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Lhasa Gonggar Airport

It is also known as the airway door to Tibet, and is one of the highest airports in the world, at an elevation of around 3,500 meters above sea level. As kind of replacement of the Damxung Airport, Gonggar Airport began operation in 1965, providing flights only to Beijing and Chengdu. Now, it has become the busiest airport in Tibet with advanced and well-equipped terminal facilities, connecting the holy land with many domestic cities, including Chamdo, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, Guangzhou, Kunming, Diqing, etc. Besides, there is one international airline running between Lhasa and Kathmandu


Distance to city center: 65 km


Transportation to city center:


Airport bus


Take the airport shuttle bus at the gate of Civil Aviation Administration, which located at the east gate of the Potala Palace. The price is 25 Yuan per person. The airport shuttle bus costs cheap, and the departure and arrival time is more exact than other ways to the airport.



To take a taxi, you’d better agree on a price with the driver first. Usually the driver will offer 160-200 Yuan. As now the tunnel to the airport opened, which shortened the distance to airport. The most appropriate price is about 160 Yuan.


Railway Stations

It is a great event that Tibet is accessible by train. Right now there are trains from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Xining to Lhasa. The train to Tibet is sight-seeing trains that you can appreciate the beautiful scenery.


Lhasa Railway Station

Lhasa Railway Station is the terminal station of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, offering trains to reach many major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, and Lanzhou. Located on the southern bank of the Lhasa River at an altitude of 3,641 meters, Lhasa Railway Station is about 20 km away from the famous Potala Palace.

Location: Liuwu Village, Doilungdeqen County, Lhasa


Coach Stations

Because of the poorly developed public transport in Tibet, coaches and buses are the most popular and convenient way to get out of Lhasa and transport to other parts of Tibet. So far, there are 4 coach stations in Lhasa: Lhasa West Suburb Coach Station, Lhasa North Suburb Coach Station, Lhasa East Suburb Coach Station, and Lhasa Liuwu Coach Station, to provide much convenience for locals and those who plan to visit many different places of Tibet.


Lhasa West Suburb Coach Station

Lhasa West Suburb Coach Station is the original long-distance bus station of Lhasa, which basically runs coaches to Chengdu, Shigatse, and Lhoka, while buses to Golmud, Xining, Lanzhou, etc. can also be caught. It also runs international coach to Kathmandu.

Location: 1 Minzu Road, at the intersection of Minzu Road and Jinzhu Middle Road


Lhasa North Suburb Coach Station

Lhasa North Suburb Coach Station is a relatively new and top class passenger station in Lhasa, which mainly runs coaches to Ngari, Nakchu, and Shigatse. Coaches to Lhoka, Chamdo, Makham, Shangri-La, and the passing counties are also available. Besides, this station runs tourist buses to Namtso Lake, Basum-tso Lake, and Mount Everest.

Location: 11 Zhaji Road, opposite to Lhasa Racecourse


Lhasa East Suburb Coach Station

Lhasa East Suburb Coach Station is mainly for short distance, dealing with the transportation to counties in Lhasa and to Nyingchi, Yangbajing, Gandan Monastery, Damxung, Quxu and so on.

Location: 3 Jiangsu East Road


Lhasa Liuwu Coach Station

Lhasa Liuwu Coach Station is the newest coach stations, which is mainly for very long distance, such as to Chamdo, Shangri-La, Markham, etc. This coach station also provides international coach running between Lhasa and Kathmandu. The coach is equipped with a tour guide who can speak Chinese, Tibetan, English and Nepali.

Location: near the Lhasa Railway Station.

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