Beijing to Lhasa
There are 2 ways to get to Lhasa from Beijing China: 1) By Train, 2) By Air. We have the most up-to-date information for 2012-2013 here.
Beijing to Lhasa by train:
Beijing-Lhasa is 4,064 km, of which 1,110 km are over the newly-built Qinghai-Tibet railway
Train T27 will start from Beijing West Railway Station at 21:30 and arrive at Lhasa Railway Station at 20:58 on the third day after 47 hours and 28 minutes' running. Train T28 will depart from Lhasa Railway Station at 8:00 am. and arrive in Beijing west at 8:00 am on the third day with a 48-hour-trip.
Hard Seat Price
Hard Sleeper Price
Soft Sleeper Price
389 Y (US$49)
813 Y (US$102)
* Unreserved seats are available. This means you are not guaranteed a seat, but if one does become available, you may take it, otherwise you will have to stand in the aisles. Prices are usually 50RMB lower than the hard seat price.
** Prices above do not include the Tibet Travel Permit.
*** Beijing-Lhasa is 4,064 km, of which 1,110 km are over the newly-built Qinghai-Tibet railway.
**** The Tangula Luxury Train, a special tourist train, is still not operational as of March 2012.
|Stops||Arrival||Departure||Stop Time (Mins)||Day||KM`s|
|West Beijing||-||20:09||-||Day 1||0|
|West Xining||15:50||16:10||20||Day 2||2092|
Beijing to Lhasa by Air:
China has launched a direct flight from its capital Beijing to Lhasa, capital of occupied Tibet. The direct flight service of Air China started operation from July 10, 2006.
The Beijing-Lhasa direct air-route replaced the Beijing-Chengdu-Lhasa line, also operated by Air China. The introduction of the new line has reduced travel time by two hours. The total travel time between Beijing and Lhasa is 4 hours compared to 48 hours on the Qinghai-Tibet railway which began operation on July 1. There will be one flight every day using better A330 airplane, said the report dated July 14.
It will be the country's only long distance air route to Lhasa. The one-way ticket will cost around 2,430 Yuan (price does not include TTB permit).
However, the flight from Lhasa to Beijing will still stop over at Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, to ensure occupancy. The return flight will take about five hours and 40 minutes.
As the popularity of Shangri-la travel increases, there will be more flights to Tibet.
Direct Flights to Lhasa - New for 2012:
Non stop flighs fron Beijing to Lhasa's Gongga Airport is now available. This round trip flight is offered by Air China everyday and it is the only non-stop flight onboard a Airbus A319, a larger aircraft to accomodate the huge demand for flights to Tibet.
Where to purchase tickets/flights to Lhasa?
You can arrange travel to Tibet via agencies.