As one of the seven gateway cities in China, foreign travelers can easily get to Tibet from Chongqing by train or flight.

Travel to Tibet from Chongqing

Why Travel to Tibet from Chongqing

Situated in southwest China, Chongqing is one of the four municipalities in China, like Shanghai, Beijing, and Tianjin. It is also the largest inland city in China and is made up of 25 districts, such as Fuling, Wanzhou, and Qianjiang Districts. Owing to its quick development in economy and tourism, Chongqing attracts tourist from home and abroad. Chongqing is connected with major big cities in China, such as Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, as well as international cities, such as Singapore, Seoul, New York, Bangkok. Foreign travelers can easily fly to Chongqing and board a flight to Tibet.

Besides, Chongqing is one of the seven gateway cities for travelers to board a train to Tibet. And it is the third shortest train route to Tibet via Qinghai Tibet Railway, ranking after Xining and Lanzhou.

Chongqing to Lhasa by Air

The Chongqing-Lhasa flight departs from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and lands at Lhasa Gongga Airport. There are 19 non-stop flights taking about 2 hours and 50 minutes operated by Air China, Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Hebei Airlines. The first flight departs from Chongqing to Lhasa at 6:25 am and the last flight leaves Chongqing at 2:40 pm every day. The ticket price costs about 300 dollars on average.

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is located in the Yubei District and is one of the busiest airports in China. Since Airport Located 19 kilometers away from the city center, travelers can easily take the underline subway or bus to get there.

Chongqing to Tibet by Train

As the major gateway city to take the train to Tibet, Chongqing is a good city to transfer to Tibet. The total duration is about 35 hours covering 3030 kilometers. And the train No. Z222/223 will make a stopover at the major cities along the trip. And the train departs every two days at 22:25 and reaches Lhasa at 09:55 on the third day.

Chongqing to Lhasa Train Fares

Route Details Train Number Z222/Z223 Duration 35hrs 30mins Ticket Fares Chongqing-Lhasa (Arrive on the 3rd day)
Depart from Chongqing North Railway Station Arrive at Lhasa Railway Station Hard Seat 302.5 (RMB)
Departing time 22:25 Arriving Time 09:55 Hard Sleeper
(Upper/Middle/Lower)
627.5/645.5/663.5 (RMB)
Train Type Z-series Distance 3050km Soft Sleeper
(Upper/Lower)
997.5/1034.5 (RMB)

Timetable of Chongqing to Lhasa Train

Railway Stations Arrival Time Departure Time Stop Duration Riding Time
Chongqing North Starting 22:25
Nanchong North 00:07 00:12 5 minutes 1hours 42 minutes
Guangyuan 02:20 02:40 20 minutes 3hours 55 minutes
Lanzhou 09:10 09:27 17 minutes 10hours 45minutes
Xining 12:07 12:27 20 minutes 13hours 42 minutes
Delingha 16:35 16:37 2 minutes 18hours 10 minutes
Golmud 19:24 19:49 25 minutes 20hours 59 minutes
Nagchu 05:59 06:05 6 minutes 32hours 34 minutes
Lhasa 09:55 Final Stop 35hours 30 minutes

Notice: 1. According to the law of the Republic of China, foreign travelers need to get a Tibet Travel Permit to enter Tibet or board a train or flight to Tibet. Travelers can use a copy of Tibet Travel Permit to board a train to Tibet from major big cities in China.

  1. At present, there are two kinds of ways to get a train ticket. One is booking one online, and the other is seeking help from your Tibet Travel agency.
Xian is an ancient city with many attractions.

