Which City Should I Choose as Gateway to Take Flight to Tibet (Lhasa)

Currently there are 18 China cities and one international cities offering daily flights to Tibet. You must be wondering which city should you choose as the ideal gateway to take flight. Well, it depends on your planned itinerary. But some cities are widely chosen by thousands of travelers because they are easily connected, and provide more frequent flight schedule and cheap fares. Check following details:

Top Domestic Flights to Lhasa

Chengdu to Tibet Flights

As the most important gateway to Tibet, Chengdu operates more than 30 flights between Chengdu and Tibet (Lhasa, Nyingchi, Shigatse and Qamdo) in summer and autumn days from early morning about 6am to late afternoon around 9pm. If you are planning a travel to Tibet, you can choose Chengdu as the flight departing hub because it has a much more frequent flight schedule. While in other cities like Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, it is quite difficult to book flight tickets especially during tourist peak seasons (June to October).

Flight No. Departure -- Arrival Duration Frequency Plane Full Price
06:00
Shuangliu Airport T2
08:30
Lhasa Gonggar Airport
2h 30m SMTWTFS Airbus A319
1960 ¥
Economy Class
06:15
Shuangliu Airport T2
08:45
Lhasa Gonggar Airport
2h 25m SMTWTFS Airbus A319
1960 ¥
Economy Class
07:10
Shuangliu Airport T2
09:50
Lhasa Gonggar Airport
2h 40m SM - W - F - Airbus A330
1960 ¥
Economy Class

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Beijing to Lhasa Flights

Beijing is the most used international arrival city in China, also a popular gateway to Tibet. There are three direct flights to Lhasa from Beijing Capital International Airport every day, including two nonstop flights and one flight with a stopover at Chengdu. The non-stop Beijing to Lhasa flights just take about 4.5 hours.

Flight No.Departure -- ArrivalDurationFrequencyPlaneTicket
07:35
Capital Airport(T3)


11:55
Gonggar Airport
4h 20m SMTWTFS Airbus A319
3260 ¥
Economy Class
08:15
Capital Airport (T3)
Stopover
Chengdu
14:50
Gonggar Airport
6h 35m SMTWTFS Airbus A319
3260 ¥
Economy Class

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Xian to Lhasa Flights

Compared with Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Xian is closer to Lhasa. Travelers only have to fly about 1230 miles (1980 km), approximately 3 hours 20 minutes.. Xian Xianyang International Airport operates several daily direct flights to Lhasa, including 5 nonstop flights and 2 direct flights with a stop at Xiahe or Xining. These flights are operated by Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Eastern Airlines which are all experienced airlines to operate flights on high plateau area.

Flight No.Departure -- ArrivalDurationFrequencyPlaneTicket
06:45
Xianyang Airport (T3)


10:05
Gonggar Airport
3h 20m S - T - TF - Airbus A319
2280 ¥
Economy Class
07:40
Xianyang Airport (T3)
Stopover
Xiahe
11:55
Gonggar Airport
4h 15m SMTWTFS Airbus A319
2280 ¥
Economy Class
07:50
Xianyang Airport (T3)
Stopover
Xining
12:20
Gonggar Airport
4h 30m SMTWTFS Airbus A319
2280 ¥
Economy Class

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Shanghai Lhasa Flight

Currently there are two direct flights and several connecting flights operated to Lhasa each day. It takes about 7~8 hours to fly from Shanghai to Lhasa over a distance around 1930miles (3107km). Currently Shanghai usually operates about 5 flights to Lhasa every day. But due to the long flying distance (3107km), it costs longer time and more money to fly to Lhasa from Shanghai, compared with Beijing, Chengdu, Xian, etc. Only 2 flights are direct flights (usually stop over at Xian or Chengdu). Others are connecting flights which need to transfer at Chongqing, Xian, Dazhou, etc.

Flight No. Departure -- Arrival Duration Frequency Plane Ticket
06:45
Pudong Airport T1
stopover
Xi'an
14:40
Gonggar Airport
7h 55m SMTWTFS JET
3360 ¥
Economy Class
14:25
Hongqiao Airport T2
stopover
Chengdu
21:20
Gonggar Airport
6h 55m - - TWT - - Airbus A330
3360 ¥
Economy Class
08:40
Pudong Airport T2
transfer
Chongqing
16:35
Gonggar Airport
7h 55m S - - W - - - Airbus A320

Airbus A319
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Economy Class

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All Flights to Tibet in Summary

Air Route Distance Duration Frequency Flight Type
Chengdu Lhasa 768miles (1286km) about 2.5 hours appr 12 flights per day direct flights
Beijing Lhasa 1867 miles (3004 km) 4~6 hours appr 3 flights per day direct flights
Xian Lhasa 1230 miles (1980 km) about 3 hrs 20 mins appr 7 flights per day direct flights
Shanghai Lhasa about 1930mi (3107km) about 7~9 hours appr 5 flights per day stopover / connecting
Chongqing Lhasa 985miles(1585km) about 2hrs 50mins appr 10 flights per day direct flights
Kunming Lhasa 1220 miles (1963 km) about 3~5 hours appr 4 flights per day direct flights
Guangzhou Lhasa 1647miles (2651km) about 6~9 hours appr 5 flights per day direct / connecting
Xining Lhasa 968miles (1558km) about 2.5~7 hours appr 5 flights per day direct / connecting
Zhengzhou Lhasa 2107 miles (3392 km) about 3hrs 50mins appr 2 flights per day direct / connecting
Shangri-La Lhasa 542 miles(872km) about 2 hours appr 1 flight per day direct flights
Lijiang Lhasa 593 miles (954 km) about 2hrs 15mins appr 1 flight per day direct flights
Mianyang Lhasa 1412miles (2274km) about 2 hours appr 3 flights per day direct / connecting
Kangding Lhasa 652miles (1050km) about 2 hours appr 5 flights per day direct / connecting
Yushu Lhasa 437miles (704km) about 1.5 hours appr 3~6 flights per day direct / connecting
Xiahe Lhasa 1435 miles (2309 km) about 2hrs 20mins appr 1 flight per day direct flight
Xinjiang Ngari 908 miles (1462 km) about 2.5 hours appr 1~2 flights per week direct flights

International Flights to Lhasa

So far, Kathmandu is the only international city which operates flights to Lhasa. It is only about 375 miles (1.5 hours)’s flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa. During months from May to October, there are usually one or two daily direct flights operated. In the low seasons, there might be less or no daily flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa.

Kathmandu - Lhasa Flights Schedule and Fares

Flight No. Departure -- Arrival Duration Frequency Plane Ticket
13:20
Tribhuvan Airport


17:00
Gonggar Airport
1h 25m --T-T-S Airbus A319
4410 ¥
Economy Class
12:00
Tribhuvan Airport


15:35
Gonggar Airport
1h 25m SM-W-F- Airbus A319
5230 ¥
Economy Class

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