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.


    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.


    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).

Other Travelers' Questions

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. Janette Ressue from: 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp

I am very interested in the tour this June beginning June 19th.  Are there any earlier departures in June for this 15 day tour that includes Mt. Everest and Mt Kailash trek?

Thanks you!
Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Janette Ressue,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT. We have this group tour 4th and 22nd June. Both dates are available for you. Please check your email for the details. Thanks a lot.

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user portrait Ms. Ute Wilmas from: 10 Days Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp plus Namtso Lake Group Tour
Hey, what means TTP and PSB?
Is the fee for Tibet visa included in this tour price?
Thanks for your answers.
Ute Wilmas
Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Ute Wilmas,

Greetings from Nancy at BTT. TTP (B) and PSB mean Tibet Travel Bureau and Public Security Bureau. And if you want to travel to Tibet, we have to apply Tibet permit from them with your passport and China visa copies. Yeah, the tour package includes the permit service and the fee. For more details please check your email. Best regards.

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user portrait Mr. Rai from: Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash
hi i want to go to mt kailash and mansovar lake as well as lhasa and shigatse this early May from kathmandu. could you email me the packages like 13 days or 16 days etc and the cost for a nepali passport holder and for my friend who is a british passport holder
Answered by Nancy

Dear Mr. Rai,

Thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Yes, we have 13days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp group tour on 13th and 21st May. As this group tour can end at the border of Nepal and China. For the 21st May group tour it will come cross the Saga Dawa festival in Kailash if you are interested. Please check your email for the tour details about it. Thanks a lot.

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user portrait Ms. Tina from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp
Hi interested in joining this tour early Sept. Also interested to know what the discount is if I book early and for the entrance costs extra are these not needed if I was not to enter some of the the places  Tina
Answered by Helen

Dear Tina,

Thank you very much for your inquiry. If you book tour with us three months in advance, to show our welcome gesture, we are able to offer an early bird discount to you. Because the entrance fee is not included in our tour price, if you don't want to visit some spots, you won't need to pay the entrance fee. For more details, please check your email. Best regards, Helen.

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user portrait Mr. Stephen Sayuk from: 4 Days Lhasa Holy Landmarks Express
We have booked a tour to China. We would like to leave the tour to visit Tibet. The opportunity we have is to fly to Lhasa the morning of May 3 and rejoin the tour in Chongqing on May 6. Thus we would have 4 days and 3 nights available. I have a US passport and my wife has a Chilean passport.  Please give us your recommendations and costs for such a diversion. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Answered by Helen

Dear Stephen,

Thank you very much for your inquiry. It's no problem for you to join a 4-day Lhasa tour. But we currently have one departure date on 2nd May, not on 3rd May, I was wondering whether you can advance your Lhasa tour one day earlier or not. If not, we will make a little adjustment for your Lhasa tour. Please check your email for more details. Best wishes, Helen.

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