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Touted as “small Hong Kong” and famous “hilly city” in mainland China, Chongqing allures world-wide visitors with its spicy hot pot, dazzling night view of on the upper reach of Yangzhi River, and Karst landscape and Three Gorge Cruise, and even gorgeous ladies, etc. As a sister city to Chengdu, Chongqing is such a lovely city for exploration before officially heading towards holy Tibet.

Why travel from Chongqing to Tibet is recommended?

Chongqing’s attractions number 17 below, and include the Yangtze Three Gorges, geological marvels, city landmarks, parks, grottoes with Buddhist carvings and museums. The Dazu Buddhist Rock Carvings and the natural wonders of the Wulong Karst Region make great days out.

Chongqing is the most popular place to start a Yangtze cruise, as the Yangtze flows from Chongqing through the Three Gorges, taking in sights like Fengdu Ghost City, White Emperor City and the Lesser Three Gorges.

It’s very convenient to take bullet train (2h) to travel from Chengdu to Chongqing. And after you finish touring Chongqing, you can either take Chongqing-Lhasa train or flight to Tibet.

How to plan a Tibet tour from Chongqing

Start your trip from Chongqing where you can stay one day to visit the Ciqikou Old Town, Dazu Grottoes, Lesser Three Gorges, etc. then take a train or flight to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. In Lhasa, you can plan a trip around 2~3 days to visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Namtso Lake, etc. Then you can leave Lhasa, and go to other destinations in China. If time allows, you can travel from Lhasa to Mount Everest, even Mount Kailash, then cross the Nepal-Tibet border to reach Kathmandu.

As a pioneer of Tibet inbound tourism, we would like to facilitate your Chongqing and Tibet tour by offering services ranging from Tibet Travel Permit application, Tibet train and flight booking and hand-picked Chongqing-Tibet tour packages, and plenty of useful insiders’ travel tips. So far, taking Tibet train or domestic flight to Lhasa are the two major ways to reach Tibet.


Most Popular Chongqing Tibet Tours by Train / Flight

Are you planning to tour to China and Tibet? board a flight or train to the holy land Tibet. The following are our specially tailored Chongqing to Tibet tour packages - enjoyable and budget.

Top Chongqing Attractions

Chongqing is the most popular place to start a Yangtze cruise, as the Yangtze flows from Chongqing through the Three Gorges, taking in sights like Fengdu Ghost City, White Emperor City and the Lesser Three Gorges.

  • Ciqikou Old Town

    Ciqikou Old Town is the very site to explore how things looked in Chongqing 60 years ago, where you can shop and eat snacks and gourmet food.

  • Dazu Grottoes

    Dazu Grottoes combines principles of mechanics, optics, clairvoyance with statues and landform, titled Artistic Palace of the Tang and Song Dynasties.

  • Fengdu Ghost City

    A popular stop on Yangtze River cruises has been the Fengdu “Ghost City.” It used to be a burial area with scores of temples and shrines and a small ancient town. Due to the construction of the 3 Gorges Dam, the ghostly city is underwater.

  • Lesser Three Gorges

    The Lesser Three Gorges are three valleys of the Daning River in Wushan County. They are called Longmen (Dragon Gate) Gorge, Bawu (Misty) Gorge, and Dicui (Emerald) Gorge. They are a destination of some Yangtze River cruises, and you can book a trip that will take you there. Now that the Three Gorges Dam is built, large cruise ships can go in.


Useful Guide and Tips about Chongqing to Tibet Tours

Chongqing to Tibet Tour Flight Info

The tickets for trains from Chongqing to Lhasa are also quite limited, and taking a flight is also a good idea if you fail to buy a train ticket. Chongqing is also one of the most convenient cities, just second to Chengdu, to take a flight to Lhasa. There are about 10 daily flights flying to Lhasa Gongga Railway Station from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and you can easily book one.

Chongqing to Lhasa Flight Timetable

Flight Number Departure Arrival Duration
PN6271 06:00am 09:00am 3hrs
CZ8165 06:40am 09:40am 3hrs
2U8633 07:50am 10:45am 3hrs 5mins
MF8467/ NS8467/CA5367/CZ5367 10:50am 13:55pm 3hrs 5mins
CZ3463 11:35am 14:40pm 3hrs 5mins
CA4420/TV6428/ZH4420/SC4420 13:45pm 16:45pm 3hrs 0mins
PN6391 14:10pm 17:10pm 3hrs

The above flight info is just for reference only. You can contact us for the updated flight schedules, ticket availabilities, price and other info.

Chongqing to Tibet Tour Train Info

Currently, there are two trains (Z222/Z223 and Z221/Z224) running between Chongqing and Lhasa. In every other day, train Z222/Z223 departs from Chongqing North Railway Station at 22:25 and arrives at Lhasa Railway Station at 09:55 in the third day. The whole journey takes 35hrs 30mins. In the next day, train Z222/Z223 runs from Lhasa Railway Station at 18:30 and gets to Chongqing North Railway Station at 06:23 in the third day. It cost 35hrs 53mins. The train will pass by 7 midway stations and four provinces, including Sichuan, Shaanxi, Gansu and Qinghai. Undoubtedly, you will experience various culture and nature.

Notice: Above train schedules and fares are only for reference, please contact us to catch up on the latest information. But we usually will keep them updated.

How to Get Tibet Permit When Traveling to Lhasa from Chongqing

As a common practice, we will deliver your Tibet permit to your hotel in Chongqing by express, 1-7 days prior to your departure for Lhasa. It is common to get the permit even the night or a couple of hours before your departure to Tibet. In some extreme cases, our staff in Chongqing will deliver it to your hand before departure at airport or railway station. As the leading local travel agency that has organized global tourists to Tibet since 1984, we have never failed to get and deliver the Tibet permit to our clients. Please feel rest-assured.

If you take a flight to Lhasa from Chongqing, the original copy is required, while if getting to Lhasa from Chongqing by train, a printed copy is enough. Your travel consultant will handle with it perfectly according to the situation.

Why you can't get the permit much earlier?

The Tourism Bureau only accepts the permit application that is used to arrive in Tibet within 20 days. Generally, it takes 6-12 working days to issue the permit after we get the photo copy of your passport and Chinese visa. The application time depends on where you travel in Tibet, about 8-12 days to get the permit if heading to Mt.Everest and Mount Kailash, and just 6-8 days if you only travel in Lhasa City.

After we get the permit in Lhasa, we will deliver the permit to you immediately by express, and it takes around 5 days to arrive in Chongqing. Therefore, you will only be able to get the permit within 1 to 7 days before your departure for Lhasa.

However, your personal consultant usually asks you to confirm the tour much earlier, because the earlier you provide all the required documents, the earlier we can submit to Tibet Tourism Bureau and wait for your turn.

We promise to nail visa to Tibet for every of our clients with 100% guarantee.

Top China and Chongqing Tour Packages

Chongqing is a prosperous municipality located in Southwest China. You can easily travel from Chongqing to any other hot travel destinations in China by flight or train, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin, Lhasa, Hong Kong, etc. TTC has designed many classic China tour packages including Chongqing for you. Please make your choice from our collections or let us customize one for you.

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