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Chongqing to Lhasa Train

  • by Liffity
  • Last Updated: 2021-07-06

The Chongqing to Lhasa train Z223 departs every other day. The entire railway is 3,269 kilometers long and takes about 35hr 31min. You will depart from Chongqing West Railway Station at 22:25 in the evening, passing through the four provincial regions of Chongqing, Sichuan, Qinghai, and Tibet along the way, and finally arrive at Lhasa Railway Station at 9:56 in the morning on the third day. The train from Lhasa to Chongqing is Z224.

Also please remember to take your personal passport, Tibet Entry Permit and your train ticket before boarding the train. As you might be checked several times during the train journey, it is recommended that you bring several copies of your Tibet Travel Entry Permit.

Reasons for Taking a Chongqing to Train

#1. Chongqing to Lhasa train is one of the popular Tibet trains along of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Chongqing is very distinctive and worthwhile to visit. Chongqing is surrounded by mountains and is built on the mountain, where the Yangtze River and Jialing River intersect. It is also known as Jiangcheng, also known as the mountain city. The night view of the mountain city is the most famous scene in Chongqing. And Chongqing hot pot is famous all over the world, spicy and delicious. Before traveling to Tibet, you can also take a cruise to this hilly city along Three Gorges on the Yangtze River.

#2. Transportation in Chongqing is very convenient for foreigners. You can fly to Chongqing directly if you live in Singapore, Seoul, Bangkok, Phuket Island, etc.

#3. The scenery of the train travel is breathtaking, especially from Xining to Lhasa, which you cannot have such an experience by air. You will be attracted by the white clouds, holy snow-capped mountains, bright sunshine, emerald grassland, colorful prayer flags, limpid lakes, etc.

#4. Last but not least, taking a train to Tibet is the best way for you to adapt to the high altitude gradually.

Chongqing Lhasa train route
Chongqing to Lhasa train route.

Chongqing to Lhasa Train Schedule

In the southwest of China, there are two famous and important train routes. One is the Chongqing to Lhasa train route, and the other is the Chengdu to Lhasa train route. Trains depart from Chongqing and Chengdu respectively. For example, if Chengdu departs on odd days of a month (January 1, 3, 5...), then Chongqing’s departure days are even (January 2, 4, 6...). So if you miss the Chongqing departure day, you can choose to take the high-speed train from Chongqing to Chengdu, which is only 1.5 hours drive, and take the train from Chengdu to Tibet the next day.

The Chongqing to Lhasa train departs at 22:25, and passengers are advised to arrive at the station before 20:00 in the evening. Since the train station is large, passengers who are unfamiliar with it may get lost and miss the train. Arrive at the train station early to avoid delays and reduce losses.

The Latest Timetable of Chongqing to Lhasa Train:

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Distance Frequency Ticket Price
Z223 Chongqing-Lhasa 22:25 09:56 35:31 hours 3454km every other day CNY997.5/USD154 soft sleeper CNY637.5/USD98 hard sleeper CNY302.5/USD47 hard seat
Z224 Lhasa-Chongqing 18:30 06:30 36hours 3454km every other day CNY997.5/USD154 soft sleeper CNY637.5/USD98 hard sleeper CNY302.5/USD47 hard seat

2021 Chongqing Lhasa Train Schedule

2021 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Chongqing → Lhasa EVEN ODD EVEN ODD ODD EVEN EVEN ODD EVEN EVEN ODD ODD
Lhasa → Chongqing EVEN ODD EVEN ODD ODD EVEN EVEN ODD EVEN EVEN ODD ODD

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

How to Get to Chongqing West Railway Station?

Chongqing to Lhasa train departs from Chongqing West Railway Station instead of Chongqing North Railway Station now. Chongqing West Railway Station is located in the western suburb of Chongqing, which is about 40 kilometers away from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, about 20.9 kilometers away from Chongqing North Railway Station, and about 15 kilometers away from Chongqing Railway Station.

From Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport

By Bus: Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is located in the northern suburbs of Chongqing, thus the two places are far apart. You can take the Airport Express Bus K06 directly to Chongqing West Railway Station. The journey is approximately 70 minutes. The shuttle bus operates from 8:30 to 21:00, departing every 40-60 minutes and costing CNY 20 per person.

By Subway: You can take Line 10 - Line 4 - Circle Line to Chongqing West Railway Station, which takes about 1.5hr.

By Taxi: Alternatively, you can travel between the two places by taxi, which takes about 1.5 hours and the cost may be relatively higher.

Sidenote: It's better not to go to Chongqing West Railway Station to take the train to Tibet on the same day as you arrive at Chongqing Airport. One is the inconvenience of transportation, and the other is that the train journey takes too long and you might be very tired. You are suggested to stay in Chongqing for 1-2 days and then take the train.

From Chongqing North Railway Station

By Bus: Walk to the North Square of Chongqing North Railway Station, take Bus G02 and get off at Chongqing West Railway Station.

By Subway: You can take Line 1 then change to Line 3, which takes about an hour.

By high-speed train: You also can take a high-speed train D6144/D6142 from the North Railway Station to the West Railway Station, which takes less than half an hour. The first-class seat is 25 CNY per person.

From Chongqing Railway Sation

By Subway: Walk 500 meters, get on Metro Line 1 at Lianglukou Station, and then change to Line 5 at Shiqiaopu Station after 5 stops. Get off at Chongqing West Railway Station after 4 stops.

By Bus: Walk 460 meters from Chongqing Station to Caiyuanba Dengshicheng Station. Take bus No. 325 and pass 22 stops, you will arrive at Chongqing West Railway Station.

How to Buy Chongqing to Lhasa Train Tickets?

1. Entrust a travel agency to buy the train ticket for you. (Recommended!)

The most convenient way is to entrust a travel agency to buy a Chongqing to Lhasa train ticket. You just need to book your train ticket one month prior and send the travel agency your passport copy. Correspondingly, the travel agency would charge you some service fee, which varies in different tourist seasons.

2. Buy the train ticket at a train station or railway ticket agency

The disadvantage of this method of purchase is that in addition to your passport, you also need to provide your Tibet entry permit, which is usually issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau 10 days before your departure date. And the train ticket is released one month in advance in China. So if you wait for your Tibet entry permit, it's very likely that the ticket will be sold out.

3. Buy the train ticket online at https://www.12306.cn

This is a good choice for foreign guests living in mainland China. The disadvantage of this method is that the website requires real-name registration, and the system will review it after registration. Besides, you must have taken the train once before you buy the train ticket on the official website. Or you can ask your Chinese friends to help you buy train tickets.

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