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Tibet Train Schedule and Price 2021

  • by Mark
  • Last Updated: 2021-03-25

Train Tickets in China start to sell 30-day in advance. Train tickets to Lhasa are always in high demand, so make a booking 60-day 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 depends on the season and different cities. In general, the train to Lhasa is in higher demand, 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
Train: Chengdu-Lhasa Z322 21:37 - 09:55 Every other day 36hrs from 997.5CNY / 161USD from 627.5CNY / 101USD
Train: Lhasa-Chengdu Z324 18:40 - 06:26 Every other day 36hrs
Train: Beijing-Lhasa Z21 20:00 - 12:40 Daily 41hrs from 1144CNY / 185USD from 720CNY / 116USD
Train: Lhasa-Beijing Z22 15:50 - 08:28 Daily 41hrs
Train: Shanghai-Lhasa Z164 20:08 - 19:35 Daily 48hrs from 1262.5CNY / 204USD from 793.5CNY / 128USD
Train: Lhasa-Shanghai Z166 11:30 - 11:51 Daily 49hrs
Train: Xining-Lhasa Z223 12:26 - 09:55 Daily 22hrs from 781CNY / 126USD from 495CNY / 80USD
Train: Lhasa-Xining Z166 11:30 - 09:10 Daily 22hrs
Train: Xian-Lhasa Z265 Z165 09:54 - 16:45
11:22 - 19:35
Daily Daily 31hrs 32hrs from 970CNY / 156USD from 611.5CNY / 99USD
Train: Lhasa-Xian Z166 Z266 11:30 - 20:34
12:55 - 21:46
Daily Daily 33hrs 33hrs
Train: Chongqing-Lhasa Z223 22:25 - 09:55 Every other day 36hrs from 997.5CNY / 161USD from 627.5CNY / 101USD
Train: Lhasa-Chongqing Z224 18:40 - 06:42 Every other day 43hrs
Train: Guangzhou-Lhasa Z264 11:40 - 16:45 Every other day 53hrs from 1468CNY / 237USD from 865CNY / 140USD
Train: Lhasa-Guangzhou Z266 12:55 - 20:17 Every other day 56hrs
Train: Lanzhou-Lhasa Z323 09:26 - 09:55 Daily 25hrs from 823CNY / 133USD from 522CNY / 84USD
Train: Lhasa-Lanzhou Z166 11:30 - 12:08 Daily 25hrs

The train between Lhasa and Chengdu/Chongqing departs every other day. Check the table below to see the ODD & EVEN-number date in 2021 that has the train from/to Chengdu and Chongqing. Eg. in Jan 2021, train Chengdu to Lhasa, only available on ODD-number days. Like on 01 Jan, 03 Jan., etc.

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

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

How to Buy Tibet Train Ticket

Since 2015, Tibet train tickets can be purchased on the official site of the state-owned China Railway(www.12306.cn) 60 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 to buy Tibet train tickets at the railway station on the spot after your arrival in China. It is almost impossible.

Usually, after your agency book 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

Children’s Tibet Train Ticket

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

What to Pack for 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, no disposable provided. You need to prepare your own slippers, towel, cup, teeth brush, teeth paste, soap, 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, instant noodle. etc. for the train journey. 

Luggage Limitation & Prohibited Items on Tibet Train

Unlike traveling by air, Tibet train does not provide 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 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 in 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, guns. etc
*Oversized and/or overweight items
*Perishables
*Animals or any objects impeding public health including extremely odorous objects

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