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Vietnam to Tibet

From Vietnam to Tibet, you may firstly hold a national passport and Chinese Visa (preferably “Tourist Visa” or “Type-L Visa”) fly to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, or Chengdu, and then take the train or flight to Lhasa via “Tibet Travel Permit”. Another option is landed in Nepal first, and then enter Tibet via Nepal. In such condition, you may apply for “Chinese Group Tourist Visa” from Chinese embassy were located at Katmandu, Nepal. Of course, “Tibet Travel Permit” is essential. As a senior Tibetan travel agency, we dedicate to provide you all sorts of Tibet travel service. The following is the travel strategies from Austria to Lhasa, hopefully it would find you some help.

How to enter Tibet from Vietnam? Ways to enter Tibet from Vietnam:

1. You may firstly fly to the capital city Beijing, or Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu, China, and then enters Lhasa by flight or train.

There are direct flights from Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. The flight details are as follows:

(1) Hanoi – Beijing, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Vietnam Airlines VN512 (10:15-14:45), the flight time is approximately 3.5 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 400.00 per person; Hanoi – Beijing, every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Air China CA742 (05:45-10:25), the flight time is approximately 4 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 250.00 per person.

(2) Hanoi – Shanghai, there is one direct flight each day, Vietnam Airlines VN530 (10:15-14:25), the flight time is approximately 3 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 350.00 per person.

Ho Chi Minh City – Shanghai, three direct flights each day:

China Eastern Airlines MU282 (02:35-07:45), the flight time is approximately 4 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 350.00 per person.

Vietnam Airlines VN522 (07:40-12:40), the flight time is approximately 4 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 350.00 per person.

China Southern Airlines CZ6078 (12:55-17:55), the flight time is approximately 4 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 350.00 per person.

(3) Hanoi – Guangzhou, there are four direct flights each day

China Southern Airlines CZ372 (08:35-11:15), the flight time is approximately 2 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 250.00 per person.

China Southern Airlines CZ3050 (15:45-18:25), the flight time is approximately 2 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 250.00 per person.

Vietnam Airlines VN506 (12:25-15:20), the flight time is approximately 2 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 300.00 per person.

Besides, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, Jetstar Pacific Airways BL672 (23:45-02:25), the flight time is approximately 2 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 100.00 per person.

Ho Chi Ming City – Guangzhou, there are sis direct flights each day:

Jetstar Pacific Airways BL612 (22:45-02:35), the flight time is approximately 3 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 100.00 per person.

China Southern Airlines CZ6090 (02:25-06:20), the flight time is approximately 3 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 300.00 per person.

China Southern Airlines CZ368 (08:00-11:35), the flight time is approximately 2.5 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 300.00 per person.

China Southern Airlines CZ3070 (11:55-15:45), the flight time is approximately 3 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 300.00 per person.

China Southern Airlines CZ374 (15:40-19:30), the flight time is approximately 3 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 300.00 per person.

Vietnam Airlines VN502 (10:05-14:10), the flight time is approximately 3 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 300.00 per person.

(4) Hanoi – Chengdu, every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday have direct flights.

Vietnam Airlines VN552 (12:05-15:15), the flight time is approximately 2 hours, and the economy class of one way ticket starts with USD 300.00 per person.

Beside the above flights, you may also choose to fly from Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc Island to mainland China. For more details you may check with instant information.

2. You may land in Nepal, and then choose to enter Lhasa from Katmandu by flight or on overland road trip.

Unfortunately, there’s no direct flight from Ireland to Katmandu. If you have no plan to travel in Nepal, no need to take the way to enter Tibet via Nepal. But if you wish to take some time to travel in Nepal, entry from Nepal is a good choice.

Way to Tibet 1: Vietnam – Beijing - Lhasa

If you choose to fly to Beijing first, may choose to enter Tibet by flight or by train.

1. Beijing – Lhasa by flight

There are three flights per day to fly from Beijing to Lhasa, depart from Beijing International Airport T3, departure times are: 07:35, 08:15 in the morning, and 02:50 in the afternoon; the economy class is relatively expensive, for one-way ticket it cost RMB 3, 260.00 per person, plus airport construction and fuel costs RMB 60.00, the full price is RMB 3, 320.00, annual discount is very few. Click for more Beijing to Lhasa flight information.

2. Beijing – Lhasa by train

There is one train from Beijing to Lhasa each day, Z21 (20.00 – 12:40), takes 40 hours and 40 minutes to arrive. Due to there is only one class with 36 soft berths, it’s very hard to order during tourist season, especially during peak periods (July, August, and September). The soft berth class train costs about RMB 1, 200.00 per person. Click for more train information.

If you choose to fly to Beijing first, may choose to enter Tibet by flight or by train.

1. Shanghai – Lhasa

There are two flights per day from Shanghai to Lhasa: Morning flight (MU2335, 06:45 – 14:40) depart from Pudong Airport T1, Afternoon flight (TV9882, 16:45 – 23:25) depart from Hongqiao Airport T2. For one-way ticket it cost RMB 3, 360.00 per person, plus airport construction and fuel costs RMB 60.00, the full price is RMB 3, 420.00. Click for more Shanghai to Lhasa flight information.

