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About Qinghai Tibet Trains

Qinghai-Tibet Trains line links Tibet and other cities in China. It stretches 1956 kilometers from Xining to Lhasa. The Qinghai-Tibet railway construction took a long time and overcame many difficulties of climate and environment. The modern design of the trains not only considers comfort, but also solves the difficulty which caused by the climate and environment of plateau. At present, there are direct trains to Tibet from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xining, Chongqing and Guangzhou. Other indirect trains from Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangzhou will stop at Xian.

Tibet Trains Route Map

Tibet Trains Route and Future extension Map


Tibet Train Schedule & Fare ( 2016 )

Route Train No. Duration Frequency Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Beijing – Lhasa Z21 40 hrs 30 mins Daily CNY 1186 CNY 763
Guangzhou – Lhasa Z264 55 hrs 13 mins Daily CNY 1526 CNY 892
Shanghai – Lhasa Z164 48 hrs 39 mins Daily CNY 1310 CNY 841
Chengdu – Lhasa Z322 43 hrs 50 mins Daily CNY 1101 CNY 709
Chongqing – Lhasa 3641km 44 hrs 17 mins Daily CNY 1165 CNY 730
Xian – Lhasa Z265/Z165 31 hrs 36 mins Daily CNY 1052 CNY 668
Xining – Lhasa 1960km 23 hrs 30 mins Daily CNY 794 CNY 497
Golmud – Lhasa Z21 21 hrs 30 mins Daily CNY 690 CNY 400
Zhenzhou- Lhasa Z265 37 hrs 50 mins Daily CNY 1150 CNY 709
Changsha – Lhasa Z264 46 hrs 30 mins Daily CNY 1293 CNY 832
Wuxi – Lhasa Z164 46 hrs 30 mins Daily CNY 1345 CNY 832
Guangyuen – Lhasa Z322 38 hrs 30 mins Daily CNY 1034 CNY 685
Wuhan – Lhasa Z264 42 hrs 30 mins Daily CNY 1273 CNY 786
Chenzhou – Lhasa Z264 49 hrs 50 mins Daily CNY 1421 CNY 892
Taiyuan – Lhasa Z21 36 hrs 30 mins Daily CNY 1133 CNY 719
Shijiazhuang – Lhasa Z21 37 hrs 50 mins Daily CNY 1135 CNY 731

Trains from Major Cities

Golmud – Lhasa Trains

Hardly do people know the place – Golmud, if you are not planning the overland trip to Tibet by train. Golmud is the second biggest city in Qinghai province en route Xining to Lhasa. Golmud, built for mining natural sources such as salt, magnesium etc, has nothing to offer except dry desert. Though less popular […]
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Xining – Lhasa Trains

Though there are trains bound for Lhasa from Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu, the genuine Qinghai-Tibet train starts from Xining, Qinghai province with 1960 km in total. It takes approximately one day (or 23:30 hour ride) from Xining to Lhasa. Each year there are around one quarter of tourists who may take train to Lhasa from […]
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Lhasa – Shigatse Trains

After four years of construction ,the high-elevation Lhasa – Shigatse Railway was finally open to public on August 15, 2014. It was a extension line of Qinghai-Tibet Railway with altitudes ranging from 3,600 to 4,000 metres. Z8801was the the exact train one needs to take from Lhasa to Shigatse and the its return train was […]
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Lanzhou – Lhasa Trains

Lanzhou is the capital city of Gansu Province in northwest China and used to be a very important point on the ancient Silk Road. As it is nearest Xining, the beginning of Qinghai Tibet Railway, there is a train departs from Lanzhou to Lhasa every other days, and the trains to Tibet which come from […]
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Chongqing – Lhasa Trains

Every other day, there is one train runs between Chongqing and Lhasa. Train T222 departs from Chonqging at 20:18 and arrives at Lhasa on the third day at 16:35 which will take 44 hours and 17 minutes. And train T224 is the train from Lhasa to Chongqing which leaves Lhasa at  10:00 and reaches Chongqing on the third […]
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Xian – Lhasa Trains

