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Shigatse Transportation

Getting Around

The easiest and most popular way to get around is to hire a jeep or other cross-county vehicle. Prices vary depending on the car. Unmetered taxis also roam the streets. Standard cross-town fare is 5 RMB, but remember to bargain for longer trips.

To and from Shigatse

Shigatse doesn't have an airport, so most travelers fly to Lhasa and either rent a car or take the bus.

The second largest city in Tibet, Shigatse acts as the transportation hub for central Tibet and the gateway to the vast western region. Buses link Shigatse to several locations around Tibet.

Buses leave Beijiao Bus Station (Tel: 0891 6922 104) in Lhasa, at 8:55 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for Shigatse (6-7 hours; 51 RMB). The Xijiao Bus Station (Tel: 0891 6824 469) sends buses every 40 minutes from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.

Shigatse Bus Station (Tel: 0892 8822 903) operates routes to Chengdu in Sichuan Province as well as other places in Tibet. Chengdu-bound buses depart every other day, while those headed to Lhasa leave daily every hour from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Taxis hang out around the bus stops in Shigatse looking for fares to Lhasa. Good bargaining skills will get you in a cab to Lhasa for 70 RMB, which may be worth the extra 20 yuan over taking the bus.

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