Flights from Shangri-La to Lhasa

Shangri-La County is located in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province, 200 kilometers away from Lijiang and 4-5 hours by car. The word "Shangri-La" is derived from the book "The Lost Horizon". It means the sun and the moon in the Tibetan language because of its sacred beauty. Known as "the paradise." Shangri-La has sacred snow-capped mountains, deep canyons, flying waterfalls, tranquil lakes surrounded by forests, flocks of cattle and sheep squatting on beautiful grasslands, nets like mirrored sky, magnificent temples. Here is the holy land of religion and the paradise on earth. Shangri-La is an important city on the Yunnan-Tibet Line. There are three ways to enter Tibet from Shangri-La.


√Take the regular bus to Lhasa, the price is about RMB300/person, about 3 days journey. You have to withstand long-term bumps, (1600 km) because from Shangri-La to Lhasa, you will go through Deqin, Markam, Zuogong, Bomi, and Nyingchiare. Among them, Shangri-La is going to Deqing to build a road, it is too uncomfortable. The road to Markam is a gravel road. When it comes to Bomi, there is a tarmac road. Of course this is the cheapest way.


√ Charting off-road vehicle is a very good choice. You can ask the Kangba Business Road Travel Agency at the entrance of the Dukezong Ancient City. It is easy to chartered car in May, June and July, but other times it is difficult, about RMB500 for carpooling, RMB3000 to 5000 for chartered.


√Take plane from Shangri-La to Lhasa, RMB1500/one way, but it is more difficult to buy tickets, and no discount.


Shangri-La-Lhasa flight distance 872KM
Shangri-La-Lhasa flight time 2 hours
Main airlines Eastern Airlines
Flight frequency 2 times per day
Flight type direct flight
Ticket price [economic class] RMB1440(ticketfee)+RMB60 (airport construction fee & fuel tax), =RMB1500/one way in total
Departure Airport Diqing Shangri-la Airport


Shangri-la - Lhasa Flight Timetable:

Flight No. Departure ------ Arrival Frequency
Eastern Airlines
Shangri-la Airport
Gonggar Airport
Eastern Airlines
Shangri-la Airport
Gonggar Airport


Lhasa - Shangri-la Flight Timetable:

Flight No. Departure ------ Arrival Frequency
Eastern Airlines
Gonggar Airport
Shangri-la Airport
Eastern Airlines
Gonggar Airport
Shangri-la Airport


1. The above flights for reference only, please contact us to obtain the latest Shangri-la-Lhasa flight information.

2. During the off-season airlines will reduce the number of flights, please consult the travel consultants in advance to inquire about the day flight situation if your trip during off-season.


Diqing Shangri-la Airport Traffic Guide

it is a civil airport in Yunnan Province, and the airport is located in the southwest of Shangri-La County. The destinations are Kunming, Chengdu, Lhasa, Guangzhou, Sipsongpanna, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guiyang, etc. Shangri-La Airport is about five kilometers from Shangri-La County, about RMB30 by taxi.


Lhasa Gonggar Airport Traffic Guide

√ Lhasa Gonggar Airport (Chinese name:拉萨贡嘎机场,IATA: LXA, ICAO: ZULS) is located in Jiazhulin Town, Gonggar County, Shannan District, Tibet Autonomous Region. It is located on the south bank of the magnificent Yarlung Zangbo River at an altitude of 3,600 meters. It is one of the highest civil airports in the world. The Gonggar Airport covers a relatively small area. There are relatively few flights to and from the country. Unlike many airports in the mainland there are several terminals and exits. There is only one entrance and one exit to the Gonggar Airport Terminal, so you can rest assured that you will not lose yourself. As long as you arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, you must come out of that only exit.

