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Chengdu to Lhasa Flight

Last Update: June 30, 2020

Taking a flight from Chengdu to Lhasa is the quickest and the most convenient way to get from mainland China to Tibet by plane. Compared to flights from other major cities in China, flights from Chengdu to Tibetan destinations are the cheapest as well. Chengdu Airport also offers the convenience of multiple daily flights, while flights from other cities typically take off either in the morning or in the evening. Finally, if your layover in Chengdu is long enough, you may wish to see Giant Pandas and visit the most laid-back city of China.

Chengdu to/from Lhasa Flights

Chengdu to Lhasa Flight Schedule

The entire flight from Chengdu to Lhasa takes about 2:30 hours, covering the distance of 1,261 kilometers/784 miles. Being the most important airline gateway to Tibet, Chengdu Airport handles the majority of direct flights to Lhasa. Accordingly, the airport of Chengdu receives the largest number of regular flights from Lhasa compared to other cities in the country. More so, airlines traveling from other Chinese destinations to Tibet are likely to fly via Chengdu.

Chengdu to Lhasa Flight MapChengdu operates the most frequent daily non-stop flights to Lhasa.

The major airlines connecting Chengdu and Lhasa are Air China and Sichuan Airlines. Tibet Airlines, Lucky Air and China Southern Airlines are some other airlines connecting the capitals of Sichuan and Tibet. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, located some 15km/9mi from the city center, is the main airline hub of Sichuan. Lhasa Gonggar Airport is the main airport in Tibet, located about 60km/37mi from the city of Lhasa.

In general, the lowest flight fares between these destinations are around $220. Flight deals are most expensive during the high season and national holidays, exceeding $500. The most affordable days for flying from Chengdu to Lhasa are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Aside from national holidays, Sunday is typically the most expensive day for traveling by airplane between these destinations. In general, there are approx. 20 daily departures, most of which take off before noon.

Chengdu to Lhasa Flight Schedule

Dep. - Arr.Flight No.Air LineFrequency
5:50 – 8:10 TV9853 Tibet Airlines MTWTFSS
5:55 – 8:20 CA4405 Air China MTWTFSS
6:00 – 8:15 TV9803 Tibet Airlines MTWTFSS
6:10 – 8:35 3U8657 Sichuan Airlines MTWTFSS
6:15 – 8:45 CA4403 Air China MTWTFSS
6:35 – 9:00 EU2743 Chengdu Airlines MTWTFSS
6:55 – 9:10 CA4401 Air China MTWTFSS
7:20 – 9:50 3U8719 Sichuan Airlines MWF Sunday
7:45 – 10:15 8L9665 Lucky Air MWF Sunday
8:15 – 10:35 8L9665 Lucky Air TT Saturday
8:25 – 10:50 CA407 Air China TT Saturday
8:25 – 10:50 CA4445 Air China MWF
8:25 – 10:55 3U8697 Sichuan Airlines MTWTFSS
9:30 – 11:45 MU5825 China Eastern Airlines MTWTFSS
10:55 – 13:35 CA4441 Air China WF Sunday
11:35 – 14:15 3U8695 Sichuan Airlines MTWTFSS
12:30 – 14:50 CA4112 Air China MTWTFSS
13:15 – 15:35 TV9823 Tibet Airlines MWF Sunday
21:00 – 23:20 TV9882 Tibet Airlines MTWTFSS

Lhasa to Chengdu Flight Schedule

One-way flights between Lhasa, Tibet, and Chengdu, Sichuan, fluctuate from around $220 to over $500 depending on the day and season. For saving a certain amount of money, book a flight on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. The flight fares soar during high tourist season and national holidays. Flight times are around two hours. About 20 departures commonly take off from Lhasa Gonggar Airport daily.

Lhasa to Chengdu Flight Schedule

Dep. - Arr.Flight No.Air LineFrequency
7:05 – 9:10 CA3912 Air China MTWTFSS
9:40 – 11:50 3U8658 Sichuan Airlines MTWTFSS
9:55 – 12:10 CA3946 Air China TTSS
10:05 – 12:00 TV9804 Tibet Airlines MTWTFSS
10:25 – 12:35 3U8968 Sichuan Airlines MTWTFSS
10:25 – 12:35 CZ4906 China Southern Airlines MTWTFSS
10:35 – 12:35 CA4402 Air China MTWTFSS
11:45 – 13:50 8L9666 Lucky Air MTWTFSS
11:50 – 14:05 CA4446 Air China TTS
12:05 – 14:05 3U5232 Sichuan Airlines MTWTFSS
12:50 – 14:40 MU5474 China Eastern Airlines Tuesday
13:15 – 15:15 CA442 Air China TT Sunday
13:50 – 16:05 CA4406 Air China MTWTFSS
15:15 – 19:00 CA4026 Air China MF
15:20 – 17:30 3U8696 Sichuan Airlines MTWTFSS
16:15 – 18:15 CA4111 Air China MTWTFSS
17:50 – 19:55 CA4404 Air China MTWTFSS
21:20 – 23:20 CA3944 Air China MTWTFSS
22:10 – 00:10 TV9854 Tibet Airlines MTWTFSS

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is among main Chinese airline hubs. Except for South America, you have direct flights to Chengdu from every other continent. Direct flights to the capital of Sichuan are available from Rome, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, and Sydney among many other long-haul destinations. Chengdu exchanges direct flights with various Asian destinations, including Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul, and Tokyo. You can also fly to Chengdu from many cities in China, some of which are Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Xi'an, and Changsha.

