Thanks to the development of transportation and the advancement of science and technology, there are various ways to enter Tibet currently, such as taking a train into Tibet, flying into Tibet and driving into Tibet, and trekking into Tibet. Among them, the most comfortable is taking a flight into Tibet.
Although flying to Tibet will cost more money, it is preferred by those travelers who have a tight schedule. If you want to enjoy the more breathtaking scenery of Tibet on your limited vacation, you had better travel to Tibet by flight. On the plane, you can overview the wonderful peaks of the Tibetan Plateau. You have to first come to Kathmandu in Nepal to get your China Group Visa or main cities of mainland China to take your original Tibet Travel Permit from your tour agency, and then transfer to Tibet.
Flying from Kathmandu to Tibet
Tribhuvan International Airport, located about six kilometers from the center of Kathmandu, is the only airport in the world which has direct international flights to Lhasa. It usually takes one hour and a quarter to get to Lhasa from Kathmandu. In order to get a plane ticket, you need to contact a local reputable Tibetan travel agency to book it for you in advance. Otherwise, it is possible that you cannot get a ticket. On the flight, you can overlook magnificent peaks including Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Lhotse and other peaks of the Himalayas. There are daily flights during these two cities in peak seasons while there are two or three weekly flights in low seasons.
Flying from Major Cities of Mainland China to Tibet
There are airports proving flight to Tibet in more than 18 cities in mainland China,
In mainland China, there are more than 18 cities in which the airports providing the flight to Tibet, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Xining, Nanjing, Shangri-La, Kunming, etc.
From Beijing to Lhasa: There are two direct flights every day between Beijing and Lhasa and it takes about 4.5 hours from Beijing to Lhasa. The one-way ticket will cost about 3,200 yuan.
From Shanghai to Lhasa: Usually, there are four direct flights from Shanghai to Lhasa. They will stop at Chengdu. It takes about 7 hours to fly from Shanghai to Lhasa.
From Xi’an to Lhasa: There are eight direct flights between Xi’an and Lhasa in total. Among them, some will fly to Lhasa without any stop, and the rest will stop at Xiahe or Xining.
From Chengdu to Lhasa: There are 14 flights to Lhasa from Chengdu every day in peak travel seasons while there are 5-6 flights to Lhasa in low travel seasons. The flight takes 2 hours and 20 minutes. The price of a one-way ticket is nearly 1,500 yuan.
Lhasa Gonggor International Airport
Located 3,570 meters above the sea level, Lhasa Gonggar Airport is one of the highest airports in the world and it is the busiest airport in Tibet. It plays a fairly important part in the Tibet travel as most flights from other cities to Tibet arrive at Lhasa Gonggar International Airport. It is the major airport used by most travelers to Tibet.