Travelling to Sichuan
To begin your tour in Sichuan we suggest you either take flights to Chengdu or Chonqing which are the two main cities in Sichuan Province with airports. Chengdu Shuangliu Airport is the largest airport in southwest China offering flights to over 100 domestic and international destinations. Whether you are already in China or traveling to Chengdu from abroad, taking a flight is simple and convenient. Taking a flight to Chongqing Jiangbei Airport is also another option with so many flights available. With Chengdu and Chongqing having the 72 Hour Visa Free Transit policies in place. Tourists can take advantage of transiting through either city.
For travelers who plan to visit via Tibet via Chengdu, there are numerous flights available. There are 17 flights daily from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport to Lhasa Gongga Airport, the flight takes approximately 2 hours. For travelers who plan to travel to Tibet via Chongqing, there are 10 daily flights from Chongqing Jiangbei Airport to Lhasa Gongga Airport, flight duration is about 2 hours 30 minutes.
If you’re already in China and are looking at other options of reaching the two major transportation hubs Chengdu and Chongqing taking a train is always handy. Getting around China by train is the most common way to get to the most cities. There are three railway stations in Chengdu including Chengdu Railway Station, Chengdu North Railway Station, Chengdu South Railway Station and Chengdu East Railway Station. The two major train stations of Chongqing are Chongqing Railway Station and Chongqing North Railway Station. The above railway stations all offer trains to other major cities throughout China.
Travelling by train to Tibet from Chengdu and Chongqing are always popular amongst tourists to Sichuan Province. The amazing train journey will take you right to Lhasa the capital of Tibet.
The train journey from Chengdu to Lhasa takes a total of three days with 9 stops. The major stops include Lanzhou, Xining West and Dehli City of Qinghai Province. The T22 /T23 train from Chengdu to Lhasa sets out from Chengdu North Railway Station. The train is only available every other day and not daily.
For tourists who plan to travel from Chongqing to Lhasa the train journey also takes three days with a total of 11 stops. The major stops include Lanzhou, Xian, Xining and Dehli City of Qinghai Province. The train from sets out from Chongqing North Railway Station to Lhasa (T222 Train) is available every other day and not daily.
A significant part of taking the train to Lhasa from either Chengdu or Chongqing is The Qinghai Tibet Railway which has been referred to as the “Sky Road” which links Xining of Qinghai Province with Lhasa of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. The total length of the railway is 1,956 kilometers and 4,000 meters above sea level. The Qinghai Tibet Railway is also part of the journey to Lhasa whether you are setting out from Chengdu or Chongqing. The Qinghai Tibet Railway begins at Xining and passes through Golmud the most challenging section of the journey to Lhasa.