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Flight to Lhasa, Tibet - Travel to Tibet by Air

Time: 2012-02-19 16:22:21

How to get to Tibet? For international visitors from far away, flying to Tibet is a great option. Flying into Tibet is much faster and one can save more time to explore Tibet. Additionally, it's difficult for individual tourist to get a train ticket on their own.
We've gathered all the information you need to know about Tibet Flights, including timetable of flight to Lhasa and introduction of all Tibet airports. By far, there are 5 civilian airports in Tibet in operation: Lhasa Airport, Chamdo Airport and Nyingchi Airport, as well as Ngari Airport and Xigaze Airport. Additionally, a sixth airport in Nagchu is planned.


Lhasa Airport

Lhasa Gonggar Airport (拉萨贡嘎机场) is about 62 km (39 miles) from Lhasa downtown. There are non-stop flights connecting Lhasa with Chengdu, Chongqing, Diqing, Xian, Bamda (a town of Chamdo, Tibet) and Kathmandu (capital of Nepal). Meanwhile, direct flights connect Lhasa with Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Kunming (which make stops at Chengdu, Chongqing, Qinghai, Xian, and Diqing). Read more


Lhasa Airport Exterior   


   Flight from Beijing to Lhasa

Chengdu is the most important hub for flights going to and from Tibet as there are more than 1 flight leave Chengdu for Lhasa DAILY. Besides, direct flights from other cities often go through Chengdu. Chengdu boasts many tourist attractions, including its famous Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the Ancient Sanxingdui Ruins, and the Terracotta Warriors No. 2 (the more famous Terracotta Warriors are in Xian). We recommend staying overnight in Chengdu to take advantage of these attractions.
Here is the updated map of Tibet Airlines:


Map of Tibet Flight Routes

Chamdo Airport

Chamdo Bamda Airport (昌都邦达机场) is the highest airport in the world till now, at an elevation of 4,334 meters, with one of the longest runway. Chamdo Airport is far from Chamdo town (distance: 140 km) and flights here are frequently delayed due to the harsh weather in the plateau. Therefore, most tourists prefer Lhasa Airport than Chamdo Airport.

Nyingchi Airport

Nyingchi Airport (林芝米林机场), the 3rd civil airport in Tibet, formally went into operation in 2006, providing more conveniences to domestic and overseas tourists to Tibet. Nyingchi Airport may become many tourists' first stop in Tibet because its altitude is less than 3,000 meters, allowing visitors to acclimatize themselves gradually to higher altitudes.
Remember to look out the window! Along the way you'll be delighted by the breathtaking scenery of southeastern Tibet prior to your Lhasa tour.


Ngari Airport

Ngari Gunsa Airport (阿里昆莎机场) in northwest Tibet opens from July 1, 2010. Farthest from Lhasa among all Tibetan prefectures, Ngari is difficult for tourists to get to due to long distance and poor road condition. Before the airport, Ngari was linked to Lhasa only by road and it took 3 days to cover the 1,600-km route.
Luckily, Ngari now is easily accessible. It will take only one and a half hour to reach Ngari from Lhasa. What’s more, Ngari Airport will make a less-than-4-hour traffic possible from Chengdu to Ngari.

Xigaze Airport

Xigaze Peace Airport (日喀则和平机场), built near the world's tallest peak Mount Everest in Xigaze Tibet, opens from October 30, 2010, marking the launching of the 5th civil airport of Tibet. Xigaze is located 250km from Lhasa and it normally takes 3-4 hours to get there due to poor road conditions. Flights now only take 2 hours and 15 minutes from Chengdu to Xigaze and 30 minutes from Lhasa to Xigaze.

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