At present, Travel from Korea to Tibet is relatively easy. You first need to go to your own embassy in China to apply for a tourist visa to China (if not an “L” tourist visa, you need to provide relevant proof, please consult our professional travel consultants for details), then from Seoul to Beijing or from Seoul to Shanghai, and then after you get your Tibet entry permit, you can take the Tibet train or domestic flight to Lhasa.
Another option is to enter Tibet from Nepal due to its proximity to Tibet. In this case, a Tibetan permit and a group tourist visa are required. You can choose a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, or choose a land trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa. As an experienced Tibet travel agent, we offer you a variety of Tibet tours including China, Tibet, and Nepal. Here’s how to get from South Korea to Lhasa：
How to travel from Korea to Tibet?
- You can fly from Seoul in South Korea to many mainland cities in China, and then take a plane or a train from Tibet directly to Lhasa.
- You can also transfer from Seoul to Nepal via Hong Kong and choose a flight or road trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
Way 1: South Korea-Beijing / Shanghai/Guangzhou / Chengdu / Xi’an-Lhasa
There are many flights from Seoul in South Korea to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Xi’an, and there are several different airlines operating flights, so it is best to choose the most suitable departure airport for your own need.
If you choose to fly to Beijing,
the cheapest is China Southern Airlines (12:30-13:45), which costs about US$ 190 for a direct flight, which takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes. When you get to Beijing, you can choose to enter Tibet by plane or train：
Flights from Beijing to Lhasa take off three times a day from Beijing Capital International Airport T3 at 07:35 AM, 08:15 pm, and 14:50 pm respectively. The fare is more expensive, with full-price tickets at 3,260 yuan per one-way ticket, plus 60 yuan for airport construction and fuel costs, for a total fare of 3,320 yuan, with little discounts throughout the year.
The train from Beijing to Lhasa runs every day, and the Z21 (20:00-12:40) takes 40 hours and 40 minutes to arrive. With only one car and 36 beds, the train from Beijing to Lhasa is very difficult to book during the peak tourist season. The fare for the Beijing-Lhasa train is around 1,200 yuan.
If you choose to fly to Shanghai,
the cheapest is China Southern Airlines CZ314 (12: 00-13: 20), the cost of the flight is about US$ 210, it takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes of flight time. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you can choose to travel to Tibet by plane or train.
There are only two flights a day from Shanghai to Lhasa,one in the morning MU2335 (06: 45-14: 40) from Pudong Airport T1, and the afternoon flight (TV9882 16: 45-23: 25) from Terminal T2 of Hongqiao Airport.The one-way fare is 3,360 yuan per ticket, and the airport construction cost is 60 yuan for fuel, for a total of 3,420 yuan per ticket.For more information, please refer to the Shanghai-Lhasa flight.
The train from Shanghai to Lhasa departs every day, Z164 (20: 10-19: 30), which lasts 47 hours and 20 minutes.Since there is only one train per day, it is difficult to buy tickets in the tourist season. It is recommended that tourists who need to take the train from Shanghai to Lhasa check with your travel consultant in advance if they need to book a train ticket from our agency.Click for more Shanghai-Lhasa train information
If you choose to fly to Guangzhou, it is recommended to take China Southern Airlines CZ340(10: 55-13: 55), the cost of the flight is about US$ 320, it takes about 4 hours of flight time. Upon arrival in Guangzhou, you can choose to travel to Tibet by plane or train.
There is only one flight a day from Guangzhou to Lhasa, and China Southern Airlines CZ3463 (08: 25-14: 30) departs from Baiyun International Airport T2 at a one-way fare of 2,930 yuan per ticket and 60 yuan per fuel for airport construction, for a total of 2,990 yuan per ticket.
The train from Guangzhou to Lhasa departs every day, Z264 (11: 45-16: 19), which lasts 52 hours and 34 minutes. Since there is only one train per day, it is difficult to buy tickets in the tourist season. It is recommended that tourists who need to take the train from Guangzhou to Lhasa check with your travel consultant in advance if they need to book a train ticket from our agency.
If you choose to fly to Chengdu, Air China CA402 (13: 45-16: 55), the flight cost about US$ 290, also takes about 4 hours and 10 minutes of flight time. Upon arrival in Chengdu, you can choose to travel to Tibet by plane or train.
The Air China CA4401 (07: 25-10: 00) is recommended to take off from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport T2 at a one-way fare of 1,780 yuan per ticket, and the airport construction cost of 60 yuan for fuel, for a total of 1,840 yuan per ticket.
The train from Chengdu to Lhasa departs every other day. Please consult the salesman who arranges Tibet travel for you.There is only one flight a day, and the Z322 (21:37-09:55) lasted 36 hours and 18 minutes.It is recommended that tourists who need to take the train from Chengdu to Lhasa check with your travel consultant in advance if they need to book a train ticket from our agency.
