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Tibet Flight FAQs

What documents will I need at the airport?

If you are travelling from China, you will need your original TTP as well as your regular travel documents. From Lhasa, you will need your Group Visa. In both instances, we will assist with applications and supply the documentation.

If you made my bookings, how will I get my tickets?

You do not require original tickets. We will supply the booking information. Supply this information together with your passport when checking in for your flight.

When are Tibet air tickets cheapest?

The only time of year when you might be able to get a discounted ticket would be in the off-season which begins in November and ends in March.

Can I fly direct to Tibet on an international flight?

Only flights from Nepal and China land at Lhasa.

What is my luggage allowance?

Note that first-class passengers may bring two items of carry-on luggage while other passengers may only bring one carry-on bag. Extra baggage fees apply if limits are exceeded.

Can I arrive in a Tibetan city other than Lhasa?

We recommend Lhasa as the best place to begin your Tibetan experience, but there are other airports including Shigatse, Linzhi, Chengdu and Ali Airports. If you would like to investigate any of these options, contact us for further information.

How long does it take to get to Lhasa from the airport?

Lhasa’s Gonggar Airport is about 68km outside the city and there is an excellent road connection. Your Tibet tour guide will be there to meet you and will arrange a hired car or shuttle for your convenience.

Tibet Train FAQs

Is Oxygen available on the train?

Yes, the train is well pressurized for the plateau environment, but if you get a headache when crossing the mighty Thangula Ranges (5700m), the train has two main oxygen supplying systems. The whole cabin has an oxygen-releasing outlet and there are individual oxygen pipes right over your bed. Before the train reaches the high plateau, train attendants will distribute oxygen masks that you can use by connecting them to the outlets on your bed.

Can I charge my camera or electronic devices on the train?

Yes, you can charge your electronic devices on the train. There are electric outlets in the corridors of each car, but remember the sockets and plugs used in China are A, C, and I. You can buy adapters in China.

Is there boiled water available on the train?

There is a water boiler in each car and you can get boiled water for free, but you need to bring your own mugs.

Are meals served on the train?

Each train has a dinning car with a capacity of 40-50 seats. The dining car mainly serves Chinese cuisines, noodles, and soups. If you don’t want to eat in the dinning car, then there is a delivery cart that will bring dishes around to each car every meal. If you need to purchase dishes, the cost range will be RMB 20-25 per dish. For breakfast, they generally serve pickles, eggs, bread and rise porridge for RMB 10-15.

How do I receive the train tickets if I booked them with you?

Once we successfully reserve the train tickets, we will send you detailed train ticket itinerary by email including E-ticket number, departure/arrival time, and seat information, the itinerary form would be same as below You can get the paper train ticket in advance from any train station in China or any train ticket selling counter in the cities near your hotel (Except HK and Macao), sometimes if may charge CNY5 as printing cost, with your original passport and E-ticket number (some times train station also requires the Tibet travel permit copy, it depends). Or on the departure day, you arrive at the train station at least 1.5 hours earlier, and collect the paper ticket from the ticket window, sometimes especially on Chinese public holidays, such as Jan 1st, May 1st, and Oct 1st, you may need to wait in long lines, so please prepare for enough time to get earlier at the train station. Usually, the train station check-in stops 15 minutes before the train departure time.

How far is the Lhasa Train Station from the city?

The Lhasa Train Station is only 20km south of Lhasa. It is separated from the main city by Lhasa River. It should only take around 30 minutes to get to the center of the city.

Why do I have to pay a few hundred more than the actual ticket price to get a train ticket?

It is because the train tickets to Lhasa are in very high demand. Firstly, there are limited number of trains to Tibet, especially soft sleeper tickets, there are only 48 soft sleeper berths in each train and sometimes government control most of the soft sleeper tickets for there use, secondly, there are numerous ticket-dealing agents that sell the tickets for a higher cost, so if you book the tickets through agencies, all the tickets come with some service fees.

What types of seats are available on the Tibet train?

There are three main types of seats on the train: hard seat, hard sleeper and soft sleeper.

1. Soft Sleeper which is also known as First Class. Most confortableand expensive option on the Tibet train. They are usually CNY400 more expensive than hard sleeper. There are 4 berths in each cabin with a door and is equipped with its own TV, each side 2 beds, uppar and lower bunks. Toilets on the train are shared and are located at the end of the carriage.

2. Hard Sleeper which is also known as Second Class. There are 6 berths in each cabin, each side 3 berths, upper, middle and lower bunks with no door. You will have your own bed. There is enough space to lay down.

3. Hard Seat Passengers sit next to each other in open compartment of 4 or 6, you can’t lay down, and space is bit small. Westerners rarely choose this option for such long train ride.

What documents are needed to board a train to Tibet?

If you are taking the train to Tibet, then there are 3 main things that you need:

1. Copies of your Tibet Travel Permit Your Tibet travel consultant will send you by email in advance, you need to print out, there are 2 pages and print 3 copies, black and white version is ok.

2. Your original passport Please make sure that you have the same passport which was used to book the train tickets.

3. Paper train ticket You can get the paper train ticket from the ticket sellng counter by showing your passport and train ticket reservation number.

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