The train from Guangzhou to Lhasa also made its debut in July 2006. The train to Lhasa from Guangzhou departs every other day at noon from Guangzhou Train Station and arrives at Lhasa Railway Station in the late afternoon on the third day after over 54 hours covering a distance of 4980 kilometers. Its operational speed is also 120 km/h. It costs around RMB1500 for a first-class sleeper berth, about RMB900 for a second-class sleeper berth and half that for a soft seat.
Train Built for High Altitude
Like each Lhasa-bound train, the train to Lhasa from Guangzhou is also specially built for the high altitude environment and equipped with advanced facilities, including 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, taking Tibet train to Lhasa is extremely popular for the breathtakingly unique scenery along the railway from Guangzhou to Tibet, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in particular.
|Train No.||Destinations||Depart||Arrival||Run Time||Distance||Hard Sleeper||Soft Sleeper|
|T264||Guangzhou to Lhasa||11:46||18:10 (3rd day)||54h 24m||4980km||CNY 892||CNY 1526|
|T266||Lhasa to Guangzhou||12:05||19:26 (3rd day)||55h 21m||4980km||CNY 892||CNY 1526|
|Frequency: Depart daily|
Latest Timetable and Schedule of Guangzhou Lhasa Train
The train from Guangzhou is one of the longest routes to Lhasa and encompasses three days of traveling. The route is mainly just open countryside for most of the trip through China, though it will pass through some major cities, such as Chenzhou, Lanzhou, Wuchang, and Xi’an, on its route to Lhasa.
Timetable of Guangzhou to Lhasa Train – No.Z264
|Guangzhou||21 m||—||11:45||—||Day 1||—|
|Chenzhou||189 m||15:32||15:36||4 min||Day 1||374 km|
|Changsha||63 m||19:09||19:17||8 min||Day 1||707 km|
|Wuchang||28 m||22:38||23:58||20 min||Day 1||1,069 km|
|Zhengzhou||108 m||03:33||03:40||7 min||Day 2||1,605 km|
|Xian||385 m||09:37||09:45||8 min||Day 2||2,116 km|
|Lanzhou||1,520 m||16:35||16:50||15 min||Day 2||2,792 km|
|Xining||2,200 m||19:25||19:45||20 min||Day 2||3,008 km|
|Delingha||2,982 m||23:51||23:53||2 min||Day 2||3,529 km|
|Golmud||2,780 m||02:40||03:05||25 min||Day 3||3,838 km|
|Nagchu||4,500 m||13:03||13:09||6 min||Day 3||4,658 km|
|Lhasa||3,650 m||17:05||—||—||Day 3||4,980 km|
Timetable of Lhasa to Guangzhou Train – No.Z266
|Lhasa||3,650 m||—||13:00||—||Day 1||—|
|Nagchu||4,500 m||16:41||16:47||6 min||Day 1||322 km|
|Golmud||2,780 m||03:00||03:25||25 min||Day 2||1,142 km|
|Delingha||2,982 m||05:52||05:54||2 min||Day 2||1,478 km|
|Xining||2,200 m||10:30||10:50||20 min||Day 2||1,972 km|
|Lanzhou||1,520 m||13:25||13:41||16 min||Day 2||2,188 km|
|Xian||385 m||21:49||22:03||14 min||Day 2||2,864 km|
|Zhengzhou||108 m||04:01||04:07||6 min||Day 3||3,375 km|
|Wuchang||28 m||08:37||08:52||15 min||Day 3||3,911 km|
|Changsha||63 m||12:07||12:13||6 min||Day 3||4,273 km|
|Chenzhou||189 m||15:42||15:46||4 min||Day 3||4,606 km|
|Guangzhou||21 m||20:00||—||—||Day 3||4,980 km|
Guangzhou Railway Station
It is one of the major transport hubs in China, and it serves trains on both the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Railway and the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway. While there are three other stations in Guangzhou, only the main station serves trains to Lhasa, and it has easy access from all other stations as well as the airport and city center.
The station itself is a two-story building with a main front square. The ground floor consists of ticket windows, four waiting rooms, luggage storage areas and several fast-food restaurants. The second floor houses another seven waiting rooms, as well as a large shopping area. The ticket hall is at the western end of the building, and passengers can collect their pre-booked tickets from any of the open windows. The windows are open 24/7, and you will need your passport, booking number, and Tibet Travel Permit to be able to collect your ticket.
