Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are known to exert their effects to tumor progression. In this study, the role of the lncRNA GAS5 (growth arrest specific 5) was confirmed in reducing non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cisplatin (DDP) resistance. In NSCLC tissue samples, GAS5 expression decreased significantly. Low GAS5 levels were positively correlated with NSCLC characteristics including TNM, tumor size and lymphatic metastasis. Functionally, GAS5 significantly reduced NSCLC/DDP cell migration, invasion and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) progression in vitro. In vivo, GAS5 upregulation inhibited remarkably NSCLC/DDP cell tumor growth. Mechanism analysis suggested that GAS5 was a molecular sponge of miR-217, inhibiting the expression of phospholysine phosphohistidine inorganic pyrophosphate phosphatase (LHPP). In conclusion, this study reveals that the GAS5/miR-217/LHPP pathway reduces NSCLC cisplatin resistance and that LHPP may serve as a potential therapeutic target for NSCLC cisplatin resistance.