If you choose to fly to Xi’an, Hainan Airlines HU7908 (13: 00-05: 35), the flight cost is about US$ 680, it also takes about 10 hours and 35 minutes of flight time. Upon arrival in Xi’an, you can choose to travel to Tibet by plane or train.
There are only a lot of flights a day from Xi’an to Lhasa.The morning flight CA3904 (06: 00-14: 05) departs from Xi’an Xianyang Airport T2 at a one-way fare of 2,260 yuan per ticket, and the airport construction cost of 60 yuan for fuel, for a total of 2,320 yuan per ticket.For more information, please refer to Guangzhou-Lhasa flights.
Trains from Xi’an to Lhasa depart twice a day, Z265 (09:45-16:19) and Z165 (11:24-19:30) lasting 30 hours and 34 minutes.It is recommended that tourists who need to take the train from Xi’an to Lhasa check with your travel consultant in advance if they need to book a train ticket from our agency.Click for more information on the Xi’an-Lhasa train.
Way 2: Korea-Hong Kong-Chengdu-Lhasa
One of the best routes from South Korea to Lhasa is to transfer from Seoul through Hong Kong, to the domestic city of Chengdu is the most convenient and cheap, depending on the airline, the average cost of flights from Seoul to Hong Kong is US$ 340, and Air Seoul is one of the cheapest airlines from Seoul to Hong Kong in South Korea. The best advice is to book your tickets online and arrange the best flight for your travel time. The journey from Seoul to Hong Kong takes about 4 hours. For flights from Hong Kong to Chengdu, the average cost of a round-trip ticket is US$ 500 per person. The total travel time will also vary, depending on your departure point and transit time, but the round-trip flight time is between 5-6 hours.
Way 3: Korea-Hong Kong-Kathmandu-Lhasa
Flying from South Korea to Kathmandu, Nepal, requires transit from Hong Kong, the total cost of about 9 900 to 1 1100, it takes 11 to 13 hours, depending on the place of departure. Nepal to Tibet is also a popular choice. There are no trains from Kathmandu to Tibet. However, you can enter Tibet by land, which is the Sino-Nepal border, which is a good choice for international tourists. Or you can fly directly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Kathmandu is the only country with a direct flight to Lhasa, a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa costs about US$ 300.The flight time is relatively short, the journey of 600 km takes about an hour and a half. There are two direct flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa, CA408 (12: 10-16:00) and 3U8720 (11:30-15: 10).
The road from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Land travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa is more popular with many tourists than by flight. Our staff will transfer you to the Jilong Port, now the China-Nepal border, and after you pass through customs, our Tibetan guide will pick you up on the Tibetan side. Due to the elevation, you will stay in Kuala Lumpur to adapt to the environment and gradually head east to visit Tingri, EBC, and Shigatse, and finally reach Lhasa. This classic tour route has a lot of stunning scenery, Himalayan peaks, magnificent Buddhist temples, and sacred alpine lakes, as well as unlimited opportunities to meet local Tibetans and explore their exotic culture and customs
Processing of Korean Letters of Entry into Tibet
To Lhasa from within China
Foreign guests are required to present a letter of entry and a valid passport when boarding/trains. So Korean tourists need to send us a scanned copy of a valid passport and visa 30 days in advance before entering Tibet (in the case of a non – “L visa”, in addition to providing a passport and visa, you need proof of work or an invitation letter). Under normal circumstances, the letter of entry can be processed 7-10 days in advance.
If you take the Qinghai-Tibet train to Tibet, we will send a scanned copy of the letter to your mailbox, you just need to print out the letter before getting on the train, with a copy of the letter to get on the train.
If you enter Tibet by plane, we will send the original letter in advance to the domestic city where you travel by plane and deliver it to you.
From Nepal to Tibet
Entering Tibet from Nepal requires a Tibet travel permit,and a group tourist visa, (if you enter Tibet from Nepal, regardless of whether you have previously applied for a Chinese visa, will not be valid,you must apply for a group tourist visa-group visa to enter Tibet from Nepal) Our travel agency can help you with the required documents.
Therefore, if you enter Tibet from Nepal, foreign guests only need to provide passport, our company will be in advance of the letter of entry and travel invitation (tourist office instructions, for the certificate of group visa) in advance of processing well, sent to our Nepalese staff.Once you arrive in Kathmandu, our staff will help you get a tourist visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.Although it is called a “group” visa, you do not need to be a group to apply.The specific process is as follows
Day 1: Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our staff collects your passport and assists you in filling out the application form
The next day: The staff will return the original passport and the group visa to the hotel for delivery to you
Day 3: Go to Tibet with a scanned copy of the letter of entry, group visa, original passport