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What cities should I go to take a flight to Tibet in China?

Currently, you can take flights to Tibet from following cities: Chengdu, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Kunming, Shangri-La, Lijiang, Zhengzhou, Kangding, Mianyang, Xining, Xiahe, Yushu, and Urumqi.

The mostly used flight hubs are: Chengdu, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chongqing and Kunming

Air Route Distance Duration Frequency Flight Type
Chengdu Lhasa 768miles (1286km) about 2.5 hours appr 12 flights per day direct flights
Beijing Lhasa 1867 miles (3004 km) 4~6 hours appr 3 flights per day direct flights
Xian Lhasa 1230 miles (1980 km) about 3 hrs 20 mins appr 7 flights per day direct flights
Shanghai Lhasa about 1930mi (3107km) about 7~9 hours appr 5 flights per day stopover / connecting
Chongqing Lhasa 985miles(1585km) about 2hrs 50mins appr 10 flights per day direct flights
Kunming Lhasa 1220 miles (1963 km) about 3~5 hours appr 4 flights per day direct flights
Guangzhou Lhasa 1647miles (2651km) about 6~9 hours appr 5 flights per day direct / connecting
Xining Lhasa 968miles (1558km) about 2.5~7 hours appr 5 flights per day direct / connecting
Zhengzhou Lhasa 2107 miles (3392 km) about 3hrs 50mins appr 2 flights per day direct / connecting
Shangri-La Lhasa 542 miles(872km) about 2 hours appr 1 flight per day direct flights
Lijiang Lhasa 593 miles (954 km) about 2hrs 15mins appr 1 flight per day direct flights
Mianyang Lhasa 1412miles (2274km) about 2 hours appr 3 flights per day direct / connecting
Kangding Lhasa 652miles (1050km) about 2 hours appr 5 flights per day direct / connecting
Yushu Lhasa 437miles (704km) about 1.5 hours appr 3-6 flights per day direct / connecting
Xiahe Lhasa 1435 miles (2309 km) about 2hrs 20mins appr 1 flight per day direct flight
Xinjiang Ngari 908 miles (1462 km) about 2.5 hours appr 1~2 flights per week direct flights

What kinds of flights are available to take to go to Tibet?

There are three kinds of flights you can take to Tibet: non-stop flight, stopover flight and connecting flight. Usually the closer cities like Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Xining, Shangri-La, etc., operate more non-stop flights to Tibet. Farther cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, usually operate some stopover flights and connecting flights.

Is there any international flight to Tibet?

Currently there is only an international air route connected with Tibet: Kathmandu – Lhasa. During summer days, there are daily direct flights operated, sometimes two flights and sometimes just one flight. Only Air China and Sichuan Airlines are operating the Kathmandu - Lhasa

How to take a flight to Tibet from Kathmandu?

Travelers can go to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA: KTM, ICAO: VNKT) is the only airport you can take flights to Tibet. It is only about six kilometers east from the city center of Kathmandu. It has one domestic terminal and one international terminal in the airport. You need to go to international terminal to board the airplane to Lhasa.

There are two available flights from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport to Lhasa Gonggar Airport. One is 3U8720 operated by Sichuan Airlines departing from Kathmandu at 11:30 (Kathmandu Time) and arriving at Lhasa at 15:10 (Kathmandu Time). The other flight – CA408 operated by Air China takes off at 12:10 (Kathmandu Time) in local time and lands on Lhasa at 16:00 (Kathmandu Time). The fly duration is about 1.5 hours. In the low seasons, there might be less or no daily flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa.

To take a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, one will need a Group Visa, Tibet Travel Permit and Tibet Border Pass. Only Tibet travel agency can apply for the permit and pass.

How to book a Tibet flight?

The flight ticket can be booked at online websites, such as Booking.com, Expedia, Ctrip, Qunar, etc. You can also buy the ticket from the airports in China or flight resellers. You are also welcomed to let us book your flight. We are always keeping up with the latest flight news and usually can book the ticket at a cheaper price. During summer and autumn, it usually gets difficult to book the flights to Lhasa. While using our booking service, we will not only book the ticket, but also arrange a valuable tour package.

How do I receive my flight ticket?

Since most flight tickets are booked online, so firstly you will receive an e-ticket. You will change a paper ticket when you checking in your flight at a counter in the airport.

How much baggage can I bring with me to take a flight to Tibet?

Luggage Type First Class Business Class Economy Class Allowed Baggage Size
Allowed Carry-on Baggage 5kg * 2 pieces 5kg 5kg 55cm/20cm/40cm(L/B/H)
Allowed Checked-in Baggage 40kg 30kg 20kg 100cm/60cm/40cm(L/B/H)

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Before boarding your flight to Tibet, you may have many questions in mind – what is the current condition of Tibet, what city is the most popular to take flight to Tibet, how to book flight ticket, what permits will I need, how to board the flight in China, how much luggage can I bring, etc. Following are some most important guide and tips that you should learn about Tibet flight travel. If you have any question about Tibet train, feel free to contact us for help.

Necessary Permits for Tibet Flight

Foreign travelers must provide a valid passport and Tibet Travel Permit when taking a flight to Tibet. If you take flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu, you will also have to obtain a Tibet Border Pass. Check detailed regulation here.

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