Chengdu to Lhasa Train

  • by Zoe
  • Last Updated: 2020-10-15

Train Z322 is a direct express train from Chengdu, Sichuan Province to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. Chengdu to Lhasa train takes about 36 hours 18 minutes in total and covers a distance of 3000 kilometers. Although it sounds a bit long, if every station along the way is charming, the time on the road is actually worth it... When you arrive at Xining, the starting point is the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, also known as the "Sky Road", you will view very beautiful scenery along the way such as Hoh Xil, Kunlun Mountain, Jade Pearl Snow Mountain, Tanggula Pass, Tuotuo River, etc. Anyone that maybe the world that others have longed for a long time.

Train route map from Chengdu to Lhasa.

Chengdu to Lhasa train route

Chengdu to Lhasa Train Schedule

Currently, there is only one pair of trains connecting Chengdu and Lhasa—Z322 from Chengdu to Lhasa and Z324 from Lhasa to Chengdu. Z322 departs every other day from Chengdu Railway Station at 21:37 and reaches Lhasa Railway Station at 09:55 on the third day with the whole duration of 36h 18m. Z324 also runs every other day from Lhasa Railway Station at 18:40 and reaches Chengdu Railway Station at 06:58 on the third day with the whole duration of 36.18 hours. And the train will stop at Guangyuan, Lanzhou, Xining, Delingha, Golmud, and Nagchu along the trip.

The prices of the train tickets vary with the different classes of the seat. Typically, there are three kinds of positions—Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper, and Hard Seat, with the prices from the highest to the lowest. Each soft sleeper cabin has four berths equipped with an independent door, separate television screens for each bed and power points. Each hard sleeper cabin has six berths, but the price is much lower. And the hard seat is not recommended for long-time travel.

The Latest Timetable and Schedule of Chengdu-Lhasa Train:

Train Number

Departure

Arrival

Duration

Frequency

Ticket Price/Person

Z322(Chengdu-Lhasa)

21:37

09:55

36:18 hours

Every other day

CNY627.5/USD101
Hard sleeper

CNY997.5/USD161
Soft sleeper

Z324(Lhasa-Chengdu)

18:40

06:58

36:18 hours

Every other day

CNY627.5/USD101
       Hard sleeper

CNY997.5/USD161
       Soft sleeper

2020 Chengdu Lhasa Train Schedule

2020

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Chengdu → Lhasa

ODD

EVEN

ODD

EVEN

EVEN

ODD

ODD

EVEN

ODD

ODD

EVEN

EVEN

Lhasa → Chengdu

ODD

EVEN

ODD

EVEN

EVEN

ODD

ODD

EVEN

ODD

ODD

EVEN

EVEN

Please kindly note: ODD refers to 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, etc. EVEN refers to 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, etc.

The timetable of Chengdu to Lhasa Train Z322

Railway Stations

Arrival Time

Departure Time

Stop Duration

Riding Time

Chengdu

-

21:37

-

-

Guangyuan

02:23

02:40

17minutes

4hour 46minutes

Lanzhou

09:10

09:27

17 minutes

11 hours 33minutes

Xining

12:07

12:27

20 minutes

14 hours 30minutes

Delingha

16:35

16:37

2 minutes

18 hours 58minutes

Golmud

19:24

19:49

25 minutes

21 hours 47 minutes

Nagchu

05:59

06:05

6minutes

32hours 22minutes

Lhasa

09:55

Final Stop

-

36hours 18minutes

The timetable of Lhasa to Chengdu Train Z324

Railway Station

Arrival Time

Departure Time

Stop Duration

Riding Time

Lhasa

-

18:30

-

-

Nagchu

21:49

21:55

6minutes

3hours 25minutes

Golmud

08:05

08:30

25minutes

14hours

Delingha

10:57

10:59

2minutes

16hours 29minutes

Xining

15:19

15:39

20minutes

21hours 9minutes

Lanzhou

18:37

18:53

16minutes

24hours 22minutes

Guangyuan

01:23

01:57

34minutes

32hours 20minutes

Chengdu

07:00

Final Stop

-

36hours 30minutes

(Notes: The detailed train information is just for reference. When you choose to board a train from Chengdu to Tibet, please contact a Tibet travel agency to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit first. According to the law of the Republic of China, every foreign traveler needs to get a Tibet Travel Permit to enter Tibet. Without a copy of your TTP, you are not allowed to board a train to Tibet from any city in China.)

Train from Chengdu to Lhasa

Beautiful landscapes along Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

Major Cities Along the Way

Lanzhou

Situated along the Yellow River, Lanzhou is the second-largest city in northwest China and also a famous city on the ancient Silk Road. Trains between Chengdu and Lhasa will make a stop-over about 17 minutes at Lanzhou Railway Station.

Xining

As one of the world’s high-altitude cities, Xining is the eastern gateway city of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the path to the ancient Silk Road and Tangfan Ancient Road. And since the ancient times, Xining has become an important military garrison and trade center. And the beautiful Qinghai Lake is known as the paradise of birds, attracts many tourists every year. And on the train journey, you can have a glimpse of part of Qinghai Lake. The train between Chengdu and Lhasa will make a stop-over for about 20 minutes.

Golmud

The Golmud-Lhasa section of Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the highest and longest plateau railway in the world. You will arrive in Golmud at evening and have 25 minutes rest before entering Lhasa. Along the way to Golmud, you will enjoy the scenery of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, beautiful lakes and the spectacular view of Mt. Kunlun.

How to Book a Chengdu-Lhasa Train Ticket

At present, you can get a train ticket in two ways. One is to book online by yourself in advance, and the other is to seek help from your commissioned travel agency to book it for you. If you have already booked a ticket by yourself, you can fetch it from any railway station using your original passport and a copy of your Tibet Travel Permit.

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