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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • One-way hard sleeper Xining–Lhasa train: US$75
  • Room without bathroom: US$8–12
  • Meal in local restaurant: US$5
  • One-way flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu: US$280–400
  • One-way flight to Lhasa from Chengdu: US$180–260
  • Daily shared vehicle rental per person: US$50–60
  • Double room with bathroom: US$30–60
  • Potala Palace entry ticket: US$30
Top end (more than)
  • Boutique or four-star hotel in Lhasa: US$90–150
  • Main course in a top restaurant in Lhasa: US$8–10

ATMs are available in Lhasa, Shigatse and a couple of other towns. Credit cards can be used in Lhasa. Otherwise bring cash US dollars and euros.


  • Restaurants Tipping is not expected in restaurants or hotels in Tibet.

  • Guides Approximately ¥35 to ¥50 per day per person.

  • Drivers Approximately ¥25 to ¥30 per day per person.