Most Frequently Asked Questions about Chengdu Lhasa Flight
1. When is the best time to fly to Lhasa?
For Lhasa tour, it is a good choice to travel to this holy city from May to October. During this time, the city of Lhasa is provided with warm sunshine and high oxygen content, good for sightseeing. From April to October, the climate becomes mild and humid and is the best season for travel in Tibet. Meanwhile, there are a great number of Chengdu Lhasa flights operated during this period. It is recommended to take the morning flights, because it will be less likely for you to experience a flight delay or cancel. Also, as the flight time from Chengdu to Lhasa is only around 2 hours, tourists can get to Lhasa early and have enough time to acclimatize to the high altitude there.
2. How can I get discounted flight ticket from Chengdu to Lhasa?
If you want to buy cheap flight from Chengdu to Lhasa, the best choice is to avoid the high tourist season. The most crowded seasons in China are Chinese Spring Festival and National Day. For Tibet tours, the most popular time is from April to June and September to October. While during the time between July and August, there are still a lot of people rush to Tibet since it is in the summer vacation for students in China. Therefore, try to plan your Tibet trip in low seasons, like winter, and then you can lower your Chengdu to Lhasa flight cost to different degrees.
3. Which airport should I go for taking the flight to Lhasa in Chengdu?
All flights from Chengdu to Lhasa take off at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, which is the only airport in Chengdu city. Situated to the southwest of Chengdu Shuangliu district, the airport is around 16 kilometers away from the downtown area. There are two terminals in the airport. Passengers can buy tickets and board flights to Lhasa in both terminals.
As for the transfer to the airport, tourists can choose to take the airport shuttle bus. With five lines respectively leaving from the downtown, railway stations and bus station, the shuttle bus can take tourists of different areas in Chengdu to the airport. Also, you can take Metro Line 10 directly to the Airport Terminal 2 Station, if your hotel is right close to the subway. As the most hassle-free way, tourists can also take a taxi to the airport.
4. Can I fly to other cities in Tibet instead of Lhasa from Chengdu?
Apart from Lhasa, tourists can also take flights to other prefectures in Tibet from Chengdu, including Shigatse and Nyingchi. There is usually one direct flight from Chengdu to Shigatse every day during peak season. But the departure time may alternatively be the early morning or afternoon. It takes about 2 hours to get to Shigatse Peace Airport.
For tourists traveling to Tibet for the first time, it is a good choice to first fly to Nyingchi. Located in southeast part of Tibet, Nyingchi is the lowest prefecture of Tibet, featuring humid climate and attractive scenery. The lower elevation in Nyingchi will help tourists better acclimate to the high altitude, before ascending to other higher places of Tibet. Currently, there are 4 direct flights from Chengdu to Nyingchi each day during high travel season. All flights leave in the early morning, thus you can have hours to enjoy the beautiful landscape there after your arrival.
5. How to board the flights to Lhasa as a foreign passenger?
First of all, for foreign tourists planning to travel to Tibet, you need to obtain your passport, Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit. All of them are required to be handed for the check as you board the flight to Lhasa. As for the Tibet Travel Permit, it is the required document for all foreign tourists to travel around Lhasa and its surroundings. To avoid the troublesome application procedure, we can help to obtain your Tibet travel permit on behalf of you, please feel free to contact us for details.
Then, the boarding procedure is much similar to those in your own countries. It is suggested to reach the airport two hours early so that you will reserve enough time to go through all the procedures, especially when it is during the peak travel season. Upon your arrival, find the check-in counter for your airline and get your boarding pass. If you bring heavy luggage, you need to check it at the counter. Usually, the economy class is provided with a 20kg luggage allowance in China. Besides, you can bring a carry-on bag within 5kg on board. After passing through the security check, you will just wait for your plane and get prepared for boarding.
6. Are there any international flights to Lhasa?
Currently, Kathmandu is the only one city that operates international flights to Lhasa. Usually, there are two direct flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa every day during the high travel season. To take the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, tourists need to obtain the Group Tourist Visa and Tibet Travel Permit. To make your Tibet tour much more flexible and convenient, you can firstly fly to the mainland China, and then transfer to Tibet. Apart from Chengdu, there are several cities offering flights to Tibet, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming etc.