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Taking the flight to Tibet from Yunnan is the fastest way.

How to Get to Tibet from Yunnan

Surrounded by Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Tibet Autonomous Region, Yunnan is a beautiful southwestern province with the stunning natural views and traditional local customs. The geography of Yunnan province plays an important role in China. As the main gateway for travelers from Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar, Yunnan Province attracts a great number of tourists from the home and abroad. Every year, thousands of tourists travel to Tibet from Yunnan. The transportation in Yunnan is very convenient. At present, there are three main ways to get to Tibet from Yunnan.

Yunnan Tibet Overland Tour

The first way is to get to Tibet from Yunnan by overland. Connecting with Yunnan with Lhasa together, Yunnan-Tibet Highway is the main way for travelers to get to Tibet from Yunnan. The whole distance of this highway is about 2,200 kilometers. It crosses high mountains, deep valleys, and broad rivers. The scenery along the highway is stunning and attractive. By this way, you can enjoy the attractive scenery in Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Deqen, Markam, Nyingchi Prefecture, and Lhasa.

The best time to travel to Tibet from Yunnan by overland is from May to November. The temperature is warm and comfortable. The sky is very clean with fewer clouds. While summer is the rainy season which leads to the poor road condition. Sometimes the road may be blocked by the landslide by the mud-rock flow. Therefore, you’d better avoid the rainy season. From May to June, September to November is the best tour time. You have no need to worry about the bad weather and pouring rain.

Travel to Tibet from Yunnan by Air

Getting to Tibet from Yunnan by air is the most convenient way. It can save a lot of time than other ways to get to Tibet. Currently, travelers can board on the flight at Kunming Changshui International Airport, then arrive at Lhasa Gongga Airport. Here are some details about Kunming Lhasa flights.

The first daily flight with a stopover in Lijiang operated by Sichuan Airlines departs from Kunming at 07:30, and arrive in Lhasa at 11:50. The flight number is 3U8817. The duration time is about 4h 20m.

The second daily flight with a stopover in Diqing operated by China Eastern Airlines departs from Kunming at 08:25, and arrive in Lhasa at 12:40. The flight number is

MU5939. The duration time is about 4h 15m.

The third daily flight with a stopover in Diqing operated by Tibet Airlines departs from Kunming at 13:20, and arrive in Lhasa at 17:30. The flight number is TV9892. The duration time is about 4h 10m.

The fourth daily non-stop flight operated by China Eastern Airlines departs from Kunming at 13:50, and arrive in Lhasa at 16:45. The flight number is MU5827. The duration time is about 2h 55m.

The fifth daily non-stop flight operated by Tibet Airlines departs from Kunming at 20:15, and arrive in Lhasa at 23:05. The flight number is TV6024. The duration time is about 2h 50m.

Get to Tibet from Kunming by Train

At present, there is no direct train running from Kunming to Lhasa. Travelers can take the direct flight to Chengdu which is the closest city. Then take the direct train to Lhasa from Chengdu.

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