How to buy a Tibet Flight Ticket? 2024

There are plenty of direct flights from various cities in China and even from Kathmandu, Nepal. If you're unsure where to start, we recommend flying from Chengdu, as it's one of the most accessible and convenient options.

While there may be new airports in Tibet in the coming years, the Lhasa Gonggar and Nyingchi Miling airports are the top chosen ones.

1. How many airports are in Tibet?

  1. Lhasa Gongkar Airport
  2. Shigatse Peace Airport
  3. Ngari Gunsa Airport
  4. Nyingchi Miling Airport
  5. Chamdo Pangda Airport 

Tibet has roughly five airports, but the Lhasa Gonggar airport is the most commonly used. It is situated approximately 62km away from Lhasa and takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to drive to. The Gonggar Airport is among the highest airports in the world, with an altitude of around 3,570 meters (11,710 ft).

2. What are the airlines in Tibet?

  1. China Air
  2. Sichuan Air 
  3. Tibet Air 
  4. Himalaya Air
  5. China Eastern Airlines
  6. China Southern Airlines

Currently, there are six airlines, all these airlines offering direct or connecting flights almost every day from China. Based on our experience, we highly recommend China Air for its comfortable and quiet flights on larger planes. If you're coming from Kathmandu, Nepal, your options are limited to Himalaya Air.

3. How to buy flight from Chengdu to Lhasa?

Chengdu is a trendy city in China and serves as the central hub for flights to Tibet, with several flights available daily from different airlines. The journey from Chengdu to Lhasa Gonggar Airport takes approximately two hours 10 min and typically costs around 250 US dollars or 1600RMB per one-way ticket, with occasional discounts available for travelers. We offer discounted tickets to our customers so please contact us by Email for more information on Discounted flights.

Additionally, there is a flight from Chengdu to Nyingchi Miling Airport for those traveling directly to Nyingchi, with a similar duration and ticket price as the Chengdu to Lhasa route. Overall, Chengdu is the primary city in China for connecting flights to Tibet.

Tibet Flight Ticket

A stunning view of snow-covered mountains as seen from a flight.

4. Which cities have direct flights to Tibet?

  1. Chengdu
  2. Xining
  3. Xian
  4. Beijing
  5. Shanghai
  6. Guangzhou
  7. Lijiang
  8. Deqing Zhongdian Shangri la 
  9. Kunming 
  10. Chongqing

Chengdu is the preferred city in China for flying to Lhasa because planes will briefly stop refueling there.

5. How to buy a flight from Nepal to Tibet?

Currently, the sole international flight to Lhasa, Tibet, departs from Kathmandu, Nepal, and arrives in Lhasa with a duration of 2 hours and 25 minutes. The view of the Himalayan mountains is breathtaking when the weather is favorable. The only available airline for this route is Himalaya Airlines, which departs at 7:25 am Nepal time and arrives in Lhasa at 12:05 pm Beijing time, the cost of the ticket is around 460 USD one way. Contact us for more detail information.

In windy weather at Lhasa, Gonggar Airport, China Air may choose to land in Chengdu and stay overnight. The following morning, China Air will schedule a flight to Lhasa from Chengdu. This is essential information for travelers heading to Tibet from Nepal. If this situation occurs, it is necessary to contact Tibet Travelers either by calling from a Chinese traveler's phone or the airport office for us to arrange airport pick-up promptly the following day. Our manager's mobile number is 86+ 199 3816 8184. Alternatively, travelers may also contact us via email at

6. How to buy international flights to China or Nepal?

At Tibet Travelers, we want to make it accessible for you to book your flights from your home country to China or Nepal. We update our recommended flight websites, but you can always use Google to find the best option. We suggest checking out Kayak, Travelocity  Fare Compare, which our fellow travelers have recommended. Let us know if you have any questions; we'll gladly assist you!

7. How to fly to Tibet directly from cities in China?

One common question travelers have is about flights to Tibet and whether they involve a layover in China overnight. Travelers must obtain the Tibet Travel Permit to fly to Tibet from other cities in China. As a result, they will need to spend a night in a hotel in one of the Chinese cities to obtain the original permit.

We've been getting lots of questions from our fellow travelers, and one of the most frequently asked is: Is it necessary to spend a night in other cities in China before heading to Tibet?

We did some digging and discovered an excellent way for Travelers to get to Tibet in just one day from their home country, with only 2-3 flights and no overnight stays in other Chinese cities. Our partners from other cities in China will bring the Tibet Travel Permit to our wonderful travelers at the airport in their city. 

8. Is there a flight to Mount Kailash from Lhasa?

A flight is available from Lhasa Gonggar airport to Ngari Ali Kunsa Airport, offering a breathtaking view of Mount Kailash. The flight lasts approximately two hours and costs around 500 USD for a one-way trip. To learn more, please contact us for additional details about Mount Kailash.

Mount Kailash

Photo: Mount Kailash is the most desired destination.

The cost for transportation to the airport and delivery of the permit to our travelers in that airport in China is approximately 100 USD, according to our partners. To ensure we have ample time to provide Travelers with their Tibet Travel Permit, please schedule your flights to Tibet from other cities in China with a 5-hour gap.

9. Is there a flight to Mount Everest from Lhasa?

It is expected that in a few years, it will be possible to fly from Lhasa to Tingri and then travel by vehicle for three hours to reach Mount Everest base camp, which is only 60km away. To learn more about Mount Everest, feel free to read our fantastic article.

10. What are the alternatives to flight tickets?

To explore options other than flight tickets, we suggest perusing our piece on traveling to Tibet via train.

11. Conclusion 

At Tibet Travelers, we want to make your trip to Tibet a memorable experience. Our primary mission is to ensure that our travelers have a convenient journey. We understand that some travelers may prefer to arrive in Tibet in a day without spending a night in any Chinese city. That's why we have connections in Chengdu, Beijing, Xining, and Chongqing. We're here to make your journey stress-free and enjoyable.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article from Tibet Traveler! We would love to hear any suggestions or feedback from our travelers so we can keep improving our services. If you're looking for more information about traveling to Tibet or want to book a tour, feel free to shoot us an email at

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Written By :Tenzin

Jul 02, 2023


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