When designing a special vacation to Tibet, customers need firstly consider the following questions:
1. How much budget do I have to do a Tibet trip?
2. How to enter into Tibet by flight, by train or by road? And from which to Tibet is more cost-efficient?
3. How to choose a reliable local travel agency in Tibet?
This blog will give you some suggestions for question 1 and question 2.
Question 1: How much budget do I have to do a Tibet trip?
Nowadays, it is very experience to have a Tibet trip, both for Tibet private tour and Tibet group tour. Mainly in these areas: tourism vehicle rental fee, hotel fee, entrance fee, commission charge of Potala Palace’ entrance fee, tour guide fee, permit application, oxygen supplement and service fee. For example: as some said on Tripadvisor forum. The tourism car price is completely controlled by the local authority and the price price is extremely high. The tourism car company charges travel agencies by km distance. 500km of Lhasa-Namtso-Lhasa day trip will be as expensive as USD500 and it varies for different kinds of tourism vehicles.
For a group tour: 4 days in Lhasa about USD460, 8 days Lhasa-EBC-Lhasa about 850.
Question 2: How to enter into Tibet by flight, by train or by road? And from which to Tibet is more cost-efficient?
1. From China
There are three ways from China to Tibet, by flight, by train and by road.
1) By flight
Tourists can take the direct flights to Lhasa Gonggar Airport from lots of cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Xining, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Kunming, and Chongqing. Based on the experience, it is relatively cheap to take a directly flight to Lhasa from Chongqing and back. In winter, it might be as cheap as RMB260 each ticket, even during Chinese Spring Festival.
2) By train
Tourists can also take the direct trains to Lhasa Railway Station from several cities, such as Beijing Z21, Shanghai Z164, Chengdu Z322, Xining Z6801, Guangzhou Z264, Lanzhou Z917 and Chongqing Z223. Passing stations: Shijiazhuan, Taiyuan, Zhongwei, Delingha, Golmud, Naqu, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjin, Bengbu, Xuzhou, Zhenzhou, Chenzhou, Changshan, Wuchang, Guangyuan, Baoji, Nanchongbei. It is to say that you can take the train to Lhasa from anyone of above railway stations. Considering your Tibet travel permit and easy to buy train tickets, Chengdu and Xining are recommends for you.
3) By road
There are 4 overland roads to Lhasa: Xinjiang (Kashgar) Tibet Highway (about 2800km, ); Yunnan (Lijiang) Tibet Highway (about 1600km, 12 Days Yunnan to Tibet Overland Journey ); Qinghai (Golmud ) to Lhasa Highway (about 2000km, 11 Days Travel through Qinghai-Tibet highway ); Sichuan (Chengdu) to Tibet Highway (about 2300km, 11 Days Travel to Tibet through Sichuan Highway );
2. From Nepal
There are two ways from Nepal to Tibet, one is by flight and another is by road. Tourists can fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa directly every day. Sichuan Airline and China Airline operate the flights. But there is not any discount for the flight tickets.
Before Nepal earthquake in 2015, tourists could also travel to Tibet from Kathmandu via Zhangmu port. In June 2016, there was a news that overseas tourists would travel via Gyirong Port. However, so far, it is still closed for overseas tourists. Hope it will be open in 2017.