Travel to Tibet : How to Get There?

How TO Reach Tibet !!!!!


There are many ways to travel to Tibet, depending on how quickly you want to get there and how adventurous you choose to be. Usually we recommend you take a flight to Lhasa, and take a train out of Lhasa after your Tibet trip.

Traveling to Tibet by Plane / Flight


Most tourists will want to go to Tibet by plane. Flights are available to Gongkar airport, 95km (59mi) from Lhasa, from Beijing, Chengdu (with daily departure), Chongqing, Xining, Chamdo, Xi’an, Zhongdian, and Kathmandu.

  • Full Flight Timetable in and out of Lhasa

Chengdu is the most important hub for flights going to and from Tibet. There are at least two flights form Chengdu to Lhasa EVERYDAY. Flights to Tibet from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, all go through Chengdu. Chengdu offers several tourist attractions, including its world-famous Giant Panda Bears, the Ancient Sanxingdui Ruins, and the “Terracotta Warriors No. 2” (The more well-known Terracotta Warriors are in Xian). We recommend staying overnight in Chengdu to take advantage of these attractions.

Flights going to Lhasa from Chengdu all leave very early in the morning. The planes are all Airbus A340s, so expect a comfortable flight. Remember to look out the window! Along the way you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of Tibet’s snow-capped mountains.

Travel to Tibet by Driving 4 Wheel Vehicles!

For the adventurous, driving a 4 wheel-drive vehicle to Tibet provides an incredible experience that you will be remember for the rest of your life. It is a difficult route, not for the faint of heart!

You can drive to Tibet via 5 routes:

  • Sichuan (Chengdu) to Lhasa : 2159 kilometers to 2407 km
  • Yunnan (Kunming) to Lhasa: 2317 kilometers
  • Qinghai (Xining) to Lhasa: 1947 kilometers
  • Xinjiang (Yecheng) to Lhasa: 2743 kilometers
  • Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • The Qinghai and Kathmandu (“friendship highway”) routes are the most accessible. We do not recommend any of the other routes unless you are a ‘professional driver’, equipped with all the necessary gear and backup support.backup support.


Travel to Tibet by Train

It is now possible to go to Tibet by train via the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world's highest altitude railway. While traveling to Tibet by train takes much longer than by plane, you will be witness to thousands of miles of the most stunning landscapes in the world, rolling by outside your window.

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