• by Mark
  • Last Updated: 2018-04-11

Train Tickets in China start to sell 30-day in advance. Train tickets to Lhasa are always in high demand, to book 60-day in advance is highly suggested, or we cant guaranteed you 100%, 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 charges service fee additionally to the official ticket price between CNY 200~1000 depends on 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.

Here below are the time and official price of Tibet train 2018.

Route

Train No.

Departure/Arrival Time

Duration

CNY/USD

Soft-Sleeper

Hard-Sleeper

Train: Chengdu-Lhasa

Z322

14:48/09:55

43hrs

from 997.5CNY / 161USD

from 627.5CNY / 101USD

Train: Lhasa-Chengdu

Z324

18:30/14:36

44hrs

Train: Beijing-Lhasa

Z21

20:00/12:30

41hrs

from 1144CNY / 185USD

from 720CNY / 116USD

Train: Lhasa-Beijing

Z22

15:30/08:20

41hrs

Train: Shanghai-Lhasa

Z164

20:10/19:44

48hrs

from 1262.5CNY / 204USD

from 793.5CNY / 128USD

Train: Lhasa-Shanghai

Z166

11:05/11:51

49hrs

Train: Xining-Lhasa

eg. Z223

12:14/09:55

22hrs

from 781CNY / 126USD

from 495CNY / 80USD

Train: Lhasa-Xining

eg.

Z918

08:50/06:43

22hrs

Train: Xian-Lhasa

eg. Z165

09:45/17:30

32hrs

from 970CNY / 156USD

from 611.5CNY / 99USD

Train: Lhasa-Xian

eg.

Z166

11:05/20:34

34hrs

Train: Chongqing-Lhasa

Z223

15:42/09:55

42hrs

from 997.5CNY / 161USD

from 627.5CNY / 101USD

Train: Lhasa-Chongqing

Z224

18:30/13:41

43hrs

Train: Guangzhou-Lhasa

Z264

11:45/17:30

54hrs

from 1468CNY / 237USD

from 865CNY / 140USD

Train: Lhasa-Guangzhou

Z266

12:45/19:50

55hrs

Train: Lanzhou-Lhasa

eg. Z223

09:13/09:55

25hrs

from 823CNY / 133USD

from 522CNY / 84USD

Train: Lhasa-Lanzhou

eg. Z918

08:50/09:23

25hrs

The train between Lhasa and Chengdu/Chongqing departs every other day. Check the table below to see the ODD & EVEN-number date in 2018 that has the train from/to Chengdu and Chongqing
eg. in Jan 2018, train Chengdu to Lhasa, only available on EVEN-number days. Like on 02 Jan, 04 Jan. etc.

2018

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Train: Chengdu → Lhasa

ODD EVEN EVEN ODD ODD EVEN EVEN ODD EVEN EVEN ODD ODD

Train: Chongqing → Lhasa

EVEN ODD ODD EVEN EVEN ODD ODD EVEN ODD ODD EVEN EVEN

Train: Lhasa → Chengdu

ODD EVEN EVEN ODD ODD EVEN EVEN ODD EVEN EVEN ODD ODD

Train: Lhasa → Chongqing

EVEN ODD ODD EVEN EVEN ODD ODD EVEN ODD ODD EVEN EVEN

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 service fee depending on seasons.

Don’t keep any hope to buy Tibet train ticket 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 to the actual paper ticket at the ticket booth of any railway stations in China.

Children’s Tibet Train Ticket

Children discounted prices of Tibet train are based on their height. No children can take the Tibet train alone without the company of an adult. The height of 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 think about to buy 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 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 within 160cm; 
The length of luggage in shape of pole is limited within 200cm;
The weight of a wheelchair of disable 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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