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Travel to Tibet from Shanghai

Travel to Tibet from Shanghai

Why travel from Shanghai to Lhasa?

Shanghai is the center of economy in south China and is the thriving and bustling metropolis. There are many historical and scenic sites attracting tourists’ attention from all over the world, such as the Bund, Oriental TV Tower, Shanghai Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum and Expo Site. Owing to the advantages of Shanghai’s location and charm, it is one of the most popular hubs for foreign tourists traveling to China.

Tibet is located on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau known as the Roof of the World with an average altitude of over 4000 meters. Nowadays, Tibet is becoming a hot destination for travelers to explore the mysterious land.

With no direct flight from Tibet to other countries except for Nepal, foreign travelers need to fly to mainland China from your home country first and then transfer a domestic flight to Lhasa, or fly to Nepal firstly and then transfer to Tibet. Owing to the advantages of Shanghai’s location and charm, it is one of the most popular hubs for foreign tourists traveling to China.

How to travel to Lhasa from Shanghai?

Option 1: Shanghai to Lhasa by Train

Train Z164 from Shanghai to Lhasa (return Z166) is the only train beginning in Shanghai. The train journey will take 47.5 hours crossing eight provinces in China. The train starts at 20:10 at Shanghai Railway Station every day, and reach Lhasa at 19:44 on the third day. Foreign travelers need to use a copy of your Tibet Travel Permit to board the train to Lhasa.

With the rising of altitude, each train cabin will be pumped into fresh oxygen in order to avoid the sickness of altitude. And conductors in each cabin will introduce the scenic sites along the way in English, Chinese as well as the Tibetan Language.

Shanghai-Lhasa Train Schedule:

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Frequency
Z164( Shanghai-Lhasa) 20:10 19:30 47 hours 27minutes Daily
Z166( Lhasa-Shanghai) 11:30 11:51 48 hours 21minutes Daily

Option 2: Shanghai to Lhasa by Air

There are five direct flights a day flying from Shanghai to Lhasa, operated by China Eastern Airline, Tibet Airline, Shandong Airline, Shenzhen Airline and Air China. It usually takes about 7 hours including one hour for a stopover at Chengdu or Xi’an. There are also many connecting flights in Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

Foreign travelers need to use their original Tibet Travel Permit to help you board a flight successfully.

Shanghai to Lhasa Flight Schedule:

Flight Number Departure Stopover Arrival Duration Frequency
TV 9883

Tibet Airlines

16:45 Chengdu 23:30 6 hours 45 minutes Daily
SC9882

Shandong Airlines

16:45 Chengdu 23:30 6hours 45minutes Daily
ZH3982

Shenzhen Airlines

16:45 Chengdu 23:30 6 hours 45 minutes Daily
MU2335

China Eastern Airlines

06:45 Xi’an 14:40 7 hours 55 minutes Daily
CA3966

Air China

16:45 Chengdu 23:30 6 hours 45 minutes Daily

How to Planning a Tibet Trip from Shanghai?

The scenery in Tibet varies with different seasons. In the spring and autumn, it is the best time to trek in Tibet to enjoy the natural beauty with warm weather and less rain. In the summer and autumn, it is the peak travel season in Tibet with most of the places open for tourists. You can visit the stunning Potala Palace and hear the monks’ debate in the Sera Monastery.

 



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