International Flights to Tibet

Flying to Tibet is the quickest way to get to Tibet.

Tibet is a world tourist destination with stunning scenery. Nowadays, more and more tourists from home and abroad want to explore the pure land of Tibet. For the majority of international tourists, it is good to be able to fly directly from your country to mainland China to enjoy a trip to Tibet. There are flights to Tibet in many cities of mainland China. When you arrive in mainland China, you can choose to get to Tibet by plane or train. There is a summary of some countries to China flight information, you can choose one for you.

Flight to Tibet from Nepal

Tibet, China shares a long border with Nepal. Currently, There is a direct flight from Nepal to Lhasa, Tibet every day. The direct flight between Nepal and Tibet is operated by Air China Airline and Sichuan Airline. It costs about 2 hours. If you choose to fly to Tibet from Nepal, you will fly from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa Gonggar International Airport in Tibet.

Flight to Tibet from the USA

So far, there are no direct international flights from the USA to Tibet. If you want to travel to Tibet from the USA, you need to transfer or take a train from mainland China to Tibet. At present, the United State has more direct international flights to China. There are international flights to China from New York, Portland, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Huston, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Washington in the United State. International flights from the United State to China will land in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xian, Xining, Hangzhou, and so on in China. If you want to travel to Tibet from the USA, you can choose a city in the USA suitable for you to fly to mainland China. If you want to experience the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the highest railway in the world, you can fly from the United State to Xining, Shanghai, Xian, and other places in China.

Flight to Tibet from India

For Indian tourists, if you want to travel to Tibet, you should first visit mainland China and then get to Tibet. But, there are few direct flights between and China. You can fly from Delhi, India to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, China. You can also fly from Mumbai to Beijing or Chengdu, China. If you need information about flights from other parts of India to mainland China, you can check it online.

Flight to Tibet from the UK

Traveling from the UK to Tibet, you first need to fly to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Chengdu from London with your national passport and a Chinese Visa (preferably an “L” Visa), and then take a flight or train to Lhasa with your Tibetan travel permit. Another option is to fly to Nepal and from Nepal into Tibet. In this case, you will need to apply for a Chinese Group Tourist Visa at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Of course, a Tibetan Travel Permit is also essential. You can also choose from Kathmandu to Lhasa direct flight into Tibet or choose Kathmandu through Gyirong Port to Lhasa overland travel.

Flights to Tibet from Guangzhou

This is a fascinating night scene in Guangzhou.

Guangzhou is located in the south-central Guangdong province, with the north edge of the pearl river delta, near the south China sea, near Hong Kong, Macao, and is China’s south gate to the world. It is the core city of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao and pan-pearl river delta economic zone, and the hub city of One Belt And One Road.

Guangzhou is a historical and cultural city. Since the Qin dynasty, Guangzhou has been the administrative center of the county, state, and government. It has been the political, military, economic, cultural, scientific and educational center of south China and the birthplace and flourishing place of Lingnan culture. Guangzhou has been the main port of the maritime Silk Road since the 1930s. During the Tang and Song dynasties, it became the first port in China and was a world-famous oriental port city. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, it was the only major port of foreign trade in China and the only big port in the world with a long history of more than 2,000 years.

Nowadays, because of its developed economy and convenient transportation, many foreign tourists choose to visit China from Guangzhou. And it is very easy to fly from Guangzhou to Lhasa. Now more and more people want to travel to Tibet and explore the pure land of Tibet. Having seen the prosperity of Guangzhou and then stepping on the pure land of Tibet, this is definitely a fantastic journey. This tour from Guangzhou to Tibet will surely impress you.

