Ultimate Guide on Taking Tibet Tours by Air China Lhasa Flights

Last updated: October,25 2018

Travelling to Tibet by flight has become increasingly popular among tourists as it is time-saving and convenient. As the largest flag carrier in China, Air China not only offers frequent flights to Tibet but also remains continual air connections with multiple overseas cities. Therefore, many foreigners are looking forward to take an Air China Lhasa flight to Tibet, before enjoying their lifetime trip in Tibet. Here in this passage we will introduce the latest information about Air China Lhasa flight schedule, and provide the ultimate guide on traveling to Tibet by Air China Lhasa flight.

Air China Lhasa Flights Schedule

Air China Lhasa Flight from Kathmandu

The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is the only international flight to Tibet. It is also one of the most scenic flights in the world, as it will fly over the top of the world, allowing passengers to see the magnificent peak view of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks, if the weather is clear. Therefore, it is quite popular among tourists who plan to travel to Tibet from Nepal by air.

There is one non-stop Air China flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, departing every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), and arrives at Lhasa Gonggar Airport (LXA). It covers a distance of 571 kilometers and takes about 1 hour and 25 minutes for the whole flight journey.

The return trip of Air China flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu takes off every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. And it takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes to reach Kathmandu, Nepal. Check the following Air China Flight Schedules between Lhasa and Kathmandu.

Air China Lhasa Kathmandu Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Air China Kathmandu to Lhasa CA408 13:20 17:00 319 Every Tue, Thu & Sat
Air China Lhasa to Kathmandu CA407 12:40 12:20 319 Every Tue, Thu & Sat

Please Note: The above timetables and schedules are just for your reference. Please check the exact information with your travel consultant.

Air China Lhasa Flight from Mainland China

The Air China Lhasa flights from mainland China are available in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an and Xining etc. Among them, the flights from Beijing and Chengdu are the most sought-after, as the two cities offers more air connections with overseas destinations. Foreign tourists can first take an international flight to Beijing or other gateway cities, and then fly to Lhasa from there.

The Air China flight from Beijing to Lhasa departs two times from Beijing Capital International Airport every day. It takes 4 hour 30 minutes for the non-stop flight to arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, and 6 hour and 50 minutes for the other flight with a stopover in Chengdu. Compared to take Tibet train to Lhasa from Beijing, the flight largely shortens the time on the way.

Since Chengdu provides the most frequent flights to Lhasa, many tourists also prefer to travel to Tibet from Chengdu by air. The Air China flights from Chengdu to Lhasa departs several times per day from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, and only take about 2 hour and 30 minutes to reach Lhasa. All these flights are non-stop, and tourists can directly fly to Lhasa from this adjacent city of Tibet.

Air China Flight from Beijing to Lhasa

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Air China Beijing to Lhasa CA4125 07:35 12:05 319 every day
Air China Beijing to Lhasa CA4112 08:20 15:15 319 every day

Air China Flight from Chengdu to Lhasa

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Air China Chengdu to Lhasa CA4403 06:10 08:55 319 every day
Air China Chengdu to Lhasa CA4401 07:25 10:00 330 every day
Air China Chengdu to Lhasa CA407 08:55 11:35 319 every day
Air China Chengdu to Lhasa CA4112 12:40 15:15 319 every day

Please Note:The above timetables and schedules are just for your reference. Please check the exact information with your travel consultant.

How to Book Your Air China Lhasa Flight?

Normally, tourists can book an air ticket either online or through the local airline office. However, for foreigners, the booking process of the Air China Lhasa flight will be more complicated. Currently, the online website of Air China only sells Tibet air tickets to Chinese citizens. And foreigner who want to get an Air China flight ticket need to go the local Air China office.

Meanwhile, as regulated by laws and policies, all foreign travelers should obtain the Tibet Travel Permit before entering Tibet, and will be required to submit the permit for check before boarding the flight to Tibet. Therefore, when buying your Air China Lhasa flight ticket, you should also prepare the Tibet Travel Permit as well. In addition, if you plan to take the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, the Group Tourist Visa is also needed apart from the Tibet Permit.

Tibet Travel PermitForeign travelers should submit Tibet Travel Permit when boarding the flight to Tibet.

As a leading tour operator in Tibet, we can help to get the ticket of Air China Lhasa flight, as well as to obtain the required Tibet Travel Permit, to release your burden off these time-consuming and complex booking procedures. Please feel free to contact us for details.

How to Take the Air China Lhasa Flight?

Get to the Airport in Advance

It is recommended to get to the airport two hours early before the departure time of your flight. Since you may walk a long way to find the corresponding terminal and go through a series of checking before the boarding. Also remember to prepare the requirements documents, including your passport, Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit etc, in your backpack.

Get Your Boarding Pass and Check Your Luggage

After arriving at the airport, find the matching check-in counter for your flight. As you submit your passport and flight ticket to the staff, you will receive a boarding pass which shows the flight number, boarding time, boarding gate, destination and seat number. If you bring heavy luggage with yourself, you will also need to check the luggage at the counter.

Boarding PassGet your boarding pass at the Air China check-in counter.

According to the latest Air China luggage allowance policies, for domestic flights, Economy Class passengers are permitted to check 20kg of luggage. Business Class and First Class passengers may respectively check 30kg and 40kg of luggage. Infants are given a 10kg checked baggage allowance. And each item of checked baggage must not exceed 100cm x 60cm x 40cm.

For carry-on baggage, Economy passengers can bring one piece of carry-on baggage within the weight of 5kg. First Class and Business Class passengers are permitted to carry on board two pieces of carry-on baggage, each weighing no more than 8kg. And each piece of carry-on baggage must not exceed 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. If it is overweight, you will have to pay the excess baggage charges. Besides, prohibited items like knives are forbidden to carry in your luggage.

Pass through Security Check and Wait for Your Flight

The security check is an indispensable process for passengers considering the safety issue. During the check, you should take off your all your belongings, including the phone, keys, backpack, notebook etc. Then you need to find the corresponding departure lounge to wait for your flight. The boarding usually starts 30 minutes before the departure time of the flight, and it is recommended to not walk too far and pay attention to the announcement all the time.

Board the Flight to Lhasa

Find your seat according to your boarding pass. When you are finally able to get in your seat, place your luggage well in the right position. It is important to fasten your belt as the flight takes off. And you may need to switch off your phone and other electronic equipment as well. There may be free drinks or food offered onboard during the journey. And if there is any question, you can just turn to the flight attendant for help.

Arrive in Lhasa

It usually takes several hours for the flight to arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport. Before you disembark from the flight, you may need to wear some thick clothes as the temperature in Lhasa may be rather lower than that of your departure city. And remember to claim your luggage after disembarking. There are shuttle buses from the airport to the downtown area of Lhasa city. Also, you can take a taxi directly to your reserved hotel.

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With years of experience on handling kinds of Tibet tours for foreign travelers, we have the confidence to give you a smooth and comfortable journey to Tibet. Whether you are planning to enjoy a flight trip to Tibet from Nepal or mainland China, we can help to handle your flight ticket, required travel documents, together with your sightseeing trip in Tibet. Once you book your Tibet tour with us, you will also enjoy free airport shuttle service between Lhasa Gonggar Airport and downtown. Just contact us for more details.

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