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Xi’an, or also known as Changan, used to be the capital of Tang dynasty (618–907), the heyday in ancient Chinese history. The historical city impresses the newcomers with its rectangular ancient walls, life-size Terracotta Army and iconic Tang-style Big Goose Pagoda, etc. Given the unique cultural and historical significance, quite a number of international tourists would take Xi’an as a must-visit city before heading to Tibet.

Xi’an is about 2865.6km away from Lhasa and vital train routes like Shanghai-Lhasa train and Guangzhou-Lhasa train will pass Xi’an and keep moving to Tibet. If you do have enough time, do stop by and explore this ancient Chinese capital of over 10 dynasties.

As a pioneer of Tibet inbound tourism, we would like to facilitate your Xi’an and Tibet tour by offering services ranging from Tibet Travel Permit application, Tibet train and flight booking and hand-picked Xi’an-Tibet tour packages, and plenty of useful insiders’ travel tips. So far, taking Qinghai-Tibet Railway or domestic flight to Lhasa are the two major ways to reach Tibet. And for better acclimatization to high altitude of Tibet (e.g. Lhasa has an altitude of 3658m), It’s advisable to take Tibet train in and fly out.

  • Note: Located in south-central part of Shanxi Province, Xi’an has an altitude of 405m. Since plenty of Hui People live in Xi’an, it’s advisable to learn some of the basic dos and don’ts in Muslim quarters.

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How to Get to Lhasa Tibet from Xian

  • Xi’an to Lhasa by Train

    Xi’an-Lhasa train (Z265 /Z165) covers a distance of 2,864km and it takes 31:45h to reach Lhasa. You will travel from Guanzhong plain to soaring Qinghai-Tibet Plateau via 3 provinces. The highlights of train ride start to unfold as train enters the Gobi desert in Golmud. The grazingTibetan yaks, snow-capped peaks and massive prairie under blinding sunshine will give you a preview of typical terrain of Tibet. If you happen to take trains from Shanghai, or Guangzhou, you will make a brief stop at Xi’an railway station. If you want to tour Xi’an city, you can spend a couple of days in Xi’an, and then buy another Xi’an-Lhasa train ticket to Tibet.

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  • Xi’an to Lhasa by Flight

    Though flying from Xi’an to Lhasa is probably not the best option given the cost and tour experience, it is the most efficient way to travel from Xi’an to Tibet. You can easily take a shuttle bus or a taxi from downtown Xi’an to Xianyang International Airport. Then take non-stop flights to Tibet. Tibet Airline, Sichuan Airline, and Air China, and China Eastern Airline all have non-stop flights to Tibet. Due to the huge altitude change (Xi’an 405m; Lhasa 3658m), shortly after you land in Lhasa, never rush to visit Lhasa city. Having a good rest in hotel is vital to acclimatize to the altitude and life on Tibetan Plateau.

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  • Xi’an to Xining by Flight and Take Train to Lhasa

    The distance between Xi’an and Xining is around 879km. If you fail to book Xi’an to Lhasa train ticket during peak travel season, and never want to miss the highlights of Tibet train journey, taking a brief flight to Xining and later taking Xining-Lhasa train offer a viable alternative. In this way, you can shorten the 5 hours train ride to just 1:40h’s flight from Xi’an to Xining.

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Note: In addition to train and flight booking from Xi’anto Lhasa, we also offer bookings from other major cities to Lhasa, such as Kathmandu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, etc. For budget travelers, you can sign up for a variety of small group tours in Tibet. Not only can you enjoy relatively cheaper tour price, but also will make friends with global tourists within a group. To family travelling with kids and elderly or other clients with special preference, you may work with our travel consultants to customize your Tibet tour.

