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  •  5 h 59 min

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

$105 - $657

Cheapest option

Train  •  2 days 4 h

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

$50 - $83

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  36 h 18 min

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

$105 - $111

Bus  •  37 h 40 min

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

$93 - $113

Drive  •  37 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Kunming to Lhasa 1627.6 miles

$230 - $340

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kunming to Lhasa is to train which costs ¥340 - ¥600 and takes 2 days 4 h.

More details

The quickest way to get from Kunming to Lhasa is to fly and bus which costs ¥700 - ¥4600 and takes 5 h 59 min.

More details

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 4 h.

More details

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

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Kunming to Lhasa without a car is to train and bus which takes 36 h 18 min and costs ¥710 - ¥770.

More details

It takes approximately 5 h 59 min to get from Kunming to Lhasa, including transfers.

More details

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

More details

The best way to get from Kunming to Lhasa is to bus which takes 37 h 40 min and costs ¥600 - ¥800. Alternatively, you can train, which costs ¥340 - ¥600 and takes 2 days 4 h.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Kunming to Lhasa.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 785 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 59 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 37 h 40 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Kunming to Lhasa via Chengdu in around 2 days 4 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
Every day
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
Flights from Kunming to Lhasa via Xining
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$450 - $2,400
Train operators
China Railways K-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Kunming to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$11 - $17
Hard Sleeper
$22 - $30
Soft Sleeper
$35 - $50
Train from Kunming to Chengdu
Ave. Duration
12 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $29
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$19 - $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
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$30 - $50
Hard Sleeper
$80 - $95
Soft Sleeper
$120 - $160
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
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
22 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$81
Schedules at
qichezhan.net
Trip 8080
Website
lasa.trip8080.com
Bus from Chengdu to Lhasa
Ave. Duration
23 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
lasa.trip8080.com
bus
Bus from Chengdu to Lhasa West Suburb Coach Station
Ave. Duration
32 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$73
Schedules at
lasa.xxcz.cn

Want to know more about travelling around the world?

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Read our range of informative guides on popular transport routes and companies - including Getting to Rome from the airport, Which London airport should I choose? and Need to know: Greyhound - to help you get the most out of your next trip.