Lhasa Transportation

Getting to Lhasa

Lhasa Gongar Airport

Now people get to Lhasa and get away from Lhasa is by air or by bus. People will be able to take train to Lhasa very soon. It is convenient for tourists to get to Tibet by air. Lhasa Gonggar Airport is 97 kilometers away from Lhasa City. It takes about 2 hours to get to downtown Lhasa by bus and the fare is 20 Yuan. The bus from Shigates or Tsetang to Lhasa also stops at the airport. At the Gonggar Airport, there are flights from and to Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xi’an, Xining, Guangzhou, Chamdo, Kunming and Katmandu.

Tips:

For information of flights at Gonggar Airport, please call 0891-6246465.

The location of air-tickets booking office: No.1 Nangre Road; Tel:0891-6833446; 0891-6822393 (at night)

 

Lhasa Long Distance Bus Station

Lhasa Long-distance Bus Station is located at the junction of Minzu Road and Jinzhuzhong Road. The following schedules show the distance between Lhasa and other cities including the fares.

Bus Schedule (through Sichuan-Tibet Highway)

Leaving from Going to Distance Bus Fare
(For Reference)
Remarks
Lhasa Gongbujiangda 279km 70 Yuan

 

Lhasa Bayi Town 464km 80 Yuan

 

Lhasa Tongmai 550km

 

 

Lhasa Zamu 639km

 

 

Lhasa Bangda 950km

 

 

Lhasa Rawok 766km

 

 

Lhasa Jiangda 1349km

 

 

Lhasa Chamdo 1062km 280 Yuan Once for every 5 days
Lhasa River 1436km

 

 

Lhasa Chengdu 2415km

 

No regular bus service

 

Bus Schedule (through Qinghai-Tibet Highway)

Start

Destination

Distance

Fare (for reference)

Departure time

Lhasa

Nakqu

326km

63 Yuan (bus);
100 Yuan (Santana Car)

Any time

Lhasa

Damxung

162km

44 Yuan

 

Lhasa

Amdo

464km

102 Yuan

 

Lhasa

Yanshiping

653km

152 Yuan

 

Lhasa

Tuotuohe

745km

 

 

Lhasa

Golmud

1165km

210 Yuan (Sleeper bus);
180 Yuan (bus); 210 Yuan(mini-bus)

8:30

Lhasa

Xining

1947km

340 Yuan (sleeper bus)

11:30

Lhasa

Lanzhou

2216km

380 Yuan (sleeper bus)

13:30

Lhasa

Yinchuan

2321km

392 Yuan

 

Lhasa

Chengdu

3287km

500 (sleeper bus)

10:30

Lhasa

Chengdu

3287km

616 (deluxe sleeper bus)

Afternoon

Lhasa

Nanchong

3660km

550 (sleeper bus)

17:30

Lhasa

Chongqing

3680km

560 (sleeper bus)

14:30

Note: Golden Dragon sleeper buses or Daewoo sleeper buses are used for some of the above routes.

 

Bus Schedule (through the China-Nepal Friendship Highway)

Start

Destination

Distance

Fare (for reference)

Lhasa

Qushui

68km

10 Yuan

Lhasa

Nimu

83km

18 Yuan

Lhasa

Renbu

126km

25 Yuan

Lhasa

Shigates

280km

38 Yuan (mini-bus); 80 Yuan (Santana car); 60 Yuan (Golden Cup bus); 80 Yuan (Toyota jeep)

Lhasa

Lhatse

437km

No regular bus service

Lhasa

Tingri

572km

No regular bus service

Lhasa

Neyalamu

724km

No regular bus service

Lhasa

Zhangmu

754km

No regular bus service

Lhasa

Gyantse

264km

No regular bus service

Lhasa

Yatung

73km

100 Yuan (departure time: 10:30 am)

 

Tips:

1. You can find some privately run buses around the Lhasa Long-Distance Bus Station. Before you take one, you’d better have a look at the condition of the bus and bargain with the driver. It may be less expensive if you charter a bus with several other people. The drivers are nice and may introduce some practical information about traveling.

2. The bus fare may fluctuate and the bus schedule may change according to different season. Lhasa Long-distance Bus Station is in the junction of Minzu Road and Jinzhuzhong Road, facing the Monument of Qinghai-Tibet Highway and Sichuan-Tibet Highway. For information you can call 0891-6824469. The Eastern Outskirts Bus Station has buses to the neighboring towns. The newly built Northern Outskirts Bus Station has buses to Ngari.

3. If you want to go to Ali, you can take bus at Ali Office in Liangre Road in Lhasa, or at the Antelope Transport Company nearby. The company’s contact telephone number is 6888929.

 

Getting Around

Taking mini-bus is the cheapest way to get around in the city. The fare is 2 Yuan no matter how far you go. Both No. 1 Bus and No. 2 Bus may take you to Norbulingkha or Lhasa Long-distance Bus Station. No.3 bus and No.5 bus may take you to Dreprung Monastery and No. 4 to Sera Monastery. The private run mini-bus or jeep follows certain fixed route and the fare is also 2 Yuan. Most of them have a stop at the Tibetan Hospital (in the Jokhang Square).

Taking a taxi may cost you 10 Yuan no matter where you go in the city. But if you want to go out of town, you’d better negotiate with the driver over the price. For Dreprung Monastery, you need to pay about 20 Yuan.
Man-powered tricycles running on the streets are very interesting sights. If you want one, just wave your hands. Riding a tricycle is a good way to enjoy the appearance of the city. A tricycle usually takes two people and the price varies from 4 Yuan to 7 Yuan. Before getting on it, don’t forget to negotiate for the price.

Bus Schedule to Tsetang and Shannan

Start

Destination

Distance

Bus fare (for reference)

Lhasa

Zhaweng

144km

22 Yuan

Lhasa

Samye Monastery

155km

23 Yuan

Lhasa

Tsetang

191km

30 Yuan (mini-bus);
40 Yuan (deluxe bus)

Lhasa

Shannan

 

27 Yuan (bus);40 Yuan (mini-bus); 50 Yuan (Santana car)

 


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