• Last Updated: 2018-04-11
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 choosing train tours to Tibet.
A train tour from Lanzhou to Lhasa only takes around 24 hours and covers the distance of 2188 kilometers. Lanzhou, a tourist city with the second shortest train route to Lhasa, which is a significant transport terminal for both the Silk Road and the Eurasian Continental Bridge. 
Although Lanzhou is the star point of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the trains from Lanzhou to Lhasa depart every other day. If there is no train on the day, tourists may take a fast train to Xining from Lanzhou and then transfer the train to Lhasa.

2018 Lanzhou to Lhasa Train Schedule

There are generally about 4-5 trains heading to Lhasa each day including the only one train that originates from Lanzhou to Lhasa every other day. The trains  from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and other cities have a stopover at Lanzhou. As it is a long journey to Tibet from Lanzhou by train, you are supposed to choose a comfortable cabin for a good rest. There are two classes of cabins available, a soft sleep cabin with a supple bed and more privacy(4 beds in one compartment); and a hard sleeper cabin(6 beds in one compartment). The ticket for a soft sleeper cabin cost about $137 per person while the ticket for a hard sleeper cost about $87 per person.  Here we list the schedules and prices of all the trains from Lanzhou to Lhasa.
The Price and Time Table of Lanzhou Lhasa Train
Train No. From / To Dep. / Arr. Duration Distance (km) Frequency Hard sleeper Ticket Soft Sleeper Ticket
Z323 Chengdu to Lhasa 09:27/09:55 24:28 2188 Every Other Day $87 $137
Z223 Chongqing to Lhasa 09:27/09:55 24:28 2188 Every Day $87 $137
Z917 Lanzhou to Lhasa 11:16/11:10 23:54 2188 Every Day $87 $137
Z21 Beijing to Lhasa 12:33/12:10 23:37 2188 Every Day $87 $137
Z265 Guangzhou to Lhasa 16:50/17:05 24:15 2188 Every Day $87 $137
Z165 Shanghai to Lhasa 18:34/19:17 24:43 2188 Every Day $87 $137

(One thing should keep in mind that your Tibet Travel Permits are required when foreigner tourists are checking in the train from Langzhou to Lhasa.)

Traveling to Tibet by train from Lanzhou, you will view the stunning landscape along the snow-capped mountains and tranquil pastures. Also you can have a good rest to adapt the high altitude.
Lanzhou Lhasa train is equipped with modern facility. There is one dining car offering food and drinks. There are toilets and washing basins at the end of each coach. The spoiled water is 24 hours available for free. In addition, As it is a journey to high altitude, the high altitude sickness should be taken into consideration; so the Lanzhou Lhasa Trains equiped with of two kinds of oxygen supply systems to help passengers reduce the effect of high altitude. So there is no need to worry too much about suffering from altitude sickness on board.
Notice: The timetable and schedule are just used for reference. Actually, at present, the Tibet travel is quite popular that the actual ticket requirements far exceed the supply. As a result, tourists have to pay more than the net price to buy tickets. Sometimes, even the travel agencies have to buy the tickets from the scalpers. Therefore, we can help you book the train tickets in and out of Lhasa by adding a little service fee (subject to different seasons and cities) on the net price to guarantee the tickets for you. Please trust us that we don’t have any profit on this matter.

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