Though Xi’an is a very important city in west China, China Railway does not consider it as the beginning station of Tibet Railway like Beijing-Lhasa Train, Shanghai-Lhasa Train. As obvious as one could see in the following map, Xian-Lhasa train is more an integral part of of Chongqing-Lhasa railway, of Guangzhou-Lhasa railway and of Shanghai-Lhasa […]
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Beijing – Lhasa Trains

Launched as early as in July, 2006, Beijing-Lhasa train (T27) has served as one of the three initial railway routes of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, with other two major railway lines moving from Chengdu to Lhasa and Xining to Lhasa. Beijing-Lhasa train stretches as far as 3757km and crosses over 8 provinces and it takes around 43 […]
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Chengdu – Lhasa Trains

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.) The Schedule of Chengdu-Lhasa Train (2015) Train No. […]
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Guangzhuo – Lhasa Trains

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 […]
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Shanghai Lhasa Trains

T164, as one of the early three railway links with Tibet, connects Shanghai with Lhasa. The railway line covers 8 provinces from east to west China and has 4373 km in total. It normally takes about 47. 47 hours to reach Lhasa from Shanghai. As the train travels amid mountainous range, conductors of each compartment […]
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Tibet Trains Details

Trains FAQ‘s

Here we selected some the frequently asked questions about Tibet Trains for you to refer to. If you still have some questions and problems on the Tibet train, you can contact us, and we will give you a satisfied answer. [accordion] [acc_item title=”What documents are needed before boarding a Tibet train?”] Taking train to Tibet, […]
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The world-renowned Qinghai-Tibet railway refers to the railway that starts from Xining to Lhasa. Not only is the railway itself considered as a man-made wonder in transportation field but also the stunning scenery along the railway line offers a tasty appetizer for tourists who are heading towards Tibet for travel. Some of the must-see scenery […]
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Booking Tickets

1. How to book train tickets to Lhasa? As the Chinese state owned train station does not sell its tickets in internet, you have to book the tickets in local or through travel agencies in advance. However, it is impossible to purchase train tickets in local train ticket office in peak travel season, for such […]
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Tips for Boarding

fill the health history form Before boarding the train, tourists are expected to fill out an health history form. If one has illness such as hypertension, stroke, chronic respiratory problem, and other cardiovascular disease, he or she shall no board the train for one’s health concern. show your train ticket and Tibet Travel Permit Tourists […]
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Getting Help

How to Get Help on the Train?   Some of the staff on the train speak English and they are easy-approaching and hospitable to foreign tourists. If one runs into any trouble, you may ask the head of conductor for help. Swap Seat: If you find your seat is not with relatives or friends ( […]
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Hard & Soft seats

There are three types of coaches on the Tibet train, the first class soft-berth sleeper, the second class soft-berth sleeper and soft seat coaches. Since the journey is really long, most travellers prefer the soft sleepers. The second class soft-berth sleeper is also known as hard sleeper. Actually, both of the soft sleeper and hard […]
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Train Toilet

As other part of China, There were two toilets available at every end of car. On one side is an Asian style toilet and on the other side is a Western style toilet. Over all they keep it very clean and toilet paper is available. but please never use it at station area, unless you […]
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Tibet Train Safety

Tibet Trains provide temporary medical service. Professional doctors and trained nurses are also available on the trains. Passengers can get timely but limited first aid in a Tibet train. If you suffer from breathless, you can ask the attendant for help. The trained attendant can come to help connect the oxygen tube to the oxygen […]
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Medical Facilities

Tibet Trains provide temporary medical service. Professional doctors and trained nurses are also available on the trains. Passengers can get timely but limited first aid in a Tibet train. If you suffer from breathless, you can ask the attendant for help. The trained attendant can come to help connect the oxygen tube to the oxygen […]
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Oxygen in Tibet Trains

Being warmly considerate on Oxygen supply, Tibet Train offers two sets of Oxygen supply system. One is used for increasing the oxygen content in the train when the train to Lhasa is driven into the plateau zone. The other is directly used by passengers through independent port. There are oxygen supply tube and mask on […]
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Food inside Tibet Trains

A general cook house next to the first class soft-berth sleeper is equipped on each Tibet train and offers passengers 3 meals a day. Besides, a dining room adhere to the cook house provides tables and seats for those who would like to appreciate the spectacular scenery outside the train window while enjoying their food. […]
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