There are 5 ways to get from Kunming to Lhasa by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly, bus  •  6 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Kunming (KMG) to Lhasa (LXA) KMG - LXA
  2. Take the bus from Lhasa Airport to Lhasa

$105 - $657

Cheapest option

Train  •  2 days 9 h

  1. Take the train from Kunming to Chengdu K1504 / ...
  2. Take the train from Chengdu to Lhasa Z322 / ...

$61 - $88

3 alternative options

Bus Qichezhan  •  34 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Kunming West to Yunnan Shangri-la
  2. Take the bus from Shangri-La County to Lasa North Suburb Coach Station

$138 - $143

Bus Trip 8080  •  35 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Kunming North to Chengdu
  2. Take the bus from Chengdu to Lhasa

$101 - $121

Drive  •  37 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Kunming to Lhasa 1627.6 miles

$230 - $340

What companies run services between Kunming, China and Lhasa, China?

You can take a bus from Kunming to Lhasa via West Bus Station, Kunming West, Yunnan Shangri-la, and Shangri-La County in around 34 h 58 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Kunming to Lhasa via Chengdu in around 2 days 9 h.

Airlines
Tibet Airlines Corporation
Website
tibetairlines.com
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa via Deqen
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Air China
Website
airchina.com
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa via Chengdu
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,700
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa via Deqen
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,200
Sichuan Airlines
Website
ch.com
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa via Lijiang
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Train operators
China Railways K-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Kunming to Chengdu
Ave. Duration
12 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$21 - $26
Hard Sleeper
$40 - $50
Soft Sleeper
$60 - $75
China Railways Z-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Chengdu to Lhasa
Ave. Duration
43 h 7 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$40 - $60
Hard Sleeper
$100 - $120
Soft Sleeper
$150 - $190
Bus operators
Airports China
Bus from Lhasa Airport to Lhasa
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
airports-china.com
China Bus Guide
Website
chinabusguide.com
Bus from Kunming West to Yunnan Shangri-la
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$33
Schedules at
chinabusguide.com
Bus from Kunming North to Chengdu
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
chinabusguide.com
Qichezhan
Website
qichezhan.net
Bus from Shangri-La County to Lasa North Suburb Coach Station
Ave. Duration
22 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$87
Schedules at
qichezhan.net
Trip 8080
Website
lasa.trip8080.com
Bus from Chengdu to Lhasa
Ave. Duration
23 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$63
Schedules at
lasa.trip8080.com
bus
Bus from Chengdu to Lhasa West Suburb Coach Station
Ave. Duration
32 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$79
Schedules at
lasa.xxcz.cn

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Kunming and Lhasa is 1256 km. The road distance is 2604 km.

The cheapest way to get from Kunming to Lhasa is to train which costs ¥390 - ¥600 and takes 2 days 9 h.

The quickest way to get from Kunming to Lhasa is to fly and bus which takes 6 h 7 min and costs ¥650 - ¥4200.

No, there is no direct train from Kunming to Lhasa. However, there are services departing from Kunming and arriving at Lhasa via Chengdu. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 9 h.

It takes approximately 6 h 7 min to get from Kunming to Lhasa, including transfers.