go to Tibet (I would like to have an easy and not too tiring trip and able to view the best scenaries in Tibet) and which city in China should I go first from Singapore to travel to Tibet? I'm also concerned about the weather and the altitude in Tibet especially during winter. Can pls advise? Is it going to be a tour group or is it a private tour? How much is the cost per pax? There's 3 of us, myself and my 2 children (21yo and 17yo). Pardon me for asking so many question as I have no idea how to plan for this trip. :p Thanks!

Answered by Jennie

Dear Ange****,

1. We can arrange the Tibet tour for you. I suggest you consider the 8-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour, and you can see the beautiful scenery.

2. We can arrange both group and private tours for you. Currently, we have a group departure on 22 December. Would you consider departing Singapore on 21 December so you can join our group? If you can't adjust your date, we also can arrange a private tour for you.

3. I suggest you take a flight from Singapore to Lhasa via Chengdu. We will express the Tibet Travel Permit to your hotel in Chengdu in advance.

4. For high altitude sickness, we suggest that visitors with a severe cold, a high fever, acute or chronic pulmonary diseases, or severe cardiovascular diseases should avoid traveling to regions with a high altitude. Most visitors to Tibet will suffer from at least some symptoms which will generally disappear through acclimatization in several hours to several days. After 1 or 2 days of acclimation, almost all of them can adapt to the local environment and these symptoms will disappear. And, we have equipped oxygen tanks for emergency use. Please don't worry on this point as there are hundreds of thousands of travelers coming to Tibet every year of all ranges of conditions. 

Regarding altitude sickness, don't worry about it too much. We usually stay in Lhasa for 2-3 days first to adapt to the altitude. Most of the travelers will get used to it before heading to other places with a higher elevation. A good rest can help you stand up to the altitude sickness as long as you have no cardiovascular or respiratory disease. 

5. Usually at night, the weather is cold but we have heating in the hotel room.

6. Here's the recommended itinerary. If you agree, I can quote you in the next email.

8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Group Tour

Asked by Nata***

I'd like a short tour of Tibet.
I am arriving from Singapore.
Flying out Nov 22 and must be back in Singapore Nov 26
For 1 person
US passport

Answered by Beatrice

Dear Nata****,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry!

We can arrange a 3-day Tibet tour. If you are departing from Singapore on 22 Nov, you will get to Lhasa on 23 Nov. And we can send you off to the airport in the evening of 25 Nov and you can take the flight from Chengdu to Singapore on 26 Nov. Here's the itinerary. If you agree, I will quote you in my next email. Please let me know your hotel preference.

Day Route Attractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
3 Lhasa Sightseeing + Send off to the airport Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Asked by You ***

Hi, We have 4-6 ppls interesting in joining a group tour to Tibet in Nov. We are looing for 10-12 days tour. Pls help to advise options, prices, availability, date and etc.


Answered by Beatrice

In your inquiry, you mentioned you're interested in joining a group tour in Tibet. And your preferred tour duration is 10-12 days. We can arrange a semi-group tour for you. For travelers come to Tibet for the 1st time, we usually recommend 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour as it includes most of the major monasteries, one of the top 3 holy lakes - Yamdroktso, Everest Base Camp and you can view the plateau scenery along the way from Lhasa to Mt.Everest. After that, we can arrange 5 days private tour for you to see some highlights that most group tours don't go but show you more about Tibet Buddhism and civilization. Please let me know your idea. If you don't like trekking, we can remove it. Or if you have any other desired destination, I can design the itinerary for you. We can make the adjustment together until it meets your satisfaction then I can quote according to the itinerary. By the way, may I know which hotel class you would like to stay in? The comfortable (4-star) or economy class (3-star) hotel? About the group tour departure date, as it's still early, we can open any date as the departure date right now. If you have any further questions or doubts, please let me know without hesitation. It is my pleasure to work with you at any time.

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