Get to Lhasa by Air
Recently, there are dozens flights to Tibet from major cities in China every day. Nothing is more convenient than taking a direct flight to Tibet from Beijing, Xian, Chongqing or Chengdu, which takes about 2 or 3 hours. And there are also flights from Shanghai, Guangzhou to Lhasa which stop over at Xian or Chongqing. Even in the low season of Tibet tourism, there are still lots of flights flying to Tibet every day.
Beijing to Lhasa by Air
China has launched a direct flight from its capital Beijing to Lhasa, capital of 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 and Tibet Airlines. The introduction of the new line has reduced travel time by two hours. The total travel time between Beijing and Lhasa is four hours and 35 minutes compared to 48 hours on the Qinghai-Tibet railway which began operation on July 1, 2006. There are scheduled non-stop flights every day using better A319 airplane, a larger aircraft to accommodate the huge demand for flights to Tibet.The one-way ticket will cost from 2,479 Yuan ($389USD, price does not include TTB permit).
Shanghai to Lhasa by Air
There is no direct flight from Shanghai to Lhasa. All flights from Shanghai will stop over at Xi’an, Chongqing or Chengdu. The 3,250-km air route takes 7-8 hours.
Passenger planes will take off at 7:45 a.m. from Shanghai and land at Lhasa at 14:45 p.m., with the stopover at Xi'an lasting for one hour and 35 minutes.
Chengdu to Lhasa by Air
There are over a dozen flights originating from Chengdu to Lhasa Tibet during the peak summer travel season and 5-6 flights in the low travel season. The price of a one way ticket is 1630RMB ($256USD)
Chongqing to Lhasa by Air
There are daily non-stop flights from Chongqing to Lhasa.
Xian to Lhasa by Air
You can fly to Lhasa from Xian:
Guangzhou to Lhasa by Air
You can fly to Lhasa from Guangzhou, the capital city of south China's Guangdong Province with a stopover in Chongqing.
The air route is operated by the China Southern Airlines which offers return flights every day between the two cities.
Kathmandu to Lhasa by Air
Both China Airlines and Sichuan Airlines operate direct flights from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa, Tibet.