How to get to Tibet

Overview

As everybody knows, Tibet is located on the Tibetan Plateau. So, in some ways, Tibet seems to be unreachable. In fact, with the development of the tourism in Tibet, there are many ways for travelers from all over the world to get to Tibet.

How to get to Tibet from Nepal

From Nepal to Tibet, you are required to apply for China Group Visa at China embassy in Nepal even if you have had China Visa already. So if you enter Tibet from Nepal, you don’t need to apply for the China Visa in advance in your home country. There are two ways for you to get to Tibet from Nepal.

Enter Tibet from Kathmandu by road.

Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour is popular with travelers who would like to enter Tibet from Nepal. This is a 3~5 days road journey. You will drive along the China-Nepal high-speed way (also called Friendship High Way.) for 943KM.

Enter Tibet from Kathmandu by Plane

At present, there are only two direct flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu. One is the run by the Sichuan airline, the other is the China airline. China airline departs every day while Sichuan airline departs every other day.

Enter Tibet from Mainland China

if you enter Tibet from mainland China, you need to apply for the China Visa in advance in your home country. Here are three ways for you to get to Tibet from mainland China. You can take a train, take a flight and drive to Lhasa.

Enter Tibet from mainland China by plane.

Fly to Tibet is the most convenient way to get to Tibet. There are three popular cities to take a direct flight to Tibet. These are Chengdu, Chongqing, and Xian. It is a 2-hour flight journey. You could also take a flight to Tibet from other cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and so on. But fights from these cities will stop 1~2 hours at Chengdu Chongqing or Xian.

Get to Tibet by Train

Taking a train to Tibet is regarded as the cheapest and worth way to get to Tibet. The scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet railway is full of countless snow mountain, grassland, and Yark. The top five popular cities for travelers to take a train to Tibet are Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, and Xining. Taking a train from Xining to Tibet is regarded as the first choice for tourists would like to do a train tour. The highlight of the scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway starts from Xining. It is just a 22-hour train journey. I recommend you take an evening train to Lhasa from Xining as the scenery near Tibet is more amazing.

Get to Tibet by road.

Getting to Tibet by road is the most expensive and time-killing way. You need to spend 7~15 days doing this overland tour. There are five roads to Tibet. These are the Sichuan-Tibet road, Qinghai-Tibet road, Yunnan-Tibet road, Xinjiang -Tibet road. At present, foreigners travelers are only allowed to get to Tibet by road via Qinghai-Tibet road.