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Shanghai Tibet Train Tour

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Travel to Tibet by taking the Shanghai-Lhasa Train Z164 (20:10-19:20). The train departs every day from Shanghai Railway Station and arrives at Lhasa Railway Station on the third day after about 47hrs on the train. The train in total covers a distance of 4373km. Its operational speed is 120 km/h, 100 km/h over sections laid on permafrost. The train will go through Ningxia’s Shapotou, along with the winding Yellow River across the area. After that, pass the Kunlun snowcapped mountains, Tanggula mountains, Tuotuo River, Hoh Xil and finally arrive in the “City of Sunlight” --- Lhasa. Starting from Xining, you get a chance to view the fantastic scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, which is called the "Sky Road".
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Train Shanghai-Lhasa Go to Shanghai Railway Station on your own
2 In the train Enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way
3 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
4 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibetan Carpet Workshop
5 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery
6 Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse (3840m), 360km, approx 7hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
7 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx. 6hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery, Yungdrungling Monastery, Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo
8 Lhasa departure Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary


Please go to the Shanghai Railway Station on your own and you’d better reach there 2 hours before departure. Usually, you need to show your original passport, the booking number & the Tibet permit (maybe 1 copy will be kept by the conductor) to pick up the train ticket at the ticket window. Your travel consultant will send you the copy of the Tibet permit at least several days in advance and you need to print it out (3 copies are highly recommended) to bring with you. You may also need to show the permit to get on the train.

Stay overnight in the train

The train Z164 starts from Shanghai to Lhasa, with a total length of 4373 kilometers. It takes 47 hours and 27 minutes, which means you have to stay on the train for three days and two nights. It sounds long but you can witness countless beautiful scenery along the way. You will move westwards and see the majestic mountains, the barren land, and the Yellow River on the 2nd day. In the evening, you will arrive in Xining - the start point of the Qinghai-Tibet railway. You will see massive deserts, the immense grasslands, vast valleys, snow-capped Mountains, picturesque lakes, and flocks of yaks and sheep.

Stay overnight in the train

Stunning scenery along Qinghai- Tibet Railway

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Railway Station, it usually takes abt 20mins. After transferred to the hotel, you will be free for the rest of the day to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water and eat light. Not to have a shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Today you will visit the famous world heritage Potala Palace. It’s situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa. Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m at the topmost point. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city town. Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After visiting the temple, you will have time to walk around the Barkhor street, which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa. In the early days, it was the most famous local market but now it's the tourist shopping center.

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.

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery, which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.

After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery, which is renowned as the most beautiful Tibetan Monastery. Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. To witness the debate sessions of Sera Monastery is the thing you cannot miss. The topic of debate involves all aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debate usually is held at around 3 pm to 5 pm in the afternoon except for Sunday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Known as the shrine of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa has monasteries and famous ancient meditation caves.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4790m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok Lake with its turquoise color and snowcapped Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. About two hours away from Yamdrok Lake is Karola Glacier. It isn’t a big glacier, but the white glacier is spectacular from the highway, and it is close enough (about 300 yards) to walk from the highway.

Arrival at Gyantse, you visit Palkhor Choede Monastery, where you can see a magnificent One-Hundred-Thousand-Buddha Tower. With 108 doors and 76 niches, each of which hosts a dominant religious figure and mural, the tower is said to enshrine more than 100,000 Buddha statues. It's well known as the largest stupa in Tibet, with unique architecture, as well as old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to cultivate the land.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Bathing in the sunshine, Yamdrok lake is displaying its dazzling beauty to visitors both home and abroad
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.

In the morning, drive to visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery which is founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.

After that, we transfer to Yungdrungling Monastery. It is one of the few remaining Bon Monasteries in Tibet. Often referred to as the original religion of Tibet, Bon came about during the 11th century. The Monastery is rather small but in a wonderful setting with only a few monks to maintain the many valuable Bon writings. This is a great side trip when traveling between Lhasa and Shigatse.

Today's sightseeing will end on visiting the Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo. There still keeps a natural way to make incense and this intact craftsmanship can trace back to 1300 years ago, which is listed as state-level intangible cultural heritage. Walking along streams and bridges, there are many spots for visitors to experience its procedures.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters
Yungdrungling Monastery
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.
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 Li***

Beijing to Tibet 9 DAYS

Answered by Catherine 2020-01-17

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a train tour to Tibet. This idea is really good. Taking a train from Beijing/Shanghai to Lhasa is a very popular way to get to Tibet, and this is an effective gradual adaptation to high altitude. In addition, the scenery along the way is wonderful. It is quite worth experiencing.  We can organize the train ticket reservation, guide, vehicle, permits handling, etc. for you. Can you please double confirm Beijing or Shanghai you would like to start? And how many days in total you would like to spend? I would like to prepare an itinerary for you accordingly in my next email.

Asked by Ian ***

Is it possible for you to arrange 1. Purchase of 4 soft sleeper berths in same cabin (We only two adults but would purchase 4 berths so we could have a cabin to ourselves) 2. Purchase of required permits and license 3. Flights from Lhasa to Shanghai 4. One day tour of Shanghai Please tell me if these things can be arranged by you and how much for two people this would be.

Answered by Catherine 2019-05-13

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a day tour in Shanghai and take a train to Lhasa to have your 6 days tour. We can arrange this tour including Shanghai and Tibet for you. May I know your nationality? For your quesitons, I would like to answer one by one, 1. Purchase of 4 soft sleeper berths in same cabin (We only two adults but would purchase 4 berths so we could have a cabin to ourselves) We can help you book the soft sleeper train tickets from Shanghai to Lhasa. Could you please let me know when would you like to have this trip? I will check if we can book the four berths in a cabin. 2. Purchase of required permits and license We will handle all the necessary Tibet permits for you after you book a tour with us. We offer this service as a free of charge. What you need to do is to send us a copy of your passport and China Visa by email if you will enter Tibet from mainland China. 3. Flights from Lhasa to Shanghai Yes, we can help you book the air tickets from Lhasa to Shanghai. Please let me know your time. 4. One day tour of Shanghai Please tell me if these things can be arranged by you and how much for two people this would be. Yes, we can arrange one day tour in Shanghai for you. May I know your prefered accommodation, 3-star hotel or 4-star hotel? I would like to quote for you in my next email accordingly.

Asked by Shai***

We are family of 4 with 2 teenagers. Like to enjoy the train trip and Lhasa sightseeing. The Gyantse tour may be omitted for us.

Answered by Beatrice 2019-03-30

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to enjoy the train trip and Lhasa sightseeing. Also, you referred that you would omit the Gyantse tour for you. So the train trip + Lhasa city essential tour is for you. And, we can arrange the train tickets from Shanghai to Lhasa. 

Before I quote you, could you please let me know the following info,

1. When are you going to have a Tibet tour? Different season, different cost.
2. What kind of accommodation do you prefer? The comfortable (4-star) or economy class (3-star) hotel?
3. Do you need a family suite or twin rooms?

Asked by Kell***

Please send price list for this trip in September and October using the soft sleeper train compartment.

Answered by Cherry 2019-03-22

In your inquiry, you mentioned four of you would like to have the 8 Days Shanghai Tibet Train Tour. 

We can purchase train tickets for you. 

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. By the way, which hotel star do you prefer? Economy 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel.

Asked by Wend***

Hi. How much is the all inclusive price, for hotels, train nd tours, etc. for 2 as private and how much as part of a small group please.

Answered by Nance 2018-10-13

Here is the brief itinerary for your interested 8 days Shanghai Tibet Train Tour, 

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