Tibet Train

Tibet train, also being called Lhasa express, is the highest railway in the world. After the opening of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in 2006, the number of tourists to Tibet is increasing year by year. Here are three main reasons for travelers to take a train to Tibet.

Firstly, the Qinghai - Tibet railway is regarded as an engineering wonder. The construction of the railway was hard for engineers. Even some international experts asserted that there was no possibility to finish the project. When the Tibet railway was opened to the public, it was famous all over the world because it had overcome three significant difficulties, including the frozen earth, high altitude sickness, and the fragile ecological system. From that time on, traveling to Tibet by train has become a lifetime dream for tourists from home and abroad.

Secondly, known as the sky road, the Tibet train attracts thousands of travelers with its charming scenery along the railway. The most beautiful section along the Tibet railway is from Xining to Lhasa. You must be stunned by the snow-capped mountains, boundless grasslands, holy lakes, vast Hoh Xil, dominating Tanggula Mountains, as well as Tibetan Antelope, flocks of yaks and sheep, etc.

Thirdly, compared with flying to Lhasa, taking a train to Tibet costs less. And it can help travelers to adapt to the altitude gradually. That’s why many budget travelers choose to get to Tibet by train.

At present, travelers can take the direct train to Tibet from seven Chinese gateway cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Lanzhou, and Xining. Besides these cities, the train will also stop in some cities like Nanjing, Xian, Taiyuan, etc. You can board a Tibet train from all the above-mentioned cities.

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Qinghai Tibet Railway

Qinghai–Tibet Railway is from Xining, Qinghai to Lhasa, Tibet. Before you board on the Tibet train and experience the highest railway trip, you may have many questions about this sky road. We list all the scenic spots along the railway, as well as frequently asked questions.

Tibet train inside

Inside Tibet Train

The facilities on the Tibet train are well-equipped, such as Soft-Sleeper Berth, Hard-Sleeper Berth, air-conditioning, food supply, oxygen supply and medical service. Comparing with ordinary trains, Tibet trains are more humanized and better adaptable to the weather of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

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Tibet Train Schedule and Price 2020

We offer the up to date schedule and ticket price of Tibet Trains from Bejing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Xining to Lhasa. Also include the more detailed info like how to buy a train ticket, Children’s Tibet Train ticket info as well as luggage limitation & prohibited items.

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Luxury Tangula Tourist Train

Tangula is a specially customized train, managed by Kempinski Hotel Group, which is to ensure its luxurious positioning. The train departs from Beijing and runs on two routes. One is to cross Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to Lhasa, and another is to cross Yunnan to Lijiang.

Popular Tibet Train Routes

Lanzhou Tibet Train

Lanzhou Tibet Train

Traveling to Tibet by train is one of the best ways to explore Tibet. Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu province is an excellent gateway to Tibet. Thus there are large quantities of tourists take a train tour to Tibet from Lanzhou.

Xining to Lhasa Train

Xining to Lhasa Train

Xining to Lhasa train No.Z6801 is the only train starting from Xining and ending in Lhasa. It departs at 14:01 from Xining Railway Station every day. It’s the shortest train journey to Tibet and you will view the amazing scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Chengdu Lhasa Train

Chengdu Lhasa Train

Many travelers prefer to take a train from Chengdu to Lhasa as they just need to spend 36 hours for reaching Lhasa by train. Meanwhile, they also can enjoy the unique scenery of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau.

Beijing Lhasa Train

Beijing Lhasa Train

Beijing Lhasa train (Z21) covers 3757 kilometers long and takes 41 hours to get to Tibet. You will see the highlights along the Qinghai-Tibet railway. You will read the train schedule, ticket details, booking way, facilities, map, required permits, and so on.

Chongqing to Lhasa Train

Chongqing to Lhasa Train

Taking a train to Lhasa from Chongqing must be an unforgettable journey. Z223 is available for passengers who plan to have a Tibet train tour. The whole distance from Chongqing to Lhasa is about 3030 kilometers and the duration time is about 35h and 30m.

Guangzhou Lhasa Train

Guangzhou Lhasa Train

The train from Guangzhou to Lhasa takes 53 hours and covers a distance of 4,980 kilometers. The train to Lhasa from Guangzhou depart every other day, having your Tibet tour by train will offer you a flexible schedule.

Xi'an Lhasa Train

Xi'an Lhasa Train

Travel from Xi'an to Lhasa by train is a recommended choice, there are two routes to Tibet via Xi'an, the Z265 originates from Guangzhou Railway Station and Z165 originates from Shanghai Railway Station.

Shanghai to Lhasa train

Shanghai to Lhasa train

Taking Shanghai to Lhasa train Z164 is an incredible journey. It covers a distance of 4,373km and takes around 47 hours 27 minutes. Check the latest ticket price, schedule, booking service, useful tips and the highlights of this train tour along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

Lhasa to Shigatse Train

Lhasa to Shigatse Train

Lhasa to Shigatse train is an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet railway. If you are planning a Shigatse travel, it’s a great idea for you to take a train to Shigatse from Lhasa. Along the railway, you can visit the beautiful Lhasa River and the Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge.