Most Frequently Asked Questions about Hong Kong Lhasa Flight
1. Which airport should I go for Hong Kong to Lhasa flight and how to go there?
There are a dozen of flights flying to Lhasa from Hong Kong every day, which take off at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG/ HKIG). Located in the Lantau Island, the offshore island of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong 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, it leaves every 10 minutes from 05:54 to 23:28, and every 12 minutes from 23:28 to 00:48. The airport shuttle starts from AsiaWorld-Expo Station and stops at Tsing Yi Station, Kowloon Station, Hong Kong Station, and the airport successively. Ticket prices vary from $6 to $115 according to your riding distance.
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.
2. How to get to my hotel after I arrived in Lhasa Airport?
The flight from Hong Kong will land at Lhasa Gongga International Airport (LXA), about 65 kilometers southwest of Lhasa city. There are several ways to get to the downtown from Lhasa Gonggar Airport.
First, you can take the airport shuttle bus, which always wait right at the exit of the airport, and leave every 30 minutes until 21:30 at night. Upon arrival at the terminal, Lhasa Civil Aviation Bureau (民航局) on Niangre Road 1, you can take other buses to your hotel. This ride takes about 3 hours and 35 yuan.
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.
Since international tourist can’t explore Tibet without the escort of tour guide, 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.
3. How to avoid high altitude sickness when taking the flight to Lhasa?
When taking the flight to Tibet from Hong Kong, 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 and avoid shower 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.
4. When is the best time to fly from Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong 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.
5. What are the travel documents required for flying to Lhasa from Hong Kong?
For international tourists who stopover in Hong Kong or 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 and deliver it to your address in Hong Kong. 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. Are there flights to other regions in Tibet from Hong Kong?
You can take flights from Hong Kong International Airport to airports in five different regions of Tibet: Lhasa Kongga International Airport (3,600m), Nyingchi Mainling Airport (2,949m), Shigatse Peace Airport (3,782m), Qamdo Bangda Airport (4,300m), Nagri Gunsa Airport (4,272m).
However, considering the flight frequency, the scenery, and altitude sickness caused by the sharp altitude increase, Tibet Vista warmly suggest you to land at Lhasa Kongga International Airport (3,600m) or Nyingchi Mainling Airport (2,949m). Currently, there are 16 connecting flights from Hong Kong 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.