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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. Do*** from: Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash

Hello, can you please let me know he pricing and availablity (departure either in September or in October) for 1 person (group joining basis) for Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash and /or Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash & Guge Kingdom

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Do***

Answered by Helen

Dear Do***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Based on your requests, and I think I would like to recommend you to fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu then take the 15days group tour, as we do not have group tour starting from Kathmandu then head to Kailash from there. All group tours will start from Lhasa. We have the 15 Days Kailash Trekking back to Lhasa group tour on 12th Sept. and 3rd Oct. 2019, sorry we have not set up a tour to Guge yet, but if you take it as private tour, no problem about it, of course the fee for solo tourist would be quite costly in Sept or Oct. and on 3rd Oct we have one female who would like to share room. And I will forward you more details to your email. Best regards.

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user portrait Mr. Em*** from: 5 Days Lhasa & Yamdrok Lake Hiking Tour

Hello,

I am writing you to get more information on your 5 days Lhasa and Yamdrok tour.

Especially I would like to know if you can confirm me the dates and prices mentioned on the website for the month of October 2019 (apparently 8 departures in the month, prices between 590 and 680USD depending if beginning or end of October?). Regarding the price, I would also like to know if it is possible to get cheaper ones if spending the night in a cheaper accomodation, such as guesthouse, instead of 3 star hotel.

I thank you in advance for all this information.
If I get interesting information, I might make my choice of date quite soon, before the end of May.

Best regards,

Answered by Helen

Dear Em***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry.

1) Based on your situation I would like to recommend you 6days Lhasa to Shigaste group tour which will cover Yamdrok Lake too as this tour we can run even if there are 1 people, because we can mix it to 8days Everest group tour and get back to Lhasa by train from Shigaste. As for the 5days Yamdrok Lake tour, we only can start it when they are at least 2 people.

2) You can book the hotel in Lhasa on your own, so I can cut the hotel fee in Lhasa for you, and in Shigaste we can arrange you the guest house which will be cheaper but there will be no breakfast and you can have it on your own with 10-20RMB for meal.

3) If you can come to Tibet after 15th Oct, which will be better as less cost on the tour. And I will give you the choice for the whole month. Right now we have the date on 1st Oct, 3rd Oct, 16th Oct and 24th Oct and all the dates have people booked.

And I will forward more details to your email. Best regards.

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user portrait Mr. Ma*** from: 4 Days Lhasa Holy Landmarks Express

I only have single entry China Visa will that be a problem if I go Tibet and go back to China?

Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Mac,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. Tibet is part of China, so it's no problem for you to travel Tibet and go back to China with your single entry Chinese visa. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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