Most Frequently Asked Questions about Hongkong Lhasa Flight
1.When is the best time to fly from Hongkong 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, suitable for sightseeing. In this period, the climate becomes mild and humid and is the best season for travel in Tibet.
But if you want to buy your Hongkong to Lhasa flight at a low price, the best choice is to avoid the high tourist season. For Tibet tours, the most popular time is from April to October. While during Chinese National Day holiday (October 1st -- October 7th), there are a lot of Chinese tourists rush to Tibet. Therefore, try to plan your Tibet trip in low seasons, like winter, if you want to book some discount flights.
2.Which airport should I go for taking the flight to Lhasa in Hongkong?
There are a dozen of connecting flights flying to Lhasa from Hongkong every day, which takes off at the Hongkong International Airport. Located in the Lantau Island, the offshore island of Hongkong Special Administrative Region, Hongkong International Airport is about 34 kilometers away from the downtown area. It’s also one of the busiest airports in the world.
As for the airport transfer, there are several convenient ways for tourists to get to the airport from Hongkong city. The most convenient way is to take the airport express shuttling between central downtown and airport, which only takes about 24 minutes. Every day from 05:54 to 23:28, it leaves every 10 minutes; from 23:28 to 00:48, it leaves every 12 minutes. Ticket prices vary from the operation range. Also, you can choose airport buses to reach the airport in a relatively lower price. Ticket prices generally ranges from $3.5 - $58. As the most hassle-free way, you can also take a taxi directly to the airport, which takes about 36 minutes from the middle ring while the cost would be relatively higher, usually about $200 - $300.
3.How to get to my hotel after I arrived in Lhasa Airport?
Lhasa Gonggar Airport is about 65 kilometers southwest of Lhasa city, and there are several ways to get to the downtown. First, you can take the shuttle buses, which always wait right at the exit of the airport, and leave every 30 minutes until 21:30 at night. Upon arrival at the terminus, Lhasa Civil Aviation Bureau on Niangre Road 1, you can take other buses to your hotel. Besides, if you miss the shuttle bus, you can also take a taxi. By this way, you can go anywhere you want in Lhasa city, while the price is much higher as you can possibly imagine.
As a better option, you can use our shuttle service between your hotel and the airport for free, as long as you book your Tibet tour with us. In this case, when you arrive in Lhasa, your tour guide will meet you at the exit and transfer you to the reserved hotel.
4.Are there flights to other Regions in Tibet from Hongkong?
If you want to start your Tibet tour in a relatively low-altitude region, then the Nyingchi prefecture is the perfect choice. Currently, there are 16 connecting flights from Hongkong to Nyingchi each day. All flights arrive early in the morning in Nyingchi and the fastest flight takes about 11 hours and 5 minutes. Praised as the “Eastern Switzerland” of China, Nyingchi is a fantastic land full of beautiful landscapes. The low altitude there is also good for tourists to acclimatize themselves to the high elevation of Tibet Plataea.
Except for Gonggar Airport and Mainling Airport, you can also take flight from Hongkong to Shigatse Peace Airport and Qamdo Bangda Airport. Every day, there are 5-10 flights taking off from Hongkong to Shigatse and Qamdo in Tibet.
5. What are the travel documents required when flying to Lhasa from Hongkong?
For international tourists who stopover in Hong Kong and plan to enter Tibet from Hong Kong, you will need to hand your passport, Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit for the check. The passport and Chinese Visa are the primary documents required for traveling to China from abroad. And the Tibet Travel Permit, also called Tibet Visa, is the required document for all foreign tourists to enter Lhasa and travel around Tibet. 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.
For Hong Kong residents, there is no need to apply for the Tibet travel permit. All you need to take is your HK SAR Passport and Home Return Permit.
6.How to avoid high altitude sickness when taking the flight to Lhasa?
When taking the flight to Tibet from Hongkong, you will go through dramatic altitude change from almost the sea level to over 3600 meters. Due to its high elevation in Lhasa, tourists may suffer from altitude sickness of different degrees, like headache, chest congestion, polypnea, nausea, emesis, insomnia etc. Usually, the symptoms as mentioned above will gradually decrease after 1 to 2 days’ acclimation. So take it easy.
For better adaption to the high altitude, it is suggested to have a good rest during the first two days in Lhasa. Never get too excited and rush to visit attractions shortly after your arrival in Lhasa. Drink more water and avoid to take showers. Bringing with some medicines, like acetazolamide (Diamox), to fight altitude sickness will also be helpful. Gradually, you will be less likely to suffer from acute altitude sickness.