With the development of transportation，more and more international tourists travel to Tibet. Commonly, they get to Tibet from the mainlands of China. Therefore, not only can they have a tour in some major Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, etc, but also they can explore the charming scenery along the way to Tibet. Located in the southeast of China, Shanghai is a modern and flourishing city with a long history. As one of the hottest tourist destinations for international travelers, traveling to Tibet from Shanghai has the main choice for most travelers because of the numerous attractions and convenient transportation. In Shanghai, you can visit some famous places such as the Oriental TV Tower, Shanghai Museum, Expo Site, etc. Then you can transfer to Tibet from Shanghai. At present, there are two main ways for travelers to get to Tibet from Shanghai. The first way is to take a direct train, and the second way is to take the direct flight. Here, I’d like to share these two main ways with you.
Taking a Flight to Tibet
If you have a tight schedule, flying to Tibet from Shanghai is the fastest way. At present, there is only one direct flight flying from Shanghai to Lhasa. This flight operated by China Eastern Airline with a stopover in Xi’an takes off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 06:45 every day, and arrives at Lhasa Kongga International Airport at 14:40. The direct distance from Shanghai to Lhasa is about 2906 kilometers, and the whole duration time is about eight hours. In Lhasa side, it takes off from Lhasa Kongga International Airport at 15:30 in the afternoon, and arrives at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport at 21:45.
If you have enough time, you can have an experience on the Tibet train. As is known to us, Qinghai Tibet Railway is the highest railway in the world. Because of the unique environment condition, the scenery along the way is really attractive. Taking a train to Tibet is the best way to explore the charming natural beauty, especially from Xining to Lhasa section. At present, there is only one direct train running from Shanghai to Lhasa. The railway distance from Shanghai to Lhasa is about 4,373 kilometers. Z164 departs from Shanghai Railway Station at 20:10 every day, and arrives at Lhasa railway station at 19:30. It will take nearly three days to get to Tibet from Shanghai by train. At Lhasa side, Z166 departs from Lhasa at 11:30, and arrives at Shanghai railway station at 11:51. There are two kinds of train tickets which are recommended to you, the hard sleeper berth and the soft sleeper berth. The price of the hard sleeper berth is about CNY793.5, and the price of the soft sleeper berth is about CNY1262.5.
Tips for Shanghai Tibet Tour
Do not forget your Tibet Travel Permit when taking flights or trains to Tibet from Shanghai. Book a train ticket in advance, especially in the peak tourism season. You’d better take a train to Tibet for the purpose of adapting to the high altitude sickness.