Why Take Flight to Lhasa from Kunming

1. As one of the major hub airports in China, Kunming Changshui International Airport offers 4 direct flights to Lhasa every day, ranging from morning, afternoon and evening, which has the most flexible options in Yunnan Province.

2. Currently, if one are planning to Tibet from Yunnan, there is no train available. Transfer in other neighbor cities is rather tedious and not cost-effective. But you can fly to Lhasa from Kunming spending 3-4 hours only.

3. Kunming, one of the Top 10 tourism cities in China, has the reputation of Spring City. It is a national historical and cultural city with more than 200 relics and countless scenery, such as the Stone Forest World Geological Park and karst caves.

4. The Kunming Changshui International Airport is a good joint point with Yunnan and Tibet tour, since it both has many domestic flights and international routes for different transfers.

5. Kunming connects with other destinations in Yunnan through this international airport. It’s very easy and convenient to famous cities Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La and Sipsongpanna.

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Foreign Tourist Dancing with Naxi People

Kunming Lhasa Flights Schedules

14 December 2022 Last updated at 13:50

If you happen to be in Yunnan and will go on with a Tibet tour, even suppose you are planning a reverse travel, the direct Kunming Lhasa flights help you a lot. Served for the most import tourist city in west China, Kunming Changshui International Airport has 4 daily round-trip flights scheduled from 7:30 am to 20:15 pm.

While the air ticket is hard to get in Beijing, Shanghai, departure from Kunming is another option. Depending on the flying distance, the Kunming Lhasa Flight ticket is cheaper than Beijing and eastern cities, but more expensive than Chengdu and Chongqing. You can start your China Tour from Yunnan after Tibet tour or fly back to your home country once the international routes can reach to.

Kunming to Lhasa Flights Timetable

Every day, there are about 4 flights usually departing from Kunming Changshui International Airport to Lhasa Gonggar Airport. The 2 morning flights will stop in Lijiang or Diqing costing extra 1h. The rest 2 will directly fly to Lhasa from Kunming within 3hrs. You are suggested to book flight ticket in the morning so that you can have enough time to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude in Lhasa. Check out following latest updated Kunming to Lhasa flights schedules:


Important Notice: 1) Above flight schedules and fares are only for reference, please contact us to catch up on the latest information. But we usually will keep them updated; 2) The airlines companies usually will cut down the flight schedules during winter and spring seasons. There may be no daily flight in some months.

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About Kunming Changshui International Airport

Located in northeast of Kunming City, Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG-昆明长水国际机场, elevation: 2102m) is the main airport in Yunnan Province and a large portal and hub airport in southwest China. In 2012, the Kunming Wujiaba International Airport was wholly moved to Kunming Changshui International Airport. Now the airport has one terminal and two runways covering 548,000 sq meters in total. The Phase II extension project which includes a second terminal and two new runways will be completed by 2020.

The airport is one of the world’s top 100 airports with 387 flight routes, including 64 international (reginal) routes to Paris, Sydney, San Francisco and many Southeast Asia destinations and many domestic routes to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Xian, etc.

The Kunming Changshui International Airport is 25 kilometers to central Kunming city, about a 45 minutes ride into town. Also you can take Airport Expresses, shuttle buses or taxi to the down town area.

International Flights to Kunming

So far travelers can take flights to Kunming directly from the following international destinations:

1) Europe: Paris

2) Australia: Sydney

3) North America: San Francisco, Vancouver

4) Middle East: Dubai

5) East Asia: Osaka (Japan), Seoul (South Korea)

6) Southeast Asia: Kathmandu (Nepal); New Delhi, Calcutta (India); Manila (Philippine); Bangkok, Chiengmai, Phuket, Koh Samui (Thailand); Rangoon, Mandala (Burma); Kuala Lumpur (Singapore); Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam); Siem Reap (Cambodia); Vientiane (Laos)

7) South Asia: Colombo (Sri Lanka)

8) Other regions: Hong Kong, Kaohsiung and Taipei can reach Kunming directly by flight.

Domestic Flights to Kunming

The Kunming Airport is situated in northeast Kunming City, serving for the important tourist cities: Kunming and the surroundings. Different destinations in Yunnan are linked to most cities of China, Lhasa, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian and Chongqing, etc. But tickets are in great demand especially in peak tourist season, so try to book your plane ticket as early as possible.

Eastern China – Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Nanjing, etc.;

Northern China – Xian, Hohot, Tianjing, Taiyuan, Lanzhou, Xining, Harbin, etc.;

Southern China - Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guilin, Sanya, Kunming, Guiyang, Yichang, etc.;

Southern China – Guilin, Sanya, Guiyang, Yichang, etc.;

Western China – Lhasa, Chengdu, Panzhihua, Dali, Urumqi, etc.;

Middle China – Zhangjiajie, Changsha, Wuhan, Nanchang, Luoyang, Hefei, etc.

