About Tibet Train Ride

1.Misconception:
Tibet Train Tour or Tibet Train Travel is a tour mainly based on the train running on the Tibet Plateau just as the cruise on Nile River or Yangtse River.
Truth:
It’s basically a train transportation -- transferring you to Tibet, Not a tour with relying on the train, by which you can stay overnight on the train, await you while you are visiting and go forward after onboard again.

2.Misconception:
It’s better to take the train than air to Tibet for acclimatizing altitude sickness.
Truth:
It’s better to take the flight to Tibet.
Since right after you finally get acclimatized to the altitude of a certain feet’s height, you have to face another breathing problem, then another, while the train is running up and up. Your body is struggling in this situation all the time, and finally you will feel even more uncomfortable.

3.Misconception:
You can watch more scenes by taking the train from other places to Tibet.
Truth:
From the feed- back of our guides and the tourists traveled with our company, we draw a conclusion that you will see MORE to take the train from Tibet to other places. We, Tibet Travel Dot Com with much experience, strongly recommend you to enjoy Tibet train experience the other way around.
Other reasons:
Only in this way you are 100% guaranteed the soft sleeper or the other requests if the travel agents are powerful enough (we never failed to help getting the requested train tickets for our clients if the bookings are no later than 30 days, or if there is NO government interference);
You can have more choices from 4 to 5 departing trains from Lhasa if you stop on the way to some place.

Train Theme Tours

Although traveling to Tibet via railway does take more time than by plane, it gives you much more enjoyment of the wonderful landscapes and a unique experience on the thousands of miles traveling on the roof of the world. On this tour, we will visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, etc. in Lhasa. Yamzho Yumco Lake and Palkor Temple are the scenic spots will be visited in Gyantse. And in Shigatse there is the Tashilumpo Temple which is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas.
>> See itinerary
Highlights:
This Trip Visits: Beijing → Lhasa → Shigatse → Lhasa → Beijing

 
From the imperial capital Beijing, to ancient capital Xian, to Chinese Kunfu native town, and to the starting city of Tibet Train, it is really a train ride trip. You will experience different cultures including Chinese and Tibetan; you will hear different dialects of Chinese language in Beijing, Xian, Luoyang, Lhasa, and Shigatse, and also a quite different language Tibetan; you will climb the Great Wall as well as Potala Palace; you will see ancient soldiers and wild Tibetan Antelopes as well. This is really an unforgettable trip and it is cheap in most.
>> See itinerary
Highlights:
This Trip Visits: Beijing → Luoyang → Xi'an → Tangula → Lhasa → Shigatse

This tour is from Imperial Beijing, to typical ancient China town Pingyao, to old China capital Xian, and finally take famous Tibet train to Lhasa. You can experience different culture and landscapes of China. You will climb the Great Wall as well as Potala Palace; you will visit unique Chinese Hutong and Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses; you will appreciate Magnificent scenery of Mt.Everest as well. This must be an unforgettable trip and you will enjoy it.
>> See itinerary
Highlights:
This Trip Visits: Beijing → Pingyao → Xian → Lhasa → Shigatse → Lhasa
Inner Structure
Train Schedule
Travel Tips
Pictures of the train (Click the image to enlarge)

There will be a direct train to Tibet from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Xining. Trains bound for Tibet will depart daily from Beijing everyday. There will be departures from Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Xining every other day. Please check the time table and price for the train:

Price

T164/5 Shanghai---Lhasa T166/3

Arrival Time

Station

Dept. Time

Hard Seat

Soft Seat

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

(Upper Berth)

(Middle Berth)

(Lower Berth)

(Upper Berth)

(Lower Berth)

19:36

Shanghai

11:25

402.5

793.5

817.5

841.5

1262.5

1310.5

20:38

Wuxi

10:17

397.5

784.5

808.5

832.5

1245.5

1293.5

22:05

Nanjing

8:55

385.5

763.5

785.5

809.5

1212.5

1258.5

23:47

Bengbu

7:16

372

741

763

786

1177

1221

1:22

Xuzhou

5:51

360

 

720

742

763

1144

1186

4:14

Zhengzhou

2:57

328

668

689

709

1062

1101

10:09

Xian

20:58

293.5

 

611.5

629.5

647.5

969.5

1005.5

16:47

Lanzhou

13:12

240

 

522

535

550

823

852

19:55

Xining

10:00

217

 

484

497

511

768

794

5:39

Golmud

0:51

141.5

 

