Chengdu to Lhasa Train, (Train number T22) is a hot travel route bridging Tibet with the homeland of giant pandas. The railway crosses 5 provinces and measures 3360 km. It takes about 43 hours and 51 mins to reach Lhasa from Chengdu. (The return train is T24.)
Life on Board
Like each Lhasa-bound train, the train to Lhasa from Chengdu is also especially built for the high altitude environment and equipped with advanced facilities, such as air-conditioning, supercharging system, oxygen supply, altitude display, etc. The train is also tightly sealed so as to firstly keep the inside air pressure normal and secondly prevent passengers from littering. Besides, all the carriages are installed with double-paned windows and ultraviolet filters to protect passengers from ultraviolet radiation. Nowadays, the train journey is extremely popular for its breathtakingly unique scenery along the railway from Chengdu to Tibet.
*** Train from Chengdu to Lhasa departs not daily, but every other days,
*** Trains depart from Chengdu and Chongqing respectively, for example, Odd days in a month from Chengdu, and Even days from Chongqing. If unfortunately, Chengdu to Lhasa Train does not departs on your date or you miss the train, you may take a fast train to Chongqing which is only 1.5 hours distance, to take train there the other day to Tibet.
*** Do remember to bring and show your personal passport, Tibet Travel Permit and train ticket to the train inspector before boarding. It is also advisable to have a few copies of Tibet Travel Permit since you may be checked many times about the relevant documents during the train ride. Just do as the staff of railway station says.
Chengdu North Railway Station
As the major gateway to the west of China, Chengdu is a crucial capital city of Sichuan Province. Its leisurely life, favorable geographical location, and booming business have attracted over 100 internationally prestigious corporations to settle down in Chengdu. The rapid development in recent years has also led to the an upgrade in its public transportation system. Tourists can have an easy access to Chengdu Railway Station via airport bus line and the subway.
*** Chengdu has currently two railway station, Chengdu North Railway and Chengdu East Railway, Chengdu to Lhasa Train departs from North Railway Station.
*** Away from the entrance of Chengdu Railway Station are many green taxis waiting for newly-arrived travellers.
*** The ticket inspector is checking tickets at Chengdu Railway Station when travellers are boarding the train.