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Tibet Train Schedule and Price 2024

  • by Mark
  • Last Updated: 2024-01-04

Train Tickets in China start to sell 15 days in advance. Train tickets to Lhasa are always in high demand, so making a booking 30 days in advance is highly recommended, or it's difficult to guarantee the train tickets, but leave it to fate and luck.

Tibet trains run daily between Lhasa and Beijing/ Shanghai/ Guangzhou/ Lanzhou/ Xining/ Xian, and every other day between Chengdu/ Chongqing.

All agencies charge service fees besides the official ticket price between CNY 200~1000 depending on the season and different cities. In general, the train to Lhasa is in higher demand, and harder to purchase, thus the service fee is higher than the train from Lhasa.

Time Schedule and Official Prices of Tibet Train

Route Train No. Departure -  Arrival Time Frequency Duration CNY/USD
Soft-Sleeper Hard-Sleeper
Chengdu - Lhasa Z322 21:13 - 07:42+2 Every other day 34:29 from 997.5CNY / 153USD from 627.5CNY / 97USD
Lhasa - Chengdu Z324 19:00 - 07:03+2 Every other day 36:03
Beijing - Lhasa Z21 19:55 - 12:29+2 Daily 40:34 from 1144CNY / 176USD from 720CNY / 111USD
Lhasa - Beijing Z22 15:50 - 08:20+2 Daily 40:38
Shanghai - Lhasa Z164 18:33 - 15:06+2 Daily 44:33 from 1262.5CNY / 194USD from 793.5CNY / 122USD
Lhasa - Shanghai Z166 11:50 - 11:55+2 Daily 48:05
Xining - Lhasa Z9821 21:10 - 17:04+1 Daily 19:54 from 781CNY / 120USD from 495CNY /76USD
Lhasa - Xining Z6802 09:25 - 06:20+1 Daily 20:55
Xian - Lhasa Z265/Z165/Z917 07:53 - 14:17 +1
09:27 - 15:06+1
23:35 - 10:21+1
Daily 30:24 29:39 from 970CNY / 149USD from 611.5CNY / 94USD
Lhasa - Xian Z166 Z266 11:50 - 20:44+1
12:40 - 21:38+1
Daily 32:54 32:58
Chongqing - Lhasa Z223 22:03 - 70:42+2 Every other day 36:21 from 997.5CNY / 153USD from 627.5CNY / 97USD
Lhasa - Chongqing Z224 19:00 - 06:23+2 Every other day 35:23
Guangzhou - Lhasa Z264 08:24 - 14:17+2 Daily 53:53 from 1468CNY / 226USD from 865CNY / 133USD
Lhasa - Guangzhou Z266 12:40 - 21:00+2 Daily 56:21
Lanzhou - Lhasa Z223 08:40 - 07:42+1 Daily 23:02 from 823CNY / 127USD from 522CNY / 80USD
Lhasa - Lanzhou Z166 11:50 - 12:04+1 Daily 24:14

The train between Lhasa and Chengdu/Chongqing departs every other day. Check the table below to see the ODD & EVEN-number date in 2024 that has the train from/to Chengdu and Chongqing. Eg. in Jan 2024, the train from Chengdu to Lhasa, only available on EVEN-number days. Like on 02 Jan, 04 Jan., etc.

2024 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Note: We will update this schedule once the new ones are issued.

How to Buy a Tibet Train Ticket

Since 2021, Tibet train tickets can be purchased on the official site of the state-owned China Railway( 15 days in advance. The Tibet train tickets sell out quickly all year long. It is almost impossible for foreigners to purchase it on their own. Hence it is highly suggested that you book the train ticket with the same agency which arranges your Tibet tour. Usually, CNY 200~1000 will be added as a service fee depending on the season.

Don’t keep any hope of buying Tibet train tickets at the railway station on the spot after you arrive in China. It is almost impossible.

Usually, after your agency books your Tibet Train ticket, they will forward you an ETicket with an order number on it. With this order number & your original passport, you can exchange the actual paper ticket at the ticket hall of any railway station in China.

Tibet train ticket
Tibet train ticket

Children’s Tibet Train Ticket

Children's discounted prices of Tibet trains are based on their height. No children can take the Tibet train alone without the company of an adult. The height of the children will be checked at the railway station.

Children under 1.2m: free of charge, if one of such child shares one sleeper with one adult; 
Children between 1.2~1.5M: half price, if one of such child shares one sleeper with one adult;
Children over 1.5M: full price, sleeper of his/her own;

What to Pack for a 2-day Tibet Train Journey

You should realize that you will spend 2 nights on the train. The Qinghai-Tibet train is considered as a 3-star facility train in China, but it is not a hotel, and no disposable provided. You need to prepare your own slippers, towel, cup, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and even toilet paper. 

Another problem you have to think about is the food, although there is a restaurant car in the middle of the train which provides Chinese food. At least you need to think about buying some milk, bread, fruit, and instant noodles. etc. for the train journey. 

Luggage Limitation & Prohibited Items on Tibet Train

Unlike traveling by air, the Tibet train does not provide a luggage check-in service. All of your luggage has to be carried along by yourself. There’s a shelf available in the carriage for you to put your luggage with. 

Luggage Limitation on Tibet Train: 20kg/ Adult Passenger
The width, height, and length of one piece of luggage is limited to 160cm; 
The length of luggage in the shape of the pole is limited to 200cm;
The weight of a wheelchair for the disabled does not include luggage limitation;

Prohibited Items on Tibet Train

  • Archery equipment
  • Canisters, tanks or other devices containing propellants
  • Corrosive or dangerous chemicals or materials, including but not limited to liquid bleach, tear gas, electronic control devices (stun guns, TASER guns), radioactive and harmful bacteriological materials
  • Firearms or ammunition. Black powder, percussion caps or any ammunition used with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion-cap ignition system or similar type are never permitted; this includes self-loaded, gunpowder-based modern ammunition
  • Incendiaries, including but not limited to flammable gasses, liquids, fuels, fireworks, and other explosive devices
  • Martial arts and self-defense items, including but not limited to knives, and guns. etc
  • Oversized and/or overweight items
  • Perishables
  • Animals or any objects impeding public health including extremely odorous objects

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