358.5

366.5

375.5

564.5

581.5

15:38

Nagqu

15:01

50.5

 

128.5

133.5

136.5

198.5

204.5

20:15

Lhasa

11:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T166 Daily departure

T264/5 Guangzhou---Lhasa T266/3

Arrival Time

Station

Dept. Time

Distance

Hard Seat

Soft Seat

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

(Upper Berth)

(Middle Berth)

(Lower Berth)

(Upper Berth)

(Lower Berth)

12:19

Guangzhou

18:58

4980

447

865

892

919

1468

1526

19:14

Changsha

12:01

4273

397.5

784.5

808.5

832.5

1245.5

1293.5

22:34

Wuchang

8:18

3911

372

741

763

786

1177

1221

3:43

Zhengzhou

3:35

3375

328

668

689

709

1062

1101

09:54

Xian

21:40

2864

293.5

 

611.5

629.5

647.5

969.5

1005.5

16:37

Lanzhou

13:36

2188

240

 

522

535

550

823

852

19:25

Xining

10:52

1960

217

 

484

497

511

768

794

4:58

Golmud

1:44

1142

141.5

 

358.5

366.5

375.5

564.5

581.5

14:51

Nagqu

16:14

322

50.5

 

128.5

133.5

136.5

198.5

204.5

19:20

Lhasa

12:08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T266 only departs on every second day Odd Day (Jan./Apr./May/Aug./Nov./Dec.) Even Day (Feb./Mar./Jun./Jul./Sept./Oct.)

T222/3 Chongqing---Lhasa T224/1

Arrival Time

Station

Dept. Time

Hard Seat

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

(Upper Berth)

(Middle Berth)

(Lower Berth)

(Upper Berth)

(Lower Berth)

19:37

Chongqing

9:30

352

709

730

751

1123

1165

20:54

Guangan

8:05

341

690

710

731

1094

1135

22:05

Dazhou

6:46

335

680

699

720

1079

1120

6:00

Xian

22:28

293.5

611.5

629.5

647.5

969.5

1005.5

8:11

Baoji

20:18

285.5

597.5

613.5

630.5

944.5

979.5

13:54

Lanzhou

12:44

240

522

535

550

823

852

16:55

Xining

9:35

217

484

497

511

768

794

23:12

Delingha

3:08

177.5

418.5

429.5

439.5

659.5

680.5

2:47

Golmud

23:57

141.5

358.5

366.5

375.5

564.5

581.5

12:10

Nagqu

14:13

50.5

128.5

133.5

136.5

198.5

204.5

16:35

Lhasa

10:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

T224 only departs on every second day Odd Day (Feb./Mar./Jun./Jul./Sept./Oct.) Even Day (Jan./Apr./May/Aug./Nov./Dec.)

T22/3 Chengdu--Lhasa T24/1

Arrival Time

Station

Dept. Time

Hard Seat

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

(Upper Berth)

(Middle Berth)

(Lower Berth)

(Upper Berth)

(Lower Berth)

20:55

Chengdu

8:13

328

668

689

709

1062

1101

1:25

Guangyuan

3:42

302.5

627.5

645.5

663.5

997.5

1034.5

7:55

Baoji

20:42

285.5

597.5

613.5

630.5

944.5

979.5

13:54

Lanzhou

12:44

240

522

535

550

823

852

16:55

Xining

9:35

217

484

497

511

768

794

23:12

Delingha

3:08

177.5

418.5

429.5

439.5

659.5

680.5

2:47

Golmud

23:57

141.5

358.5

366.5

375.5

564.5

581.5

12:10

Nagqu

14:13

50.5

128.5

133.5

136.5

198.5

204.5

16:35

Lhasa

10:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

T24 only departs on every second day Odd Day (Jan./Apr./May./Aug./Nov.) Even Day (Feb./Mar./Jun./Jul./Sept./Oct/Dec)

K917 Lanzhou---Lhasa K918

Arrival Time

Station

Dept. Time

Hard Seat

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

(Upper Berth)

(Middle Berth)

(Lower Berth)

(Upper Berth)

(Lower Berth)

12:05

Lanzhou

10:21

240

522

535

550

823

852

14:44

Xining

7:46

217

484

497

511

768

794

20:49

Delingha

1:50

177.5

418.5

429.5

439.5

659.5

680.5

0:19

Golmud

22:35

141.5

358.5

366.5

375.5

564.5

581.5

8:39

Amdo

13:55

64.5

160.5

164.5

167.5

247.5

254.5

9:59

Nagqu

12:20

50.5

128.5

133.5

136.5

198.5

204.5

11:54

Damxung

10:12

24.5

86.5

91.5

94.5

134.5

140.5

14:35

Lhasa

8:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

K918 only departs on every second day Odd Day (Jan./Apr./May/Aug./Nov.) Even Day (Feb./Mar./Jun./Jul./Sept./Oct../Dec.)

