There are three types of coaches on the Tibet train. Since the journey is really long, most foreign travelers prefer the sleepers.
*First Class: Soft-Sleeper Berth
*Second Class: Hard-Sleeper Berth
*Third Class: Soft-Seat
Soft-Sleeper Berth of Tibet Train
The Soft-Sleeper Berth is the best coach of Tibet Train. Four-bed soft sleeper berths (软卧, ruan wo) come with individual TVs, doors that close and lock, full-length mirror, independent luggage storage space, and coat rack.
There are 12 Soft-Sleeper Berth compartments in a cabin on Tibet train. 4 berths in each compartment, two uppers and two lowers.
Hard-Sleeper Berth of Tibet Train
The Hard-Sleeper Berth is the second class coach of Tibet Train. Hard-sleeper berth(硬卧, ying wo) carriages are made up of doorless six-berth compartments with bunks in three tiers, with sheets, pillows, and blankets provided.
There are 18 Hard-Sleeper Berth compartments in a cabin on Tibet train. 6 berths in each compartment, two uppers,two middle and two lower.
It is about 600 hard sleeper berths in one train, so the tickets are relatively easier to be reserved. The hard sleeper berth is not a hardboard like its name, it still comfortable and soft.
Toilet in Tibet Train
There are toilets available at each of the car in the Tibet Train. On one side is Asian toilet and on the other Western toilet. Overall they are kept clean but toilet paper is not available.
There are neat sink areas in the Tibet train. The attendants always keep the sink areas reasonably clean. Each sink area is equipped with three sinks which have the push type water faucet. The sink areas are always busy in the morning because it is shared by 32 people. It is better to buy a towel at a supermarket before you get on the train for there are no toiletries on Tibet train.
Dining Car in Tibet Train
A general cookhouse next to the first class soft-berth sleeper is equipped with each Tibet train. The dining car in Tibet train provides three meals a day for passengers on board. Besides the kitchen, there is tables and seat available in the dining area for you to enjoy the food as well as the view along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. During non-meal service time, you will be required to buy at least one beverage to sit in the dining car of Tibet train. Meals provided on the train are usually about twice the price than anywhere else in China, and not as nice.
For breakfast, passengers will be served with porridge, pickles, eggs, bread and milk, which is about CNY 20 or so. Those who are in favor of noodles could choose from Snow Vegetable Noodle, Beef Noodle, and Steak Noodle.etc.
For lunch and dinner, Tibetan style dishes are the most popular with passengers on the Tibet train. Among all train meals, there are 55 cold dishes, 8 Tibetan dishes, 32 ordinary dishes and 8 soup dishes. Usually abt CNY 30 or so per dish. Also, there is meal cart pushed throughout the train by attendants during mealtime, selling Chinese-style bento for about CNY 20.
Air-conditioning System in Tibet Train
All the Tibet trains are air-conditioned and pressurized, for the Tibet trains pass through the mountain areas of high altitude. The Air-conditioning System in the Tibet trains can keep the temperature in the train at a comfortable level so that passengers can enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the world's highest railway in a cozy environment. Of course, the other facilities, such as the Oxygen supply system and the pressurizer also contribute to this comfortable environment.
Medical Service in Tibet Train
Tibet Trains provide passengers with temporary medical service. Professional doctors and trained nurses are also available on Tibet trains. Passengers can get timely but limited first aid in a Tibet train.
If you suffer from high altitude sickness, you can ask the train attendant for help. The trained attendant will help you connect the oxygen tube to the oxygen outlet for you to inhale oxygen.
At the time of writing, two oxygen supply systems have been used on Tibet trains: diffusion oxygen and pipe oxygen. One is used for increasing the oxygen content inside the train when the train to Lhasa is driven into the plateau zone. The other is directly used by passengers through the independent port. There are oxygen supply tube and mask on each cabin for an emergency.
When Tibet Train heads its way up to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Zone, Oxygen begins to emit to the whole cabin by temperature and air pressure controlling system, it mostly releases the difficulty of traveling at such a high altitude, like a headache, out of breath inside Oxygen filled cabins. The altitude, temperature, driving speed are shown on each cabin as well.
Private Oxygen masks are provided to every passenger whatever tickets you have. In sleeping berth car, you can find Oxygen Supply tube and mask on each cabin for an emergency.
The air pressure inside the train is automatically controlled to make you feel as traveling in low altitude zone. More than these conveniences, the glass window of Tibet Train is designed to anti-ultraviolet rays.
In a conclusion, Tibet Train is such a train full of caring, known as the best Train exploring on the roof of the word.