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Shanghai Tibet Tour

Enjoying a Tibet tour from Shanghai will be an extraordinary journey to cover two entirely different top destinations in China. As one of the most convenient gateways to China from overseas countries, Shanghai is more than an international metropolis. The city presents its charm in diversified ways, where you can witness the vicissitudes of history in the Bund, experience the local folk custom in the City God Temple, speed to the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower for a spectacular night scene, and set foot in the fairy tale world of Disneyland. And the train from Shanghai to Lhasa, one of the most popular trains to Tibet, will take you to the roof of the world. Flights from Shanghai to Lhasa are also available every day.

Best Shanghai Tibet Tour Packages

Our Shanghai Tibet tour packages offer you the great chance to visit the two popular destinations together. We select the most recommended China Tibet tours starting from Shanghai to take you enjoy the best stunning landscape across the vast land of the country. All of our Shanghai Tibet tours include the transfer to Tibet, either by train or by flight. You can choose your favorite way to go or contact us to customize your own Tibet tour according to your need.

How to Get to Tibet from Shanghai

Shanghai to Tibet by Train

Covering a total distance of more than 4000km, the Shanghai Lhasa train provides the rare chance for tourists to enjoy a lifetime train journey from the eastern coastal area to the western highland. There is one daily train scheduled from Shanghai to Lhasa, which departs from Shanghai Railway Station and arrives at Lhasa Railway in approximately 3 days. For the return trip to Shanghai, the train also departs daily from Lhasa Railway Station. Considering that train from Shanghai to Lhasa is one of the most popular trains to Tibet and is always in great demand, it is recommended to book your train ticket as early as possible. Besides, peak travel season like summer holiday and National Day of China should be avoided when you plan your trip to Tibet.

Shanghai to Tibet by Flight

Taking a flight to Lhasa from Shanghai will obviously cut the travel time on the way. At present, there is one direct flight between Shanghai and Lhasa every day. The whole journey will take about 8 hours, including 1 hour for the stopover in Xi’an. In addition, there are connecting flights that will stop at Chengdu, Chongqing and Kunming, where tourists can transfer other flight to Lhasa. Due to the dramatic altitude change from the sea level to the high plateau, tourists need to pay attention to the altitude sickness when flying to Tibet from Shanghai.

Shanghai to Xining and then to Tibet

To enjoy a more flexible and comfortable trip, one can firstly fly to Xining from Shanghai and then take the train to from Xining to Lhasa. As every train running to Lhasa will stop in Xining, there is a greater chance to get a Tibet train ticket here. Also, you can save time on the trip, for the flight from Shanghai to Xining only takes about 3 hours and the Xining to Lhasa train runs for about 21 hours. Moreover, you can appreciate the breathtaking scenery along the noted Qinghai-Tibet Railway and get gradually acclimated to the high altitude as you travel to Tibet.

Beijing Tibet Tour Planning FAQs

How to get Tibet Travel Permit from Shanghai?

Whether you are going to travel to Tibet from Shanghai by train or flight, you need to first obtain the Tibet Travel Permit as a foreign tourist. The Tibet Permit can only be obtained through a Tibet local travel agency authorized by the Tibet Tourist Bureau. As the leading tour operator in Tibet, we can help to handle the application of the permit. All you need to do is to send us the copies of your China Visa and passport after you confirm your itinerary and book the trip with us. Once we get the issued permit, we will deliver it to your hotel in Shanghai. For more convenience, please click to apply the Tibet Permit online.

When is the best time to enjoy a Shanghai Tibet tour?

The trip to Shanghai is normally not constrained by seasons. But if you want to avoid the heat of summer and the cold of winter, spring and autumn are the best times to visit Shanghai. On the other hand, the best time to visit Tibet is from April to June and September to October. During this time, the weather is good and stable, allowing tourists to enjoy the best of Tibet in a more comfortable and safe way. Especially, autumn is the best time to trek Everest Base Camp to see the clear peak view of Mount Everest. If you want to enjoy a budget Shanghai Tibet tour, winter will also be a good choice to get discounts, as well as to avoid huge crowds.

Why choose to travel to Tibet from Shanghai?

Among the gateway cities of mainland China to Tibet, Shanghai is a good option to start your trip to the unique holy land. Firstly, it is very convenient to travel to Tibet from Shanghai by either train or flight. Secondly, a sightseeing in Shanghai city will let you see the most developed and prosperous place of China, like Lujiazui area, blending with a thick atmosphere of history, before you get amazed by a total different culture and landscape in Tibet. Furthermore, with high speed trains connecting the surrounding cities of Shanghai, you can also pay a visit to the Yangtze River Delta to take in the picturesque scenery of those water villages.

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