K9801 Xining---LhasaK9802

Arrival Time

Station

Dept. Time

Hard Seat

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

(Upper Berth)

(Middle Berth)

(Lower Berth)

(Upper Berth)

(Lower Berth)

15:04

Xining

7:26

217

484

497

511

768

794

20:49

Delingha

1:50

177.5

418.5

429.5

439.5

659.5

680.5

0:19

Golmud

22:35

141.5

358.5

366.5

375.5

564.5

581.5

8:39

Amdo

13:55

64.5

160.5

164.5

167.5

247.5

254.5

09:59

Nagqu

12:20

50.5

128.5

133.5

136.5

198.5

204.5

11:54

Damxung

10:12

24.5

86.5

91.5

94.5

134.5

140.5

14:35

Lhasa

8:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

K9802 only departs on every second day Odd Day (Feb./Mar/Jun./Jul./Sept./Oct.) Even day (Jan./ Apr./May/ Aug./ Nov./ Dec.)

T27 Beijing——LhasaT28

Arrival Time

Station

Dept. Time

Hard Seat

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

Soft Sleeper

(Upper Berth)

(Middle Berth)

(Lower Berth)

(Upper Berth)

(Lower Berth)

20:00

Beijing

8:19

360

720

742

763

1144

1186

22:33

Shijiazhuang

5:40

341

690

710

731

1094

1135

0:50

Taiyuan

3:23

323

660

680

699

1046

1084

7:36

Zhongwei

20:19

268.5

569.5

586.5

601.5

901.5

934.5

13:02

Lanzhou

15:10

240

522

535

550

823

852

15:50

Xining

12:20

217

484

497

511

768

794

1:42

Golmud

3:08

141.5

358.5

366.5

375.5

564.5

581.5

11:08

Nagqu

17:17

50.5

128.5

133.5

136.5

198.5

204.5

15:40

Lhasa

13:48

 

 

 

 

 

 

T28 Daily departure

(Note: the accurate price would be charged at par. The price listed here is just for reference.) (Update: 2013-04-15)

  1. Because the Qinghai-Tibet train was just open in July 2006, millions of Chinese tourists are estimated to flock into Tibet in this economical way in the future months and years. It is more difficult to book the train tickets sometimes from other cities like Beijing, Chengdu, Xining, etc. The local travel agents take control of the most tickets and mark up the booking fee drastically. Comparatively, taking train out from Lhasa is easier to operate for tour operators. In fact, flying in and riding out by train is a better choice for most tourists. In this way, people can get used to the altitude in Lhasa at the height of 3650 meters above sea level. Then taking the train to the highest point of 5072 meters above sea level. Otherwise, once tourists have some unease on the way to Lhasa by train, it may affect the tour program.
  2. Like traveling in other parts of China, if you don't speak any Chinese or have little knowledge of this country, please bring a phrase book with you. Though the attendants had some crash courses of English, it is surely not enough to cover different situations on board.
  3. After going up more than 4500 meters above sea level, some weird things may happen at the altitude like ink-pens leak, vacuum-sealed food packages explode, some laptops and digital music players fail. So please get ready for what is going to happen on the way!
  4. The trains may stop at some high-altitude stations with a fantastic view. Please keep warm if getting off the train. Catching a cold on the plateau will make you feel worse, even lead to a disastrous consequence. Please don't run and get excited at the height, otherwise, you may feel very uncomfortable afterwards due to lack of oxygen.
  5. Please take light, high-carbohydrate meals for more energy, and avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration.
  6. You can use sunscreen, sunglasses lip creams to protect your eyes and skin, for Tibet's high altitude and the atmosphere allow the sun's solar radiation to strike the earth with more intensity.
  7. Please check with your doctor before coming to take the trip. Those who have heart problems, high or low blood pressure are not recommended to take the train ride and visit Tibet. For regular people, doctors may or may not suggest that you bring some high altitude medication based on your physical condition.


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