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Chengdu - Lhasa Train

Currently, there is only one pair of non-bullet trains, Z322/Z324, running from Chengdu to Lhasa/ from lhasa to Chengdu with the duration of 36/36.5 hours.

Although the linear distance is around 777 miles (1,250km), the rail travel of Z322/Z324 covers a total length of 2,088 miles (3,360km) since it uses the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, which is a big detour. Luckily, a new railway, Sichuan-Tibet Railway has been under construction since 2014. When completed in 2028, duration between the two cities will be greatly shortened to around 13 hours as it traverses directly between. The main stops of this new rail line include Chengdu, Ya'an, Garze, Chamdo and Nyingchi.

Z322/Z324 run between Chengdu Railway Station and Lhasa Railway Station. The former one is about 3 miles away from the city center and can be easily accessed by subway Line 1 and many other city buses. Please kindly notice that the Chengdu Railway Station is also called North Railway Station by the local people, thus the subway stop there is named "North Railway Station". City bus, taxi and minibus are frequently used way of transfer in Lhasa. Travelers can take bus No. 6 to Tibet Museum, No. 14 to Norbulingka and No. 15 to Potala Palace.

Chengdu to Lhasa Train Schedule

(Last Update on Feb 21, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z32221:37 - 09:55++36h18m
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Lhasa to Chengdu Train Timetable

(Last Update on Feb 21, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z32418:35 - 06:58++36h23m
See more Lhasa Schedule 

1. "+" indicates the second day. "++" indicates the third day.
2. The timetable is for reference only. For real-time schedule, please search for it by the tool on top of the page.

Ticket Fare of Chengdu - Lhasa

(Last Update on Feb 21, 2019)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 1,034.5
USD 156
CNY 663.5
USD 100
CNY 302.5
USD 45
Although this pair of non-high speed trains takes around 36/36.5 hours, the beautiful scenery along the way is the best pay-back for the time devoted. Grasslands, gobi, mountains, lakes and occasionally you can even have a quick glance of wild animals like Tibetan antelope, yak, and wild donkeys etc. It is no doubt that this can be a memorable experience.

Travel Tips:

A sleeper bed is highly recommended or can even be regarded as a "necessary' for this overnight long distance trip, let along its altitude.

The Chengdu to Lhasa train tickets are always under great demands, thus travelers are suggested to book the tickets in advance, especially during hot season.

The tickets of this rail line are usually not able to be changed or cancelled online once issued. Travelers need to make the change or cancellation at the railway station by holding original travel document used for booking and paper ticket. In this way, travelers are recommended to well make their travel plan beforehand.

Tibet Travel Permit is a must for international travelers to enter Tibet. To get onboard, both the original Travel Permit and rail ticket will be required.

Oxygen supply equipments are set up onboard to ease altitude sickness. The equipments will begin work at appointed spot on the way. Passengers can also seek help from onboard doctors if necessary.

Travelers who are tight in time and cannot afford a 43 to 44 hours trip may choose flight instead. By flight, it takes only about 2.5 hours for the whole trip. Though the ticket price is higher, it saves your time for visiting in Lhasa.

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Major Rail Lines from Lhasa to:
- Last modified on Nov. 14, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu-Lhasa Train
Asked by Cameron | Oct. 29, 2018 01:38Reply
I want to travel from Chengdu to Lhasa but there is no train available on my day.
I was advised to make a transfer in Xining. I am wondering if 3.5 hours is enough for transfer? I heard that overnight train delays, so I'm worried what if I cannot catch the one from Xining to Lhasa. The next one is 1.5 hours later but never get soft sleeper tickets. The one after that is 6.5 hours later. I do not want to sit in station for over 6 hours. Is there any one tried this transfer?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew | Oct. 29, 2018 23:47

3.5 hours should be fine usually. The trip would not delay for such a long time unless there is serious weather problem or some accident. If you are indeed very worried about this problem, you may consider the transfer in Chongqing instead. If Z322 is not available on your date, direct one from Chongqing must be in service. There are many high speed rides a day to Chongqing North and they hardly delay.
Asked by PS from MALAYSIA | May. 28, 2018 00:50Reply
Hi, Im planning for Oct trip from Lhasa to Chengdu however there no direct train between these 2 stn, will I need to buy from Lhasa -> Lanzhou -> Chengdu, mean i will need to stop and wait/ transit at Lanzhou?
Answers (5)
Answered by Benson | May. 28, 2018 04:03

There is a direct ride Z322, but this ride only available every next day. So I am not sure if this one available on your travel date
Answered by PS from MALAYSIA | May. 28, 2018 23:50

Thanks .. perhaps need to go to the train station once arrive Lhasa to book the ticket first than take day tour around ....
Answered by Benson | May. 29, 2018 03:39

In fact, it may be better if you book it online in advance as I heard the ticket very hard to get. If you buy it on the travel date, there maybe no seat left at all. You can try to submit a booking request on this website. They could offer such booking service
Answered by PS from MALAYSIA | May. 30, 2018 11:28

Thanks, but any official web to book?
Answered by Benson | May. 31, 2018 01:32

the official website is www.12306.cn, the problem is that it only suppose Chinese service.
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