Daocheng Yading Airport

Daocheng Airport, 4,411 meters in altitude, is the highest civilian airport in the world, which provides services for Daocheng County and surrounding places.

Daocheng Airport Code: DCY


North of Daocheng County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, Southeast of China, it is about 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) from downtown Daocheng.

Terminal Building

There is one terminal with three levels for domestic flights. The ground floor is the check-in hall and restaurants, the second floor is the waiting hall with drinking room, medical room and oxygen room and the third floor is the commercial hall.

Close time for check-in

45 minutes before take-off.

Tips for Taking a Plane at Daocheng Yading Airport

 1: There is free oxygen supply equipment at the airport, but they cannot be taken on board.

 2: Since the airport is built in such an altitude, you have to prepare anti-altitude medicine in advance and avoid intense activities in the airport.

 3: There is no air-condition at the airport, so you should take more clothes to keep warm.


Sichuan Airlines (3U), Shandong Airlines (SC), Shenzhen Airlines (ZH), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Xiamen Airlines (MF), Air China (CA), Juneyao Airlines (HO), Chengdu Airlines (EU)

Daocheng Yading Airport Flights Schedule

Daocheng Airport has opened domestic flight to/from Chengdu, Luzhou, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Chongqing, which are basically in the morning.

To/ From Frequency (weekly) Travel Time
Chengdu 6 on each Wed. Fri.
7 on each Mon. Tue. Thurs. Sat. Sun.
Chongqing 3 on each Mon. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sun. 1H20M
Xi’an 2 on each Tue. Thurs. Sat. 2H
Hangzhou 3 on each Mon. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sun. 4H35M
Guangzhou 1 on each Tue. Thu. Sat. 4H35M
Luzhou 1 on each Tue. Thurs. Sat. 1H10M

How to Travel between Daocheng Airport and Daocheng County

Airport Shuttle Bus

Airport → Xiangyun Hotel/Airport Hotel Xiangyun Hotel/Airport Hotel → Airport
Departure Time Depart as the flights land 6:00
Travel Time about 1 hour
Ticket Price CNY 35

How to Travel between Daocheng Airport and Shangri-La Town

1: Airport Shuttle Bus

Airport shuttle bus can arrive at the scenic area directly which will take you about 3 hours and 30 minutes and cost you CNY 85.

2: Long-distance bus

First, take the airport shuttle bus to airport hotel, and then go to the scenic area by long-distance bus.
Long-distance Bus: Daocheng → Shangri-La/Riwa Town
Operating Hour 10:00, 14:00
Travel Time About 2 hours
Ticket Price CNY 40
Pick-up & drop-off point in Dongcheng: the gate of Airport Hotel

How to Travel from the Daocheng Yading Airport to Yading Natural Reserve

 1: There are taxis at the airport gate; you can share a taxi with other visitors to pay less. The price is around CNY 400 or CNY 100 for one person and the travel time is about 3 hours.

 2: If there are a lot of people in your group, you can hire a car. Not only it is economical but also you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. You should make an appointment for this service. It will take you about 3 hours.
- Last updated on Jul. 21, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Daocheng Yading Airport
Asked by Ben ng from SINGAPORE | Jul. 20, 2023 16:54Reply
DaoCheng Airport To DaoCheng Yading Howard John
May I kindly seek advise what are the available transports to DaoCheng Yading Howard Johnson hotel in Shangrila Town.
My Flight lands at 1105 am on 28th Oct.

And how to return back from the Daocheng Airport from DaoCheng Town please?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily | Jul. 21, 2023 00:46

As I know, there is no shuttle bus available now and the best way is car pooling with others on a local private car. It generally takes about CNY 100 to get. Use the same way to get back to the airport and you may contact your hotel staff to help you with that.
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