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How to Get Tibet Permit When Traveling to Lhasa from Xi’an

As a common practice, we will deliver your Tibet permit to your hotel in Xi’an by express, 1-7 days prior to your departure for Lhasa. It is common to get the permit even the night or a couple of hours before your departure to Tibet. In some extreme cases, our staff in Xi’an will deliver it to your hand before departure at airport or railway station. As the leading local travel agency that has organized global tourists to Tibet since 1984, we have never failed to get and deliver the Tibet permit to our clients. Please feel rest-assured.

If you take a flight to Lhasa from Xi’an, the original copy is required, while if getting to Lhasa from Xi’an by train, a printed copy is enough. Your travel consultant will handle with it perfectly according to the situation.

Why you can't get the permit much earlier?

The Tourism Bureau only accepts the permit application that is used to arrive in Tibet within 20 days. Generally, it takes 6-12 working days to issue the permit after we get the photo copy of your passport and Chinese visa. The application time depends on where you travel in Tibet, about 8-12 days to get the permit if heading to Mt.Everest and Mount Kailash, and just 6-8 days if you only travel in Lhasa City.

After we get the permit in Lhasa, we will deliver the permit to you immediately by express, and it takes at least 3 days to arrive in Xi’an. Therefore, you will only be able to get the permit within 1 to 7 days before your departure for Lhasa.

However, your personal consultant usually asks you to confirm the tour much earlier, because the earlier you provide all the required documents, the earlier we can submit to Tibet Tourism Bureau and wait for your turn.

We promise to nail visa to Tibet for every of our clients with 100% guarantee.

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Advantages about Booking a Xian and Tibet Tour Together

Get a Deeper Impression of Chinese Culture and History

For foreigners interested in Chinese culture, Xi'an will eventually be a must-visit destination in your list. As the most celebrated ancient capital, Xi’an has seen the rise and fall of 13 dynasties in Chinese history.

When you touring Xi’an, you will find it like a giant museum. Whether it is the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s eight wonders, the ancient city wall, or the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which once housed the scriptures of the Sindhu, ......, every brick and tile left behind by the ancients reveals the depth of history.

Besides, you can enjoy a unique northwestern flavor of Chinese food here. The most representative food in Xi’an is the yummy snacks of all kinds, such as Roujiamo (Chinese hamburger), cold noodle, cruded pancake in mutton soup, minced noodles etc.

Get Multiple Choices on Transferring to Tibet from Xian

Xi’an is one of the most popular gateways to Tibet from mainland China. From here, you can choose to take a train or flight to Lhasa as you like. Trains from Xi’an to Lhasa run for less time than other routes. And flights depart several times per day.

Besides, you can also choose to first fly to Xining and then take the train from Xining to Lhasa. In this way, you can have more opportunities to get a Tibet train ticket.

If you book your Xi’an and Tibet tour together with us, we will help to arrange your train or flight from Xi’an to Lhasa, according to your needs. We will also guarantee your Tibet Travel Permit, which is required for you to enter to Tibet.

Get the Best Value of Money by a Packaged Tour from Xian to Tibet

A packaged tour always includes everything for less. Your local transfer, accommodation, travel guide and driver service, and attraction fees are all included in your Xian Tibet tour package. As the first Tibet tour operator to run Join-in Small Group tours, we can offer you more competitive prices and guaranteed services.

Compared with booking a Xian tour and a Tibet tour separately with different travel agencies, our packages can exempt you from the service fees charged by different travel agencies.

You only need to pay once and enjoy the same quality of high-standard service throughout your trip from Xian to Tibet.

Get Stress-free Communication with Our Travel Consultant

Communication tends to consume a lot of your time and patience. If you book separate trips to Xian and Tibet with different travel agencies, you may need to describe the same needs with different consultants.

Our China Tibet Travel Consultant will solve all your problems with your China Tibet travel plan. They are not only familiar with travel in Tibet, but also in mainland China.

You will have exclusive customer service to connect with you. Just tell your 1-on-1 travel consultant all your needs and he/she will arrange the best trip to Xian and Tibet according to your needs.

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