Great Tibet Tour offers you scenic train tours to Tibet from major Chinese provincial cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xián and Xining to Lhasa. Besides the well-designed itinerary with Tibet Travel Permit provided, we also offer a Tibet train booking service. Easy breezy one-step solution for your Tibet travel.
Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the highest railway in the world, which extends 1,956 kilometers from Xining, Qinghai Province to Lhasa, Tibet and it's the only railway to Lhasa at present. Traveling by train to Tibet is a favorite choice for foreign tourists as the Tibet train offers an incredible window view along the way. Especially, from Golmud to Lhasa section. Just imagine yourself sitting back comfortably beside the train window and enjoy the epic vista of Hoh Xil Nature Reserve, snow-capped Kunlun Mountains, glittering alpine lakes, various rare species that live in the Tibetan Plateau, such as Tibetan antelope, as well as grazing yaks dotted on massive grassland. After crossing the Tanggula Mountain Pass, the highest point of the rail line at 5,200 meters, you will enter Tibet and admire the vast and endless Qiangtang grassland. The two-day climb will also make it easier for you to acclimatize to the plateau climate.
Besides, Qinghai-Tibet Railway has allure itself as it’s the landmark achievement in Chinese engineering and design, and in the process, creating world railway history. It’s the world's longest railroad built atop a plateau. Great forethought, ingenuity and creativity overcame the engineering difficulties during construction, the design of the train itself, and the efforts made to protect the environment, flora and fauna.
Taking a train from Xining to Lhasa is a good idea to enjoy the ultimate beauty of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau with a more comfortable experience and fewer reactions to high altitudes. After spending 21hrs on the train, you will arrive Lhasa to start an excellent trip around this holy land of Tibetan Buddhism.
Chengdu-Lhasa train (No. T22/T23) is absolutely the great bridge connecting the east and west of China. It covers 3360km which is full of incredible views, such as the fruitful plain, snow-capped mountains, endless grassland, desolate desert, etc. After around 41:31 hours, you will finally arrive in Lhasa and start an essential sightseeing tour.
It’s a good idea to take a train to Lhasa from Beijing, the heart of China. Not only for the much cheaper price compared with flight but also for the awe-inspiring scenery along the way. The train crosses from the north to southeast of China, which shows you the half splendid landscape of this mysterious country within 40:45 hours. It’s quite attractive, isn’t it?
You won't feel boring on the train as you will enjoy the changing scenery all the way. You will see Tibetan antelope, wild yak, Namtso lake, etc. After crossing the Tanggula Pass, Tibet is at your feet.
After visiting Xi’an which was the capital of 13 dynasties with rich traditional Chinese culture, you will leave for Tibetan Buddhist culture. You will watch the breathtaking scenery along the railway and have a wonderful time on the train as it's well supplied. Arriving in Lhasa, you will visit the significant attractions accompanied.
The trains from Guangzhou takes around 53hrs to cross 4,980km to reach Lhasa. As the longest train route from south China to Tibet, you will have a great chance to see the charming scenery in 7 provinces of China.
Starting from Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, it just takes one day to Lhasa by train, then travel westwards along Friendship Highway, you will finally arrive in Kathmandu by crossing Himalayans, passing by Gyantse and Shigatse -- the historical and cultural cities of Tibet.
Lanzhou - Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Gyirong - Kathmandu
If you prefer to enjoy Yangtze River cruise trip in Chongqing city, it would be a good choice to continue your travel to Tibet after visiting Chongqing. The only direct train (No.Z224) from Chongqing to Lhasa departs on every other day, it takes your around 42hrs to reach Lhasa and covers 3654km.
The first station is to visit Qinghai Lake, the largest inland and salt lake in China. Then take the train from Xining to Lhasa, which will take you around 22 hours. You can enjoy the most beautiful landscape of Qinghai-Tibet Railway along the way. Short stay in Lhasa, you will visit Mt. Everest and Namtso Lake to enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery.