Great Tibet Tour Logo GREAT TIBET TOUR ®
Big News: Tibet has Opened to Expats Living in China Now!

Chengdu to Lhasa Train

  • by Zoe
  • Last Updated: 2022-03-07

Train Z322 is a direct express train from Chengdu, Sichuan Province to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. Chengdu to Lhasa train takes about 36 hours 28 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 21:28 and reaches Lhasa Railway Station at 09:56 on the third day with the whole duration of 36hrs 28mins. Z324 also runs every other day from Lhasa Railway Station at 18:30 and reaches Chengdu Railway Station at 06:41 on the third day with the whole duration of 36.11 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 Schedule of Chengdu-Lhasa Train:

Train Number Departure/Arrival Duration Frequency Ticket Price/Person
Z322(Chengdu-Lhasa) 21:28/09:56 36:28 hours Every other day CNY627.5/USD101
Hard sleeper
CNY997.5/USD161
Soft sleeper
Z324(Lhasa-Chengdu) 18:30/06:47 36:17 hours Every other day CNY627.5/USD101
Hard sleeper
CNY997.5/USD161
Soft sleeper

2022 Chengdu Lhasa Train Schedule

2022 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Chengdu → Lhasa EVEN ODD EVEN EVEN ODD ODD EVEN ODD ODD EVEN EVEN ODD
Lhasa → Chengdu EVEN ODD EVEN EVEN ODD ODD EVEN ODD ODD EVEN EVEN ODD

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 - 21:28 - -
Guangyuan 02:23 02:40 17minutes 4hour 55minutes
Lanzhou 09:10 09:26 16 minutes 11 hours 42minutes
Xining 12:00 12:20 20 minutes 14 hours 32minutes
Delingha 16:35 16:37 2 minutes 19 hours 7minutes
Golmud 19:10 19:35 25 minutes 21 hours 42 minutes
Nagchu 06:03 06:09 6minutes 32hours 35minutes
Lhasa 09:55 Final Stop - 36hours 28minutes

The Timetable of Lhasa to Chengdu Train Z324

Railway Station Arrival Time Departure Time Stop Duration Riding Time
Lhasa - 18:30 - -
Nagchu 21:46 21:52 6minutes 3hours 16minutes
Golmud 08:55 09:20 25minutes 14hours 25minutes
Delingha 11:56 12:00 4minutes 17hours 26minutes
Xining 16:15 16:50 20minutes 21hours 45minutes
Lanzhou 19:29 19:52 15minutes 24hours 59minutes
Guangyuan 01:40 01:57 27minutes 31hours 10minutes
Chengdu 06:41 Final Stop - 36hours 11minutes

(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.)

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.

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 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 in the evening and stop for 25 minutes 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.

Related Articles

  • Xining to Lhasa Train
    Xining to Lhasa train Z6801 is the only train starting from Xining and ending in Lhasa. It departs at 13:50 from Xining Railway Station every day. It’s the shortest train journey to Tibet and you will view the amazing scenery of Qinghai-Tibet railine.

  • Chongqing to Lhasa Train
    Chongqing to Lhasa train Z223 departs every other day. The whole railway distance from Chongqing to Lhasa is about 3,269 kilometers and the duration is about 35hr and 31min.

  • Beijing to Lhasa Train
    Beijing to Lhasa train(Z21) departs daily at 20:00 from Beijing West Railway Station and arrives at Lhasa Railway Station at 12:40 on the third day. The whole journey covers 3757 kilometers and takes 40 hours. Read more about the train schedule, booking way, map, etc.

  • 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.

  • Xian to Lhasa Train
    Xian to Lhasa train is a recommended train route through Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The train takes about 31hr and covers a distance of 2,864 kilometers. There are two routes to Tibet via Xian - the Z265 originating from Guangzhou and Z165 originating from Shanghai.

  • Guangzhou to Lhasa Train
    Guangzhou to Lhasa Train Z264 departs from Guangzhou at 11:40 and arrives in Lhasa at 16:56 after two days. The whole journey takes 53 hours and covers a distance of 4,980 kilometers. Although it sounds a bit long, the train travel is definitely worth taking your time.

  • Lanzhou to Lhasa Train
    Lanzhou to Lhasa train only takes around 24 hours and covers a distance of 2188 kilometers. There are generally about 4-5 trains heading to Tibet each day from Lanzhou. Along the way, you will view the stunning landscape along Qinghai Tibet Railway.

  • Lhasa to Shigatse Train
    Lhasa-Shigatse Railway is a line connecting Lhasa and Shigatse in Tibet Autonomous Region. It's an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet railway. With a total length of 253 kilometers, Lhasa to Shigatse train takes about 3 hours. Along the railway, you can see beautiful landscapes.

  • 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 24 minutes. Check the latest ticket price, schedule, booking service, useful tips and the highlights of this train tour along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

  • Tibet Train Schedule and Price 2022
    We offer the up to date schedule and ticket price of Tibet Trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Xining to Lhasa. Also include the more detailed info like how to buy it, Children’s Tibet Train ticket as well as luggage limitation & prohibited items.

Recommended Tour Packages

Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour
Chengdu-Emei-Chengdu-Lhasa-Shigatse-Lhasa-Chengdu

11 Days Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour

View more
Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Tour
Chengdu-Lhasa-Shigatse-EBC-Kyirong-Kathmandu

13 Days Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Tour

View more
Chengdu Lhasa Train Tour
Chengdu-Lhasa
FROM USD785

6 Days Chengdu Lhasa Train Tour

View more
Ask a Quick Question Below? Or Call 0086-891-6679450
or Email Us

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Chan***
2021-04-01

Hi, I wish to take the Qinghai Rail to Tibet from either Chongqing or Xian. I may be travelling alone. I will fly from Singapore to Chongqing and take a high-speed train to Xian. I need to know the following: (1) If buying of train tickets by myself is cheaper or through your company? (2) How do I go about getting health certification? Can I obtain it in Singapore which is in English? (3) I understand that I need to book a tour in order to travel in Tibet. May I know the cost for a single traveller? Note that I wish to join a group to cut costs. (4) Do I need a travel visa to Tibet? Thank you. Ming (Ms)

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2021-04-01

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to take a train to Lhasa. Currently, Tibet is temporarily closed to travelers who are residing out of China. But the 2021/2022 booking is open,you can pre-plan your trip and enjoy an early-booking discount. To answer your questions, (1) If buying of train tickets by myself is cheaper or through your company? You can book the train ticket by yourself. And if you need our help, please feel free to let me know. As per our experience, it's very hard to purchase the tickets, it's almost impossible for both you and us to get tickets on the internet, especially in peak tourist season. In order to guarantee the train ticket for our guests, we will buy the ticket from the ticket scalper by paying them a handing fee, which will charge from the guests. (2) How do I go about getting health certification? Can I obtain it in Singapore which is in English? Currently, Tibet is temporarily closed to travelers who are residing out of China.  (3) I understand that I need to book a tour in order to travel in Tibet. May I know the cost for a single traveller? Note that I wish to join a group to cut costs. I would suggest solo travelers join our small group tour to keep the cost down. Here are some recommended itineraries, Top Budget Tibet Tours (4) Do I need a travel visa to Tibet?  Yes, traveling to Tibet as foreign travelers, Tibet Entry Permit(Tibet visa) is the most basic document required to be applied before coming. We will handle it for you.