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Nepal Tibet Bhutan Transportation 2020/2021

17 January 2020 Last updated at 19:12

Nepal and Bhutan are separated by India in geographic position, but both of them also border Tibet. As three kingdoms of Himalayan Peaks, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan are close neighbors and share the stunning view Himalayan peak, so a growing number of travelers set their foot to the tree mysterious kingdoms. Nowadays, the convenient transportation makes the travel in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan much easier.

No Flights and Driving Routes between Tibet and Bhutan

Because China and Bhutan have not established diplomatic ties at present, travelers are unable to transfer between Tibet and Bhutan directly, neither flights nor driving. Though no transportation is available between Bhutan and Tibet, Nepal offers nonstop flights to both of them. Besides, you could also enjoy a sightseeing overland driving trip from Lhasa to Tibet. Either taking flight or overland driving delivers you an exciting journey.

How to Transfer between Nepal and Tibet

Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) is the only foreigner gateway city to Tibet. There are two choices for travelers to travel between Nepal and Tibet - taking a Kathmandu Lhasa flight or overland driving through Gyirong Port.

Kathmandu Lhasa Flights

With a fly distance of  375 miles (604km) and duration of no more than 1.5 hours, taking a flight between Kathmandu and Lhasa is the most efficient and comfortable way. During your flight, you will fly over Himalayan Peaks. If the weather is clear, you can admire the spectacularity of Mount Everest. There are about 10 nonstop flights per week between Lhasa Gonggar International Airport and Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport operated by Air China (CA for short) and Sichuan Airlines (3U for short). Usually, Air China operate daily flights on Monday, Thursday, Saturday while Sichuan Airlines operates daily flights between Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Check the detailed information:

Kathmandu Lhasa Flights
Kathmandu Lhasa Flight Map

Flight No.Departure -- ArrivalDurationFrequencyPlane
11:30
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport


15:10
Lhasa Gonggar Airport
1h 25m SM - W - F - Airbus A319
12:10
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport


16:00
Lhasa Gonggar Airport
1h 35m SM - WTFS Airbus A319
11:15
Lhasa Gonggar Airport


10:30
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport
1h 30m SM - W - F - Airbus A319
11:50
Lhasa Gonggar Airport


11:10
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport
1h 35m SM - WTFS Airbus A319

Important Notices: 1) The departure time and arrival time are on local time and the time difference between Nepal and China is 2 hours and 15 minutes; 2) above flights schedules are only for reference, and please contact us to catch up on the latest information. Read more about Kathmandu Lhasa Flights

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Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Driving

Since Gyirong Port was open to foreign tourists, Kathmandu Lhasa overland driving becomes quite popular. Though it takes 3 ~ 5 days and covers 621 miles (1000km), the overland driving allows superb detours to central Tibet’s most important monasteries, plus the views of the world’s high peaks.

Day 1 - From Lhasa, you can travel to the turquoise Yamdrok Lake and the dazzling Karola Glacier. Next, just head straight to Gyantse, a historical town. The Palcho Monastery is a must-see and the Kumbum Stupa is really splendid. If you want to stay longer, have fun scramble to Gyantse Dzong and pay a visit the Pala Manor and view the life of the old noble Pala Family. Then go on traveling to Shigatse and accommodate there.

Day 2 - After enjoy the impressive Tashlhunpo Monastery, take a long driving to Mount Everest. The Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse and local tents camps offer basic accommodation.

Day 3 - The sunrise over Mount Everest is amazing. After the watching the amazing sunrise, you will drive to Gyriong Town.

Day 4 - Cross Gyirong Port and drive to Kathmandu. The road from Gyirong to Kathmandu is not in good condition – mostly unpaved, twisting. Traffic jam is always caused by landside in rain season (June ~ August) and road closure might take place due to bad weather (heavy rain or heavy snow).

If you travel from Nepal to Tibet, the route is opposite – travel to Gyirong Town on Day 1, Mount Everest on Day 2, Shigatse on Day 3 and Lhasa on Day 4. If you want a short driving journey, you can skip Mount Everest. If you want an in-depth journey, you can spend an extra day exploring Gyantse.

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Yamdrok Lake
Lhasa-Gyantse Road Passing by Yamdrok Lake

How to Transfer between Nepal and Bhutan

Since Nepal and Bhutan share no border, flight is the only direct transportation between Nepal and Bhutan. Druk Air (KB for short) and Bhutan Airlines (B3 for short) operate flights between Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport and Paro International Airport (the only international airport in Bhutan).

Usually there are 11 flights per week departing from Kathmandu to Paro. Apart from Tuesday, you can take a Kathmandu to Paro flight everyday. From Paro to Kathmandu, there are at least one daily flight available and 12 flights totally per week available. With a direct distance of 403km (250 miles), the flight takes only 1 hour. On the aircraft, you could take a great view of the Himalayan Peaks out of the window.

