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Xi'an to Lhasa Flight

Xi'an Lhasa Flights - Route, Schedule, Fares, Permit, Ticket Booking 2020/2021

Xi'an to Lhasa Flight Map

Xi'an Lhasa Flight Brief Facts

Located in the middle heart of China, Xi'an acts as an important transportation junction of China. It is well-connected with several international cities and most major cities in China, including Lhasa. Because of the short distance, many tourists will choose to tour combing Xi'an and Lhasa. Xi'an Xi'anyang International Airport operates several daily flights to Lhasa and tourists can travel from this ancient capital city to holy city easily.

Distance: 1230 miles (1980 km)

Flying Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes

Major Airlines: Air China & Tibet Airlines & Sichuan Airlines & Eastern Airlines

Frequency: around 7 flights per day

Flight Type: nonstop flights + stopover

Ticket Full Price: 2280 CNY (economy class)

Airports: Xi'an Xi'anyang International Airport (XIY) – Lhasa Gonggar International Airport (LXA)

Xi'an Lhasa Flights Schedules

There are several flights connecting Xi'an and Lhasa, including 5 nonstop flights and 2 direct flights with a stop at Xiahe or Xining. These flights are operated by Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Eastern Airlines which are all experienced airlines to operate flights on high plateau area. The earliest flight takeS off from Xi'an Xi'anyang Airport at 6:20 and the last flight departs at 20:25. The fly duration is about 3.5 hours. Because the altitude of Tibet is really high, you need more time to acclimatize to the altitude. It is recommended to take a morning flight, like TV9904, 3U8753 and MU2333.

Check following table for details about Xi'an Lhasa Flight Schedules and Fares to decide which to choose.

Flight No. Departure -- Arrival Duration Frequency Plane Ticket
Xi'anyang Airport(T2)

Gonggar Airport
3h 25m - - TW - - - Airbus A319
2280 ¥
Economy Class
Xi'anyang Airport (T3)

Gonggar Airport
3h 20m S - T - TF - Airbus A319
2280 ¥
Economy Class
Xi'anyang Airport (T3)
Gonggar Airport
4h 15m SMTWTFS Airbus A319
2280 ¥
Economy Class
Xianyang Airport (T3)
Gonggar Airport
4h 30m SMTWTFS Airbus A319
2280 ¥
Economy Class
Xianyang Airport (T3)

Gonggar Airport
3h 20m SMTWTFS Airbus A319
2280 ¥
Economy Class
Xianyang Airport (T3)

Gonggar Airport
3h 20m SMTWTFS Airbus A319
2280 ¥
Economy Class
Xianyang Airport (T2)

Gonggar Airport
3h 20m SM - - TFS Airbus A319
2280 ¥
Economy Class

Tibet Travel Permit and Flight Travel

A Tibet Travel Permit (Tibet Entry Permit) is the MUST-DOCUMENT to take a flight to Tibet. It is firstly needed to book flight from the airport or ticket agent. When you check in and check out the airports, the original Tibet Travel Permit also will be checked. (Note: if you take flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu, you only have to have the scanned copy of Tibet Travel Permit.) Please remember to duplicate at least 3 copies of Tibet Travel Permit because the permits are required for many occasions. The permit can only be issued in Tibet by the Tibet Tourism Bureau, and also can be only applied by travel agency behalf of travelers. It needs about 15~20 days to obtain the permit.

How to Apply for Tibet Travel Permit

1. Contact us to work out and confirm an itinerary in Tibet;

2. Send us the scanned copies of your passport, and provide an available address in China(hotel or local agency) to receive your permit;

3. We apply for the Tibet Travel Permit from Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa;

4. Once the permit is issued, we will send the original permit to you by post.

>> Learn more detail about Tibet Travel Permit Application Most Frequently Asked Questions about Xi'an Lhasa Flight

1. Why choose to take flights from Xi'an to Lhasa?

Situated in the middle west of China, Xi'an is one of the major transportation junctions in China. Tourists can easily get to Xi'an by flight or high-speed trains from major domestic cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu etc. Also, it can be reached by international flights from San Francisco, Tyoko, Rome, Sydney and more overseas cities. Compared with other gateway cities to Tibet, Xi'an offers much more flights to Lhasa with a relatively lower price. There are eight flights from Xi'an to Lhasa every day during the peak travel season, departing from early morning to late afternoon.

As one of the oldest cities in China, Xi'an is known for its ancient history and profound culture. This city boasts a wide range of attractive sites, including the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and the ancient City Wall. For foreign tourists having interests to Chinese culture and history, Xi'an is a must you should never miss.

2. When is the best time to fly to Lhasa from Xi'an?

There are four distinct seasons in Xi'an, and the best time to visit this ancient city is spring and autumn, namely March to May and September to November. In spring, the weather is warm and dry, with abundant sunshine. It’s a time to appreciate cherry blossom and peach blossom. While during the autumn season, Xi'an is decorated with yellow leaves all around. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful gingko trees on the streets.

For Lhasa tour, it is a good choice to travel to this holy city from May to October. During this time, the city of Lhasa is provided with warm sunshine and high oxygen content, good for sightseeing. From March to October, the climate becomes mild and humid and is the best season for travel in Tibet. Since there are sufficient daily flights flying to Lhasa from Xi'an, it is recommended to take the morning flight. In this case, you can get to Lhasa early and have enough time to acclimatize to the high altitude there.

3. Where is the Xi'an Xianyang International Airport and how can I get there?

Xi'an Xianyang International Airport is located in the Weicheng District of Xianyang City, 25 kilometers from the Xi'an downtown area. As a 4F civil airport, Xi'an Xianyang International Airport is one of the major 100 airports in the world. Covering an area of 0.35 square kilometers, this airport is provided with three terminals, and two runways of 3000 m and 3800 m respectively. The airport is also the first one to carry out the 72-hour free visa policy in northwestern China.

