Singapore, a Southeast Asian country near China, is a convenient gateway to Tibet not only for its geographical advantage but also the benefit Chinese government has endowed to Singapore citizens – visa-free policy for Singaporean staying in China within 15 days. Therefore, in recent years, more and more Singaporean tourists make the trip to Tibet to learn about the culture and take in the spectacular scenery.
For most overseas tourists, taking a flight to Tibet is undoubtedly the preferential choice. Nowadays, many Chinese inland cities have direct and non-stop flights to Singapore Changi Airport, the most important airport in Singapore, making it easier to enter Tibet. However, at present, no direct flight is available from Singapore to Lhasa, Tibet, so you need to transfer in some Chinese inland cities to head to Tibet.
Insider Tips: For all international travelers including Singaporean, a Tibet Entry Permit is always required once you travel to Tibet. Make sure you have obtained your Tibet Travel Permit before boarding since original document of it is necessary for flight taking. We can offer you Tibet Entry Permit service for free as long as you join in the group tours of us. If you want more details, please feel free to contact us.
Recommended Groups to Take Flights to Tibet
As the most convenient way to cut into Tibet from Singapore, flight journey is most suitable for two kinds of people:
· Tourists with a short vacation or a tight schedule. If you don’t have enough time, taking a flight will be a proper choice. Compared with a train, you can save at least 1 day by flight.
· People with a lot of budgets or want a comfortable experience. Although you can appreciate beautiful sceneries along the route, not everyone can bear long hours on a train since it could be tiring, especially for kids or aged people. If you want a fast and comfortable experience on the way, taking airplanes will undoubtedly be your priority.
How to Take a Flight from Singapore to Tibet
Singapore – Chengdu – Lhasa
This is an itinerary that we strongly recommend for you because as a southwest city near to Tibet and developed in the transportation network, you can save much time to transfer in Chengdu.
Flights from Changi Airport to Chengdu, China run 3-4 times a day and will cost around $850 for a direct flight. Time of the flight is about 4-5 hours. After arriving in Chengdu, you can rest for a night and go ahead to Lhasa the next day. Currently, there are 14 direct flights between Chengdu and Lhasa in peak travel season from early morning to midnight and the flight takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes from Chengdu to Lhasa. The full price is about $250 for economy class.
Singapore – Chongqing – Lhasa
As a major southwest city in China adjacent to Chengdu, Chongqing is another hub for transfer. Every day, 2 direct flights from Changi Airport to Chongqing Jiangbei Airport are available and it takes about 4-5 hours on the flight. When you arrive at Chongqing, 9 non-stop flights to Lhasa are available every day, offering you many choices to pick the most suitable one. Usually, more discounts are made in ticket price than Chengdu Lhasa Flights in peak tourism season. In general, the cost of a one-way flight from Chongqing to Lhasa is $290 for economy class and you will spend 2 hours 50 mins on the plane.
Singapore – Beijing/Shanghai – Lhasa
As two major metropolitans in China, Beijing and Shanghai are hot cities for most tourists to fly to Tibet. Besides, many flights shuttle between Singapore and Beijing and Shanghai, making it convenient for people to enter China from Singapore.
Compared with Chengdu and Chongqing, travelers need to spend more time on a flight to Beijing and Shanghai, generally around 6 hours and costs approximately $1,500. When you arrive in Beijing, you can take a non-stop flight from Beijing to Lhasa which costs 4 hours 30 minutes and the ticket price is $516 for one way. If you leave from Shanghai, you may have a brief stopover in Chengdu or Xian, but during peak season, there will also be direct flights from Shanghai to Lhasa. Currently, there are about 5 flights per day to Lhasa from Shanghai with the flight duration of about 6-7 hours. And the full price for one way is approximately $514 for economy class.
Singapore – Guangzhou – Lhasa
As a coastal metropolitan in southeast China, Guangzhou has a shorter distance from Singapore than above cities, making it a convenient port for travelers to enter China. Taking off from Changi Airport, you only need to spend 4 hours on flights before arriving at Guangzhou, and the ticket price is around $319. But on the next lap to Tibet, you’ll spend more time and flight tickets are more expensive. Currently, there are around 5 flights per day from Guangzhou to Lhasa with a flying duration about 6-9 hours. During the flight, you will have a stopover or transfer in Chongqing and Xian before heading to Lhasa. But in the peak season, direct flights are also available. Generally, the full ticket price to Lhasa is around $430 for economy class.
Singapore – Xining – Lhasa
Xining is a Chinese northwest city from which Qinghai – Tibet Railway extend. Every day, there are also direct flights taking off from Xining to Lhasa, providing travelers with more ways of transportation. At present, there is no direct flight from Singapore to Xining. You should transfer in Shenzhen, Shanghai or Chengdu, and the whole voyage lasts about 9 – 12 hours. But taking off from Xining, you will only spend 2 hours and 15 mins on the flight before arriving in Lhasa, and the ticket price is about $156 for economy class.
Besides, taking the Qinghai – Tibet train from Xining to Lhasa is also very popular among tourists because you can enjoy a great view along the route. Snow-capped Tanggula Mountain, broad Qinghai Lake, fascinating Hoh Xil and adorable wild animals will definitely enlighten your train tour. And you will spend about 21 hours on the train. With an average altitude of 2 km, it’s also a good choice for travelers to cut into Tibet from Xining to better acclimatize high altitude.
As for international flights, Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is also a good choice to leave from because it takes only 1.5 hours to reach Tibet by flight. – Details on Kathmandu Lhasa flight to Tibet
Major Airports in Tibet
In Tibet, there are two major airports for passenger transport: Lhasa Gonggar Airport and Nyingchi Mainling Airport. Limited by altitude and terrain, only parts of Chinese cities have direct flights to them whereas, during peak season (July to August), direct flights will also be arranged temporarily in some cities.
Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Located at an altitude of 3.6 km, Gonggar Airport is the most important airport in Tibet. It’s broad and flat in terrain and airplanes can take off or touch down for the whole daytime. At present, mainly 7 cities in China have direct flights to Gonggar Airport, including Chengdu, Xining, Chongqing, Kunming, Xi’an Zhengzhou and Beijing. All of these cities have at least 1 flight to Gonggar Airport every day, and in some cities like Chengdu and Beijing, there is usually a dozen flights to Lhasa each day.
Nyingchi Mainling Airport
Nyingchi Mainling Airport is located in the valley of Yarlung Zangbo River, Milin County. With an altitude of 2.9 km, it is chosen by many first travelers to Tibet for better acclimatize high altitude. Since surrounded by high ranges, the climate around Mainling Airport is volatile, increasing much difficulty for airplanes to take off and land.
So normally, airplanes only take off in the morning to avoid terrible turbulence. At present, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xian and Guangzhou have direct flights to Mainling Airport but not all of them are run every day, so if you are going to book tickets, please check and make sure you have the right date. If you want the latest news of flight to Tibet, please contact us.
In the last, it’s suggested for you to take some medicines to prevent from high altitude sickness such as Diamox, because the quick increase of altitude in a short period brought by taking flights may put you in a risk of altitude sickness.
Having arrived in Lhasa, don’t rush to scenic spots or do some strenuous activities like running and jumping. Spending your first day in the hotel for a good rest will be helpful to acclimatize high altitude. It’s quite normal for every traveler to suffer from minor symptoms of altitude sickness when arrives Tibet, as long as you can grasp the right way to handle it, you will enjoy a pleasant Tibet tour.
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