Inner Yunnan Province: Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Xishuangbanna, Mang City, Tengchong.

Transfer to/off Kunming Changshui International Airport

The Kunming Changshui International Airport is about 25 kilometers to central Kunming city, about a 45 minutes ride into town. Also you can take the Airport Expresses from the airport, it sets off every 20-30 mins costing around 25 CNY. Or you can choose the airport buses 919 series, costing 13CNY. The most convenient way is to walk to the No.3 door of B1, Terminal 1, then take a taxi to your hotel or planned destination.

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Beautiful Night View of Kunming Changshui Airport
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Layout of Kunming Changshui Airport

About Lhasa Gonggar International Airport

Lhasa Gonggar International Airport (LXA - 拉萨贡嘎国际机场) is the largest and most important airport in Tibet Autonomous Region. In 2016, the airport has greeted more than 3 million passengers, most of whom are travelers, including thousands of foreigner travelers. The airport is about 62 kilometers (39 mi) southwest of the city in Gonggar County of Shannan. The airport is one of the highest airports in the world with an elevation of 3,570 meters (11,710 ft). Airbus A340 and Boeing 757 aircrafts are allowed to park in the airport.

International Flights to Lhasa

So far, there is only one international air line connecting Lhasa: Kathmandu – Lhasa. During summer days, there are daily direct flights operated, sometimes two flights and sometimes just one flight. Only Air China and Sichuan Airlines are operating the Kathmandu - Lhasa flights. To take a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, one will need a Group Visa, Tibet Travel Permit and Tibet Border Pass.

Domestic Flights to Lhasa

Lhasa Gonggar Airport is well connected to many cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Kunming, Chongqing, Xining, Shangri-La, etc. Among all these cities, Chengdu is the most popular hub for taking flights/off Tibet. There are more than 20 flights flying between Chengdu and Lhasa each day. Xian also operates about 4~6 flights to Lhasa each day.

Transfer to/off Lhasa Gonggar International Airport

Lhasa Gonggar Airport is about 60km from Lhasa downtown. It costs about 100~200 CNY to the Barkhor Street area of Lhasa city. Airport shuttle bus is also available, and costs only about 25 CNY. It usually takes about 1~1.5 hours to transfer between the airport and Lhasa downtown.

Tibet Discovery also provides you convenient and comfortable airport pick-up and drop-off services which are usually included in our Tibet tour packages. If you take our group tours, you will enjoy our free airport pick-up and drop-off services which are offered at contain hours:

Free Airport Transfer to Hotel in Lhasa

  • - Around 10:00 pick up travelers who arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport before 09:30 AM;
  • - Around 14:00 pick up travelers who arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport before 13:30 PM;
  • - Around 17:00 pick up travelers who arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport before 16:30 PM.

Free Transfer to Airport from Hotel in Lhasa

  • - Around 07:00 pick up travelers who departs from Lhasa Gonggar Airport between 09:00 ~ 11:30 AM;
  • - Around 09:30 pick up travelers who departs from Lhasa Gonggar Airport between 11:30 AM ~ 14:30 PM;
  • - Around 12:30 pick up travelers who departs from Lhasa Gonggar Airport after 14:30 PM.

- Learn more about Lhasa Gonggar International Airport.

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Lhasa Gonggar International Airport

Take Flights to Tibet from other Cities in Yunnan Province

Diqing Shangri-La

Diqing Shangri-La Airport (IATA:DIG, 迪庆香格里拉机场) is located in the northwest of Yunnan Province at an altitude of 3287m. It is about 5 km to the Zhongdian County by taxi. Please do enough preparation against the high altitude sickness once you happen to take the daily one plane to Lhasa from Shangri-La Airport.

Click here to know more about Shangri-La Lhasa Flight.


Lijiang Sanyi International Airport (IATA:LJG, 丽江三义国际机场), the second largest airport in Yunnan Province, has 1 direct flight to Lhasa every day. The Airport is 30km to the Lijing City center, about 40-45 mins riding.

Click here to know more about Lijiang Lhasa Flight.

Tibet Travel Permit and Flight Travel

A Tibet Travel Permit (Tibet Entry Permit) is the MUST-DOCUMENT to take a flight to Tibet. It is firstly needed to book flight at the airport. When you check in and check out the airports, the original Tibet Travel Permit also will be checked. Please remember to duplicate at least 3 copies of Tibet Travel Permit because the permits are required for many occasions. The permit can only be issued in Tibet by the Tibet Tourism Bureau, and also can be only applied by travel agency behalf of travelers. It needs about 15~20 days to obtain the permit.

