How to Get to Tibet from Chengdu 2020/2021

Chengdu is a main gateway city to Tibet. For tourists who plan to take a Chengdu Tibet tour, they usually get to Lhasa - the capital city of Tibet - from Chengdu first and then extend to other cities such as Shigatse, Gyantse, and further to Mt. Everest. The distance between Chengdu and Lhasa is approximately 1250km. Lhasa is located to the west of Chengdu. So far, train (36.5h) and flight (2.5h) are two major transfer methods to travel between Chengdu and Lhasa.

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Travel from Chengdu to Tibet by Flight

Taking flight is the fastest and most convenient way to transfer between Chengdu and Tibet. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the flight hub to get in Tibet. Lhasa Gonggar Airport, about 60km away from Lhasa city, is the largest airport in Tibet. Tibet also has four other airports: Shigatse Peace Airport, Nyingchi Mainling Airport, Qamdo Bangda Airport and Ngari Gunsa Airport. The former 3 all operate direct flights between Chengdu while the last one need to take a transfer in Lhasa.

Chengdu to Lhasa Flights

From about 6:00 in the morning to 18:30 in the afternoon, there are over 30 direct flights from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to Lhasa Gonggar International Airport. The flight will only need about 2.5h. Main airlines include Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Air China, Shenzhen Airlines, etc.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (IATA: CTU)
Address: Jichang Yingbin Road, Shuangliu District, Chengdu (成都市双流区机场迎宾路), about 16km to Chengdu downtown (Tianfu Square)

Lhasa Gonggar International Airport (IATA: LXA)
Address: Gyazuling Town, Gonggar County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet (西藏自治区山南贡嘎县甲竹林镇), about 60km from Lhasa downtown (Potala Palace)

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Sichuan Airlines

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Lhasa Gongga International Airport

Chengdu to Tibet Flights (part)

Flight Route Airline Dep.~Arr. Airports Dep.~Arri. Time Duration Frequency
Chengdu - Lhasa China Southern Airlines Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (T1) -
Lhasa Gonggar International Airport
08:35 - 10:50 2 hrs 15 mins daily
Chengdu - Lhasa China Eastern Airlines Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (T2) -
Lhasa Gonggar International Airport
09:30 - 11:55 2 hrs 25 mins daily
Chengdu - Lhasa Air China Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (T2) -
Lhasa Gonggar International Airport
13:15 - 15:40 2 hrs 25 mins daily
Chengdu - Lhasa Tibet Airlines Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (T2) -
Lhasa Gonggar International Airport
15:00 - 17:20 2 hrs 20 mins daily
Chengdu - Shigatse Tibet Airlines Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (T2) -
Shigatse Peace Airport
9:05 - 11:25 2 hrs 20 mins daily
Chengdu - Nyingchi Air China Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (T2) -
Nyingchi Mainling Airport
7:55 - 10:00 2 hrs 5 mins daily
Chengdu - Qamdo Air China Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (T2) -
Qamdo Bangda Airport
8:25 - 9:50 1 hr 25 mins daily

Note: The above flight schedules are listed for reference only, for more details please feel free to contact our private consultant.

Travel from Chengdu to Tibet by Train

Taking train between Tibet and Chengdu is a long but enjoyable journey. At present, direct train is available between Lhasa and Chengdu. The train route covers a distance of 3360km and it needs about 36.5h. Therefore, you’d better took the soft sleeper seats. The best highlight of this train journey is to witness the highest railway in the world – Qinghai Tibet Railway, and enjoy the stunning landscape along the railway.

Chengdu to Lhasa Train

Taking the great advantage of easier booking train tickets and short train route, Chengdu is one the most popular train transfer gateway cities to Tibet. The train Z322 leaves from Chengdu Railway Station every other day, going northward via Guangyuan, Lanzhou, and Xining, then going down southwest passing the Qinghai Tibet plateau and finally reaching Lhasa Train Station on the third day.

Chengdu Railway Station
Address: No.1 Zhandong Rd, Jinniu District, Northern Chengdu (成都市金牛区站东路1号), about 5km from Chengdu downtown (Tianfu Square)

Lhasa Railway Station
Address: Tongzhan Road, Liuwu New Area, Lhasa, Tibet (西藏自治区拉萨市柳梧新区通站路), about 7km from Lhasa downtown (Potala Palace)

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Lhasa Railway Station

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View Seen on Chengdu to Lhasa Train

Train No. Departure Station Arrival Station Departure Time Arrival Time Duration
Z322 Chengdu Railway Station Lhasa Railway Station 21:37 9:55 (third day) 36 hrs 18 mins

Note: The above train schedule is for reference only. You can click Chengdu to Lhasa (Tibet) Train Schedules to get the real-time train information.

How to Plan a Chengdu Tibet Tour

It usually takes 6-7 days to tour Chengdu in Sichuan and Lhasa in Tibet. You can either take a flight (2.5h) to shorten your trip or take a train (36.5h) to help yourself adapt to the high altitude gradually.

While you are in Chengdu, it is recommended to meet the national treasure – Giant Pandas in Chengdu Panda Base in the morning, and then visit the peaceful Wenshu Temple in Chengdu downtown. In the afternoon, have a cup of tea at People’s Park to feel the leisure lifestyle of Chengdu and try some reputed Chengdu snacks in Jinli Old Street.

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☞ 4 Days Best of Lhasa Tour from Chengdu by Flight

After take a flight or train to Lhasa and a night’s good sleep, you can start your Lhasa exploration from the grandiose Potala Palace and the holiest Jokhang Temple. Then take a walk at the Barkhor Street. The next day, spend a leisure time at the largest Tibetan garden – Norbulingka Park and then watch the famous Buddhist debating in Sera Monastery.

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If you have more days, it is highly recommended to extend your tour to Mt. Everest - the highest mountain in the world. On the way, you can pay a visit to holy Yamdrok Lake and you will pass Shigatse and Gyantse where you can see the magnificent Karola Glacier and tome-honored Palcho Monastery.

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Hi, may I have the address for Chengdu Railway Station that has train to Lhasa, Tibet.

Thank you
2016-09-17 10:49
Hi Mehran,

Thanks for your message. To take a train to Lhasa, you need to go to Chengdu North Railway Station (火车北站) which is located at 3rd Section, North Second Ring Road, Jinniu District, Chengdu City (成都市金牛区二环路北三段). You can get there by Metro Line 1.

Currently there is only one train to Lhasa which departs every other day at 02:48pm from Chengdu North Railway Station, and arrive at Lhasa at 09:55am of the third day. You are suggested to book the train ticket in advance because the demand is usually high.

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