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Guangzhou - Lhasa Train

Currently, there is only one pair of non-bullet trains, Z264/Z266, running between Guangzhou and Lhasa. Distance is 4,980 km (3,094 mi) and the whole journey takes 53/55.5 hours or so. The high speed trains are not available.

It needs to be noticed that overseas travelers to Tibet need to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit in advance. The permit is required when boarding at the railway station.

Basic Facts of Guangzhou - Lhasa Train

 Duration: around 53/ 55.5 hours
 Distance: about 4,980 km (3,094 mi)
 Top speed: 100/ 120/ 140/ 160 km/h (62/ 75/ 87/ 99 mph)
 Operated at: Guangzhou Railway Station, Lhasa Railway Station 

Guangzhou to Lhasa Train Schedule

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z26510:32 - 16:56++54h24m
See more Guangzhou Schedule 

Lhasa to Guangzhou Train Timetable

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z26612:40 - 21:01++56h21m
See more Lhasa Schedule 

1. "++" means the third day.
2. The above timetable is only for reference. As for the real-time schedule, you can search for it by the search box on page top.

Guangzhou - Lhasa Train Ticket Price

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 1,539
USD 226
CNY 925
USD 136
CNY 452
USD 66

Obviously, this is a very long journey, so you'd better buy an overnight sleeper in advance to make sure that you can have a good rest on the way. