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Beijing Lhasa Train Tour

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This journey combines the fascinating views along the Beijing-Tibet Railway and infinite exploration of the Tibetan cultural landscape. Beijing, the capital of China enjoys easy transportation and China’s classical historical attractions. The flight from Beijing to Lhasa is quite expensive. Compare to the flight, the train from Beijing to Lhasa shows advantages in price. The train departs daily and to arrive at Lhasa on the third day, it takes about 40hrs and 45mins covering a total distance of 3,753km. Enjoy the most beautiful scenery of Beijing-Tibet Railway with spectacular land of snows, boundless desert, vast grassland, magnificent ice-capped mountains, beautiful lakes that dotted along the way. After arriving in Lhasa, you will experience the unique culture of the roof of the world. The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and the holy lake Namtso are all important travel destinations that cannot be missed.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Beijing- Lhasa Train Get on train in Beijing West Railway Station
2 On the train Enjoy the fantastic view along the Beijing-Tibet Railway
3 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
4 Lhasa Suburb Drak Yerpa, Local Tibetan Family Visit
5 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
6 Lhasa-Namtso(4600m)-Lhasa, 500km, approx. 9hrs Namtso Lake
7 Depart from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary


Go to Beijing West Railway Station on your own. Exchange e-Ticket to the actual paper ticket at the ticket booth by showing the e-Ticket, the copy of your Tibet Travel Permit, and your original passport. Arrive at the railway station about 2hrs in advance is suggested.

Stay overnight in the train

Today, you will spend the whole day on the train and the stunning scenery along the Qinghai - Tibet railway will never let you down. When the train passes through Xining and enters Golmud region, the breathtaking view will appear one after another. Be sure to capture the memorable scenes with your camera. Major attractions are Qinghai Salt Lake, Yuzhu Peak, Kekexili Nature Reserve, Tuotuo River, Tangula pass, Tsonag Lake, Qiangtang Prairie and Namtso Lake, etc.

Stay overnight in the train

Stunning scenery along Qinghai- Tibet Railway

Welcome to Lhasa! Our local Tibetan guide and driver will wait for you at Lhasa Railway Station by holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek (meaning hello with blessing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial). Then transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa city. On the way, you can enjoy the stunning views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. After checking in your hotel, you will be free for the rest of the day to have a good rest and acclimatize to the high altitude at the top of the world. If you physically feel good, you can visit the Potala Palace Square, have a far view of the Yaowang Mountain, and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, eat lighter and have high carbohydrate food, which will be helpful for you to adapt to the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

After one night's rest in the hotel, we will start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa City; we will take an easy visit to a less known tourist site- Dark Yerba hermitage. Drak Yerpa is only a short drive to the east of Lhasa, Tibet, and consists of a monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves that used to house about 300 monks. The entrance to the Yerba Valley is about 16 kilometers northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu. From there, it is another 10 kilometers to the famous ancient meditation caves in the spectacular limestone cliffs of the Yerpa Valley. There is an ancient sky burial site opposite the main caves.

Visiting a local family is one of the most interesting attractions during your stay in Tibet. The local Tibetan people will welcome you to their houses, greet you in their traditional way and entertain you with their typical butter tea. Through this way, you will experience the original Tibetan customs and feel the local life.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drak Yerpa is one of the four major retreats in Tibet.

In the morning your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it is a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street which is one of the most devotional circuits as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

The Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.

Today you are going to see Namtso lake, one of the three most holy lakes in Tibet. It's also the highest lake in the world and the third largest salt lake in China. The name of Namtso means “lake from heaven” in the Tibetan language. And the gorgeous landscape is really like heaven. You will be totally intoxicated in it. After that, we will go back to Lhasa by passing through Yampachen(4300m) and Tsuphu Monastery(4300).

Located 92km from Lhasa city, Yampachen is rich in geothermal energy and is known for hot spring bath. People enjoy the blue sky and white cloud when taking a bath in the outdoor hot spring. It's optional.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Amazing scenery of Namtso Lake.
Today your guide and driver will escort you to the Lhasa Airport or Railway Station for your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a few minutes to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email when you get back home. Your tour is officially ended.
Tour Price and Service
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Free use of sleeping bag;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
  • Meals are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.
  • While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
  • All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Mana***

We have recently 2006 had guided tour of Beijing, Xian , Shanghai & Houango . We can repeat Beijing but are mostly interested in Train to Lhasa but with seem meaningful 2 nts stops along the way . Then, Lhasa & surroundings. Also, interested in flights from Chicago to Beijing & back to Chicago from Lhasa .

Answered by Catherine 2019-11-20

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Beijing Lhasa Train Tour. Taking a train ride from Beijing to Lhasa is very popular. The scenery along the way, especially the Qinghai - Tibet section, is stunning. It is worth experiencing once a lifetime. Besides, 3 days' train ride to acclimate the altitude is effective. There is only one 20:00 train each day. We can help you book the train ticket. Please let me know if you need this service. For a day tour to Namtso, the earliest available time is in April. The best season is in summer. The weather in May is also fine. May I know when you plan to do this tour?  For the return flight, would you like to fly back to Beijing, then Chigaco?

Asked by Ne***

Please let me know an estimated cost for a May trip

Answered by Beatrice 2019-09-13

Dear Neil,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry!  In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like the cost for Beijing to Lhasa train tour in May, 2020. Here below I listed the cost as your requirements.  If you can book it early, there's a discount of 5% based on the tour cost for you.

Best regards,


Asked by Susi***

I would like to inquire about the China/Tibet tour for 7 days. My husband and I will be traveling together. It may be possible we can get at least one or two more couples to travel with us but for now its just two of us. It was recommended that we stay at the PuXuan Hotel in Beijing and at the St Regis Lhassa. Can you tell me how much would be the cost per person to travel in either September or October? Also, the cost for permits, etc. Thank you!

Answered by Beatrice 2019-07-13

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 7 days train tour from Beijing to Lhasa. We can arrange PuXuan Hotel in Beijing and  St Regis in Lhassa, as well as your tour in Tibet. By the way, Tibet Travel Permit is free of charge. Please confirm if the itinerary below is your interested one.



Asked by Ilan***

I would like to have optional dates for October 2019 , for train tour Beijing - Lhasa - Namtso 7 days thanks Ilana

Answered by Catherine 2019-07-10

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 7 days train tour from Beijing to Lhasa. We can arrange the tour for you. We have fixed dates on Oct.2nd, 7th, 10th, 13rd, 25th.

Asked by Mall***

Me and my husband wants to travel from Beijing to Lahsa by train and then travel to see lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash. We want to have first class travel in train and at least 3 star or better hotel accomadation. We are flexible with our travel plans and therefore seek your advice about the bst months to do this trip. Please kindly send details with would be cost (approximately).

Answered by Tressa 2019-06-10

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to visit lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash. May I recommend the 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour to you? Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash are all included in this itinerary.

We have this tour with the fixed departure date on July 23rd, Aug 2nd, and Aug 18th(from the day you arrive in Lhasa). Which date do you prefer? And we can buy Beijing-Lhasa train tickets for the first class(soft sleeper).

I'll quote for you after you confirmed the itinerary. If you have any further questions or doubts, please let me know.

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What Our Customers Say
Slovenia Beijing Lhasa Train Tour

Our local guide Mr. Lobsang was +10. Friendly, knowledgeable, eager to help any time any situation. Cheerful. He did sing for us as well, just as I wanted him to. Hope to meet him again on future tour. ....

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