Travel to Tibet from Shanghai

Shanghai Pudong District is highly developed.

Shanghai, as one of the most popular gateway city to Tibet, is a metropolis with mixed Eastern and Western Culture. Most tourists choose Shanghai as the first stop of their China Tibet tour, for there are frequent international flights from other countries to Shanghai. What’s more, there many famous landmarks in Shanghai for tourists to have a sightseeing, like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the World Expo, the Bund, Shanghai Museum, the Jade Buddha Temple, Nanjing Road, and Yuyuan Garden before your trip to Tibet. Therefore, you can spend several days here to enjoy Shanghai attractions before your Tibet tour.

Shanghai is a city with a lot of foreign and domestic tourists with convenient transportation, so travelers can go to Lhasa by air or train. And here are 3 major way to Tibet from Shanghai.

  1. Travel to Tibet from Shanghai by Flight

Flying to Tibet from Beijing is the best choice for those who want to save time. Currently, there are 2 flights run from Shanghai to Lhasa, taking about 7-8 hours. Both of them have stopovers in Xi’an and Chengdu for one hour, mainly operated by Tibet Airline and Eastern Airline.

Shanghai to Lhasa Flight Schedule

Flight No. Departure—Arrival Duration Plane

Tibet Airlines

16:45—23:25 6h 40m

Stopover in Chengdu

Airbus A330

Eastern Airlines

06:45—14:40 7h 55m

Stopover in Xi’an

Airbus A319
  1. Travel to Tibet from Shanghai by Train

Obviously, although taking a train to Lhasa would take much more time than taking flights, you will have a chance to enjoy the amazing landscapes along this train riding from Shanghai to Lhasa on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. There is only one daily train(Z162) starting from Shanghai Railway Station at 20:10, and arrives at Lhasa Railway Station on the third day at 18:25. in the 46-hour tour in the train, you don’t have to worry about the effect of high altitude. On the one hand, the train is much slower than flight, so tourists can get acclimatized to the high altitude step by step. On the other hand, there are two kinds of oxygen supply systems which can relieve yourself from altitude sickness in the train.

  1. Travel to Tibet from Shanghai by Flight and Train

Some travelers not only want to save time on the way, but also want to enjoy the stunning view along the train journey. Xining is the nearest city to Lhasa, and also the stating point of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Therefore, you can take a flight to Xining from Shanghai at first. There are 7 direct flights, and 3 of them have stopover in Zhengzhou or Xi’an. The duration of these flights is about 3-4 hours. After your arrival in Xining, you can spend 2 days visiting Buddhism monasteries. Then, you can start your Tibet train tour.


  1. After your arrival in Lhasa, you should have a good rest to adapt to the high altitude and temperature.
  2. The flight and train tickets to Tibet are sold out very quickly, so you should set down you arrangement in advance so that the travel agency can help you book the tickets in time.
  3. The flight and train schedules are just for reference. If you wanna get the latest information, please contact the travel agency with details.
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