"By Plane to Lhasa" Tibet Transportation Tip by Maria81

Tibet Transportation: 42 reviews and 48 photos

  Thr Potala Palace
by Maria81

Although there are a number of driving tours now arranged whereby you drive into Tibet from either China or Tibet, and the train is operational, the most popular way for tourists remains catching a flight to Lhasa.

From abroad: the only international flight serving Lhasa at the moment is the Air China flight to/from Kathmandu (despite this, there is an international arrivals/departures terminal in Lhasa!)

From China: there are connections from a number of cities, with the most flights being from Xi'An and Chengdu - we've caught a flight from Shanghai (it did involve change of planes in Xi'An, but as the flight number was the same the our Tibet permit still said Shanghai as port of entry). The major domestic routes into Lhasa are run by Air China and China Southeastern

Things to keep in mind:

Lhasa is one of the world's highest airports, so flights can be affected by bad weather (happened to us, causing a few hours' delay in Xi'An), so it would be wise to be flexible with arrival and departure flights

Mode: TO
Type: Airplane

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  • Written Oct 2, 2011
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