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Your Tibet tour would be utterly incomplete, if you fail to enjoy Tibet train to Lhasa. And there are good reasons.

Being an engineering miracle in human history, Tibet train speeds on lofty Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with a total length of 1,972km from Xining to Lhasa. 960 kilometers of it lies at 4,000 m above sea level, with highest Tanggula Railway Station even reaching 5,072 m. It is the extreme altitude that gives it a fine reputation as the “Sky Train” or “Celestial Road” to holy Tibet.

Crossing three climate zones, the scenic ride on Tibet train to Lhasa promises multiple benefits.

To first-timers to Tibet, taking Tibet train in and flying out not only give you ample time to acclimatize to high altitude on the plateau but also offer a rare feast to your eyes from Golmud to Lhasa.

Simply learn back on the cozy bunk next to huge train window inside the soft sleeper cabin. A real drama starts to unfold before your eyes. From massive full-blossomed rapeseeds flowers around Qinghai Lake to snow-blanketed Yuzhu Peak, running Tibetan gazelles in Kekexili nature reserve, glittering Tuotuo River at sunset, awe-inspiring Tanggula Mountain Pass, grazing Tibetan yaks scattered around Qiangtang prairie, etc, the epic train journey will make every railfan lose in reverie.

For international tourists travelling with family, it’s a golden opportunity for your kids to have a vivid lesson on Chinese topography and climate.

Due to the shortage of Train ticket, booking ahead is a must (30 days early). And it’s highly advisable to secure your train ticket via our booking service. A soft sleeper ticket, with great comfort and privacy, is highly recommended for the long ride. Of course hard sleeper and hard seat are also available for budget travelers.

You can board the Tibet train from major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guzhangzhou, Xi’an, Xining, etc.

On more thing to mention: to be able to board the Tibet train, you have to get your Tibet Travel Permit. Please feel rest-assured that our travel consultants will work with you to sort it out the details. And later, mail it by express to your hotel in China before you board the Tibet train.

Most Recommended Tibet Train Tour Packages

To ensure our clients can have a mesmerizing Tibetan train journey before reaching in Tibet, we ingeniously weave a number of popular Tibet train routes together with highlighted itineraries in Tibet. You can easily travel from cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Xining, Xi’an, Chengdu to via Tibet train to explore all parts of Tibet, even en route to Kathmandu, Nepal.

All Tibet Train Routes That Connects Mainland China and Lhasa

Though the essential part of Tibet train begins from Xining to Lhasa, all together there are 8 train routes that can take you from all directions of mainland China to Tibet SAR. Check the details of Tibet train route and train schedule and booking information below. There's got to be one that works best for you.

  • Beijing to Lhasa Train Schedule & Online Ticket Booking

    • Distance: 3757km
    • Duration: 40:10 hrs
    • Soft Sleeper:CNY1144
    • Hard Sleeper: CNY720

    Throughout the year, Beijing-Lhasa train ticket is one of the most difficult one to get for tourists. Advance booking is very necessary for your Tibet tour. A good solution during Chinese travel rush season (e.g. summer, winter break, spring festival, etc.) is to fly from Beijing to Xining and then take Xining-Lhasa train to Tibet.

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  • Shanghai to Lhasa Train Schedule & Online Ticket Booking

    • Distance: 4373km
    • Duration: 47:10 hrs
    • Soft Sleeper:CNY1262.5
    • Hard Sleeper: CNY793.5

    Shanghai-Lhasa train ticket is equally difficult to get for ordinary tourists. Many business elites and worldwide tourists would like to take Shanghai-Lhasa train to Tibet. The train route takes you to travel from the mega-cosmopolitan city to holy Tibet via historical cities like Xi’an,etc. During peak travel season, both using both flight and train is also a great solution.

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  • Guangzhou to Lhasa Train Schedule & Online Ticket Booking

    • Distance: 4980km
    • Duration: 53:20 hrs
    • Soft Sleeper:CNY1468
    • Hard Sleeper: CNY865

    With a walloping length of 4980km, Guangzhou-Lhasa train is the longest train route linking Tibet with costal city in China. For super railfan, it’s highly recommended for you to experience. You can fully enjoy the varied topography of mainland China from coastal city to soaring Qinghai-Tibet plateau. No recommended for the elderly and family with small kids for the tiring long ride.

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  • Chengdu to Lhasa Train Schedule & Online Ticket Booking

    • Distance: 3360km
    • Duration: 43:07 hrs
    • Soft Sleeper:CNY1062
    • Hard Sleeper: CNY668

    Chengdu is the major overland gateway to Tibet from southwest of China. Chengdu-Lhasa train remains popular if you want to explore the homeland of lovely giant pandas in Sichuan before boarding the marvelous Tibet train to holy Tibet.

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  • Chongqing to Lhasa Train Schedule & Online Ticket Booking

    • Distance: 3641km
    • Duration: 42:13 hrs
    • Soft Sleeper:CNY1079
    • Hard Sleeper: CNY680

    As a sister city to Chengdu, Chongqing is another major city in southwest of China. If you happen to enjoy the Yangtze River cruise down from Shanghai to Chongqing, then taking Chongqing-Lhasa train is a great choice for you.

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  • Lanzhou to Lhasa Train Schedule & Online Ticket Booking

    • Distance: 2188km
    • Duration: 23:54 hrs
    • Soft Sleeper:CNY823
    • Hard Sleeper: CNY522

    Used to be a major hub on northern Silk Road, Lanzhou is an exotic city in Gansu Province. If you love exploring the Muslim heritages in this historical city, later you can take Lanzhou-Lhasa train to Tibet.

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  • Xining to Lhasa Train Schedule & Online Ticket Booking

    • Distance: 1972km
    • Duration: 21:09 hrs
    • Soft Sleeper:CNY781
    • Hard Sleeper: CNY495

    Touted as the beginning of Qinghai-Tibet railway, Xining-Lhasa train promises the highlights of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, esp. from Golumd to Lhasa part. During the peak travel season in China, it’s advisable to travel fly from popular cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou to Xining, and later take Xining-Lhasa train to reach Tibet.

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  • Xian to Lhasa Train Schedule & Online Ticket Booking

    • Distance: 2864km
    • Duration: 31:20 hrs
    • Soft Sleeper:CNY969.5
    • Hard Sleeper: CNY611.5

    Served as the ancient capitals of China, Xi’an is a must-visit place for international tourists to visit if you are interested in ancient history of China. Never miss visiting Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang before heading toward sacred Tibet via Xi’an-Lhasa train.

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Get Back to Mainland China from Lhasa by Train

To these tourists who flew directly to Lhasa, taking Tibet train back from Lhasa to visit other cities of mainland China would be your last chance to experience miraculous ride on Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Do seize the great opportunity. Find out the latest Tibet train routes at your convenience.

Most-Read Articles about Tibet Train Onboard

What’s Tibet train like when travelling in it? Can I have shower in it? Is it safe to travel onboard? What am I supposed to do if I have altitude sickness?,etc. We bring you the most-read articles and frequently asked questions concerning the train journey on Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Check the question you concern most in the following most-read articles.

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