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Chengdu-Lhasa Train

Currently, there is only one pair of non-bullet trains, Z322/Z324, running between Chengdu and Lhasa 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 & Ticket Price:

(Last Update on July 31, 2018)
Chengdu Schedule
Stations Z322 Ticket Price (CNY)
Arrival Departure Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper Hard Seat
Chengdu --- 21:37 --- --- ---
Guangyuan 02:23+ 02:40+ 146.5 100.5 46.5
Lanzhou 09:11+ 09:27+ 415.5 272.5 148.5
Xining 12:07+ 12:27+ 470.5 307.5 168.5
Delingha 16:35+ 16:37+ 611 397 217
Golmud 19:20+ 19:45+ 684 444 243
Nakchu 05:59++ 06:05++ 982.5 631.5 302.5
Lhasa 09:55++ --- 1,101 709 328

Lhasa to Chengdu Train Timetable & Ticket Fare:

(Last Update on July 31, 2018)
Lhasa Schedule
Stations Z324 Ticket Price (CNY)
Arrival Departure Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper Hard Seat
Lhasa --- 18:35 --- --- ---
Nakchu 21:54 22:00 204.5 136.5 50.5
Golmud 08:10+ 08:35+ 599 413 141.5
Delingha 11:02+ 11:04+ 680.5 439.5 177.5
Xining 15:19+ 15:35+ 808 521 224
Lanzhou 18:37+ 18:52+ 852 550 240
Guangyuan 01:23++ 01:50++ 1,034.5 663.5
Chengdu 07:00++ --- 1,101 709 328
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.

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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- Last modified on Aug. 09, 2018 -