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Access to Tibet

By air:  The best way to get to Tibet is to take a plane. There are flights to Gongkar airport, 95km (59mi) from Lhasa, from Beijing, Chengdu (daily departure!), Chongqing, Xining, Chamdo, Xi'an, Zhongdian, and Kathmandu.

 

By land: You can drive to Tibet via five routes:

1.     Sichuan (Chengdu) to Lhasa : 2159 kilometers to 2407 km

2.     Yunnan (Kunming) to Lhasa: 2317 kilometers

3.     Qinghai (Xining) to Lhasa: 1947 kilometers

4.     Xinjiang (Yecheng) to Lhasa: 2743 kilometers

5.     Kathmandu to Lhasa

 

 

     Getting around

 

Train: You can travel in the newly extended rail link from Quinghau, which is the highest railway in the world. It's possible to catch the train from a number of cities on route, including Beijing, Chongqing, Xining, and Chengdu, journey time from Beijing is 48 hours, and costs CNY1262.

 

Bus Services: You can get a bus at Lhasa's bus station located in the west of the town on Minzu Lu. However you are restricted to travel on the bus that travels outside the tolerated zone of tourism in the territory, the area surrounding Lhasa. However, foreigners are allowed to buy tickets for some public buses, and there is even a kiosk devoted to tourist ticket sales.

 

Restrictions on travel throughout Tibet are imposed and lifted with regularity so it is advisable to check with the Chinese embassy in your country.

 

Taxi: You can hire a driver with a vehicle to get around. Hire prices vary but on average expect to pay around USD20-30 a day.

If you're planning on it, hitch-hiking is illegal and drivers face heavy fines if caught.



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