Xi’an to Tibet: travel to Tibet by train

Formerly named Changan, Xi’an, an altitude of 405m, is a historical and cultural ancient city which once was the capital of 13 dynasties including Tang and Qin Dynasty. There are a great number of foreign visitors taking Xi’an as a transit place before traveling to Tibet every year. Rich in its cultural history, unique geography human landscape, Xi’an is like the cradle of Chinese civilization. Known for its rectangular ancient walls, life-size Terracotta Army and iconic Tang-style Big Goose Pagoda, Xi’an attracts many tourists every year. If you want to explore Chinese history, you can choose a Xi’an Tibet Tour package. However, there’s no train originating starts from Xi’an to Lhasa. As an important gateway to Tibet, many trains make a stop in Xi’an, such as trains from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing to Lhasa.

The connecting trains from Xi’an to Lhasa will go through 3 provinces from Guanzhong plain to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The whole distance from Xi’an to Lhasa is around 2864km, and takes you around 32 hours to reach Lhasa. That is to say, you only need to stay one night on the train before reaching Tibet. After entering the Gobi desert in Golmud, the train ride starts to the climax. Tibetan yaks, snow-capped peaks and vast grasslands will come into eyes bit by bit.

There are three kinds of seat class—soft sleeper, hard sleeper and hard seat. In consideration of the big altitude change and the altitude sickness, I suggest you choose the soft sleeper. The train is equipped with one dinner car where you can buy food or drinks, and oxygen supply. And you can also buy some food and drink while the train takes stops at Lanzhou, Xining and Golmud for several minutes. And you can have a little rest at the same time.

Here is most classic Xian Tibet Tour by Train

Train No. Departure Distance
Z265 (Guangzhou-Xi’an-Lhasa) 09:45 4980km
Z165 (Shanghai-Xi’an-Lhasa) 11:24 4373 km
Z266(Lhasa-Xi’an-Guangzhou) 12:45 2864km

You should check the schedule carefully and book a ticket in advance. The tickets from Xi’an to Lhasa are always sold out quickly in peak seasons. You can choose to take a train to Xining and then transfer to Lhasa by train or air. This can guarantee you to go to Tibet in any case.

Notes: You need to apply for a TTB before heading to Tibet. When you board a train to Lhasa, you should show a copy of Tibet Travel Permit. We will give this permit for you by express before your departure from Xi’an to Lhasa. As an experienced travel agency for over ten years, we will deliver the Tibet Travel Permit to you as soon as we can.

As a leading local travel agency, we would like to offer our good services and advice on the application of TTB, train ticket booking (the supply of tickets can’t meet with the demand, especially in peak seasons) and many different kinds of Xi’an-Tibet Tour packages. You can make your own itinerary. Or just consult us and our consultants will choose the best travel packages based on your interest.

This trip is a good way to explore Chengdu and Tibet in a short time.

6 Days Essential Chengdu Tibet Tour Package

Chengdu is located in the southwest of China and is a gateway to Tibet. Traveling in Chengdu can give you an unforgettable memory full of giant pandas, delicious Sichuan food, relaxing lifestyle and Sichuan opera. The Chengdu-Lhasa train runs every two days and is the third shortest for trip duration comparing with other domestic cities in China, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, etc. Besides, you can take a flight to Tibet. The flights to Tibet from Chengdu are in the largest number comparing with other domestic airports such as HK, Beijing, etc. This trip will give you a fantastic experience combining with Chengdu and Lhasa. You can not only explore the mysterious Tibet Plateau as well as the charm of Chengdu Plain.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Chengdu

Our guide will greet you at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport or Chengdu East Railway Station and escort to your hotel in Chengdu. The rest of time is free, and you can travel to Chunxi Road Pedestrian Street, Broad and Narrow Alley or enjoy the Sichuan Opera in the evening (Cost depends on yourself).

Overnight stay

Day 2: Travel to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Leshan Giant Buddha

Not long after breakfast, we will drive 30 minutes to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center. You can have a close observation to the Giant Pandas’ movement and breeding. We have 2.5 hour visiting time in the center.

