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Lhasa to Shigatse Train

  • by Nance
  • Last Updated: 2021-07-30

Lhasa-Shigatse Railway is a line connecting Lhasa and Shigatse in Tibet Autonomous Region. It runs east-west and is an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. It starts from Lhasa Station(3,650m) in the east and ends at Shigatse Station(4,000m) in the west, with a total length of 253 kilometers and takes about 3 hours. If you are planning a Shigatse travel, it’s a great idea for you to take a train to Shigatse from Lhasa.

Shigatse to Lhasa train route
Shigatse to Lhasa train route

Schedule and Fare of Lhasa-Shigatse Train

Train No. Departure - Arrival Duration
Lhasa-Shigatse D8991 08:00 - 10:35 2h 35m
Lhasa-Shigatse D8983 16:10 - 18:46 2h 35m
Lhasa-Shigatse Z8801 20:20 - 23:16 2h 56m
Shigatse-Lhasa Z8802 08:55 - 11:56 3h 1m
Shigatse-Lhasa D8992 10:50 - 13:25 2h 35m
Shigatse-Lhasa D8994 10:01 - 21:36 2h 35m

Nota Bene:

1. Train seats are divided into hard seats, hard-sleepers and soft-sleepers according to the comfort level and price. Passengers can make a choice according to their own needs and inform customer service.

2. Since travel in Tibet is very popular, the actual demand for train tickets is far exceeding the supply. You may pay a higher price for the train ticket online.

Lhasa Railway Station

Lhasa railway station, located at an altitude of 3,650 meters, is the largest railway station in the Qinghai-Tibet railway line. It's about 8 kilometers from Potala Palace. At present, it connects Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shigatse by train. The successful completion of the Lhasa railway station shows that the land bridge between Tibet and inland China is formally formed. It is an important channel for economic prosperity and cultural exchanges.

lhasa Railway Station
Lhasa Railway Station

Shigatse Railway Station

Shigatse Railway Station, 253 kilometers away from Lhasa railway station, is the terminus of the Lhasa - Shigatse Railway. As it is about 8 kilometers away from the Tashilunpo Monastery, you just need 20 minutes' transportation to reach the Tashilunpo Monastery.

Stops Along Lhasa-Shigatse Railway

1) Daily Timetable of Lhasa - Shigatse Train

Stations D8991 D8983
Arrival Departure Arrival Departure
Lhasa 8:00 15:51
Shigatse 10:35 18:46

2) Daily Timetable of Shigatse - Lhasa Train

Stations Z8802 D8992
Arrival Departure Arrival Departure
Shigatse 08:55 10:50
Lhasa 11:56 13:25
the three kings of Tibet who supported Buddhism
Shigatse Railway Station


With beautiful natural scenery and unique Tibetan customs, Lhasa - Shigatse Railway is also a new tourist train route on the Tibetan plateau. Along the Lhasa - Shigatse railway, you can take a close look at the beautiful Lhasa River and the Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge, which is a famous Canyon in the world. Tunba Township, which is close to Nyemo Railway Station, is the producing and processing place of Tibetan incense. This craftsmanship has been in existence for more than 1,300 years. Arriving in Shigatse, you will have a good chance to view the beautiful lakes, vast grasslands, and magnificent temples. There are many famous temples including Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya monastery in Shigatse. Located about 186 miles away from Shigatse, you can visit Everest Base Camp to worship the world's highest peak - Mount Everest.

Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge

Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge is the deepest and largest canyon in the world.
Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge is the deepest and largest canyon in the world.

Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge located in Tibet is considered as the deepest and largest canyon in the world. The concept of "Shangri-La" in James Hilton's book "Lost Horizon" was inspired by the canyon's remarkable beauty, remoteness, and mystery. It holds the most diverse wildlife and forests in the Himalayas. There are some of the world's most endangered species such as snow leopards, Tibetan antelope and different types of mountain sheep in the canyon.

Tashilhunpo Monastery

Resplendent and Magnificent Tashilhunpo Monastery
Resplendent and Magnificent Tashilhunpo Monastery

Located at the foot of Drolmari, the western side of Shigatse, Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the six most famous monasteries of Gelugpa in Tibet. It was founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447. Since the fourth Panchen Lama took charge of the monastery, it became the seat of the Panchen Lama ever since.

Everest Base Camp

The Everest Base Camp refers to the living area set up for exploring the core of Mount Everest, about 19 kilometers away from the peak of Mt. Everest. There are tents for climbers and tourists, as well as hotels, cafes, shops and even a post office. You can see the golden summit during sunrise/set, as well as a starry night. When it is clear, you can overlook Mount Everest from the base camp. The top of the world is right in front of you, which brings endless shock.

Everest monument
Everest monument

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