At present, tourists can take the shuttle bus to come and go between Xi'an city and Xi'an Xianyang International Airport. The bus fare is 25 CNY one way. With the shuttle bus, you can get to the airport from some big hotels in Xi'an city, including Konggang Hotel, Longhai Hotel, Jianguo Hotel, Grand Metropark Hotel etc, as well as from the Xi'an Railway Station and bus stations.

4. Should I prepare some documents required for taking the Xi'an to Lhasa flight?

According to the laws and regulations, all foreign tourists need to hand the passport, Chinese Visa, and the original Tibet Travel Permit for the check, before boarding the flights to Tibet. The passport and Chinese Visa are the primary documents required for you to travel around China as a foreign visitor. Make sure your passport is valid and original. The Tibet Travel Permit, also called Tibet Visa, is a must for foreign tourists to visit Lhasa and its surroundings. To avoid the troublesome application procedure, we can help to obtain your Tibet travel permit on behalf of you, please feel free to contact us for details.

5. Where can I also take a flight to Tibet except Xi'an?

Apart from Xi'an, you can also take a flight to Tibet from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Nanjing etc. The ticket prices are mostly up to the flying distance and duration, thus the flights from Beijing, Shanghai and other coastal cities will be much higher than the rest.

In addition, there is one international airline connecting Lhasa with Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. During the peak travel season, there are daily Kathmandu to Lhasa flights operated. If you want to enter Tibet from Nepal, you need to obtain the Group Tourists Visa and Tibet Travel Permit.

6. How to get to my hotel after I arrived in Lhasa Airport?

The Xi'an to Lhasa flight arrives at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, which is about 65 kilometers southwest of Lhasa city. There are several ways for you to get to the downtown area from the airport. First, you can take the shuttle buses, which always wait right at the exit of the airport, and leave every 30 minutes until 21:30 at night. Upon arrival at the terminus, Lhasa Civil Aviation Bureau on Niangre Road 1, you can take other buses to your hotel. Besides, if you miss the shuttle bus, you can also take a taxi. By this way, you can go anywhere you want in Lhasa city, while the price is much higher as you can possibly imagine.

Useful Notes on Tibet Flight Travel

1. Necessary documents required to take a flight to/off Tibet

- Chinese visa is always needed no matter you are taking a flight or a train to Tibet. The office man in the airport will check your Chinese visa when your go to board the plane.

- The passport will be needed for many situations: booking flight ticket, checking in flight, checking in hotel, checking in the Border Station in Tibet, etc. Make sure your passport is valid and original.

- Original Tibet Travel Permit will be checked when you board your plane at the airports.

2. How to book flight ticket?

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 is usually 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.

3. When is the best time to fly to Tibet?

Generally speaking, months from April to October are recommended for traveling in Tibet. Other months are usually very cold, and possibly have heavy snow, especially in regions like Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Namtso Lake, etc. The flights schedules are also more frequent during April to October. During December to March, the airline companies will cut down the flight schedules, usually from daily weekly, even to none. But top cities like Chengdu and Xi'an still operate daily flights during the shoulder season. It is recommended to take the morning flight so that you can get to Lhasa before late afternoon, and have enough time to acclimatize yourself to the altitude and thin air in Lhasa. The morning flights also cut down the risk that your flights would be delayed or canceled.

4. Apart from Xi'an, where can I also take a flight to Tibet?

Apart Xi'an, you can also fly to Tibet from Chengdu, Beijing, Chongqing, Kunming, Shanghai, Shanggri-la, etc.

5. International flights to Tibet

So far, there is only one international air line connecting Lhasa: 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 flights. To take a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, one will need a Group Visa and Tibet Travel Permit.

6. What else airport I can fly to except for Lhasa Gonggar International Airport?

Tibet has five airports in total. Besides Lhasa Gonggar Airport, you can also take a flight to Shigatse, Nyingchi, Ngari and Qamdo. But only certain cities in China operate flights to these smaller cities.

- Shigatse - there is daily flight flying between Chengdu and Shigatse each day. The airport name is Shigatse Peace Airport, which is about 46km from Shigatse city.

- Nyingchi - Chengdu usually offers 4 morning flights to Nyingchi Milin Airport. While its neighboring city Chongqing also has 3 morning flights to Nyingchi each day. If you travel from Nyingchi to Lhasa, you are recommended to take a flight to Nyingchi firstly from Chengdu or Chongqing. It is also available to fly out Tibet directly from Nyingchi.

- Qamdo - Both Chongqing and Chengdu operate a daily flight to Qamdo in Tibet. But there are few travelers have chosen this line because Qamdo is not a popular tourist destination in Tibet.

- Ngari - Urumqi (capital of Xinjiang) offers a daily direct flight to Ngari with a stop at Kashgar on every Tuesday and Friday. Taking this flight, passengers need Military Permit and Border Pass as well as Tibet Travel Permit.

7. The regulation on the luggage allowance on the plane

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 Free Checked-in Baggage 40kg 30kg 20kg 100cm/60cm/40cm(L/B/H)

8. Will my kids get a discounted flight ticket?

Kids aging 2 to 12 years old (including 12) will get a discount of 50% of the full price of the flight fare. If an adult take a flight to Lhasa from Xi'an with a child aging at 10 and the full price for the economy class is 2280 CNY, the ticket fare for the child is 1140 CNY. The child also doesn’t have to pay for Airport Construction Fee while the adult has to. Infant under 2 years old only has to pay 10% of the full price, but the separate seat is not provided.

9. How do I collect (receive) the 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 check in your flight at a counter in the airport.