Nepal Bhutan Flight
Wonderful Nepal Bhutan Flying Experience

Kathmandu to Paro Flights

Flight No.Departure -- ArrivalDurationFrequencyPlane
07:45
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport


08:45
Bhutan Paro Airport
1h - - - - - - S Airbus A319
09:15
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport


10:30
Bhutan Paro Airport
1h - - - - T - S Airbus A319
09:15
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport


10:30
Bhutan Paro Airport
1h - - -W-F- Airbus A319
09:45
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport


11:30
Bhutan Paro Airport
1h - M - - - - - Airbus A319
10:00
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport


11:15
Kathmandu Paro Airport
1 h - M - W - F - Airbus A319
10:35
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport


11:50
Bhutan Paro Airport
1h S - - - - - Airbus A319

Paro to Kathmandu Flights

Flight No.Departure -- ArrivalDurationFrequencyPlane
07:40
Bhutan Paro Airport


08:25
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport
1h - - -W - F - Airbus A319
08:00
Bhutan Paro Airport


08:45
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport
1h - M - - - - Airbus A319
09:00
Bhutan Paro Airport


09:45
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport
1h S - - - - - Airbus A319
10:20
Bhutan Paro Airport


11:10
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport
1h - - T - - - - Airbus A319
11:10
Bhutan Paro Airport


11:55
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport
1h 5min S - T - T - S Airbus A319
11:30
Bhutan Paro Airport


12:15
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport
1h 5min - - - - T - S Airbus A319
11:30
Bhutan Paro Airport


12:15
Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport
1h - - - - F - Airbus A319

Important Notices: 1) The departure time and arrival time are on local time and the time difference between Nepal and Bhutan is 15 minutes; 2) above flights schedules are only for reference, and please contact us to catch up on the latest information.

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How to Get to Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan

How to Get to Nepal

For more and more people are attracted by Nepal, Nepal has issued On Arrival Visa policy for all international travelers at authorized entry points. Nepal can be reached by flight and by land.

International Flights to Nepal: Nepal is connected with many other countries by flights, including India (New Delhi / Mumbai / Kolkata), China (Lhasa / Chengdu / Xian / Kunming / Guangzhou / Hong Kong), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Thailand (Bangkok), Singapore, United Arab Emirates (Dubai / Sharjah / Abu Dhabi), Saudi Arabia (Dammam), Qatar (Doha), Oman (Muscat), South Korea (Seoul), Turkey (Istanbul), Saudi Arabia (Dammam) etc. You can easily take a light from these countries to Nepal easily if you want to travel to Nepal first.

Overland Driving to Nepal: In addition to Tibet, you can also take an overland driving tour from Indian to Nepal. There are 6 available ports allowing foreign travelers to travel to Nepal from India directly, including Kakarbhitta-Jhapa, Birgunj-Parsa, Balahia-Bhairahawa, Jamunaha-Nepalgunj, Mohana-Dhangad and Gaddachaudki (BANBASA )-Mahendranagar. Among the six, Gorakhpur from Sonauli (India)– Belahiya (Nepal) Border Port is the easiest and most hassle free one.

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Lhasa Kathmandu Driving Map
Swayambhunath - Nepal's Sacred Bhuddhist Shrine

How to Get to Tibet

Apart from Nepal, you can only get to Tibet from the mainland China, both trains and flights are available for foreigner travelers.

Flight to Tibet has become the mostly chosen option for travelers because of the comfortability and high speed. Till today, there are over 18 cities in China provides flight to Lhasa. It is quite easy to get to Lhasa Gonggar Airport by flights from Beijing (4~6 hours), Chengdu (2.5 hours), Xian (3 hours and 20 minutes), Shanghai (7~9 hours), Chongqing (2 hours 50 minutes), Kunming (3~5 hours) etc., especially Chengdu which provides over 10 daily flights to Lhasa usually.

Air RouteDistanceDurationFrequencyFlight Type
Chengdu Lhasa 768 miles (1286km) about 2.5 hrs appr 12 flights per day direct flights
Beijing Lhasa 1867 miles (3004 km) 4~6 hrs 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 1930 miles (3107km) about 7~9 hrs appr 5 flights per day stopover / connecting
Chongqing Lhasa 985 miles (1585km) about 2hrs 50mins appr 10 flights per day direct flights
Kunming Lhasa 1220 miles (1963 km) about 3~5 hrs appr 4 flights per day direct flights
Guangzhou Lhasa 1647 miles (2651km) about 6~9 hrs appr 5 flights per day direct / connecting
Xining Lhasa 968 miles (1558km) about 2.5~7 hrs 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 hrs 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 hrs appr 3 flights per day direct / connecting
Kangding Lhasa 652 miles (1050km) about 2 hrs appr 5 flights per day direct / connecting
Yushu Lhasa 437miles (704km) about 1.5 hrs 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 hrs appr 1~2 flights per week direct flights
Kathmandu Lhasa 375 miles (603.5 km) about 1.5 hrs appr 1 ~ 2 flights per day direct flights

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Traveling along this world-famed Qinghai Tibet Railway is really an interesting journey. At present, there are 7 cities providing train to Tibet, including Beijing (40 hours), Chengdu (36 hours), Shanghai (36.5 hours), Chongqing (35.5 hours), Guangzhou (53 hours), Xining (21 hours) and Lanzhou (24 hours). There is no Xian-Lhasa train now, but trains from Shanghai and Guangzhou will pass by Xian, and it takes about 31~32 hours from Xian to Lhasa.

