To get to Lhasa, most foreign travelers choose air transport. There are direct flights between Lhasa and Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xi'an, Xining, Guangzhou, Chamdo, Kunming and Kathmandu. As tourism to Tibet picks up, new flights are opening all the time. Chengdu, with 20 flights a week, offers a convenient route, as it is a two-hour flight costing about RMB 1,500. Another good option is Xi'an, which operates 18 flights a week (3 hours, about RMB 1,650). There is a daily flight from Beijing (4 hours, about RMB 2,430), and some other cities with direct links are Chongqing (2.5 hrs, about RMB 1,630), Xining (2.5 hrs, about RMB 1,610) and Xi'an (3hrs, about RMB 1,650). The flight to Kathmandu takes about 3.5 hours.
Lhasa Gonggar Airport is located in Gonggar County, about 65 kilometers south of Lhasa city. The shuttle bus (RMB 25) takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes. If you choose to go by taxi, you can expect a fare of around RMB 150.
Lhasa Gonggar Airport (LXA) (Lhasa Gongga Jichang)
Add: Jiazhulin Town, Gongga County, Shannan Area, Tibet
Inquiry Tel: 0891-683 3446
Airport Ticket Booking Tel: 0891-624 6458
• Shuttle Service:
To the airport
There are half-hourly shuttle buses from the downtown CAAC Ticket Office to the airport daily from 6.00am. The fare is RMB 25.
Shuttle buses (RMB 25) go regularly from the airport to the CAAC Ticket Office downtown. The schedule depends on flight arrivals.
• Ticketing Service:
CAAC Lhasa Ticket Office
Add: 1 Niangre Lu, Lhasa
Tel: 0891-6833446, 6832923, 6822393
Bus route: 103, 105, 106