At present, Guangzhou has an airport, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, which was beginning to build in the 1930s. It is one of China’s three major international aviation hub airports and is also an important international aviation hub of China’s “One Belt And One Road” strategy and the “air silk road”. If you fly to Tibet, you will go from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Lhasa Gonggar International Airport. Both China Southern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines have direct flights to Tibet, which take about 6 hours (including stopover time in Chongqing). Of course, you can also fly from Guangzhou to Chongqing, Kunming, Zhengzhou, and Xi’an to transfer to Lhasa. If you choose to transfer to Lhasa, there will be many more flights to you. You can check the flight information on the Internet and buy tickets by yourself. You can also find a reliable travel agency in Tibet or other places to help you book your tickets.


If you are not a Chinese, your Tibet Travel Permit will be checked before boarding your flight to Lhasa. If you don’t have it, you will be refused to board the flight.

The flight from Guangzhou to Lhasa is greatly affected by the change of the weather and season. Please pay attention to your flight after buying the ticket.

Guangzhou is 26meters above sea level and Lhasa is 3658 meters above sea level. The altitude span from Guangzhou to Lhasa is very large. You must pay attention to acute altitude sickness.

Flights to Tibet from Canada

The flights from Vancouver to China normally cost at least 12 hours.

Canada is located in the northern part of North America. The people in Canada are very friendly and have a deep love for nature. In recent years, a great number of Canadians fly across North Pacific Ocean to have adventure tours to the holy land—Tibet for business or pleasure. At present, if they want to enter Tibet from Canada, there are two ways to choose. One is traveling to the Mainland China and then transfer to Tibet, the other is traveling to Nepal and transfer to Tibet. Both ways are available, but travelers need to apply the required documents from Canada via China.

Tibet Visa Application for Canadians

The Tibet Visa is a must for every foreign travel to Tibet. As all international travels are not allowed to travel to Tibet alone, they need to book Tibet tour from a travel agency and seek help from them to apply for the TTB issued by the Tibet Travel Bureau after getting their China Tourists Visas.

Canada-Mainland China- Tibet

The flights from Vancouver to China normally cost at least 12 hours and the ticket price varies from seasons. So it is recommended to book your trip months earlier and share the required documents. In addition, booking the trip earlier allows you a chance to search websites to buy a cheaper flight. There are many direct or connecting flights to China from Canada. And after your arrival at major Chinese gateway cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, you can easily find direct flights to Tibet.

Canada to Beijing (Duration: 11h35m non-stop; up to 28h13m with 1 stop in SFO,DFW,HKG, TPE.)
Canada to Shanghai (Duration: 12h non-stop; up to 18h 30m with 1 stop in HKG, SFO, PEK,ICN)
Canada to Guangzhou (Duration: 13h30m non-stop; up to 19h50, with 1 stop in ICN,PEK,HKG,PVG)

Canada to Chengdu (Duration: up to 18h20m, with 1 stop in PEK, SFO, PVG, HKG, CAN)
Canada to HK ( Duration: 13h35m non-stop; up to 16h59m with 1 stop in SEA,DFW,TPE,MNL)

After a long time flight to China, you can stay one night in a hotel near the airport for a rest. And the staff from your tour agency will delivery your TTB to your hotel since the Tibet Visa will be checked when you board a plane to Tibet.

Both the non-stop and direct flights from Beijing to Tibet are available which respectively cost 4h40m and 6h50m. If you board a plane from Shanghai, only the direct flights are available to Tibet cost 7h25m and the flight ticket is around 442USD. The most efficient way from Hong Kong to Tibet is to board a plane to Chengdu and transfer a train or flight to Lhasa.

Canada – Nepal -Tibet

As the closest country right next to Tibet, Nepal is another gateway to Tibet. If you enter Tibet from Kathmandu,  please prepare 3 days at least to apply for your China Group Visa.  Only with that, you can board the plane to Tibet from Nepal. The duration from Vancouver to Kathmandu is up to 34h48m, with one stop in HK. The ticket price you can search from websites. After your arrival in Kathmandu, you can take Kathmandu-Lhasa flight to Tibet which is the only international flight connecting Tibet with the outside world. The duration from Kathmandu to Lhasa is 1h25m. And your tour guide will greet you in Lhasa Gonggar Airport.