Tibet Train Schedules & Fares

Train No.Dep. StationDep. TimeArr. TimeTravel TimeFrequencyDistance
Z21 Beijing West 20:00 12:10() 40:10 Daily 3757km
Z164/165 Shanghai 20:10 19:20 47:10 Daily 4373km
Z6801 Xining 14:01 11:10 21:09 Every otherday 1972km
Z917 Lanzhou 11:16 11:10 23:54 Every other day 2188km
Z322/323 Chengdu 14:48 09:55 43:07 Every other day 3360km
Z223/222 Chongqing 15:42 09:55 42:13 Every other day 3394km
Z264/265 Guangzhou 11:45 17:05 Daily 53:20 4980km

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How to Get to Bhutan

Apart from Nepal, there only several countries providing flights to Bhutan, including India (Delhi, Guwahati, Gaya, Kolkata), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Singapore (Singapore), Thailand (Bangkok) etc. Among these countries, India and Nepal are most popular to offer relatively frequent flights to Paro. From them, you can take a flight to Bhutan directly.

Air RouteDistanceDurationFrequencyFlight Type
Kathmandu - Paro 250 miles (403km) about 1 hr appr 11 flights per week nonstop flights
Delhi - Paro 757 miles (1218km) about 2.5 hr appr 4 flights per week nonstop flights
Guwahati - Paro 161 miles (259km) about 55 m appr 2 flights per week nonstop flights
Kolkata - Paro 333 miles (535km) about 1 hr appr 1+ flights per day nonstop flights
Dhaka - Paro 252 miles (406km) about 1 hr 20m appr 4 flights per week nonstop flights
Bangkok - Paro 1176 miles (1892km) about 3 hr appr 2 flights per week nonstop flights
Singapore - Paro 2035 miles (3276km) about 5 hr appr 2 flights per week nonstop flights

Tips for Nepal Tibet Bhutan Transportation

● Independent travel is not permitted in Tibet and Bhutan to protect the fragile environment and respect the local traditions, so you have to use a travel agency’s service to undertake a Tibet and Bhutan Tour.

Tibet Travel Permit is a must for Tibet travel. If you travel from Nepal to Tibet, you also need Tibet Group Visa and Tibet Border Pass. Without each of them, you can’t border the flight or cross the port. All permits to Tibet and Bhutan Visa can only be applied by authorized travel agency on behalf of travelers. Traveling with Tibet Discovery, we will deal with everything well for you.

● Pay great attention to High Altitude Sickness. If it is your first time to Tibet, you are not suggested to have an overland tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Mount Everest because the altitude increases rapidly. Start your tour from Lhasa instead so that you have enough time to acclimatize to the altitude gradually.

● If you take a flight traveling between Nepal and Bhutan, you will glut your eyes with a wonderful sight of Himalayan peaks. Traveling from Kathmandu to Paro, a window seat on left side gives a better vision. On the contrary, choose a window seat on right side on a Paro-Kathmandu flight.

How to Plan a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

Since the convenient transportation from Nepal to Tibet and Bhutan, travelers are suggested to choose Lhasa as their first destination. A Nepal Tibet Bhutan highlight tour takes about 15 days. Starting from holy city Lhasa, you can spend 2 full days to explore the landmarks, and then head straight to Mount Everest via Gyantse and Shigatse. Long drives are inevitable to get the view of Mount Everest, but it is hugely rewarding. Then, take another two days’ driving to Kathmandu via Gyirong Port, the landscape along the road is still impressive. In Kathmandu, immerse yourself in the antique architectures which embody the thick Nepal history and culture. Bhaktapur and Patan are also the cultural essence of Kathmandu Valley. After that, you can drive to Nagarkot to have a different view of Himalayan Peaks. As your Nepal tour ends, take a 1 hour’ flight to Bhutan and feel the happiness and tranquility of this kingdom. You can’t miss the triangle golden cities - Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, where you will appreciate the old Dzongs and Geombas. Taktsang Monastery is the most famous and honred religious site. Read mor about How to Plan a Nepal Tibet Tour>>

Taktshang Monastery
Taktshang Monastery - Symbol of Bhutan

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