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Xining Tibet Train Tours

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Being a vital commercial hub along “the Silk Road”, Xining is situated on the eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. It’s the shortest gateway to Tibet.

The multi-ethnic culture, culinary diversity and easy access to Tibet make Xining the best alternative city to enter Tibet. Especially, during peak travel season in China( during Spring Festival, summer and winter holiday, etc.) when train tickets from Beijing-Lhasa, Shanghai-Lhasa and Guanghzou-Lhasa train become scarce, you can simply take flight from cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou to Xining and later take Xining-Lhasa train to Tibet. It can save you lots of time and guarantee your Tibet tour as planned.

Overall, Xining-Lhasa train covers 1,972km and it takes about 20:55h to reach Lhasa. it’s where Tibet train truly lies. The highlights of the train come from Golmud to Lhasa. Through the window, you will enjoy the gobi desert, lofty Kunlun Mountain and Kekexili Natural Reserve, grazing, and snow-peaked Yuzhu Mountain, and Tibetan yak dotted on vast Changtang grassland, etc.

To enjoy the Tibet train ride from Xining, 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 Xining to Tibet. You need to book the train ticket one month ahead via our travel consultants.

Most Popular Tibet Train Tours from Xining( 22 hrs train ride with soft/hard sleeper )

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

Xining and Lhasa Train Schedule Details

Train Z6801 is the only one train which drives directly from Xining to Lhasa. Compared with trains to Lhasa from major cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Xining-Lhasa train (Z6801) runs every other day and offers you the shortest ride of 1,972km in total.

Train NumberDepartureArrivalDurationDistanceFrequencyTicket Price
Z6801(Xining-Lhasa) 14:01 11:10 21:09 Hours 1972km Every other day ¥495 Hard sleeper ¥781 Soft sleeper
Z6802(Lhasa-Xining) 08:50 06:43 21:53 Hours Every other day ¥495 Hard sleeper ¥781 Soft sleeper

Xining Lhasa Train sets off from Xining Railway Station at 14:01 and arrives at Lhasa Railway Station at 11:10 on the second day. On the back, Lhasa-Xining train (Z6802) returns at 08:50.

Besides the direct train from Xining to Lhasa, all the other trains to Lhasa would pass through Xining Railway Station. If you failed to book train tickets from other popular cities and still want to experience Qinghai-Tibet train trip, flying to Xining and enter Tibet by trains from Xining is another good try.

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 Xining, you can also board Tibet train from cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Shanghai train, etc. Find out more Tibet train tours from the following cities below.

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