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Flying to Tibet

How to fly to Tibet? Are there many flights to Tibet? The answer is absolute. In fact, many domestic and international airlines that fly to Tibet are available to both Chinese and overseas tourists.

Currently, tourists in China can fly directly to Lhasa from other major cities of China, like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xining, Xi'an, Kunming. Besides, for overseas tourists, you may take flights to Lhasa from Katmandu, or depart from your country to major cities of China mentioned above and change flights to Lhasa, Tibet.

Travel Tips: Theoretically only when foreign tourists get Chinese Visa and Tibet Visa (also known as Tibet Travel Permit) can they buy the air ticket of flights to Tibet. And, you may depend on a reliable travel agency like Tibet Vista to handle the indispensable travel documents.

All Airlines that Fly to Tibet

airlines to lhasa tibetAll airlines that fly to Tibet

Domestic Airlines to Lhasa, Tibet

a. Air China
b. China Eastern Airlines
c. China Southern Airlines
d. Sichuan Airlines
e. Xiamen Airlines
f. Tibet Airlines
g. West Air China
f. Chongqing Airlines
g. Lucky Airlines

International Airlines from Kathmandu to Lhasa, Tibet

a. Sichuan Airlines
b. Air China
c. China Eastern Airlines
d. China Southern Airlines
e. Tibet Airlines
f. Air China

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa

So far, there are 6 Airline companies offering flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa and Lhasa to Kathmandu. If you want to travel from Chengdu to Kathmandu, you can take a direct flight or a stopover flight. The price will be different.
Air Ticket Fare: at around 260USD (one-way flight). Due to the limited number of seats. The ticket prices raise even much higher during Chinese National Holiday(Oct 1st-7th) and Chinese Spring Festival(Jan to mid-Feb).

Note: The exact amount of flight prices, please refer to the airline you book.

Fly from Chengdu to Lhasa

There are more than 10 flights to Lhasa in peak travel season and 5 flights in low travel season, from early morning to late at night.
Air Ticket Fare: at 1500RMB (Appro 230USD) (one-way flight). Airport Tax is about 100RMB (appro.18USD). Round-trip flight tickets Chengdu- Lhasa-Chengdu usually at 70-90% of the full price.

Note: The exact amount of flight prices, please refer to the airline you book.

Fly from Beijing to Lhasa

There are several flights a day from Beijing to Lhasa, it takes around about 5 hours. The flight flys from Beijing in the morning and arrive in Lhasa in the late afternoon.
Air Ticket Fare: 400USD including airport tax and usually at full fare in the peak travel season, at 70%-80% of full fare in low travel season.

Note: The exact amount of flight prices, please refer to the airline you book.

Fly from Shanghai to Lhasa

It takes around takes 6-9 hours to fly from Shanghai to Tibet via China Eastern Airlines. 
Air Ticket Fare: 400USD for one way including airport tax and this flight is always at full fare all year round.

Note: The exact amount of flight prices, please refer to the airline you book.

Fly from Shangri la to Lhasa

Flight from Shangri la to Lhasa is always available.
Air Ticket Fare: 150USD for an economic class. However, you can hardly purchase a ticket at that price in the peak travel season, from July to September. The Lhasa to Shangri-la flight always has a stop at Chengdu.

Note: The exact amount of flight prices, please refer to the airline you book.

Fly from Kunming to Lhasa

The flight from Kunming to Lhasa will stop at Shangri-la.
Air Ticket Fare: at 250USD including airport tax. Sometimes the China Eastern airlines offer extremely cheap airline tickets on this flight, which can be as low as 150USD.

Note: The exact amount of flight prices, please refer to the airline you book.

Fly from Guangzhou to Lhasa

Flights to Lhasa from Guangzhou takes one day with a stopover.
Air Ticket Fare: China Southern Airlines sells the ticket at about 320USD and seldom provides a discount.

Note: The exact amount of flight prices, please refer to the airline you book.

Fly from Chongqing to Lhasa

There are several flights a day from Chongqing to Lhasa via Air China and Sichuan Airlines, Southern Airlines, etc.
Air Ticket Fare: The full price is at 161USD. Compared with the flight from Chengdu to Lhasa or from Lhasa to Chengdu, Lhasa-Chongqing flight usually offers more discount even in peak travel season.

Note: The exact amount of flight prices, please refer to the airline you book.

Fly from Xi'an to Lhasa

There are several flights a day from Xi'an to Lhasa and it takes more than 2 hours.
Air Ticket Fare: at about 161USD including airport tax (one-way flight). Sometimes, discount air tickets are available but not too much.

Note: The exact amount of flight prices, please refer to the airline you book.

Fly from Chengdu to Nyingchi

There are some flights from Chengdu to Nyingchi every day. All of the flights depart in the early morning from Chengdu, landing in Nyingchi Milin airport in the afternoon. Nyingchi Milin airport is the second important airport in Tibet located 40km south of Baiyi town.Many travelers prefer entering Tibet through Nyingchi because the low altitude of Nyingchi (3100m)can help them better acclimatize to high altitude.

Travelers flying to Lhasa and traveling eastwards can fly out through Milin airport. Sometimes Airline companies cannot provide enough seats for a large number of visitors, so the air ticket booking in peak travel season is a big problem. If travelers are planning a Tibet tour starting or ending in Nyingchi, please book the air tickets as early as possible.
Air Ticket Fare: at full fare 230USD including airport tax.

Note: The exact amount of flight prices, please refer to the airline you book.

Take Flight and Train to Tibet

In fact, flying to Tibet is not the best way to travel Tibet since it doesn’t give your body enough time to gradually acclimatize to the extreme altitude. Therefore, it is likely that you may suffer some mild altitude sickness in one way or another. A good recommendation is to fly to major cities like Beijing or Shanghai, Chengdu and later take Qinghai-Tibet train to Lhasa. In this way, the gradual ascent can help you acclimatize the high altitude better. After you finish your journey, fly out of Tibet will be a good choice.Please feel free to contact our travel consultant to book air tickets to Tibet and customize your Tibet Tour.

Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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