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Flights to Tibet

It is the most convenient way to get to Tibet by air. There are direct and non-stop flights to Tibet from many cities in mainland China, including Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming, etc. And the only international flight to Tibet is from Kathmandu to Lhasa, which takes only one and a half hours by direct flight. Among all the cities which offer domestic flights to Lhasa, Chengdu provides the most frequent daily non-stop flights to Lhasa, which takes about 2.5 hours.

To book the flight to Tibet, your passport number will be required. And when you check in at the airport, you need to show your Tibet Travel Permit. As the leading Tibet tour operator with years of experiences, we can help you purchase the flight ticket to Tibet, as well as apply for the Tibet travel permit and arrange the whole tour for you.

Most Popular Flights to Tibet

Check the detailed information about flights from the most popular destinations to Lhasa, Tibet.

  • Kathmandu to Lhasa Flight

    Traveling by air is the easiest and most convenient way to get from Nepal to Lhasa, and now there are two airlines that run flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

    1h 25min


  • Beijing to Lhasa Flight

    To travel to Tibet from Beijing by air, tourists can choose to take the non-stop flights to Lhasa, or cheaper indirect flights with a stopover in Chengdu, Xi'an or Xining.

    2h 15min


  • Shanghai to Lhasa Flight

    Recently, there is no direct flight from Shanghai to Tibet, but two daily flights fly from Shanghai to Lhasa with a stopover in Chengdu or Xian every day.

    7h 55min

    Stop in Xian

  • Chengdu to Lhasa Flight

    Chengdu manages the most frequent direct flights to Lhasa. Meanwhile, there are also non-stop flights from Chengdu to Nyingchi and Shigatse in Tibet.

    2h 15min


  • Chongqing to Lhasa Flight

    One of only four direct administered municipalities in the country, Chongqing is one of the best and most convenient places from which to get flights to the Lhasa Gonggar International Airport.

    2h 40min


  • Guangzhou to Lhasa Flight

    Currently, there are two direct flights from Guangzhou to Lhasa, with a stopover in Chongqing or Diqing.

    5h 55min

    Stop in Chongqing

  • Xining to Lhasa Flight

    For anyone who want to save more time for getting to Tibet, the flight from Xining to Lhasa will worth your trial.

    2h 15min


  • Kunming to Lhasa Flight

    When it comes to traveling from Kunming to Lhasa, flying is ultimately more convenient and faster than any other method of travel.

    2h 50min


  • Xian to Lhasa Flight

    In addition to the regular Tibet train, the flight from Xi’an to Lhasa is also preferred by many tourists, for time-saving and convenient reasons.

    3h 05min


  • Hong Kong to Lhasa Flight: How to Travel from Hong Kong to Tibet by Air?

    Currently, there are no direct flights from Hong Kong to Lhasa. You can take a connecting flight from Hong Kong to Lhasa, traveling via Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Beijing, or Shanghai.

Airports in Tibet

Major Airports in Tibet

Lhasa Gonggar Airport

Located on the southbank of the Brahmaputra River, Lhasa Gonggar Airport is at an altitude of 3600 meters. It is the major airport used by travelers to fly to Tibet.

Shigatse Peace Airport

Being 41.5 kilometers away from Shigatse downtown, the airport is a 4C joint civil-military regional airport. At present, there is direct flights from Chengdu to Shigatse Peace Airport.

Chamdo Bangda Airport

It is currently the highest airport in the world, 136 kilometers to the nearest town of Chamdo, which is also the farthest civil airport from the central city of China.

Nyingchi Milin Airport

Located 50 kilometers from Bayi Town, Nyingchi, the airport lies at an altitude of 2,949 m above sea level. Currently, tourists can take flights to Nyingchi Milin Airport from Chengdu.

Ali Kunsha Airport

The airport is one of the highest airports in the world, with an elevation of 4272 meters. Tourists who go to visit Mount Kailash can take flights from Lhasa to Ngari.

We Guarantee Your Tibet Travel Permit

Before you take flight to Tibet, you need to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. Without it, you are not allowed to board the plane and travel to Tibet. Here we can help you to get the permit to ensure you a worry-free trip!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Flights to Tibet

How long is the flight to Tibet?

There are several kinds of situations depending on from where you will fly to Tibet. It can be as short as no more than 2 hours, or as long as more than one day.

Firstly, if you have entered China or Nepal, and plan to fly to Tibet, then you can take a direct flight forward. The shortest time is around 1.5 h for the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. And the longest time will be around 8 hours, for the flight from Shanghai to Lhasa, which has a stopover in Xi’an.

But if you depart from overseas or distant cities in US, UK, or Australia etc., then you will need to have a connecting flight, to first fly to Mainland China or Kathmandu in Nepal. You flight time will cover two parts of the flights, plus the time for transferring at the airport.

How much does it cost to fly to Tibet?

Depending on departure city and departure time, airfares to Tibet can vary considerably. And there will be special cases that influence the ticket fare also, like local policy, or the COVID-19 in the moment.

In a normal year of general case, for the short flight journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa, the ticket fare of economy-class starts from $214. And the flight from Beijing to Lhasa starts from around $500 for economy class.

It is recommended to check the online flight booking site from time to time, so as to follow the latest updates. Or, you can contact us to help you check the flights and schedules based on your travel plan.

How to find cheap flights to Tibet?

1. Try to avoid the high travel season. For a Tibet tour, the peak travel time is from April to October, especially in May, June, July, and August. So you can book your flight in winter season, when there are also discounts offered by many airlines.

2. Choose the connecting flight instead. If you have sufficient time, you can ignore the direct flights that usually charge high prices. For example, the connecting flight from Shanghai to Lhasa will cost around $112, which is only a third of a direct flight price, although it will stop for 8 hours in Chongqing on the way.

3. Book your flight in advance. You can usually get the cheapest rates by booking your flights in advance, usually a month in advance is best.

4. Compare more booking websites. Make more inquiries and comparisons before you decide your booking. Also, sometimes, the official site of the airlines will offer price guarantee.

Is it better to take the train or flight to Tibet?

There is no sheer saying that take a train is better than the flight or the other way around. Flight is more suitable for time-limited travelers, or who want to spend more days in Tibet after arrival. Whereas, the train can cost less for budget travelers, and one can also view different scenery passing by the railway.

It is a wise choice to combine both train and flight for your Tibet trip. For example, if you fly from Guangzhou to Lhasa, which has far-away distance, you can first fly to Xining, and then board the train to Tibet.

You can also choose to enter Tibet by train, and exit by flight. Since it will help to acclimate the high altitude, taking the train is fabricable for many who have never been to high-elevation places like Tibet. After your whole trip, you can quickly go home or your next destination by taking the flight.

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