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Xián Tibet Train Tour

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Through this Xi’an-Tibet tour, you may experience the transformation between Xi’an ancient Chinese culture and Tibetan traditional Buddhist culture by visiting the Terracotta Warriors and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an and sightseeing the Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, and Jokhang Temple in Tibet. There are two trains to choose from when you travel to Lhasa from Xi’an by train. One is Z265, which departs from Xi’an Railway Station at 09:45 and finally arrives at Lhasa at 16:19 the next day. The other is Z165 departing from Xi’an Railway Station at 11:24 and arriving at Lhasa at 19:30 the next day. Along the way, you will enjoy the fantastic scenery of Hoh Xil, Kunlun Mountains, Tanggula Pass, Tuotuohe, and others, covering the views from human scenery to the natural landscape of meadows and snow-covered mountains.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrive in Xi’an Check-in hotel
2 Xi'an Sightseeing Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
3 Xi'an Sightseeing Shanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter
4 Xian - Lhasa Train Departure from Xi’an to Lhasa
5 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
6 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
7 Lhasa Suburb Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
8 Departure from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary


Once you arrive at Xian, our guide will meet you at the airport or railway station. They will drive you to your reserved hotel in Xi’an. Then you will have a rest in the hotel.

Stay overnight in Xian

In the morning, we will drive to the Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses which is considered as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Here you can see the life-sized warrior figures and horses with distinct facial expressions and positions. You may be surprised by the various kinds of ancient weapons that reflect the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago. It is a great chance for you to experience the profound and amazing history of the Qin Dynasty, the first United Dynasty in ancient China. It may give you an impressive image of the Period of the Warring States in ancient China.

After that, we are going to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda built in the Tang Dynasty, the most prosperous dynasty in ancient China. The Buddhist scriptures and figurines of the Buddha brought by Xuanzang from ancient India are well preserved in the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Stay overnight in Xi'an

terra-cotta warriors
Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Shaanxi History Museum, one of the best museums in China, is the best place to catch a glimpse of the glory of ancient Chinese civilization. It possesses large quantities of precious exhibits that can date from the Paleolithic era to the Qing Dynasty, such as Bronze, Queen Jade Seal, Painting, etc.

In the afternoon you can cycle on the top of Ancient City Wall. The wall is about 14 kilometers at the perimeter, with 98 defensive ramparts, four main gates, and a moat around it. The city wall is a wonderful example of an ancient defensive building. You can walk or cycle on the wall to get some good views of the city.

Later, we are going to the Muslim Quarter, the most famous gourmet street and largest Muslim business street in Xi’an where you can chat with street vendors of Muslims and buy some exquisite handicrafts and enjoy delicious local snacks.

Stay overnight in Xi’an

Shanxi History Museum
City Wall

Today, you will depart from Xi'an to Lhasa. You need to get up early to go to the Xi’an West​ Railway Station as the train will depart in the morning. You'd ​better arrive at the railway station ​1.5​ hours before the train departure time, for you need to exchange your e-ticket for a paper ticket. ​Please be sure you have taken your original Tibet Travel Permit, e-Ticket, and passport. ​Your local tour guide ​will send you to the train station.

You will spend 30 or 32 hours on the train and enjoy the breathtaking ​scenery along the famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway, such as Hoh Xil, Kunlun Mountains, Tanggula Pass, Tuotuo River and so on. You will see nomadic pasture, sapphire lakes, flocks of goats and yaks, snow-capped mountains, etc.

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

In the morning your guide will meet you at the hotel and 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 old Lhasa city. 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

far view of Potala Palace.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.

Today’s first attraction is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means "piles of rice" in Tibetan, which symbolizes prosperity. It's the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks. Also, It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.
The yard for Buddhist debates at Sera Monastery.

Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

Our 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 Gratuities 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


We would like to go on this tour, from Xian to Lhasa around August 12 2019. Could you please let me know about the cost and availability?


In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 6 Days Xián Tibet Train Tour which is a private tour. 

Train ticket from Xi'an to Lhasa: USD260 p.p for the soft-sleeper (one way)


Hello: I am interested in the following itinerary: Train from Xian to Xining 1 day Xining Xining to Lhasa 4 days in Lhasa with 1 day lake or hotspring I will arrive into Xian on 20 September and will fly out of Beijing on 1 or 2 October. I can manage my own details for Xian. Happy to travel with another small group. Thank you!


According to your request, how about having our 5 days Lhasa & Yamdrotso Lake Group Tour? 


We are planning to fly to Shanghai around 23rd November 2018. We have about 10 days total for our holiday in China. We would like to - see the main sights in Shanghai (spending 1 night) before travelling - to Xian for the Terracotta Army by train - after the stop in Xian We would like to take the train to Lhasa (If recommended, We could stop in Xining for getting used to the higher altitude) - Main sights of Lhasa - Would Also be interested in visiting the Lake Namtso, but not sure if it is easily possible in Late November - Then We would fly back home from Lhasa We Hope you could tailor made an itinarary proposal for us. Do not included cycling or long hiking activities as one of the traveller is elderly. All normal walking etc is of course fine. Thank you in advanve


In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to a 10 Days Shanghai Xian Tibet Train tour. We can't arrange Namtso lake tour in late November. 

Here is the itinerary of 10 Days Shanghai Xian Tibet Train tour.


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