Travel to Tibet from Xiamen

  • by Eric
  • Last Updated: 2020-01-07

Xiamen scenery

Xiamen is a beautiful coastal city in China. It is popular for its awesome islands and clean environments. It is known for lovely seaside promenades, tree-lined beaches, historical places, Victorian architecture, botanical gardens, Buddhist temples, and parks.

Tibet, on the other hand, is a fabulous place to visit. Tourists who visit Tibet, of course, readily feel that they are transported to another space and time. Tibet had long evolved in isolation, being situated literally on top of the world and not readily accessible to the outside world.

This enabled Tibet to develop an independently unique culture and history that are truly worth learning and experiencing. Hence, a tour that includes visits to both Xiamen and Tibet is surely worth experiencing.

How to travel to Tibet from Xiamen

There are basically many ways and modes of transportation that you can use to reach Tibet from Xiamen. These modes include traveling by car, bus, plane, or by train. However, there are no direct flights or direct train travel from Xiamen to Tibet. Hence, the routes leading to Tibet would often require you to transit through other transport hubs like Guangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, or Xian and from these cities, you can either board another plane or take another train.

A. Xiamen to Lhasa, Tibet by Plane

The fastest way, of course, to reach Tibet from Xiamen is by plane travel. If you choose to board a plane, you have three ideal routes options to reach Lhasa Gonggar Airport, Tibet from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Fujian Province. These routes entail a one-stop flight to Lhasa that includes the following:

Xiamen to Lhasa air routes

1. Xiamen to Chongqing to Lhasa

Recently, Xiamen Airlines launched a direct flight from Xiamen to Lhasa. It would be a piece of good news for tourists who would like to travel to Tibet from Xiamen. You can abroad flight MF8467 at 7:15 am in Xiamen and land in Lhasa at 13:40. This flight would have a one-hour stopover in Chongqing.

Alternatively, you also can take connecting flights. There have been many flights to Chongqing from 07:00 to 20:35 and the flight lasts for 2 hours and 50 minutes. Upon arriving at Chongqing, you can board a plane going to Lhasa. there have been many flights to Lhasa from 06:00 to 18:40 and the flight duration is 2 hours and 50 minutes.

2. Xiamen to Xian to Lhasa

Your second option is to fly to Tibet from Xiamen via Xi'an. You can board a plane at Xiamen going to Xi'an. There have been many flights to Xi’an from 07:10 to 21:25 and the flight takes 3 hours to arrive at Xi'an. Upon arriving at Xi'an, you can board another plane going to Lhasa, Tibet. There have been many flights to Lhasa from 06:00 to 21:40 and the flight lasts for almost 3 hours and 10 minutes.

3. Xiamen to Chengdu to Lhasa

Another route is to fly to Tibet via Chengdu. You can board a plane at Xiamen going to Chengdu.  There have been many flights to Chengdu from 07:35 to 22:10 and the flight lasts for almost 2 hours and 45 minutes. Then, at Chengdu, you can board a plane going to Lhasa, Tibet. There have been many flights to Lhasa from 05:50 to 21:00 and the flight to Lhasa usually lasts for 2 hours and 25 minutes.

These are some of the suggested ways to get to Tibet from Xiamen. Choosing a flight saves time and choosing a train saves money. You can freely combine airplanes and trains according to your needs. You can choose the route you want depending on what you want to save.

The best way to travel on this route in my mind is by taking a flight to Xian and then the train to Tibet. The train to Tibet is also a time-consuming journey, but it worth every second and every penny spent. Every part of the journey is picture-worthy and the sceneries simply take your breath away.

B. Xiamen to Tibet by train:

First, you can ride a train from Xiamen to Tibet via Guangzhou. You can also reach Tibet via Chengdu or Xian.

1. Xiamen to Tibet via Guangzhou

Xiamen to Guangzhou

Both Xiamen and Guangzhou belong to coastal cities, and their distance is very close. You can take a regular train to Guangzhou, which takes about twelve hours. If you don’t have enough time, you can also take the intercity high-speed rail, which takes about five hours.

Train no. From To Dep./ Arr. Duration Hard Sleeper/Second Class Soft Sleeper/First Class
K230 Xiamen Guangzhou 17:26 / 05:10 11 h 44 min CNY 178 CNY 274
K298 Xiamen Guangzhou 18:30 / 06:11 11 h 41 min CNY 219 /
D2383 Xiamen Guangzhou 07:02 / 12:05 4 h 59 min CNY 255 CNY 373
G1609 Xiamen Guangzhou 09:59 / 14:18 4 h 19 min CNY 255 CNY 389

Guangzhou to Lhasa

From Guangzhou, you can board another train to Tibet. Guangzhou to Tibet by train takes around 53 hours and 20 minutes. The train Z264 departs Guangzhou at around 11:45 and arrives at Lhasa by 17:05. The entire trip covers the distance of 4,980 km. The ticket fares for the Guangzhou-Tibet trip usually depend on the type of accommodation you would choose. The tickets likewise are subject to alteration.

Train no. From To Dep./ Arr. Duration Hard Sleeper Soft Sleeper
Z264 Guangzhou Lhasa 11:45 / 16:45 53h CNY 865 CNY 1468

2. Xiamen to Tibet via Chengdu

You can also reach Tibet from Xiamen via Chengdu by train. The distance you need to traverse via this route is 3,070km. At Chengdu, you can take the train Z322 to Lhasa, Tibet. The departure time is 21:37 and the arrival time at Lhasa is 9:55. The duration of this train travel is 36 hours and 18 minutes. Here is the train timetable. 

Train no. From To Dep./ Arr. Duration Hard Sleeper/Second Class Soft Sleeper/First Class
G2372 Xiamen Chengdu 06:44 / 20:29 13 h 45 min CNY 1038 CNY 1711
Z322 Chengdu Lhasa 21:37 / 09:55 36 h 18 min CNY 628 CNY 998

3. Xiamen to Tibet via Xian

Another route you can take is via Xian. You should take train Z126 which leaves Xiamen at 7:29 and arrives at Xian by 4:05 the next day. This train travel takes 20 hours and 36 minutes. You can also ride the train K244 which leaves at 16:47 and arrives at Xian by 04:56 the next day. This train trip takes longer and lasts 34 hours and 9 minutes. Upon arrival at Xian, you can board train Z265 that leaves Xian at around 9:45 and arrives at Lhasa by 16:45. This trip takes around 31 hours. The other train that you can ride is Z165 that leaves at 11:24 and arrives at Lhasa by 19:35. This trip takes 32 hours and 11 minutes.  

Train no. From To Dep./ Arr. Duration Hard Sleeper Soft Sleeper
Z126 Xiamen Xi'an 07:29 / 04:05 20 h 36 min CNY 389 CNY 613
K244 Xiamen Xi'an 18:47 / 04:56 34 h 9 min CNY 399 CNY 629
Z265 Xi'an Lhasa 09:45 / 16:45 31 h CNY 612 CNY 970
Z165 Xi'an Lhasa 11:24 / 19:35 32 h 11 min CNY 612 CNY 970

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