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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.

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Fly, bus  •  6 h 18 min

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

$175 - $1,107

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Train  •  2 days 9 h

  1. Take the train from Kunming to Chengdu Kunming-Xi'an / ...
  2. Take the train from Chengdu to Lhasa Chengdu-Lhasa

$50 - $84

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  35 h

  1. Take the train from Kunming to Dali
  2. Take the bus from Dali Bus Station to Lijiang Bus Station
  3. Take the bus from Lijiang Bus Station to Shangri-La Bus Station
  4. Take the bus from Shangri-La County to Lasa North Suburb Coach Station

$107 - $117

Bus  •  2 days 0 h

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

$109

Drive  •  37 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Kunming to Lhasa 1627.6 miles

$230 - $340

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The cheapest way to get from Kunming to Lhasa is to train which costs ¥340 - ¥600 and takes 2 days 9 h.

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The quickest way to get from Kunming to Lhasa is to fly and bus which costs ¥1200 - ¥8000 and takes 6 h 18 min.

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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.

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The distance between Kunming and Lhasa is 1256 km. The road distance is 2604.1 km.

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The best way to get from Kunming to Lhasa without a car is to train and bus which takes 35 h and costs ¥700 - ¥850.

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It takes approximately 6 h 18 min to get from Kunming to Lhasa, including transfers.

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Kunming to Lhasa train services, operated by China Railways K-Class, depart from Kunming station.

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The best way to get from Kunming to Lhasa is to bus which takes 2 days 0 h and costs ¥760. Alternatively, you can train, which costs ¥340 - ¥600 and takes 2 days 9 h.

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The quickest flight from Kunming Airport to Lhasa Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h.

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Lhasa is 2 h behind Kunming. It is currently 8:29 PM in Kunming and 6:29 PM in Lhasa.

Map of how to get from Kunming to Lhasa.
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  • Distance: 785 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 18 min

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

You can take a bus from Kunming to Lhasa via Chengdu, Wenshu Monastery, North station, and Chengdu in around 2 days 0 h. Alternatively, you can take a train from Kunming to Lhasa via Chengdu in around 2 days 9 h.

Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa via Deqen
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,200
Air China
Website
airchina.com
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa via Chengdu
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,700
Sichuan Airlines
Website
ch.com
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa via Lijiang
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Train operators
China Railways D-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Kunming to Dali
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
trip.com
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trip.com
2nd Class Seat
$15 - $21
1st Class Seat
$19 - $28
China Railways K-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Kunming to Dali
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$9 - $15
Hard Sleeper
$19 - $27
Soft Sleeper
$29 - $40
Train from Kunming to Chengdu
Ave. Duration
17 h 46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
trip.com
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trip.com
Hard Seat
$20 - $24
Hard Sleeper
$35 - $45
Soft Sleeper
$55 - $70
China Railways Z-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Chengdu to Lhasa
Ave. Duration
38 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
trip.com
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trip.com
Hard Seat
$30 - $50
Hard Sleeper
$80 - $95
Soft Sleeper
$110 - $150
Bus operators
Airports China
Bus from Lhasa Airport to Lhasa Civil Aviation Bureau
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
airports-china.com
Checi
Website
checi.cn
Bus from Dali Bus Station to Lijiang Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
checi.cn
Bus from Chengdu to Lhasa Bus Station
Ave. Duration
34 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$72
Schedules at
checi.cn
China Bus Guide
Website
chinabusguide.com
Bus from Lijiang Bus Station to Shangri-La Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
chinabusguide.com
Bus from Kunming North to Chengdu
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$37
Schedules at
chinabusguide.com
Qichezhan
Website
qichezhan.net
Bus from Shangri-La County to Lasa North Suburb Coach Station
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
qichezhan.net

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Kunming to Lhasa train services, operated by China Railways Z-Class, arrive at Lhasa station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kunming to Lhasa is 2604 km. It takes approximately 37 h 7 min to drive from Kunming to Lhasa.

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Sichuan Airlines, Air China and China Eastern Airlines offer flights from Kunming Airport to Lhasa Airport.

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There are 73+ hotels available in Lhasa. Prices start at $25 USD per night.

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