In the afternoon, we will drive about 2 hour to city of Leshan for the famous Giant Buddha. The Giant Buddha stands at the confluence of the Dadu, Mingjiang and Qingyijiang Rivers. We will visit the Buddha by boat.

Overnight stay

Day 3: Arrival in Lhasa

We will board a plane to Tibet in the morning. After near 2 hours’ flying, we will arrive at Lhasa and meet our local Tibetan tour guide in the Lhasa Gongga Airport. Then we will drive to your hotel in Lhasa. On the way to hotel, you can have the scenery of Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa river. The rest time is free. I recommend you to have a rest in hotel to acclimate yourself to the high altitude of Lhasa (3658 meters).

Overnight stay

Day 4: Lhasa Sightseeing

In the morning, we will visit the Potala Palace where Dalai Lama once lived and worked. It collects many valuable paintings, historical relics and handicraft articles. The most valuable relics are the burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

In the afternoon, we will visit Jokhang Temple, one of the three great three monasteries in Tibet. Then head to Barkhor Street where you can drink sweet tea and do kora.

Overnight stay

Day 5: Lhasa sightseeing

Today we will visit the rest two greatest monasteries in Tibet—Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. It is the best way to learn the culture of Tibet. Besides, we will visit the local villages and experience local Tibetan life. We have meal with them and enjoy the scenery of Tibetan village.

Overnight stay

Day 6: Lhasa Departure

The tour ends today. Our guide will escort you to board a plane or train back.

Z322 is the train to Tibet departing at Chengdu.

Travel to Tibet from Chengdu by Train

As being no direct international flight to Tibet except for flights between Nepal and Lhasa, people need to fly to mainland China or Nepal firstly and then transfer to Tibet by plane or train. Chengdu is a gateway for your Tibet Tour since the Z322 (Chengdu to Lhasa train) runs the third shortest journey to Tibet. Besides, since every two days run a train to Tibet from Chengdu, you can have a good rest in Chengdu after a long time international flight. Chengdu is a city full of charm with tasty Sichuan food, relaxing lifestyle. You can walk around in Chunxi Road Pedestrian Street, Broad and Narrow Alley, Jin Li Ancient Street, etc. If time permits, a tour to visit giant pandas is another good choice before entering Tibet.

The whole train tour from Chengdu to Lhasa is around 3070 kilometers and will take about 41.5 hours to reach Lhasa. It usually starts at 21:37 from the Chengdu Railway Station, and arrives in Lhasa at 09:55 on the third day. Here are the updated Chengdu-Lhasa train schedule and price on the net in 2018:

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Distance Frequency Ticket Price
Z322(Chengdu-Lhasa) 21:37 09:55 36:18Hours 3070 km every other day ¥668
Hard sleeper
¥1,062
Soft sleeper
Z324(Lhasa-Chengdu) 18:30 07:00 36:30Hours every other day ¥668
Hard sleeper
¥1,062
Soft sleeper

The timetable and schedule are just for reference. Please check the detailed arrival and departure time from your travel agency.

Besides, you need to prepare Tibet Travel Permit when you board a train.

As a local Tibet travel agency, we offer help to apply for the required documents to Tibet and book train tickets. Don’t worry about how to get a paper train ticket. We usually book e-ticket and will tell you the detailed ticket information. You can get a paper ticket with your passport at a railway station.

FAQs about Chengdu Lhasa Train Tour

  1. Can I book a private cabin just for two?

At present, the soft sleeper cabin on Tibet train contains 4 beds which is the first class cabin. The hard sleeper on Tibet train contains 6 beds which is the second class cabin. And there are only two kinds of cabin on Tibet train. If you want to book a cabin only for two, you can buy all four tickets in one soft cabin.

  1. Can I take a shower in the train?

Yes, toilets and washing basins can be found at the end of each cabin. And there are western style washing rooms at the first class cabin. Hot water is available for 24 hours. And you can buy food and drinks from dinner car.

