How to travel to Tibet? For international visitors from far away, flying to Tibet is a great option whichi is much faster, and can save more time to explore Tibet. Additionally, it's difficult for individual tourist to get a train ticket on their own. Check out our top 5 Tibet tours by flight.
We've gathered all the information you need to know about Tibet Flights, including timetable of flight to Lhasa and introduction of all Tibet airports. By far, there are 5 civilian airports in Tibet in operation: Lhasa Airport, Chamdo Airport and Nyingchi Airport, as well as Ngari Airport and Xigaze Airport. Additionally, a sixth airport in Nagchu is planned.
There are non-stop flights connecting Lhasa with Chengdu (capital of Sichuan Province), Chongqing, Diqing (in Yunnan Province), Xian (capital of Shaanxi Province) and Kathmandu (capital of Nepal), while direct flights connecting Lhasa with Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou makes stops at Chengdu, Qingqing, Diqing or Xian.
Flying from Chengdu will be most convenient, as more than one flight leave Chengdu for Lhasa.
Please note: Aside from having better opportunities of nabbing the cheapest airline tickets, booking early also lowers the risk of coming across various problems. Summer is the peak time to visit Tibet. So book your air ticket four or five days in advance (or contact to let us book the ticket at better price for you). If possible, buy the return ticket before starting your trip to avoid any inconvenience on your return.
Lhasa Gonggar Airport is about 62 km (39 miles) from Lhasa downtown. There are non-stop flights connecting Lhasa with Chengdu, Chongqing, Diqing, Xian, Bamda (a town of Chamdo, Tibet) and Kathmandu (capital of Nepal). Meanwhile, direct flights connect Lhasa with Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Kunming (which make stops at Chengdu, Chongqing, Qinghai, Xian, and Diqing).
Chengdu is the most important hub for flights going to and from Tibet as there are more than 1 flight leave Chengdu for Lhasa DAILY. Besides, direct flights from other cities often go through Chengdu. Chengdu boasts many tourist attractions, including its famous Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the Ancient Sanxingdui Ruins, and the Terracotta Warriors No. 2 (the more famous Terracotta Warriors are in Xian). We recommend staying overnight in Chengdu to take advantage of these attractions.
Chamdo Bamda Airport is the highest airport in the world till now, at an elevation of 4,334 meters, with one of the longest runway. Chamdo Airport is far from Chamdo town (distance: 140 km) and flights here are frequently delayed due to the harsh weather in the plateau. Therefore, most tourists prefer Lhasa Airport than Chamdo Airport.
Nyingchi Airport, the 3rd civil airport in Tibet, formally went into operation in 2006, providing more conveniences to domestic and overseas tourists to Tibet. Nyingchi Airport may become many tourists' first stop in Tibet because its altitude is less than 3,000 meters, allowing visitors to acclimatize themselves gradually to higher altitudes.
Remember to look out the window! Along the way you'll be delighted by the breathtaking scenery of southeastern Tibet prior to your Lhasa tour.
Ngari Gunsa Airport in northwest Tibet opens from July 1, 2010. Farthest from Lhasa among all Tibetan prefectures, Ngari is difficult for tourists to get to due to long distance and poor road condition. Before the airport, Ngari was linked to Lhasa only by road and it took 3 days to cover the 1,600-km route.
Luckily, Ngari now is easily accessible. It will take only one and a half hour to reach Ngari from Lhasa. What’s more, Ngari Airport will make a less-than-4-hour traffic possible from Chengdu to Ngari.
Xigaze Peace Airport, built near the world's tallest peak Mount Everest in Xigaze Tibet, opens from October 30, 2010, marking the launching of the 5th civil airport of Tibet. Xigaze is located 250km from Lhasa and it normally takes 3-4 hours to get there due to poor road conditions. Flights now only take 2 hours and 15 minutes from Chengdu to Xigaze and 30 minutes from Lhasa to Xigaze.
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