Xian is one of the four ancient Chinese Capitals. Xian has been the capital city in ancient China over 10 dynasties. If travelers are interested in ancient Chinese culture, Xian is a place you can’t miss. There are many things to do in Xian. Travelers can appreciate the Terra Cotta Warriors, one of the Eight wonders in the world, discover the Great Wild Goose Pagoda built by Xuanzang to restore his Buddhist book, explore the Xian City Wall built in Ming Dynasty.
As for the travelers who would like to travel to Tibet, Xian is also a top gateway city to gate to Tibet. Travelers can take a direct flight or take a train via Qinghai Tibet Railway to get to Tibet. For travelers from southeast Asia, they can take a direct flight from their home country to Xian.
Taking a flight from Xian to Tibet is the most time-saving and convenient way to get to Tibet. There are over 10 flights departing from Xian to Lhasa every day. The flight ticket price is about USD 250. Sometimes, there are special fares. If you are lucky, you may purchase a USD50 flight ticket from Xian to Lhasa. So, if you are a budget traveler, Xian is your best gateway to get to Tibet by flight.
Here is the flight tickets information.
TV6052 departs from Xi’an at 6:00 am and arrive in Lhasa at 9:00 am
3U8687 departs from Xi’an at 7:20 am and arrive in Lhasa at 12:10 PM
3U8753 departs from Xi’an at 9:10 am and arrive in Lhasa at 12:30 pm
MU9619 departs from Xi’an at 7:40 am and arrive in Lhasa at 11:10 am
ZH3930 departs from Xi’an at 16:35 pm and arrive in Lhasa at 19:45 pm.
Taking a train to Tibet is also a good choice to forbidden the altitude sickness. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the only railway to reach the Tibet. So, you will also pass the Qinghai-Tibet railway no matter which city you go to Tibet by train. The scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet railway attracts thousands of tourists all over the world. You can appreciate the countless snow mountain, extending grassland and beautiful lake. There are two trains departs from Xi’an to Lhasa. It is a daily train. And it is about 32 hours journey from Xi’an to Lhasa. You just need to stay one night on the train as the train departs from Xi’an in the morning.
Here is the timetable of the train
Z265 departs from Xi’an at 09:45 am and arrive in Lhasa at 16:19 pm(+1)
Z165 departs from Xi’an at 11:24 am and arrive in Lhasa at 19:30 pm(+1).
There are three types of coaches on the Tibet train. The first coach is the soft-sleeper, the second coach is the hard sleeper and the third coach is the hard seat. The ticket price is USD142 for soft-sleeper, USD90 for hard-sleeper and USD45 for a hard seat. Most foreign travelers prefer soft-sleeper.
Tip: rain tickets are issued to sell on the internet only 30 days before departure, it’s very hard to purchase the tickets