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Transportation

Lhasa, being the capital of Tibet, is also the main transportation center in Tibet. Though Tibet is becoming more and more accessible, Lhasa is still the main entry and exit point, and sometimes the only choice for outside visitors. The transportation system in the city has been updated, and consists of air, railway and highway services.

Air Transport

Opened in 1965, Lhasa Gonggar Airport is the original airport and also the one that has the most flights in Tibet. It now has flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Kunming, Diqing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Xian, Xining, Chamdo and Katmandu, with over 40 flights every week. Among these, the Chengdu-Lhasa air route is the most frequently flown.

The airport is located in Gonggar County in Shannan, about 100 km. (62 mi.) south of Lhasa, and is at an altitude of 3,600 m. (11,811 ft.). The passenger terminal, looking like a gigantic yak head, features the distinctive Tibetan style. It has two floors: the first floor is built with an arrival lounge for distant flights, ticket offices, departure lounge and luggage hall, while the second floor has a waiting hall, dining hall and shops. The consultation phone number of the airport is 0891-6182220.

As to the transportation between the airport and the city district, there are Shuttle buses every day, which takes about 2 hours and cost CNY 20 per person. Buses from Tsedang and Shigatse also stop at the airport, which cost CNY 20-30 per person. Taxis are another way of traveling and cost CNY 150-250. The road is bituminous and winds along the Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa River, and is in good condition with interesting surroundings.

Railway

The Tibet Railway, which is the section between Golmud and Lhasa, was launched on Jul.1st, 2006, and is another miracle in the transportation history of Tibet. There are now trains between Lhasa and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xining, Lanzhou, Chengdu and Chongqing, which pass through Xian, Baoji, Shijiazhou, Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Wuxi, Xuzhou, Golmud, and other cities in the hinterland, as well as Nakchu, Amdo, Damxung and other regions in Tibet Plateau.

The Lhasa Railway Station is located in Toelung Dechen County of Lhasa, only 20 km. (12 mi.) away from Potala Palace. The opening of the first overpass of Tibet, Lhasa Liuwu Bridge has linked the railway station and the city district and are reached by using the bus route numbers, 91, 86 or 89.

Highway

There are five highways to Tibet: Sichuan-Tibet Highway (Chengdu-Lhasa), Qinghai-Tibet Highway (Xining-Golmud-Lhasa), Xinjiang-Tibet Highway (Yecheng-Purang), Yunnan-Tibet Highway (Xiaguan-Markham) and Sino-Nepal Highway (Lhasa-Zhangmu-Katmandu), which are intersect at Lhasa.

Coaches are the main transport method within Tibet. There are now four coach stations in Lhasa: Lhasa Coach Station (Lhasa West Suburb Passenger Station), Lhasa North Suburb Passenger Station and Lhasa East Suburb Passenger Station and the new Lhasa Liuwu Coach Station.

Lhasa Coach Station, located at the intersection of Minzu Lu and Jinzhu Zhonglu, is the orginal coach station in Lhasa. It's main use is focused on Shigatse, Shannan and the long distance transport into the hinterland of China and Katmandu.

Lhasa North Suburb Passenger Station, located opposite to Lhasa Racecourse, is a newer and also a top class passenger station in Lhasa. It mainly focuses on coaches to Chamdo, Makham, Shangri-la and the passing counties. In addition, coaches to Nakchu , Shigatse, Shannan and Ngari can also be caught here. There are also tourist buses to Namtso Lake, Basum Lake, Mt. Everest and Shigatse from this station.

And Lhasa East Suburb Passenger Station on the Jiangsu Donglu line mainly dealt with the transportation to the counties in Lhasa, as well as Nyingchi and Shannan somewhat.

Lhasa Liuwu Coach Station is located near the Lhasa Railway Station. It is a newly launched staion that has recently been put into service. The recovered international bus running between Lhasa and Katmandu just departs from this station. There is one bus every week, which departs at 10:30 on Tuesday. The bus fare is USD 70. It takes three days, with one night staying in Latse and another in Zhangmu in Shigatse. The bus is equipped with a tourist guide informative with Chinese, Tibetan, English and Nepali. (Station Tel.: 0891-6947216).

Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

user portrait Ms. Gi*** from: Lhasa to Nepal Friendship Highway Tour

Good Morning

Would  it possible for you organize a trip beginning from Xining, reaching Lhasa with the train, after go on with your Lhasa to Nepal Friendship Highway Tour, 8 days long, ending in Katmandu?

We are 6 people and if it's possible we should  like to have an Italian Speaking guide in Tibet.

Range of Hotels is 3 stars.

The trip has to begin from Xining on day 22nd of April.

May you quote this trip?

Many Thanks

Gi***

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. Gi***,

Thank you very much for your enquiry. Taking train from Xining to Lhasa will cost you about 21 hours (one night) on the train, and we are happy to help you book train tickets. And we are glad to help you arrange Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour. Please kindly note that there is only one Italian speaking guide in Tibet, if you prefer Italian speaking guide, please book tour with us in advance, so that we will have enough time to book guide for you. I will send detailed itinerary and quotation to you by email, please check it for more details. Thanks & Regards

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user portrait Ms. Li*** from: 6 Days Exploration of Legendary Ancient Cities

Hello, I am considering booking this trip late October. Can you advise on the price of the Single supplement please? Thank you, Liliane

Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Li***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. You are welcome to join in the tour in late Oct. And we have 6days Lhasa to Shigaste group tour open on n21st, 24th and 28th Oct at this moment, and you can decide to join in any date. No problem that if you would like to have 1 room on your own, and the single supplement is 640RMB for the whole tour. Or if you do not mind to share room with someone, we will try our best to find a roommate for you. I will send the tour details and quotes to your email, please check it there. Best regards. 

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user portrait Mr. to*** from: Nepal to Tibet overland tour via Everest Base Camp

Hi , I am a travel agent in India, and we plan visiting Lhasa and EBC through Kathmandu, overland in May.Please send us Your best rates for a group of 10 members

Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. To***, 

Thanks very much for your enquiry, and welcome you to join our tour. We are glad to help you arrange Kathmandu to Lhasa via EBC overland tour in May, I will send detailed itinerary and quotation to you by email, please check it for more details. Warm regards.

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