How to travel to Tibet from Beijing, train or flight?

Tour to Tibet and China, Beijing is considered as the best place for the Tibet trip, because Beijing is known as the capital of China and one of the most dynamic cosmopolitan countries in China. It enjoys convenient traffic conditions and Chinese classical historical sites. Beijing Capital International Airport is the second largest and busiest airport in the world. Its annual throughput exceeds 90 million passengers in 2015. It can receive passengers from all over the world.

 

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Beijing Great Wall

For foreign tourists, you can choose to land in Beijing and visit the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and some attractions which you should not be missed, then take the train or flight from Beijing to Lhasa. Besides, some travelers will continue to Nepal from Tibet. In fact, Beijing – Tibet – Nepal is one of the most effective travel routes for travelers in Asia.

Option 1 taking a train from Beijing to Lhasa

Train from Beijing to Lhasa has an average altitude of 3379 meters high. It is at the forefront of the world,especially after Xining (2295 meters), the train gradually rose to the highest point of the Qinghai-Tibet railway via Tanggula Mountain Pass (5072 m).

As early as July 2006, train from Beijing to Lhasa (Z21) has become one of the three earliest railways in Qinghai Tibet railway, and the other two main lines are shipped from Chengdu to Lhasa, Xining to Lhasa. It is 3757 kilometers long, go passing eight provinces. It takes about 41 hours from Beijing to Lhasa, and the return train is Z22 (Lhasa-Beijing).

Beijing Lhasa Train Ticket Price and Schedule

Train No. From / To Duration Distance (km) Frequency Hard sleeper Ticket Soft Sleeper Ticket
Z21 Beijing/Lhasa 40:10 3757 Daily CNY720 CNY1144
Z22 Lhasa/Beijing 40:18 3757 Daily CNY720 CNY1144

 

Option2 another feasible choice in tourist season (flight + train)

As the most popular train route in Lhasa, the demand for train tickets from Beijing to Lhasa is very large, especially in the special tourist season of China, such as Spring Festival in China, winter vacation, and summer vacation. In this case, many travelers may not be able to book train tickets. I recommend you that flying from Beijing to Xining, then take the train to Lhasa from Xining, because the train tickets from Xining to Lhasa are easier to be booked than the train tickets from Beijing to Lhasa. At the same time, the starting point of the Qinghai-Tibet railway is on the route from Xining to Lhasa.

Option 3 Flights from Beijing to Lhasa

Every day, there are ten direct flights from Beijing to Lhasa, which operated by Tibet airlines, China International Airlines, Shandong Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines.The flights to Tibet will start from Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) and will arrive at noon or evening at Lhasa Gongga Airport.

Also, there are five connecting flights from Bejing to Lhasa will stay in Xining, Chengdu, or Xi’an. It takes nearly 7 hours to reach Lhasa. However, the flights from Lhasa to Beijing have shortened the distance between Beijing and Lhasa. It only takes you half past four hours.

Tibet Airlines:  Beijing and Lhasa Flight Schedule

Flight Route: Flight Code Airlines Dep.  Arr.  Type  Schedule
Beijing to Lhasa TV9862 Tibet Airlines 06:30 12:55 319 every day
Beijing to Lhasa TV9816 Tibet Airlines 14:35 19:05 319 every day
Lhasa to Beijing TV9815 Tibet Airlines 09:35 13:35 319 every day
Lhasa to Beijing TV9861 Tibet Airlines 18:45 0:40 319 every day

Air China:  Nyingchi and Chengdu Flight Schedule

Flight Route Flight Code Airlines Dep.  Arr.  Type  Schedule
Beijing to Lhasa CA3962 Air China 06:30 12:55 319 every day
Beijing to Lhasa CA4125 Air China 07:40 12:10 319 every day
Beijing to Lhasa CA4112 Air China 08:30 15:10 319 every day
Beijing to Lhasa CA3916 Air China 14:35 19:05 319 every day
Lhasa to Beijing CA4126 Air China 09:30 11:20 319 every day
Lhasa to Beijing CA3915 Air China 09:35 11:35 319 every day
Lhasa to Beijing CA4111 Air China 15:55 21:45 319 every day
Lhasa to Beijing CA3961 Air China 18:45 0:40 319 every day

Shandong Airlines:  Beijing and Lhasa Flight Schedule

Flight Route Flight Code Airlines Dep.  Arr.  Type  Schedule
Beijing to Lhasa SC4125 Shandong Airlines 07:40 12:10 319 every day
Beijing to Lhasa SC4112 Shandong Airlines 08:30 15:10 319 every day
Lhasa to Beijing SC4126 Shandong Airlines 09:30 13:20 319 every day
Lhasa to Beijing SC4111 Shandong Airlines 15:55 21:45 319 every day

Shenzhen Airlines:  Beijing and Lhasa Flight Schedule

Flight Route Flight Code Airlines Dep.  Arr.  Type  Schedule
Beijing to Lhasa ZH4125 Shenzhen Airlines 07:40 12:10 319 every day
Lhasa to Beijing ZH4126 Shenzhen Airlines 09:30 13:20 319 every day
Lhasa to Beijing ZH4111 Shenzhen Airlines 15:55 21:45 319 every day

China Eastern Airlines:  Beijing and Lhasa Flight Schedule

Flight Route Flight Code Airlines Dep.  Arr.  Type  Schedule
Beijing to Lhasa MU2102 China Eastern Airlnes 08:05 14:35 JET every day
Beijing to Lhasa MU2334 China Eastern Airlnes 11:40 17:55 JET except Tues.

 

 

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