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Tibet Flight Information

Updated Flight information for Travel to Tibet

Tibet Flight Information

The Tibet Flight Information page will provide insightful information on your flights to Tibet. Tibet is a very remote region in China, and the main gateway to Tibet is Lhasa Gonggar International Airport (LXA). This Lhasa Gonggar Airport is located south of Lhasa city at a distance of 60 km. There are several airlines operating flights to Tibet from Major cities in China. There are one or two international flights from Nepal in a week.

When you decide to take a flight to Tibet, please keep in mind that you need the original hard copy of the Tibet Travel Permits to present before you board the flight along with your passport and flight ticket. Therefore, you must choose a reputable travel agency like us to provide greater service for your trip to Tibet.

To make your journey more convenient, here are some details about flights to Tibet from China or you can also check on websites like Ctrip or Expedia

Tibet Flight Information

Flight Departure Cities

Flights to Tibet operate from various cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xining, and Kunming. The only International departure city is Kathmandu, Nepal. These cities serve as major hubs, providing easy access to Tibet.

Airlines and Flight Info:

Several airlines operate regular flights to Tibet, including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, and more. These airlines offer both direct and connecting flights to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet.

Direct flights to Lhasa are available from major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu. These flights usually have a duration of around 3 to 5 hours, depending on the departure city.

If there are no direct flights available from your departure city, you can opt for connecting flights. Connecting flights may have layovers in cities like Chengdu, Xining, or Kunming. Travelers who do not get a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa have the option to take a connecting Flight from Kathmandu to Chengdu or Kunming, then to Lhasa. The total travel time may vary depending on the duration of the layover.

Lhasa Gongar Airport

There are several airports in Tibet, such as Lhasa Gonggar Airport, Nyingchi Mainling Airport, Shigatse Peace Airport, Ngari Gunsa Airport, and Shigatse Dingri Airport, which is the nearest airport to Mount Everest Base Camp. (newly opened). 

The main airport in Tibet is Lhasa Gonggar Airport, located around 62 kilometers southwest of Lhasa city. It is one of the highest airports in the world, situated at an elevation of 3,570 meters (11,710 feet) above sea level.

Tibet Travel Permit & Visa

Before traveling to Tibet, it is important to note that foreign visitors need to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit, in addition to a Chinese visa. This permit can be applied for through a registered travel agency in China. It is advisable to plan your trip well in advance to ensure all necessary documents are obtained. Travelers who are taking a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, need the China (Tibet) Group Visa, you will not need the Tibet Entry Permit. This Tibet Travel permit or Entry permit will be shown to you once you land here in Lhasa by our guide.

Seasonal Flights to Lhasa:

Flights to Tibet may have seasonal variations, with more frequent flights during the peak tourist season from April to October. During the winter months, flight schedules may be reduced, so it is recommended to check the availability and timings beforehand.

Tibet Flight Information

Domestic Flights to Lhasa:

Departure City Duration Price
Chengdu - Lhasa
Chengdu 1:30hrs CNY1,680
Chongqing - Lhasa
Chengdu 2:30hrs CNY1,840
Shanghai - Lhasa
Shanghai 5:30hrs CNY2,950
Beijing - Lhasa
Beijing 5:30hrs CNY2,610
Xi'an - Lhasa
Xi'an 3hrs CNY1,840
Guangzhou - Lhasa
Guangzhou 5:30hrs CNY2,680

International Flights to Lhasa

Departure City Duration Price
Kathmandu - Lhasa
Kathmandu 1:30hrs Changeable

Domestic Flights to Lhasa:

Tibet is known for its high altitude, and travelers are advised to take necessary precautions. It is recommended to spend a few days in a lower-altitude city like Xining or Kathmandu to acclimatize before flying to Lhasa.


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My family and I took a Tibet Flight to Lhasa from Shanghai and had a nice tour guide with us who was pure Tibetan, and fluent in English.  The entire trip to Lhasa was incredible, with delicious Tibetan cuisine, yak milk, and meat that is only found in this region. We were thrilled to see the ancient structures, and the tomb, and to learn more about the Dalai Lama's past. One thing that was holding us back was a headache caused by a lack of oxygen. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and I advise travelers to spend a few days somewhere with a moderate mindset before traveling to Tibet.

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