Tibet has long been one of the favorite destinations of German travelers. As a local Tibetan travel agency, we have welcomed countless German guests over the years and feel fortunate to have created unforgettable memories of this wonderland for them. When planning their Tibet trips, many German guests have asked us the best way to to reach Lhasa from Germany. Today, the our team decides to provide a summary for these concerned guests regarding flying from Germany to Tibet.
There are no direct flights from Germany to Tibet. All Tibet bound flights originate from a mainland Chinese city or Kathmandu, Nepal, meaning your itinerary will include a transfer in one of these cities. There are also other factors we have to take into consideration when making the best flight plan, such as number of stopovers, total duration of travel, etc. In the case that you need to pick up your Tibet travel permit, you should be even wiser in choosing your transit city.
Transit in China
The most popular transit cities in China are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Chengdu. Frequent globetrotting travelers are no strangers to Beijing and Shanghai, and both serve direct flights to Lhasa. However, we would like to give our special mention to Chongqing and Chengdu. Though less international hubs than the others, their greater proximity to Tibet make it a better choice to make your transfer. There are more daily scheduled departures to Lhasa from these two cities than anywhere else, thus giving you better fares, and more ease and freedom with which to design your itinerary. Air China and Lufthansa co-operates a direct flight from Frankfurt to Chengdu every other day. This is definitely a route to pay close attention to.
Transit in Kathmandu, Nepal
If you are visiting Nepal alongside with Tibet, it is a good idea to use Kathmandu as a transit city. Flights to Kathmandu from Germany and flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa are not cheap, but they should be well worth the price because you will have the once in a life time experience of flying over the Everest. One thing to take notice of is the special Chinese visa you have to get in Kathmandu if you are entering Tibet this way. Check out our detailed guide to Chinese Tibet group visa for more information.
You can look up your desired flight schedule on the websites of popular Tibet flight carriers. We recommend Air China, Sichuan Airlines, Tibetan Airlines, etc, or any other flight booking third-party platforms you enjoy using. Here are a few you can check out:
Air China (www.airchina.com)
China Eastern Airlines (www.ceair.com)
Sichuan Airlines (www.sichuanair.com)
Tibetan Airlines (www.tibetairlines.com.cn)
Ctrip (www.ctrip.com, https://de.trip.com/?locale=de_DE)