How to get to Tibet from Nepal or mainland China ? By flight or train or by overland?
There are two main ways to get to Tibet, one is the international get way to Tibet which is either fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa or overland from Kyirong border to Lhasa. Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet and it has over 1300 years history with a great historical cites of the Potala Palace, the most sacred Jokang temple etc. Another way to get to Tibet is by train or flight from different cities in mainland China such as Peking, Xian, Xining, Lanzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu etc.
How to get to Tibet from Kathmandu In the high tourist season? There is a daily flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa by Air China and Sichuan Airline. The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is one hour distance and you can enjoy an extremely beautiful view of the great Himalayan Mountain range including Mount Everest. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and it is the birth place of Lord Buddha and there are many historical sites to visit such as Patan, Durbar Square, Bodhanath, Swayambunath etc.
How to get to Tibet from Beijing? There are two direct flights from Beijing to Lhasa run by Air China and Tibet Airlines and there are a couple of stop over flights. There is one daily train from Beijing to Lhasa which takes 41 hours but we don’t recommend to take this train as it is a very long train ride journey and at the same time, it is very difficult to guarantee the soft sleeper.
The flight from Beijing to Lhasa is 5 hours distance. You can enjoy a beautiful view of Minyak Gangkar snow mountain and the Barhmaputra river. Beijing not only is the capital city of China but also a historical cite of China where it has the most famous great wall of China, Summer Palace, the forbidden city, Lama temple etc. Now, It is the cultural, political, financial and head quarter of the Chinese government.
How to get to Tibet from Shanghai? There is one direct flight and several stop over flights and one daily train. Shanghai city is located on the bank of Yangtse river which follows it’s source from the north eastern Tibet. Shanghai is the largest city in China and it serves as the most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications center of China and Shanghai also recognizes as the international standard city of China where there are many westerners who are working, doing business and studying in shanghai.
How get to Tibet from Guangzhou? There are a couple stop over flights from Guangzhou to Lhasa which takes around 6 hours including stop over in Kunming or Chengdu. There is also a daily train to Lhasa from Guangzhou. Guangzhou or Canton is the largest city in south China and it is one of the most important trading center in China and it also has lots of Cargos which go to different countries in the world.
How to get to Tibet from Kunming? There is one direct flight from Kunming to Lhasa which takes you two hours and thirty five minutes and there are several stop over flights from Kunming to Lhasa via Dali, Shangrila or Lijiang. You will enjoy a beautiful view of Kawa karpo snow mountain and Erhai lake from the plane. Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan province in the western China and Yunnan is the biggest ethnic province in China.
How to get to Tibet from Xian? There are a few direct flights from Xian to Lhasa which takes you three hours and thirty five minutes and there is a daily train comes to Lhasa from Xian which takes 31.19 hours. Actually, this train is the same train which comes from Beijing to Lhasa via Xian. Xian was the capital city of China during the period of Tang dynasty and it has some historical scenic sites including Terracotta Warriors and the white stupa etc and nowadays, it is one of the most famous travel destination in China.
How to get to Tibet from Xining? There is one direct flight from Xining to Lhasa and a few stop over flights from Xining to Lhasa and several trains from Xining to Lhasa which takes 21.28 hours duration. The direct flight takes two hours and twenty five minutes duration and you will enjoy a beautiful view of the Tibetan high plateau and many beautiful lakes from the plane. Xining is the capital city of Qinghai province in the western China and it is located on the Yellow River. Xining is one of the main gateways to Tibet, especially by train to Tibet. The train from Xining to Tibet is the most beautiful part of Qinghai Tibet railway. You will enjoy viewing a fantastic scenery of the Qinghai lake, Tibetan high plateau, Kunlun mountain range, Keke Xili no man land, beautiful Tibetan grassland and nomad camps and many beautiful lakes.
How to get to Tibet from Lanzhou? There are a couple of stop over flights to Tibet from Lanzhou but it takes you between 7-8 hours so we don’t recommend to take flight from Lanzhou to Tibet. You can take train to Tibet from Lanzhou which takes you around 25 hours to reach Lhasa. Lanzhou is the capital city of Gansu province and it is one of the largest Tibetan grassland plateau in the north eastern Tibet. It is the hometown of the Tibetan Amdo region and they are all both farmers and nomads.
How to get to Tibet from Chengdu? Chengdu is the most popular gateways city to Tibet as there are over 20 direct flights to Lhasa during the peak season and over ten daily flight to Nyingtri, the eastern forest region of Tibet, daily flight to Chamdo, the further eastern region of Tibet, daily flights to Shigatse and Ngari via Lhasa. The flight from Chengdu to Lhasa takes 2 hours duration and you will enjoy a beautiful view of Minyak Gangkar snow mountain and many beautiful snowcapped mountains and Brahmaputra river. There is a train running from Chengdu to Lhasa every other day but we don’t recommend to take this train because in the one hand, it is a very long train journey and in the other hand, the train ticket is very difficult to get.
Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan province and it is the largest city in the western China. Chengdu is the home of the most famous Panda and it is the most important commercial city of western China.
Chengdu nowadays can access very easily from different cities in Europe such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt and New York to Chengdu. All those are direct flights to Chengdu.