Buses from Baiyun International Airport take around 45 minutes to cover the 30km distance and cost just CNY18. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm daily. The Subway line in the city also services the railway station, and Metro line 1 will take you to Jiahewanggang Station, where you change to line 2 for Guangzhou Railway Station. Subway tickets cost CNY7 and take around 50 minutes. Taxis are also available as an option and cost about CNY90 from the airport to the railway station.
What sort of window view do we expect to see?
Just like the road trip by car, one could enjoy the scenery on both sides of the road. The stunning scenery along the Tibet railway line will never let you down. As the train passes Xining and enters Golmud region, the breathtaking view appears one after another. Be sure to capture the memorable experience with your camera. Major attractions are Qarhan Salt Lake, Yuzhu Peak, Kekexili Nature Reserve, Tuotuo He River, Tangula pass, Tsonag Lake, Qiangtang prairie, Namtso, etc.
Having a ride on Qinghai-Tibet train route is definitely the experience of a lifetime. Besides, the long distance and pressurized train tailor-made for acclimatization of extreme altitude make the ride different from another train journey. Following tips are suggested for tourists to better enjoy the Views on Tibet train. See more: the detailed introduction of the scenery of Qinghai-Tibet railway.
Travel Tips for Catching Your Train
- Check your train ticket with your ticketing agent to make sure that you get the correct train station.
- You can board the train 30 minutes before departure time. The train will be closed 5 minutes before departure. So please well schedule your time for the transfer from your hotel to the station.
- You need to go through the security check (luggage check) at the entrance.
- Once you are in the main hall, please see the huge live train timetable board to get the correct waiting room for your departure train.
- In the waiting room, very often you have to stand to wait there for the coming train since usually there will be very much crowded and no seats are available.
- While in the waiting room, please see the live train timetable and a signboard indicating the boarding time of your train.
- Line up for the ticket check by the ticket collectors or insert the ticket in the turnstile and then follow the throng on to the platform ( make sure to get the correct platform).
- Show your ticket to the train conductor standing the door of your carriage before you embark on your train ride.
- After the train is moving, the train conductress will walk to you again to check your passport or ID card for security reason. In addition, you have to give your ticket to the conductor in exchange for a boarding card (if sleeper tickets). The card shows your seat number same with the ticket. When the train is about to arrive, the conductress will approach you to exchange the card back for your ticket.
- If you miss the train or lose your tickets, you cannot have your tickets refunded and you have to buy another one.
- If you lose your tickets on the train, you are supposed to buy another one when passing the arrival station. So do not lose your tickets on the train
Railway Rules and Regulations You Should Know
China railway rules and regulations are different with any other country in the world. Getting familiar with these rules will make your rail travel in China more successful and happy!
Carry-on Luggage Rules:
- Inflammable and explosive dangerous goods, animal and pet are not allowed to take on board of the train.
- Weight requirement for carry-on luggage: maximum weight of carry-on luggage is 10kg for a child passenger. The maximum weight for carry-on luggage is 20kg for an adult passenger.
- Size requirment for carry-on luggage: total length of your carry-on luggage ( length+width+height) should be under 200cm.
Requirements for Child Tickets
Instead of age, China railway has special requirements on height to buy child ticket. Summary of child ticket requirements:
- Children with the height under 120cm can enjoy free rail travel and don’t need to pay to travel by train.
- Children with the height of 120cm and 150cm have rights to buy discounted train tickets. Price for a sleeper ticket for a child is about 70% of that of an adult ticket.
- Children with the height above 150cm should buy fully-priced train tickets no matter how old they are.
- The timetable above is just for reference.
- We can NOT offer ticket-only service. According to the Tibet Government, foreign visitors must book a tour from a travel agency and obtain a Tibet Entry Permit before booking Tibet train ticket.
- Tibet train tickets are quite popular and always sold out quickly, please make your inquiry at least 3-5 months before your departure date.
- Because the hard and soft sleeper tickets from Other cities to Lhasa are few and hard to get, we recommend you to take a flight to Xining, and then take the train from Xining to Lhasa.
- The main advantage of traveling via airplane to Xining and then taking the train from there is that you can save time on the trip. Xining is at an elevation of 2,275 meters, you can spend a day there to help with acclimatizing to the higher altitudes. This can help to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Moreover, you would not be missing any of the best parts of the train journey.