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Tibet Train from Chengdu to Lhasa

Edited by on 2020-10-29 12:00:13

For people who are going to Tibet for the first time, taking the Qinghai-Tibet train to Tibet is their best choice. Among the seven cities in China that depart from Tibet, Chengdu has the shortest total duration after Xining and Lanzhou. Chengdu is the hometown of giant pandas, China's national treasure, and an ancient city with thousands of years of history. A variety of unique Chinese food has become the signature of Chengdu. Therefore, most domestic and overseas tourists choose Chengdu as their first stop in Tibet. Chengdu currently has three railway stations in operation, Chengdu North Station, Chengdu East Station, and Chengdu South Station. Trains from Chengdu to Lhasa depart from Chengdu North Station.

Chengdu to Lhasa Train

Chengdu to Lhasa Train

Guide to Chengdu North Station

Location of Chengdu North Station

Chengdu North Station is located on the second ring road in Jinniu District, Chengdu. Locals call Chengdu Station North Railway Station, but the train system shows Chengdu Station, so Chengdu Station and North Railway Station are actually the same station. Chengdu North Railway Station started its semi-closed renovation in 2016 and is expected to reopen in 2019. Currently, only a few trains stop or depart from Chengdu North Station. At present, only the South Square of Chengdu North Station has an entrance, so it is more convenient to get in and take a bus. After entering the station, find the corresponding waiting room according to the information on the sign. It should be noted that the frequency of the Z322 train from Chengdu to Lhasa is the next day. Please pay attention to the information on the train ticket to avoid delaying your journey.

Starting from October 12, 2017, with the opening of the Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway, the train operation time from Chengdu to Lanzhou has been shortened, so the train operation time from Chengdu to Lhasa has also been reduced by 9 hours. The departure time of the train from Chengdu Railway Station to Lhasa was postponed to 21:37 in the evening. At night, you must pay attention to the train station. Don't go to the wrong train station, which will delay your journey.

Chengdu Railway Station at night

Chengdu Railway Station at night

How to reach Chengdu North Railway Station from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport?

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is located in Shuangliu District, Chengdu, about 25 kilometers away from Chengdu North Railway Station. There are three convenient and quick ways to get there:

a. Airport limousine line No. 2, whether it is T1 terminal or T2 terminal, you can take the airport limousine line directly to the metro station, which takes about 50 minutes;

b. By subway, take Metro Line 10 at the airport to Taipingyuan Station and transfer to Line 3, then transfer to Line 1 at the Provincial Gymnasium and get off at Chengdu Station. It takes about 50 minutes; until the end of 2017, Chengdu Metro Line 7 After opening, you can take Metro Line 10 at Taipingyuan Station and transfer to Line 7 directly to Chengdu North Railway Station;

c. Taxi: Take a taxi to the North Railway Station. It takes about 40 minutes.

Chengdu Airport to Chengdu North Railway Station

Chengdu Airport to Chengdu North Railway Station

How does Chengdu East Railway Station get to Chengdu North Railway Station?

The distance between Chengdu East Railway Station and Chengdu North Railway Station is about 10 kilometers. It is the most convenient way to take the subway. From Chengdu East Railway Station, take subway line 2 and then transfer to line 1 at Tianfu Square Station. It takes about 30 minutes to reach Chengdu North Station. You can also take a taxi to Chengdu North Station, which takes about 20 minutes.

How does the Chengdu Giant Panda Base get to Chengdu North Station?

Chengdu Giant Panda Base

Chengdu Giant Panda Base

The Chengdu Giant Panda Base is located in Chenghua District, Chengdu, about 10 kilometers away from Chengdu North Station. There is currently no subway line to reach, so it is the most convenient to take a taxi, which takes about 20 minutes.

Chengdu-Lhasa train Z322 operating timetable and stops

  • Staions
  • Arrival -- Departure
  • Duration
  • Chengdu
  • ---
  • ---
  • Guangyuan
  • 02:23
  • 17min
  • Lanzhou
  • 09:10
  • 16min
  • Xining
  • 12:02
  • 24min
  • Delingha
  • 16:31
  • 2min
  • Golmud
  • 19:17
  • 25min
  • Nagchu
  • 06:06
  • 6min
  • Lhasa
  • 09:55
  • ---

Luggage Storage at Chengdu North Railway Station

There are many luggage storage locations near the exit and entrance of Chengdu North Station. Please check the signs carefully. Real-name registration is required when storing luggage, so you will need your identification materials, such as a passport. The railway station is a crowded area and the environment is quite complicated. Please take your valuables with you as much as possible.

How to buy train tickets to Tibet at Chengdu North Station?

Chengdu North Railway Station Map

Chengdu North Railway Station Map

How to buy a train ticket from Chengdu to Lhasa

Required documents-Home Return Card (Hong Kong and Macao tourists); Tibet Entry Permit (original), passport (foreign tourists and Taiwan tourists)

Home Return Card: Hong Kong and Macao residents travel to and from the Mainland, similar to a mainland ID card.

Tibet Entry Permit: Entry Permit for Foreign Tourists and Taiwanese Tourists.

ID card and passport: According to the regulations of the real-name train ticket system, when purchasing train tickets in mainland China, you need to provide valid ID cards such as ID cards and passports. The name of the passenger must be consistent with the certificate used.

Ways to purchase

If you choose to buy tickets at Chengdu Railway Station or a sales agent, please make sure that you have obtained the Tibet entry permit in advance, and show your ID when purchasing tickets at the window, such as home return card, Tibet entry permit, passport and other documents. Train tickets to Lhasa can be purchased at all train station ticket offices in Chengdu.

Guide to buying tickets from Chengdu to Lhasa during peak season (July to October)


There is only one train from Chengdu to Tibet in two days. It is difficult to successfully purchase tickets during the peak season. It is recommended to apply for a Tibet entry permit at least two months in advance, and then find a travel agency to buy tickets for Tibet.


Although there is only one train to Tibet from Chengdu every two days, there are five trains to Tibet from Xining every day. There will be a temporary extra shuttle bus departing from Xining during peak seasons, tickets are relatively better to buy.


Chengdu is the city with the most direct flights to Lhasa in China. There are not only direct flights from Chengdu, but also connecting flights from other domestic cities via Chengdu. There are as many as 30 direct flights from Chengdu to Lhasa every day, from Chengdu to Lhasa. The flight lasts approximately 2.5 hours.


In addition to the Chengdu-Lhasa flight, there are also more flights from Chengdu to Nyingchi. There are as many as 10 departure and stop flights from Chengdu to Nyingchi every day. The flight time between Chengdu and Nyingchi is approximately 2 hours.

How to get in and board the train after purchasing the ticket?

Chengdu North Railway Station Entrance

Chengdu North Railway Station Entrance

After purchasing the ticket, go through the security check and enter the station at the entrance. When passing the security check, you need to show your identification materials and train ticket. Then wait in the designated waiting area. When checking in, please follow the instructions and enter the platform to board the train.

Other train stations in Chengdu

Chengdu East Railway Station is located in Chenghua District, Chengdu. Due to the wide capacity reconstruction of Chengdu Railway Station, most of the trains currently stop at Chengdu East Railway Station.

Chengdu South Railway Station is located in the high-tech zone of Chengdu. In the future, it will mainly sell passenger trains to Chongqing, Yunnan and Guizhou.

The Chengdu West Railway Station under construction is located in Qingyang District, Chengdu, and will serve as the starting station of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway in the future. The successful construction of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway will greatly shorten the time from Chengdu to Lhasa, Tibet, from the current 40 hours to more than 20 hours.

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