How to Get to & around Tibet 2024

As one of the most attractive travel destinations in the world, Tibet welcomes your visiting with easy and multiple transfer accesses. You have flexible schedule choices of trains and flights, many departure cities to start your travel. So far, train and flight are two most popular travel ways to Tibet.

Option 1: Take a Flight to Tibet

So far, there are 5 airports in Lhasa, Nyingchi, Shigatse, Qamdo and Ngari of Tibet. Lhasa Gonggar Airport serves most domestic and international flights in Tibet. Shigase Peace Airport and Nyingchi Mainling Airport offer several domestic flights connecting Chengdu and other Chinese cities. Airports in Qamdo and Ngari are mainly connected with regional air routes between Lhasa.

Lhasa Gonggar Airport

Lhasa Gonggar Airport is the largest airport in Tibet. With an elevation of 3,600 m, it is located in Gonggar County of Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, about 60 km away from Lhasa city. There are fully maintained amenities of ticket service, dining, rest, and transfer service in Gonggar Airport. Both airport shuttle bus and taxi are available for your transfer between Lhasa and the airport.

Domestic Flights to Tibet

Domestic flights are the major service in most airports in Tibet. There are many airlines connecting Lhasa. Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian and more than 20 cities are connected to Lhasa with non-stop flights. These cities are relatively located near to Tibet. Few cities at long distance also have flights to Tibet, but will stop or transfer via Chengdu, Chongqing or Xian to Lhasa.

International Flights to Tibet

Currently, there is only one international airline route to Tibet - Kathamndu Lhasa Flight. The international flights are scheduled weekly, and the one-way duration is about 1.5 hours. If get a right position, you may view stunning views of Himalayan Range when flying through.

Warm Tips: you’d better book your flight ticket to/off Tibet as early as possible because ticket supply is always intense.

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Lhasa Gongga Airport

Lhasa Gonggar International Airport

Flight to Tibet

Tibet Airlines' Flight Landing at Lhasa Airport

Option 2: Take a Train to Tibet

Train travel to Tibet is becoming more and more popular in recent years, which will cut down your budget much, and also have a lot of fun. The best highlight is the highest-altitude railway in the world – Qinghai Tibet Railway along which you can experience magnificent plateau landscape of snow mountains, prairie, rivers, etc.

It depends on you to travel to Tibet by train or leave Tibet by train. So far, there are 8 major cities providing direct trains to Lhasa. Every above route has many midway stations. Some of them are major provincial cities, such as Xian, Wuhan, etc. You can board at any of these midway stations to catch the train to Tibet. If you have to start your trip from some cities which have no direct train to Tibet, you can first transfer to Lanzhou, Xining and other major transfer stations to take the train.

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Lhasa Railway Station

Train to Tibet

Wonderful Plateau Lanscape along Qinghai Tibet Train

Tibet Train Schedules from Major Gateway Cities:

Train Route Train No. Dep.~Arr. Station Dep.~Arri. Time Duration Frequency Distance
Beijing - Lhasa Z21 Beijing West Station - Lhasa Station 20:20-12:45 (3rd day) 40 hrs 45 mins daily 3,756 km
Shanghai - Lhasa Z164 Shanghai Station - Lhasa Station 20:08-19:35 (3rd day) 47 hrs 27 mins daily 4,372 km
Guangzhou - Lhasa Z264 Guangzhou Station - Lhasa Station 11:52-16:45 (3rd day) 52 hrs 53 mins daily 4,979 km
Chengdu - Lhasa Z322 Chengdu Station - Lhasa Station 21:37-09:55 (3rd day) 36 hrs 18 mins daily 3,015 km
Xian - Lhasa Z265 & Z165 Xian Station - Lhasa Station 09:45-16:45/ 11:22-19:35(2nd day) 31~32 hrs daily 2,863 km
Xining - Lhasa Z6801 (& more) Xining Station - Lhasa Station 213:50-11:20 (2nd day) 21.5 hrs daily 1,971 km

Note: The above Tibet train timetable is listed for reference only and is subject to change by the airline company. Please feel free to contact our private consultant to get latest train information.

How to Get around Tibet

Get around Tibet By train

On 22th, July, 2014, the construction of the first provincial railway completed, which meant travelers and locals can transfer between Shigatse and Lhasa within 3 hours. Lhasa is usually used as the arrival city in Tibet. While Shigatse is the most important transfer hub in Tibet from which you can travel to Everest, Kathmandu, Ngari, etc.

Lhasa to Shigatse Train Schedules:

Train No. Route Departure Arrival Duration
Z8801 Lhasa - Shigatse 08:30 11:25 2 hrs 55 mins
Z9801 Lhasa - Shigatse 14:00 16:50 2 hrs 50 mins
Z8803 Lhasa - Shigatse 15:20 17:58 2 hrs 38 mins

Get around Tibet By Road

Scattering from the capital Lhasa city, Tibet has built a basic network of road system. You can drive from Lhasa to most of cities and towns in Tibet, such as Shigatse, Gyantse, Tsetang, Nyingchi, Ngari, Namtso, etc. Most roads are tar road in good condition. While if you want to travel to remote places, such as Everest, Kailash Mountain, etc, you have to drive quite a long way for more than half a day.

Lhasa to Shigatse Train

Lhasa to Shigatse Train

Lhasa to Nyingchi Highway

Well-paved Lhasa to Nyingchi Highway in Tibet

How to Plan a Tibet Tour

Tibet is a vast place with lots of destinations to visit. Your Tibet tour can be flexibly designed according to your holiday time, budget and personal appetite. After arrival by a flight or train, you can start Tibet journey from spiritual center - Lhasa. It usually needs 2 full days to visit landmarks in Lhasa, like the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery and other must-visits. If time allows, travel further regions of Tibet, to Shigatse, Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Nyingchi, Gyantse, Shannan and others regions. Or, you can cross the border to visit Nepal in the south Himalayas or continue to visit other great destinations in China, such as Xian, Chengdu, Lijiang, Guilin, Zhangjiajie and so on.

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