  1. How to avoid sickness of altitude in the train?

For travelers planning to go to the Tibet, the sickness of altitude is often the question that people care about at first. The train between Chengdu and Lhasa experiences a huge change of altitude from Chengdu Plain to Tibet Plateau. Don’t worry. Chengdu-Lhasa train offers two kinds of oxygen supply systems which ensure the human-need oxygen onboard. Once entering the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, each cabin will be pumped with oxygen.

Travel to Tibet from Chengdu by overland route.

8 Days Essential Southern Overland Tour from Chengdu to Lhasa

Chengdu to Lhasa Highway is well-known as the most dangerous and the most difficult road in the construction history of China. Travelers can take the chance to enjoy the endless grassland, snow-capped mountains, beautiful valleys and local monasteries. The whole journey covers 2100 kilometers and takes around 8 days. The epic overland journey starts from Chengdu, Sichuan to Lhasa, Tibet, and you can experience the scenery from Chengdu plain to Tibet Plateau. The tour is 8 days in total. If you are interested in Mt. Everest, we can continue to travel along Great G318 to Mt. Everest and end the tour at the border of Nepal.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Chengdu (500 meters)

Our tour guide will greet you at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and escort you to hotels. In the rest time, you can go to Chunxi Road Pedestrian Street, Broad and Narrow Alley, Jin Li Ancient Street, etc. We will have a welcome dinner at night and the guide will tell you the tour itinerary in detail.

Day 02: Chengdu – Ya’an – Luding – Kangding – Xinduqiao Bridge (410km, around 10h)

Not long after breakfast, we will take our tour vehicle from Chengdu to Xinduqiao. We will travel west all the way and against the flow of Dadu River. In the upper reaches of Yangtze River, we will pass the Zheduo Mountain. After that, you can see the exotic Tibetan villages, lush pastures, and grazing yak which will attract your eyes. Finally, we will arrive at Xinduqiao Bridge, which is called a paradise for photography.

Day 03: Xinduqiao – Yajiang – Litang – Haizishan Mountain – Batang (400km)

After sleeping at Xinduqiao, we will head to Batang in the end via Yajiang, Litang and Haizishan Mountain, and travel 400 kilometers. Litang is a natural pasture. You can see grazing yaks, sheep and nomad’s tents from everywhere. Another attraction on the way today is Ke’er monastery, a Gelugpa Monastery. It is built along the mountain which you can see it in a long distance. In the evening, we will arrive at Batang County.

Day 04: Batang – Jinsha River (upper reaches of Yangtze River) – Markam – Lawu Mountain – Dongda Mountain – Zogong (260km)

Today we will enter the Tibet Autonomous Region, but are still very far away from Lhasa. You can enjoy the scenery of Lancang River. In the evening, we will arrive at the city of Zogong.

Stay overnight in Zogong.

Day 05: Zogong – Bangda Grassland – Yela mountain (Nu River Mountain) – Seventy-two Bends – Baxoi–Rakwa Tso (200km)

The stunning scenery of Hengduan Mountain Range will come into eyes after passing Bangda Grassland. Continue to west, we will enter the bottom of valley and experience huge temperature change. Finally, we will arrive at Pakwa Tso.

Day 06: Rakwa Tso – Midui Glacier – ParlungTsangpo – Bomi (250km)

We will start our journey from Rakwa Tso and go through Parlung Tsangpo. On the way, we can see the stunning scenery of Midui Glacier, an altitude of 6800 meters. Our final destination is Bomi.

Day 07: Bomi – Tongmai – Lulang Forest – Sejila Mountain (Mt. NamchaBarwa) – Nyingchi (230km)

We will make a short stop at Sejia Mountain Pass. You can take the chance to enjoy the seas of cloud, massive forests and beautiful flowers. Our destination today is Nyingchi.

