How to Get to Lhasa

Lhasa is the capital of Tibet autonomous region and also the transportation hub of Tibet. Tourists who would like to visit Tibet usually arrive at Lhasa first. There are trains and flights available in Lhasa.

Lhasa China

 

From other countries

Kathmandu in Nepal is the only foreign city that flight is available to Lhasa. No flight available in any other cities abroad.

 

Within China

By Plane

Lhasa Gonggar Aiport(LXA/ZULS) is located about 60 kilometers southwest of the downtown. There are flights between Lhasa and Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Xian, Lanzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Changdu, Xining and Linzhi.Book a Flight Ticket

There are airport buses available at the airport. Ticket fare is about CNY50. If you would like to take a taxi, you’d better make a deal before you get on the car. It may cost CNY100-200 per ride.

By Train

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway has been in operation since July 1st, 2006. The total length is 1956 kilometers. Due to the unique and complex topography of Tibet-Qinghai Plateau, it took years to do research on how to build a railway on the plateau. This great project has made it possible to travel to Tibet by train. Trains between Lhasa and Shigates have been available recently. Book a Train Ticket

There are trains available between Lhasa and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining. Some trains are not available everyday. Check the availability before you plan your trip. The sleeper tickets of the trains to Lhasa are usually very tight especially in peak season (June to September). It’s best to book the tickets two months in advance.

Though it takes some time to take a train to Lhasa, train travel is still the best way to go to Tibet. Since Tibet is located in plateau areas of a high altitude of over 3600 km, most tourists are likely to suffer from altitude sickness. Train travel allows passengers to take time to adapt to plateau acclimation and there is oxygen facilities equipped on the train. What’more, tourists will enjoy the stunning landscape along the train travel.

Arriving at Lhasa Train Station
Lhasa Train Station is located in the southwest of the downtown. It is about 7 kilometers away from the Potala Palace.
Public bus: No.1, 14 Bus
Taxi: You’d better make a deal before getting the car. It may cost CNY20-30 from the airport to the downtown.

Train schedule

Departure station Arrival Station Train Number Departure time Arrival Time Duration (hour:minute) Ticket fare (CNY)
Soft sleeper Hard Sleeper Hard Seat
Beijing West Lhasa Z21 20:10 13:03 40:53 1144 720 360
Shanghai Lhasa Z164 19:16 17:40 46:24 1262.5 793.5 402.5
Guangzhou Lhasa Z264 11:42 16:23 52:41 1468 865 447
Xining Lhasa Z6801 11:56 11:39 20:43 781 495 224
Lanzhou Lhasa Z917 12:17 11:39 23:22 823 522 240
Chongqing North Lhasa T222 20:23 14:16 41:53 1123 709 352
Chengdu Lhasa T22 20:45 14:16 41:31 1062 668 328

Note: Trains from Xining, Lanzhou, Chongqing North and Chengdu to Lhasa are available every other day.

Foreign tourists who would like to visit Tibet must have a Tibet Permit before entering Tibet. Tourists could get the Tibet Permit through a travel agency. It’s best to apply the permit 20 days in advance.

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