Tibet Train

Rail transport is a fundamental mode of long-distance transportation in the People’s Republic of China with a rail network that is the third largest in the world. Almost all rail operations are handled by the China Railway Corporation, serving all provinces with the exception of the special administrative region of Macau. By the end of 2012, the conventional rail network covered a total length of 98,000 km (60,894 mi) and the high speed rail network was 9,356 km (5,814 mi).[1] China’s rail transport volume is world’s largest and in terms of transport volume growth also the highest, having six percent of the world’s operating railways, but carrying 25 percent of the world’s total railway workload.

Qinghai Tibet rail way was completed in 2006 and it is the world’s highest rail way with the most fascinating landscape of beautiful lakes including Kokonor lake, Tsonak lake and a great Kunlun and Nyenchen Thangla mountain range. By taking train from mainland China to Lhasa will help you to acclimatize to the high altitude and at the same time, you will enjoy Jangthang plateau and beautiful nature. There are several trains daily between Qinghai xining, Lanzhou and Lhasa. There are also trains coming from Beijing to Lhasa, Shanghai to Lhasa, Guangzhou to Lhasa, Chengdu to Lhasa,Xian to Lhasa and Chongqing to Lhasa but we recommend to take the train from Xining to Lhasa because the landscape from Qinghai Xining to Lhasa is the most beautiful part for the train ride from mainland China to Lhasa and it is around 23 hours train ride in total. There three different categories of train tickets which are the seat, hard sleeper and soft sleeper. We recommend to take either soft sleeper or hard sleeper according to your budget.

TrainDurationDistanceSoft SleeperHard SleeperFrequencyMore
Beijing to Lhasa train43h40m3753km CNY1186CNY742Every dayDetail
Shanghai to Lhasa train48h39m4373km CNY1311CNY818Every dayDetail
Chengdu to Lhasa train43h40m3360km CNY1101CNY689Every other day Detail
Xining to Lhasa train23h51m1960kmCNY794CNY497Every dayDetail
Chongqing to Lhasa train43h40m3641kmCNY1165CNY730Every other dayDetail
Guangzhou to Lhasa train55h1m4980km CNY1526CNY892EverydayDetail
Lanzhou to Lhasa train26h27m2188km CNY852CNY535Every dayDetail

Soft sleeper: Most western travellers travel soft sleeper, a comfortable, civilised & affordable way to travel. Soft sleepers are spacious 4-berth compartments with two upper & two lower berths by night, converting to two sofas for daytime use. All necessary bedding is provided. There’s a table with tablecloth, and usually a vacuum flask of hot water for making tea (or drinking chocolate or cuppas soups if you’ve brought some). The compartment door locks securely, and a smartly-dressed attendant looks after each car. The best trains even feature individual TV screens and power sockets for laptops & mobiles. Passengers share with other passengers, but this is no problem, and a good way to meet people.

Hard sleeper: If you’re on a tight budget, or the soft sleepers are full, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t travel in a hard sleeper, as many western backpackers do. Hard sleeper consists of open-plan carriages with a broad aisle on one side of the car, bays of 6 bunks (upper, middle & lower) on the other side. In spite of the name, hard sleeper bunks are reasonably well padded, and bedding is supplied. Newer trains even have power sockets for laptops & mobiles.

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