Tibet Tours from Shanghai by Train/Flight 2024: all about contrasts & diversity

Why travel from Shanghai to Tibet

  • Shanghai is one of the most convenient gateways of China for travelers from around the world.
  • Take the advantage of convenient transportation. There are flight and train departing to Lhasa each day.
  • Harsh contrast of culture, society, landscape you will meet.

How to plan a Tibet tour from Shanghai

If time allows, you can stay 2 or 3 days to explore this most energetic city in China. To experience its culture, you can't miss the Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple. While if you want to find out what progress Shanghai has made in these years, just to go to the Bund, Nanjing Road, Jinmao Tower, etc.

As for the part in Tibet, two destinations should be covered - Lhasa and Everest. Lhasa is the transfer center as well as the first destination in Tibet where houses Potala Palace and many magnificent Buddhism monasteries. After 1 or 2 days stay in Lhasa, you can travel around to other places, such as Namtso Lake, Nyingchi, Shannan, Shigatse, Ngari as well as Mount Everest.

We're right there with you when you need us, getting you air/train tickets to Tibet from Shanghai, Tibet permits, personal guide & transfer..., taking care of all the gritty details.

4 Days Best of Tibet Lhasa Tour from Shanghai

Prayers at Jokhang Temple

Shanghai Lhasa Tour Lhasa

Highlights: Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery

From Shanghai, one of the top gateways of China, we are taking you to the top attractions in Tibet. Also, custom experience is covered in this tour. Just come with us to have a multi-discovery of Tibet.

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7 Days Classic Shanghai Tibet Highlights Tour

Modern Shanghai View from the Bund

Shanghai Lhasa Tour Lhasa

Highlights: The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Potala Palace, Sera Monastery

Shanghai is one of the most popular international hubs in China, as well as one of the most used gateways to Lhasa in China. It has several flights to Lhasa each day (usually with short stops at Xian or Chengdu). This tour makes fully use of the convenient transfer between Shanghai and Lhasa, also covers the highlights of Shanghai and Lhasa in a single trip.

8 Days Lifetime Tibet Train Tour from Shanghai

Potala Palace of Tibet

Shanghai Lhasa Tour Lhasa

Highlights: Yu Garden, Qinghai Tibet Railway, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

Shanghai is taken as the arrival city in China by a lot of travelers. It has a daily train to the holy land Tibet, traversing a long trip over 4,370 kilometers. Though as a very long train journey, there are a lot of things to see along the railway - contrast culture, beautiful cities and towns, harsh Qinghai Tibet Plateau... This trip firstly takes you to explore Shanghai highlights in brief two days, then take a train to Lhasa to visit the world-famous Potala Palace, touch with local Tibetan, learn about Tibetan Buddhism...

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11 Days Shanghai Lhasa Everest Impression Tour

Mt. Everest Flag Clouds

Shanghai Lhasa Tour Everest

Highlights: The Bund, Potala Palace, Yamdrok Lake, Mount Everest

This tour connects the most energetic city Shanghai with the most mysterious pure land Tibet, which is combination of both culture experience and landscape sightseeing. Firstly spend some days exploring the modern metropolis Shanghai where you can find some interesting old tradition. Then take a flight to Lhasa where you will visit the world-famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, etc. The final destination is the peak of the world - Everest.

11 Days Shanghai Chengdu Lhasa Kathmandu Leisure Tour

The Bund - The Museum of International Aichitecture

Shanghai Chengdu Lhasa Kathmandu

Highlights: The Bund, Potala Palace, Palcho Monastery, Mount Everest

Shanghai is a popular gateway city to start a Tibet tour. While Kathmandu is the best place to finish your Tibet tour. This tour starts from Shanghai, travel westward to Lhasa, then head overlanding to Kathmandu, and brings you the best travel experience in Tibet. Before leaving for Tibet, you will make a stopover at Chengdu where you will stay a full day to visit Giant Panda, Wenshu Temple, Jinli Street. Of course the most highlighting part is the overlanding travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu on which you will see and experience the essence of Tibet.

13 Days China Highlights Tour with Panda Visit and Tibet Discovery

Panoramic view of the Forbidden City

Shanghai Chengdu Lhasa Xian Beijing

Highlights: The Bund, Chengdu Panda Base, Terra-cotta Warriors, Potala Palace, Great Wall

Set off on a comprehensive highlights adventure! From our best-selected China Tour, you will not only enjoy the marvelous landscape, but also experience the different culture among the country. Let's go to join in the REAL China & Tibet Tour!

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15 Days Essential China Odyssey Tour with Guilin Paradise Vacation

Fishinman of Li River

Shanghai Guilin Chengdu Lhasa Xian Beijing

Highlights: Li River, Giant Panda, Terra-cotta Warriors, Potala Palace, Great Wall

The best highlights and all expected impressions of China are included in this 15 days' trip. You have chance to explore them all: diverse culture, breathtaking landscape, mysterious Tibet, ancient history, Giant Panda...

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17 Days Panoramic Impression of China Tour with Lifetime Trip to Tibet

Panoramic view of the Forbidden City

Shanghai Huangshan Hangzhou Chengdu Lhasa Xian Beijing

Highlights: Yellow Mountain, Chengdu Panda Base, Terra-cotta Warriors, Potala Palace

This is an in-depth China vacation from the east to the far west, and head to the north. You will start your trip from the largest metropolitan in China - Shanghai, move next to the beautiful famous mountain Huangshan and poetic and picturesque city - Hangzhou.

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9 Days Wonderful Shanghai Xian Lhasa Contrast Tour

Xi'an Ancient City Wall

Shanghai Xian Tour Lhasa

Highlights: The Bund, Terracotta Warriors, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

Why travel Shanghai and Lhasa with Xian? Firstly, all three destinations are full of things to do with a lot of world-famous attractions, such as the Bund in Shanghai, Terracotta Warriors, Potala Palace in Lhasa; Secondly, it's money-saving because Xian usually offers cheaper flights to Lhasa compared with Shanghai and also has more frequent schedules. This tour starts from Shanghai, then make a stop at Xian before heading to explore the holy land Tibet. It's leisure and classic!

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10 Days Classic Shanghai Tibet Kathmandu Overland Tour

Tour Shanghai Lhasa Gyirong

Highlights: The Bund, Potala Palace, Palcho Monastery, Everest Base Camp

During this tour, you will start your adventure from Shanghai with two days' city exploration to the popular attractions then take a flight to the holy land Tibet where you will firstly explore Lhasa city. After visiting Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and other sights in Lhasa, you will then travel southwestward to Mount Everest via Gyantse and Shigatse. Your tour ends at the border of Nepal and Tibet.

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permission permit for Tibet
Dear all, im a student in Shanghai, me and my tibetan freind are planning to go to tibet this summer to visit his family and his hometown. However i've read that my chinese resident permit isn't enough. and that i need a special permit to go to tibet...I would like to know if your agency could provide some permissions. While knowing that i'm travelling with my freind and not with your agency-group-trip.
Thank you so much in advance for your response!
2016-05-05 05:34
Hello Sam,

Thanks for your message. Firstly, you're right you must obtain a Tibet Travel Permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau to visit Tibet. And this permit can only be applied by travel agencies in Tibet. Secondly, according to Tibet Tourism Bureau policies, foreigners are not allowed to travel independently without a tour guide from licensed travel agency accompanying with. So sorry being unable to help.
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