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Beijing and Tibet Tour Map


To the majority of first-timers to China, Beijing is definitely the first visit. Just Like other mega-metropolitan cities New York, Tokyo, Moscow, London, Beijing wows countless international tourists with its architectural wonders, and rich history. The easy transportation connecting with virtually all corners of the world and huge business opportunities make it a modern “golden rush” city for people from all walks of life.

With winding Hutong, jaw-dropping imperial palaces, and modern Olympic stadium and alluring night life, it would be a perfect choice to dive into the massive Beijing city, filled with contradiction of modern and ancient charms right before heading to an utterly religious kingdom in holy Tibet.

As a pioneer of Tibet inbound tourism, we would like to facilitate your Beijing and Tibet tour by offering services ranging from Tibet Travel Permit application, Tibet train and flight booking and hand-picked Beijing-Tibet tour packages, and plenty of useful insiders’ travel tips. So far, taking Qinghai-Tibet Railway or domestic flight to Lhasa are the two major ways to reach Tibet. And for better acclimatization to high altitude of Tibet (e.g. Lhasa has an altitude of 3658m), It’s advisable to take Tibet train in and fly out.

  • Note: Situated on northern plain, Beijing has an altitude of 44m while while Tibet is perched on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau averaging an altitude of above 4000m. It takes about 40:10h to reach Lhasa (3658m) from Beijing by train; whereas by not-stop flight, it takes around 4.30h.

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How to Get to Lhasa Tibet from Beijing

  • Beijing to Lhasa by Train

    Beijing-Lhasa train (Z21/Z22) is one of the busiest and the most popular railways that connect Tibet with major cities of mainland China. The railway line covers 8 provinces from the capital of China to western soaring Tibetan plateau. The biggest benefit of travelling to Lhasa by train is it can minimize the possibility of acute altitude sickness and in return you will enjoy stunning view of Gobi Desert, lofty mountain pass, shimmering rivers and vast prairie from Golmud to Lhasa. Meanwhile the train is equipped with oxygen supply system, and offers nice food to ensure a safe and pleasant journey.

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  • Beijing to Lhasa by Flight

    Undoubtedly, to those who have a tight schedule, flying to Lhasa from Beijing is the most efficient way. Currently, there are 4 major Chinese airlines that run flights from Beijing to Lhasa, i.e. Air China, Shandong Airline, and Tibet Airline and Shenzhen Airline. The direct flight will make a brief stop (around 1 hour) via Chengdu or Xi’an and keep flying to Lhasa. After about 6 hours’ flight, you will safely land in Lhasa Gonggar Airport. While the non-stop flight takes around 4.15h to reach Lhasa. Given the huge altitude change from Northern plain to Tibetanplateau, it’s highly advisable for you to take a good rest shortly after your arrival in Lhasa. And we also offer flight booking service for our clients.

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  • Beijing to Xining by Flight and Take Train to Lhasa

    Using both flight and train works best when tourists are about to travel to Tibet during the high season (July-August; During Chinese Spring Festival in winter) of Tibet tour. Since at that time, the direct Beijing-Lhasa train tickets will be in short supply, taking flight from Beijing to Xining first can save you up to 20 hours’ train ride and the train tickets can be easily booked from Xining to Lhasa, which is also the highlighted section of Tibet train tour. Meanwhile, travelling in this way is also a great option for those who are keen to visit Qinghai Lake, the largest saline lake in Xining and enjoy the spectacular window view on the world’s highest train.

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Note: In addition to train and flight booking from Beijing to Lhasa, we also offer bookings from other major cities to Lhasa, such as Kathmandu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, Xi’an, etc. For budget travelers, you can sign up for a variety of small group tours in Tibet. Not only can you enjoy relatively cheaper tour price, but also will make friends with global tourists within a group. To family travelling with kids and elderly or other clients with special preference, you may work with us to customize your Tibet tour.

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How to Get Tibet Permit When Traveling to Tibet from Beijing

As a common practice, we will deliver your Tibet permit to your hotel in Beijing by express, 1-7 days prior to your departure for Lhasa. It is common to get the permit even the night or a couple of hours before your departure to Tibet. In some extreme cases, our staff in Beijing will deliver it to your hand before departure at airport or railway station. As the leading local travel agency that has organized global tourists to Tibet since 1984, we have never failed to get and deliver the Tibet permit to our clients. Please feel rest-assured.

If you take a flight to Lhasa from Beijing, the original copy is required, while if getting to Lhasa from Beijing by train, a printed copy is enough. Your travel consultant will handle with it perfectly according to the situation.

Why you can't get the permit much earlier?

The Tourism Bureau only accepts the permit application that is used to arrive in Tibet within 20 days. Generally, it takes 6-12 working days to issue the permit after we get the photo copy of your passport and Chinese visa. The application time depends on where you travel in Tibet, about 8-12 days to get the permit if heading to Mt.Everest and Mount Kailash, and just 6-8 days if you only travel in Lhasa City.

After we get the permit in Lhasa, we will deliever the permit to you immediately by express, and it takes at least 3 days to arrive in Beijing. Therefore, you will only be able to get the permit within 1 to 7 days before your departure for Lhasa.

However, your personal consultant usually ask you to confirm the tour much earlier, because the earlier you provide all the required documents, the earlier we can submit to Tibet Tourism Bureau and wait for your turn.

We promise to nail visa to Tibet for every of our clients with 100% guarantee.

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Advantages about Booking a Beijing and Tibet Tour Together

Enjoy the Easy Transportation in China’s Capital City

The world-class transportation system in Beijing makes it a gateway city for international tourists to enter China. After you finish touring Beijing, you can also easily board direct flight or Tibet train (or even flight and Tibet train combined during peak travel season) to reach Lhasa, Tibet. Arguably, it’s the easy transportation that gives Beijing the edge over other major cities in mainland China.

Travelling with Tibet Vista, Your First Guarantee of Lifetime Experience in Tibet

As the trailblazer of Tibet inbound tourism since 1984, Tibet Vista is a well-established Tibet tour operator, based in Lhasa. All your service in Tibet is provided by our hospitable and seasoned Tibetan staff. We are the first Tibet tour operator to run Join-in Small Group tours for budget travelers and at the same time offer private tour for tourists with unique preferences. Tibet train tour and 100% Tibet Visa application are our specialties. Over the past decades, we successfully organized more than 100 thousands tourists to visit Tibet. Now, with 4,000 clients world-wide each year, Tibet Vista is undoubtedly your top priority of Tibet tour operator for your travel. In addition, our diverse tour products and considerate tour service and travel tips will meet the demand for tourist of all ages.

Experience Dynamic City and Cultural Diversity

There are many more that attract people from all over the world to visit this vibrant metropolis. You will find yourself captivated by heritage of the world’s most cutting-edge architecture used during Olympics games and climb the marvelous the Great Wall; the exquisite cultural relics and artifacts in forbidden city and contemporary galleries displayed in 798 Art District give you a chance to travel in the time capsule from ancient China to modern Chinese city; while the peaceful life in courtyard of winding Hutong and rare antique in Panjiayuan Market, etc. give you mesmerizing experience in Beijing. Before you board the train for Lhasa, you will find yourself fall in love with this lovely city. Only the lure of mysterious Tibet propels you to reach for the next equally charming destination - Tibet.

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