√ The staff of Gonggar Airport stopped the airport bus about five meters away from the exit of the terminal building. Everyone walked out of the airport terminal building exit, then you can see a small pavilion was set up about 3 meters from the wall on the left hand side, the ticket for the airport shuttle bus was sold here. The fare was RMB30. If you purchased the ticket, you can directly use the ticket to get on the airport shuttle bus. Here, the airport shuttle bus is checked in when you get on the bus. After checking the ticket before the boarding, it will not check the ticket again. The starting point of the Gonggar Airport airport shuttle bus is the exit of the Gonggar Airport Terminal. The end point is the Civil Aviation Authority at the foot of the east of Potala Palace.

√ If you take a taxi alone, RMB200 per one-way trip; if you take the taxi with other tourisms together, about RMB50/person.

Notes When Take the Plane into Tibet:

1. The documents required to enter Tibet for the Foreign Travelers

√Passport: The passport must be a valid passport. Whether you are flying or booking a flight, or checking in at the hotel, you must provide the original passport. Therefore, tourists must pay attention to carry a passport with you.

√ Chinese visa: In addition to visa-free countries within 15 days, visitors from other countries are required to provide a valid visa.

√ Tibet Travel Permit:When you exchange your boarding pass and the airport for security check, the airport staff will check the Tibet Travel Permit, so please make sure you have prepared your letter of admission before you fly, and bring the letter to Lhasa. Give a guide


2. How do I book a ticket to and from Tibet?

Now most tourists book flights directly on the Internet. Tickets can be purchased on the airline's official website or on some third-party platforms, such as Ctrip(携程), Qunar(去哪儿网), and Fliggy(飞猪). Our company also provides ticket booking service, you can also order directly from our company if need. It is generally recommended to buy a ticket with an economic price about one month in advance.


3. Besides Shangri-la, where can I fly into Tibet?

At present, most cities have flights to fly directly to Lhasa, such as Chengdu, Xi'an, Chongqing, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Mianyang, etc.


4. Besides Lhasa Gonggar Airport, which airports in Tibet you can fly to?

There are a total of five airports in Tibet. In addition to Lhasa Gongga Airport, you can also fly to Shigatse, Nyingchi, Ngari andQamdo. But there are very few flights to these four airports, and only a few cities have direct flights.

√ Shigatse Peace Airport:At present, only Chengdu has direct flights to Shigatse, one flight per day, flight frequency: TV9843 (07:05-09:30), fare 1900 per one-way.

Nyingchi Mainling Airport: Chengdu and Chongqing currently have direct flights to Nyingchi Mainling. There are about four flights to Nyingchi in Chengdu every morning between 6:00 and 09:00, and there are about 3 flights to Nyingchi in Chongqing. If you want to fly directly to Nyingchi, you can only transfer from these two cities.

Qamdo Banda Airport:Chengdu and Chongqing have a daily flight to Qamdo,but few tourists choose this line because Qamdo is not a popular tourist destination in Tibet.

NgariGunsa Airport:Urumqi has a flight (stop by Kashgar) to Ngari Every Friday.

5. Baggage check requirements

Luggage First Class Business Class Economy Class Allowed Baggage Size
Allowed Carry-on 5kg*2 pieces 5kg 5kg 55cm/20cm/40cm(L/B/H)
Allowed Checked 40kg 30kg 20kg 100cm/60cm/40cm(L/B/H)


6. Is there discount tickets for children?

Infants under the age of two (based on the date of departure) will purchase a baby ticket at 10% of the adult fare. Children who are 2 years of age or younger and under 12 years of age (based on the date of departure) will be entitled to a seat at 50% of the regular adult fare for the same flight. When purchasing a child ticket, you should provide valid documents such as birth certificate and residence booklet for children and babies. When purchasing a baby or child ticket, the identity information needs to be tied to the adult.


7. How to get a paper ticket after purchasing a ticket online?


At present, there is no paper ticket for online ticket purchase. Visitors can exchange their boarding pass if they only need to present the valid documents used to book the ticket at the airport counter. Foreign guests flying to Tibet, in addition to presenting valid documents, should also present the original letter of admission to check-in.


Flights from Shangri-La to Lhasa FAQ

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