2. Shanghai – Lhasa by train

There is one train from Shanghai to Lhasa each day, Z164 (20.10 – 19:30), takes 47 hours and 20 minutes to arrive. The soft berth ticket is approximately RMB 1, 300.00. Due to there is only one class of soft berth, it’s very hard to order during tourist season, especially in the peak period. Recommend those who wish to take train to Tibet from Shanghai, to confirm with your travel consultant whether need to book train tickets from our agency in advance. Click for more train information from Shanghai to Lhasa.

If you choose to get to Guangzhou first, may choose a flight or train to Tibet:

1. Guangzhou – Lhasa by flight

There is only one flight from Guangzhou to Lhasa per day, depart from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport T2, departure time is 08:10 am, the arrival time is 14:05, the flight stopped in Chongqing the economy class is relatively expensive, for one-way ticket it costs RMB 2, 930.00 per person, plus airport construction and fuel costs RMB 60.00, the full price is RMB 2, 990.00. Click for more Guangzhou to Lhasa flight information.

2. Guangzhou – Lhasa by train

There is only one train from Guangzhou to Lhasa, Z264 (11:45 – 16:19) takes 52 hours and 34 minutes to arrive. During tourist season, it is also very hard to purchase train ticket, the soft berth price is about RMB 1, 500.00. Click for more train ticket from Guangzhou to Lhasa.

If you choose to arrive in Chengdu first, may choose to enter Tibet by flight or train.

If you choose to get to Chengdu first, may choose a flight or train to Tibet:

1. Chengdu – Lhasa by flight

There are many choices from Chengdu to Lhasa, from the earliest MU5281 (05:40 – 10:15) to the last flight TV9848 (21:55 – 00:20), Saperately depart from T1 or T2 according to different airlines. The one-way ticket of economy class costs RMB 1, 790.00 per person, plus airport construction and fuel costs RMB 60.00, the full price is RMB 1, 85.00. Click for more Chengdu to Lhasa flight information.

2. Chengdu – Lhasa by train

The train from Chengdu – Lhasa leaves each other day, Z322 (21:37 – 09:55), takes 36 hours and 18 minutes. The soft berth prices are about RMB 1, 100.00, and likewise very hard to purchase during tourist season. Because the train does not leave every day, recommend those who need to take the train from Chengdu to Lhasa to confirm the train schedule with your travel consultant in advance, to avoid delay your travel plan. Click for more train information from Chengdu – Lhasa.

Way to enter Tibet 2: Vietnam – Katmandu - Lhasa

All the flights from Vietnam to Katmandu, Nepal request transit, cost about USD 350.00, the whole journey costs 7.5 hours. From Nepal to Tibet is also a very popular choice, currently, there’s no train to enter Tibet from Katmandu. But you may enter into Tibet via Gyilong Port, which is the Sino – Tibet border, a very good choice for international tourists. Or you may take the direct flight to reach to Tibet.

The flight from Katmandu to Lhasa

Katmandu is the only venue which has direct flight to Lhasa. To fly from Katmandu to Lhasa, the full price costs about USD 275.00, with short distance of 600km and takes about 1.5 hours. There are two flights each day: CA 408 (12:10 – 16:00) and 3U8720 (11:30 – 15:10), you may wish to check the direct flight detail in advance.

From Katmandu to Lhasa via overland road trip.

Compare with flight, overland road trip is more popular. If needed, our Nepalese coworkers can accompany you to Gyirong Port which nowadays called the border of Sino – Nepal. After you cross the border, you may find the Tibetan guider is waiting for you. Of course you may wish to rent a car from Katmandu to reach to Gyirong Port all by yourself. Due to the raising of the altitude, you shall stay in Gyirong county to get adjust the environment, and progressively move to the north to visit tiny, EBC and Shigatse, and eventually reach to Lhasa. The classic travel route abounds with epic vista of Himalayan peaks, holy Buddhist monasteries and sacred alpine lakes… Besides, you may explore the Tibetan exotic life and culture through unlimited chances to meet them.

Tibet Travel Permit Application for Vietnamese Tourists

1. Enter from mainland China

From mainland China to Lhasa, you need to provide Tibet Travel Permit and valid passport. Therefore, before the Irish tourist depart to Tibet, need to send us the scan format of your valid passport and visa 30 days in advance, if your visa is not Type-L, besides the mentioned scanned files, you also have to provide an Employment Certificate and Invitation Letter. Generally, Tibet Travel Permit can be issued 7 – 10 days in advance. If take the Tibet train, we shall send the scanned Tibet Travel Permit into your e-mail box, you only need to print it out before boarding the train, you may board the train via the hard-copy of the Tibet Travel Permit. If you go to Tibet by flight, we shall send the original file to your transit, city (can be one of the major city in mainland China), and hand it to you personally. With the Permit you are allowed to board the flight.

2. Enter from Nepal

From Nepal to enter Tibet request Chinese Group Tourist Visa (if enter from Nepal, even if you hold Chinese Visa, it’s invalid, must go to the Chinese embassy were located in Katmandu to apply a group visa for enter Tibet) and our travel agency can assist you to apply all the requested certificates. For those entering from Nepal, only need to provide scanned passport file, we shall arrange the group visa invitation letter in advance and send to our Nepalese co-worker. Once you reached to Katmandu, our co-worker shall assist you to get the Group Tourist Visa.

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