The major highways are National Highway 318, the Shigatse-Yatung Highway, the Lhasa-Purang Highway, and the China-Nepal Friendship Highway. The total mileage is nearly 8,000 kilometers, and the highway conditions are constantly being improved. From Shigatse, both the China-Nepal Friendship Highway and the Shigatse-Yatung highway can be used to reach Lhasa and Shiquanhe as well as Nepal.
Gonggar Airport, Lhasa
The only airport in the region, Gonggar Airport, is about 400 kilometers from Shigatse. You can get there by bus, but you will need to transfer at Chusul. If you are at the airport and want to come to Shigatse, take the bus labelled "Zang C".
Transportation Between Shigatse and Other Cities
Buses in Shigatse run between certain hours, but not always on a precise schedule. It is best to use the bus system only when your timing is flexible. The bus station is located on Middle Liberty Road.
Buses to Lhasa, Gyantse, or Lhatse are available from the stop on the west side of Tashilumpo Monastery Square, and run between 7:30am and 8:30pm. Those who wish to visit Gyantse or Lhatse can also take a private coach from the bus station; these run from early morning to 3:00pm. Additional buses to Lhatse run from 6:00am to 9:00pm, but they will wait until there are enough passengers to fill the bus before they depart. The bus to Lhasa boards at a stop across from the Industrial and Commercial Bureau on Gongjuelin Road.
Shigatse is a small city, and walking is the most convenient way to get around. Tricycles will charge 2–3 yuan per person, although you are able to bargain with them. Taxis will all charge 10 yuan.
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