Chengdu Shuangliu International AirportChengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the main airline hub for flights to Tibet.

Shuangliu Airport has two terminals. If you have a long layover at the airport, tour its shops, dine at eateries serving Chinese and international dishes or surf the web by courtesy of a free Wi-Fi. For visiting the city, which is some 15 km/9 mi away, take metro line 10. This affordable means of transport is the most convenient option considering possible traffic jams in Chengdu. To visit the Great Panda Breeding and Research Center, take off from metro 10 at the Taipingyuan station, catch metro 3, and take off at Dong Wu Yuan Station.

Lhasa Gonggar International Airport

Lhasa Gonggar International Airport is the most important airline hub in Tibet. Located some 60 km/37 mi south of Lhasa, the airport features shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants. Buses and taxis provide transfers to the Tibetan capital city. Buses typically travel around an hour, while taxis need about 45 minutes to cover the distance. But, if you book a Tibet tour via us, a specialized travel agency for private and group Tibet tours, you benefit from free transfers to the city and back to the airport.

Additional Chengdu to Tibet Flights

There are two other operating airports in Tibet. These are Nyingchi and Shigatse. Fly to Nyingchi if you wish to visit heavenly Basum-tso Lake, Lulang Forest or Midui Glacier. Travel to Shigatse to visit Mount Everest, Tashilhunpo Monastery, and Gama Valley.

Chengdu to Nyingchi Flights

Direct flights are available from Chengdu to Nyingchi, a city located in the eastern Tibet. There are usually four daily direct flights departing from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to Nyingchi Mainling Airport. These take off in the morning from 6 am to 8 am and spend around two hours in the air, with the last plane arriving in Nyingchi at 10 am. The returning flights from Nyingchi to Chengdu depart in the late morning, commonly from 9 am to 11 am. The flight time is about two hours, and the last flights usually arrives in Chengdu before 1 pm.

Chengdu to Nyingchi Flight Schedule

Dep. - Arr.Flight No.AirLineFrequency
6:20 – 8:15 CA4431 Air China MTWTFSS
6:50 – 8:40 TV9847 Tibet Airlines MTWTFSS
7:05 – 8:55 3U8693 Sichuan Airlines TTSS
7:55 – 10:00 CA4251 Air China MTWTFSS

Nyingchi to Chengdu Flight Schedule

Dep. - Arr.Flight No.AirLineFrequency
9:00 – 11:10 CA4432 Air China MTWTFSS
9:45 – 11:45 3U8694 Sichuan Airlines TT Saturday
10:20 – 12:25 TV9848 Tibet Airlines MTWTFSS
10:50 – 12:45 CA4252 Air China MTWTFSS

Chengdu to Shigatse Flights

There is only one daily flight from Chengdu to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. The plane leaves Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport around 6 am and arrives in Shigatse Peace Airport around 9 am. The flight back departs Shigatse at midday and lands at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport around mid-afternoon. Flights usually last around 2:30 hours.

Chengdu to Shigatse Flight Schedule

Dep. - Arr.Flight No.AirLineFrequency
6:15 – 8:55 TV9818 Tibet Airlines MTTFSS

Shigatse to Chengdu Flight Schedule

Dep. - Arr.Flight No.AirLineFrequency
12:00 – 14:30 TV9817 Tibet Airlines MTWFSS

Travel Documents Required to Take a Chengdu to Lhasa Flight

If you are a foreign traveler, you need a valid passport, the Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit (Tibet Visa) to check yourself in at the airport. Tibet travel permit allows you to enter and tour the autonomous region. In fact, whether you tour Tibet by flight or train, only you have the Travel permit can you enter Tibet.

The only way to apply for the permit is via a Tibet travel agency. The document should be applied through your passport and China Visa, and you should apply for it at least a few weeks before the intended trip. With years of experiences, we can help to apply for your Tibet permit on behalf of you, and deliver it to your hotel in Chengdu before your departure.

If you wish to travel out of Lhasa and visit Shigatse, Mt. Everest or Mt. Kailash, you need to apply for Aliens’ Travel Permit and Military Permit. You don't need these permits to board a flight to Tibet. While you may receive the Aliens Permit on the same day, apply for the Military Permit at least three weeks in advance. Your Tibet guide can help to apply for these documents when you arrive in Tibet.

Conclusion

With many daily departures, most affordable deals, and the shortest flight times, flying from Chengdu to Tibet is the best flight option. Before you start a trip, though, make necessary arrangements with a specialized and trustworthy agency, such as Tibettour.org, which will make sure that everything goes well.

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