Day 08: Nyingchi – Lhasa (420km)

Today we will drive to Lhasa. After going through Mila Pass, we will get to Lhasa valley. Our longtime expected Lhasa city will soon come into eyes after passing Dagze County. The Potala Palace will wait for you on the red hill, as the beginning of your Lhasa Tour.

It is the longest and most diverse overland tour from Sichuan to Tibet.

13 Days Northern Overland Tour from Chengdu to Lhasa

We offer the longest and most diverse overland tour from Sichuan to Tibet. It’s an adventure tour for tourists to experience the scenery from Chengdu plain to Tibet Plateau. Even it may take much longer time comparing with Tibet train and plane, travelers can take the chance to get close to local Tibetan people and experience their lifestyle along the route.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Chengdu

Our tour guide will greet you at the Shuangliu International Airport and escort you to hotels. The best time of the day is free and you can have a rest in the hotel or travel nearby.

Day 02: Chengdu / Luding / Kangding (327 km, 6hrs)

Our destination is Kangding, 327 kilometers away from Chengdu. We will go through Mt. Er’lang Tunnel and drive along Da-Chu River, and finally arrive at Kangding city. You can enjoy the scenery of mountains and Buddha carvings at the hillsides.

Stay overnight in Kangding.

Day 03: Kangding / Tagong / Bamei (280 km, 7-8hrs)

Today we will reach Bamei. On the trip we will pass through Xinduqiao, a famous place known as the heaven for photographers from which you can see typical Tibetan Mountains, small streams, herds of yaks on the grasslands and snow-capped mountains.

Day 04: Bamei / Gathar Monastery / Luhuo (212 km, 8hrs)

Our first destination is Gathar Monastery which is a Gelug pa monastery and once housed 300 monks. Then keep driving to Daofu which is famous for its local residences, white-painted wall, crimson column and exquisite carved windows. And drive about 72 km, we will arrive at Luhuo.

Stay overnight at Kasa Hotel.

Day 05: Luhuo / Ganzi (95Km, 2-3hrs)

Ganzi is an important city on the northern Sichuan-Tibet road. In the afternoon, we will organize to pay a visit to Ganzi Monastery and some small monasteries around it.

Stay overnight at Ganzi Golden Yak Hotel

Day 06: Ganzi / Manigango / Yilhun Lhatso / Dege(220 km, 6hrs)

The attractions during the trip today are Yilhun La-tso, the huge glaciers of 6018 m Chola Range, Derge Parkhang and Monastery.

Stay overnight at Derge Chola Hotel.

Day 07: Derge / Chamdo( 336km, 8hrs)

Today we will officially enter Tibet Autonomous Region after crossing the Jinsha River. Then we will stay overnight at Chamdo.

Day 08: Chamdo / Jampaling Monastery / Riwoche (105km, 5-6hours)

After breakfast, we will do pilgrimage around Jampaling Monastery which is located on the top of hill and then drive to Riwoche.

Stay overnight at Riwoche.

Day 09: Riwoche / Riwoche Monastery / Tengchen (150KM, 6-7hours)

Our destination is Tengchen which is a primitive religion, based on ancient witchcraft and worship to god and ghost, and was spread through the whole Tibet before the Buddhism was introduced into Tibetan area.

Stay overnight at local best hotel.

Day 10: Tengchen / Bachen /Sok (264km, 7-8hours)

Attractions: Tsuri La Pass (4200m) and Shel La Pass (4750m)

Stay overnight at Sok.

Day 11: Sok / Nakchu (235km, 6-7hours)

The whole tour today is 235 km, and we will pass Sok Tsanden Zhol village and pass the city of Shakchuka and finally reach Nakqu.

Stay overnight at Qingtang Telecom Hotel

Day 12: Nakchu / Namtso Lake (230km, 5-6hours)

Today we will visit Namtso Lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the nomads and herds of yak.

Stay overnight at Namtso tent guest house.

Day 13: Namtso / Yangpachen hot-spring / Lhasa (255Km, 3-4hours)

There are frequently flights flying from Chengdu to Lhasa.