How to Apply for Tibet Travel Permit

1. Contact us to work out and confirm an itinerary in Tibet;

2. Send us the scanned copies of your passport, and provide an available address in China(hotel or local agency) to receive your permit;

3. We apply for the Tibet Travel Permit from Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa;

4. Once the permit is issued, we will send the original permit to you by post.

> Learn more detail about Tibet Travel Permit Application

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Tibet Travel Permit

Useful Notes on Tibet Flight Travel

1. Necessary documents required to take a flight to/off Tibet

- Chinese Visa is always needed no matter you are taking a flight or a train to Tibet. The office man in the airport will check your Chinese visa when your go to board the plane.

- The Passport will be needed for many situations: booking flight ticket, checking in flight, checking in hotel, checking in the Border Station in Tibet, etc. Make sure your passport is valid and original.

- Original Tibet Travel Permit will be checked when you board your plane at the airports.

2. How to book flight ticket?

The flight ticket can be booked at online website, such as Booking.com, Expedia, Ctrip, Qunar, etc. You can also buy the ticket from the airports in China or flight resellers. You are also welcomed to let us book your flight. We are always keeping up with the latest flight news and usually can book the ticket at a cheaper price. During summer and autumn, it is usually difficult to book the flights to Lhasa. While using our booking service, we will not only book the ticket, but also arrange a valuable tour package.

3. When is the best time to fly to Tibet?

Generally speaking, months from April to October are recommended for traveling in Tibet. Other months are usually very cold, and possibly have heavy snow, especially in regions like Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Namtso Lake, etc. The flights schedules are also more frequent during April to October. During December to March, the airline companies will cut down the flight schedules, usually from daily weekly, even to none. But top cities like Chengdu and Xian still operate daily flights during the shoulder season. It is recommended to take the morning flight so that you can get to Lhasa before late afternoon, and have enough time to acclimatize yourself to the altitude and thin air in Lhasa. The morning flights also cut down the risk that your flights would be delayed or canceled.

4. Apart from Kunming, where can I also take a flight to Tibet?

Apart from Kunming, you can also fly to Tibet from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Shangri-La, etc.

5. International flights to Lhasa

So far, there is only one international air line connecting Lhasa: Kathmandu – Lhasa. During summer days, there are daily direct flights operated, sometimes two flights and sometimes just one flight. Only Air China and Sichuan Airlines are operating the Kathmandu - Lhasa flights. To take a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, one will need a Group Visa, Tibet Travel Permit and Tibet Border Pass.

6. What else airports I can fly to except for Lhasa Gonggar International Airport?

Tibet has five airports in total. Besides Lhasa Gonggar Airport, you can also take a flight to Shigatse, Nyingchi, Ngari and Qamdo. But only certain cities in China operate flights to these smaller cities.

- Shigatse - there is daily flight flying between Chengdu and Shigatse each day. The airport name is Shigatse Peace Airport, which is about 46km from Shigatse city.

- Nyingchi - Chengdu usually offers 4 morning flights to Nyingchi Mainling Airport. While its neighboring city Chongqing also has 3 morning flights to Nyingchi each day. If you travel from Nyingchi to Lhasa, you are recommended to take a flight to Nyingchi firstly from Chengdu or Chongqing. It is also available to fly out Tibet directly from Nyingchi.

- Qamdo - Both Chongqing and Chengdu operate a daily flight to Qamdo in Tibet. But there are few travelers have chosen this line because Qamdo is not a popular tourist destination in Tibet.

- Ngari - Urumqi (capital of Xinjiang) offers a daily direct flight to Ngari with a stop at Kashgar on every Tuesday and Friday. Taking this flight, passengers need Military Permit and Border Pass as well as Tibet Travel Permit.

7. The regulation on the luggage allowance on the plane

Luggage TypeFirst ClassBusiness ClassEconomy ClassAllowed Baggage Size
Allowed Carry-on Baggage 5kg * 2 pieces 5kg 5kg 55cm/20cm/40cm(L/B/H)
Allowed Checked-in Baggage 40kg 30kg 20kg 100cm/60cm/40cm(L/B/H)

8. Will my kids get a discounted flight ticket?

Kids aging 2 to 12 years old (including 12) will get a discount of 50% of the full price of the flight fare. If an adult take a flight to Lhasa from Beijing with a child aging at 10 and the full price for the economy class is 3260 CNY, the ticket fare for the child is 1630 CNY. The child also doesn’t have to pay for Airport Construction Fee while the adult has to. Infant under 2 years old only has to pay 10% of the full price, but the separate seat is not provided.

9. How do I collect (receive) the flight ticket?

Since most flight tickets are booked online, so firstly you will receive an e-ticket. You will change a paper ticket when you checking in your flight at a counter in the airport.