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To someone who is fascinated by both ancient Chinese culture and Tibetan Buddhism, travelling from Xi’an to Tibet is your wisest choice.

Though Beijing is the capital of China, historically Xi’an far outweighs Beijing in that Xi’an used to be the capital of first feudal and centralized empire in Chinese history and also served as the capital in Tang Dynasty, the most glorious period of ancient Chinese civilization.

As the third shortest railway linking to Lhasa, Xi’an-Lhasa train covers 2,864km and it takes 31:45h to reach Lhasa. As to scenery along the way, it’s highly recommended to do it in summer. You will enjoy the massive full-blossomed rape-seed flowers while passing Qinghai Lake and snow-capped Yuzhu peaks even in summer and lofty Tanggula Mountain Pass, vibrant Changtang Prairie on Tibetan Plateau, etc.

To enjoy the Tibet train ride from Xi’an, you need to obtain Tibet Travel Permit. As a leading Tibet train tour operator, we guarantee 100% Tibet permit and can arrange the tour from Xi’an to Tibet. You need to book the train ticket one month ahead via our travel consultants

Most Popular Tibet Train Tours from Xian( 32 hrs train ride with soft/hard sleeper )

With over 10 year’s Tibet train tour running experience, we handpicked the top 4 Xi’an to Tibet train tours, which covers the highlights of Tibet tours via Tibet train. Find your favorite itinerary in the following Xi’an-Tibet train tours.

Xian and Lhasa Train Schedule Details

There is no direct train from Xian to Lhasa up till the present moment. Then how could we get to Lhasa from Xian? Luckily, two trains to Lhasa from other major large cities have a stop at Xian Railway Station namely, Guangzhou-Lhasa Train (Z264) and Shanghai-Lhasa Train (Z164). Thus, you could go to Tibet from Xian by trains running initially from Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Train NumberDepartureArrivalDurationDistanceFrequencyTicket Price
Z265(Xian-Lhasa) 09:45 17:05 31:20 Hours 2864km daily ¥611.5 Hard sleeper ¥969.5 Soft sleeper
Z165(Xian-Lhasa) 11:24 19:20 31:56 Hours daily ¥611.5 Hard sleeper ¥969.5 Soft sleeper

Since Xian is not the initial train station to Lhasa and not all trains would stop over here, the limited quota for Xian-Lhasa train tickets makes ticket-booking become more difficult, especially in peak season (May to October). You may take a train or fly to Xining or Lanzhou, and then enter Tibet by Xining-Lhasa train (Z6801) or Lanzhou-Lhasa train (Z917) as an alternative.

Tibet Train Onboard Information

Is it safe to travel on Tibet train? What facilities are on the train? What’s the life in different cabins in Tibet train? We gather all the useful information as to the Tibet train ride and awful lots of FAQs. You will learn much useful information before boarding Tibet train.

  • Soft Sleeper on Tibet Trains

    Soft Sleeper on Tibet Trains

    On each Tibet train, there are usually only 2 soft sleeper cars which are the most comfortable ones compared with the hard sleeper class and the hard seats class.

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  • Hard Sleeper on Tibet Trains

    Hard Sleeper on Tibet Trains

    Hard sleeper class, also known as hard sleeper berth or second class sleeper, is an affordable way to take the Tibet train in comfort. Contrary to the class, the bed is not hard per se in a hard sleeper berth. The beds are just not as thick.

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  • Hard Seats on Tibet Trains

    Hard Seats on Tibet Trains

    Hard Seats on Tibet trains are the cheapest ticket class, but not recommend for long time journey to Lhasa from cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, etc.

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  • Dining Car on Tibet Trains

    Dining Car on Tibet Trains

    Each Tibet train is equipped with a dining cart and restaurant which offers passengers 3 meals a day. You can always buy a snack, beer, tea, or soft drinks as well.

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  • Air-conditioning System on Tibet Train

    Air-conditioning System on Tibet Train

    All the trains to Tibet are air conditioned and pressurized for the trains have to run through the mountain areas at high altitude. The air-conditioning in the Tibet train 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.

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  • Washrooms on Tibet Trains

    Washrooms on Tibet Trains

    On Tibet trains, there are two bathrooms at the end of each car. On one side, there is a Western toilet and the other is an Asian toilet. The facilities are well appointed and they are always kept clean and tidy.

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  • Oxygen Supply on Tibet Trains

    Oxygen Supply on Tibet Trains

    Don't worry about the high altitude sickness when travel Tibet by train, for you can get used to the raise of the altitude slowly and gradually on the way. In order to keep passengers comfortable during the journey, the Tibet trains are all equipped with the oxygen supply systems.

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  • Medical Service on Tibet Train

    Medical Service on Tibet Train

    Every train from or to Tibet is equipped with modern facilities to provide passengers temporary medical service. Suffering from altitude sickness is a common thing on the Tibet train, the experienced doctors and trained nurses are also available for dealing with and attending the medical emergencies of the passengers. And the passengers can get timely and effective first aid.

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More Tibet Train Tours from Other China Cities

Tourists can easily take Tibet trains from major cities to Lhasa. Apart from Xi’an, you can also board Tibet train from cities like Beijing, Xining (true beginning of Tibet train), Chengdu, and Shanghai train, etc. Find out more Tibet train tours from the following cities below.

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