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Lanzhou – Lhasa Trains

Lanzhou Lhasa Trains start from Lanzhou. It is the capital city of Gansu Province in northwest China and used to be a very important point on the ancient Silk Road. Lanzhou Lhasa Trains, As it is nearest Xining, the beginning of Qinghai Tibet Railway, there is a train departs from Lanzhou to Lhasa every other day, and the trains to Tibet which come from inland China all make a stop in Lanzhou.

 

Lanzhou to Lhasa Train Route Map

 

Chongqing Lhasa Train Route Map


While there is only one train(Z917) originating from Lanzhou to Lhasa every other day, the trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and other cities make a stop at Lanzhou, so there are normally around 4-5 trains each day heading to Lhasa, though tickets for these trains may be hard to obtain. Here are the schedules of all the trains to Lhasa from Lanzhou.

Train No. From / To Dep. / Arr. Duration Distance (km) Frequency
Z323 Chengdu to Lhasa 09:27/09:55 24:28 2188 Every Other Day
Z223 Chongqing to Lhasa 09:27/09:55 24:28 2188 Every Other Day
Z917 Lanzhou to Lhasa 11:16/11:10 23:54 2188 Every Other Day
Z21 Beijing to Lhasa 12:33/12:10 23:37 2188 Every Day
Z265 Guangzhou to Lhasa 16:50/17:05 24:15 2188 Every Day
Z165 Shanghai to Lhasa 18:34/19:17 24:43 2188 Every Day
Price Seat:¥240 Hard Sleeper Berth: ¥550 Soft Sleeper Berth: ¥852

Lanzhou sight views before boarding trains

In all directions, there are amazing sights to be seen from Lanzhou. To the north lies Dunhuang, a repository of ancient knowledge scribed in hundreds of thousands of books. To the south is Labrang Monastery, one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, and out to the west are the Bingling Temple grottoes. Off to the east lies the Maiji District, which is the home of the famous Maijishan caves, a series of caves manually cut into the sheer cliff face, and connected by a network of walkways attached to the face of the cliff. The caves are laid out around a huge carving of Bodhisattva in the rock face, and the caves contain over 7,200 Buddhist sculptures and more than 1,000 square meters of wall murals.

For anyone with a love of Buddhism, or just an interest in the arts and sculptures, Lanzhou and the surrounding area make a great prelude to the amazing things that can be seen and experienced in Tibet.

Important Notice

  • Lanzhou is only 240km away from Xining, the beginning train station of Qinghai Tibet Railway (by bus 2.5 hours, by train 2 hours and 20 minutes.). However, Lanzhou to Lhasa train departs every other day, if there is no train on the day, tourists may take a fast train from Lanzhou to Xining and then transfer the train to Lhasa in Xining.
  • Foreign tourists are required to show Tibet Travel Permit when checking in.
  • Big cities in China like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou.. have regular flights to Lanzhou every day, tourists may go to Lanzhou by plane then go to Lhasa by train.

Find your way to Lanzhou Railway Sation

Location: Chengguan District, Lanzhou, Gansu Province along Huochezhan Dong Road (火车站东路)

Accessing the station from the Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport takes only 30 minutes by train, thanks to the recently-opened Zhongchuan Railway. There are 11 schedules trains every day from the airport to the station, making it easy to get to your train, and it costs just CNY21 for the 50-minute trip. Travel by taxi along the road can take up to an hour for the 70km journey, and a taxi costs around CNY150. Buses from the city pass the station regularly, and normally cost only CNY2, while a taxi will start at around CNY8. Agree on a price with the driver before taking a taxi, as fares and routes used can vary.

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

  1. Check your train ticket or consult with your ticketing agent to make sure that you get the correct train station.
  2. You will be allowed on 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 taking the traffic snag into consideration.
  3. You are requested to go through the security check (luggage check) when you enter the main hall of the train station.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. While in the waiting room, please see the live train timetable and a signboard indicating the boarding time of your train.
  7. 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).
  8. Show your ticket to the train conductor standing the door of your carriage before you embark on your train ride.
  9. 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.
  10. If you miss the train or lose your tickets, you cannot have your tickets refunded and you have to buy another one.
  11. 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 for 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.

Note:

  • 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, and as Xining is at an elevation of 2,275 meters, you can always spend a day there to help with acclimatizing to the higher altitudes. This can help to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Moreover, as most of the spectacular scenery is on the train from Golmud (where the train starts its ascent to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau) you would not be missing any of the best parts of the train journey.

You are free to contact us for an inquiry about customizing a Tibet tour with a flight to Tibet. A quick reply will be sent to you within 24 hours.

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