Flights to Tibet from Chengdu

Why take flight to Lhasa from Chengdu

Chengdu is a city full of charm and attracts people from all over the world. Tasty Sichuan food, relaxing lifestyle and giant pandas all allure people. Besides, Chengdu offers flights in the largest number to Lhasa about 12-17 flights per day operated by Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Air China, and China Eastern Airlines. You can have a flexible choice of flight and find a best deal on your own.

In addition, there are 14 direct flights to Lhasa every day, each of which takes 2 hours and 20 minutes. The duration is much shorter than flights from Beijing to Lhasa (4 hours and 30 minutes), from Xi’an to Tibet (3 hours and 20 minutes), from Shanghai to Lhasa (7 hours) and from Guangzhou to Tibet (6 hours).

What’s more, Chengdu is also an international hub for international travelers. You can fly to Chengdu directly from your home country, such as Amsterdam, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Frankfurt, and some Asia cities.

Chengdu is in good connection with other cities in China. Travelers can easily book a domestic flight from Chengdu to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Xining, Xian, Chongqing etc. Travelers can easily make a transfer to Tibet in Chengdu without buying direct flight tickets from their entry cities in China.

With so many advantages, board a plane from Chengdu is a smart choice.

Flights from Chengdu to Lhasa

Dept. Arri. Flight No. Airlines Dept. Arri. Type Schedule
7:20 9:25 SC4405 Shandong Airlines Chengdu Lhasa 319 Thursday
7:20 9:25 CA4405 Air China Chengdu Lhasa 319 Thursday
7:40 9:45 CA407 Air China Chengdu Lhasa 319 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
7:50 9:50 CA4401 Air China Chengdu Lhasa JET Every Day
8:00 9:50 3U8657 Sichuan Airlines Chengdu Lhasa 319 Every Day
8:10 10:10 CA4403 Air China Chengdu Lhasa 319 Every Day
8:20 10:10 3U8901 Sichuan Airlines Chengdu Lhasa 319 Every Day
13:00 15:00 SC4112 Shandong Airlines Chengdu Lhasa 330 Every Day
13:00 15:00 CA4112 Air China Chengdu Lhasa 330 Every Day
14:05 16:00 3U8697 Sichuan Airlines Chengdu Lhasa 319 Every Day

Flights from Lhasa to Chengdu

Dept. Arri. Flight No. Airlines Dept. Arri. Type Schedule
10:45 12:40 3U8658 Sichuan Airlines Lhasa Chengdu 319 Every Day
11:00 12:50 CA4402 Air China Lhasa Chengdu JET Every Day
11:30 13:25 3U8902 Sichuan Airlines Lhasa Chengdu 319 Every Day
11:35 13:25 SC4406 Shandong Airlines Lhasa Chengdu 319 Sunday
11:35 13:25 CA4406 Air China Lhasa Chengdu 319 Sunday
15:00 16:50 CA408 Air China Lhasa Chengdu 319 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
16:00 17:50 SC4111 Shandong Airlines Lhasa Chengdu JET Every Day
16:00 17:50 CA4111 Air China Lhasa Chengdu JET Every Day
16:50 18:45 3U8698 Sichuan Airlines Lhasa Chengdu 319 Every Day
17:30 19:20 CA4404 Air China Lhasa Chengdu 319 Every Day

You need to prepare the required Tibet Travel Permit when you board a plane to Tibet. If you plan to travel to Tibet and haven’t got this permit, you can contact us and we will help you to apply for it as well as the flight ticket. We usually book e-ticket and will give you the detailed information. You can get the flight ticket with your passport from the airport.

One of the best ways to get a discounted flight ticket from Chengdu to Lhasa is booking the ticket from November to March. It is the low travel season in Tibet and airlines will give some discounts during this period. There is big difference for ticket price between the peak and low tourism season.