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Tibet Tours from Xi'an by Train/Flight

Xi’an, or also known as Changan, used to be the capital of Tang dynasty (618–907), the heyday in ancient Chinese history. The historical city impresses the newcomers with its rectangular ancient walls, life-size Terracotta Army and iconic Tang-style Big Goose Pagoda, etc. Given the unique cultural and historical significance, quite a number of international tourists would take Xi’an as a must-visit city before heading to Tibet.

Xi’an is about 2865.6km away from Lhasa and vital train routes like Shanghai-Lhasa train and Guangzhou-Lhasa train will pass Xi’an and keep moving to Tibet. If you do have enough time, do stop by and explore this ancient Chinese capital of over 10 dynasties.

Why travel from Xi'an to Tibet is is recommended?

It's convenient to get to Xi'an. Located in the central area of China, Xi'an is well connected with other cities in China. You can get to Xi'an by high speed trains from other tourist cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu,Guilin, Chongqing, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Kunming, Guiyang, Fuzhou, etc. For a quicker transfer, you can take flights conveniently from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Kunming, Changsha, Xiamen, Nanjing, Qingdao, etc. It is also available to take some international flights to Xi'an from Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Nagoya, Fukuoka, etc.

There are many things to do in Xi'an. Xi'an is China's ancient capital city which witnesses the vicissitudes of 13 dynasties. There are many historic and cultural sites and collections preserved. You can visit world-shaking Terracotta Warriors and Horses, old architectures (Xi'an Ancient City Wall, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Big Giant Pagoda, etc.) and various museums (Shaanxi History Museum, Forest of Stone Steles Museum, Xi'an Banpo Museum, etc.) to get a better understanding of China's history.

It's easy to transfer between Xi'an and Tibet. Xi'an is regarded as one good gateway to Tibet because it operates both nonstop flights and trains to Lhasa. There are about 5~8 flights departing from Xi'an to Lhasa every day and the whole flight journey takes about 3.5 hours. If you want to travel along breathtaking Qinghai Tibet Railway, you can choose a train. There are 2 trains available, one from Shanghai and the other from Guangzhou, to take you from Xi'an to Lhasa. The Xi'an to Lhasa train takes only 31~32 hours, much shorter than the train travel from Beijing and Shanghai.

How to Plan a Tibet tours from Xi'an

Generally, it takes about 7 ~ 11 days to travel from Xi'an to Tibet. Apart from arrival day, you are suggested to spend 2 full days touring the highlights in Xi'an. What you can't miss includes 1800-year-old Terracotta Warriors and Horses, well-preserved Xi'an Ancient City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum with treasured collections and Muslim Quarter with various street food. Some travelers travel to Beijing - the capital city & No.1 destination in China first and stay there for 3~4 days before taking a high speed train to Xi'an.

As for Tibet, you can start your trip from Holy City Lhasa and then extend to Shigatse and Everest if time allows. It needs at least 2 full days to visit the landmarks in Lhasa, including Potala Palace and some important monasteries. Then you spend another 4 days traveling to Mount Everest – the roof of the world via Gyantse and Shigatse.

As a pioneer of Tibet inbound tourism, we would like to facilitate your Xi’an and Tibet tour by offering services ranging from Tibet Travel Permit application, Tibet train and flight booking and hand-picked Xi’an-Tibet tour packages, and plenty of useful insiders’ travel tips. So far, taking Qinghai-Tibet Railway or domestic flight to Lhasa are the two major ways to reach Tibet. And for better acclimatization to high altitude of Tibet (e.g. Lhasa has an altitude of 3658m), It’s advisable to take Tibet train in and fly out.


Most Popular Xi'an 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 Xi'an to Tibet tour packages - enjoyable and budget.

Top Xi'an Attractions

Xi'an is the oldest of China's Four Great Ancient Capitals, serving as the capital city of 13 dynasties spreading intermittently across a 1,100-year period from 221 BC. It is often called the birthplace of Chinese civilization.

  • Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    The Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an are a must-see.t is considered one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, and one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century.

  • Xi'an City Wall

    Xi'an was originally a walled city, and even today the wall is considered a landmark dividing the city into the inner part and the outer part. The city wall is massive — tall, long and thick. The South Gate and North Gate are the two main entrances to the inner city. The city itself is neatly arranged along the city wall.

  • Shaanxi History Museum

    Located to the northwest of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, in the southern suburbs of Xi'an city, Shaanxi Provincial Museum is a tribute to Shaanxi's glamorous imperial past. is well-endowed with historical sites and relics.

  • Muslim Street

    The main food street area is known as Huimin Street or Muslim Quarter. It's a main street with a few intersecting roads. So the Xi’an Muslim Food Street is the collective name for a number of streets, including Beiyuanmen Street, North Guangji Street, Xiyangshi Street and Dapiyuan Street, and it has become a famous attraction of Xi’an for its profound Muslim cultural atmosphere.


Useful Guide and Tips about Xi'an to Tibet Tours

Xi'an to Lhasa Flight Information

There are several flights connecting Xian and Lhasa, including 5 nonstop flights and 2 direct flights with a stop at Xiahe or Xining. These flights are operated by Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Eastern Airlines which are all experienced airlines to operate flights on high plateau area. The earliest flight takeS off from Xian Xianyang Airport at 6:20 and the last flight departs at 20:25. The fly duration is about 3.5 hours. Because the altitude of Tibet is really high, you need more time to acclimatize to the altitude. It is recommended to take a morning flight, like TV9904, 3U8753 and MU2333.

Xian Lhasa to Train Information

There are 2 daily trains available to take you from Xian to Lhasa, including Z165 from Shanghai and Z265 from Guangzhou. Z165 departs from Xian at 09:30 and Z265 departs from Xian around 11:20. It takes about 21~32 hours to get to Lhasa.


1. Due to the limited supply of Tibet train ticket, we are sorry about not offering the ticket-only service.

2. Because the Tibet train tickets are quite popular, especially in peak seasons (from July to October), please make your enquiry at least 3-6 months before your departure date.

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Custom Services for Expats in Xian

1. All necessary Tibet Permits: No matter what kind of visa you're having, you are assured that we can help you get the Tibet travel permit.

2. Tibet local guide & transfer to ensure your freedom and flexibility to stop off en route.

3. Get the train/air tickets to Lhasa from main cities of China, Xian, Beijing, Shanghai and Chengduat best-price value.

How to Get Tibet Travel Permit When Traveling to Tibet from Xi'an

As a common practice, we will deliver your Tibet travel permit to your hotel in Xi'an 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 Xi'an will deliver it to your hand before departure at airport or railway station. As a Tibet travel agency, we have never failed to get and deliver the Tibet travel permit to our clients. Please feel rest-assured.

If you take a flight to Lhasa from Xi'an, the original copy is required, while if getting to Lhasa from Xi'an 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 deliever the permit to you immediately by express, and it takes at least 3 days to arrive in Xi'an. 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 ask 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.

Top China and Xi'an Tour Packages

Xi'an (or Xian), the capital of 13 ancient China dynasties, is undisputed the perfect representation of Chinese dynastic history and culture. You can easily travel from Xi'an to any other hot travel destinations in China by flight or train, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, Lhasa, Hong Kong, etc. TTC has designed many classic China tour packages including Xi'an for you. Please make your choice from our collections or let us customize one for you.

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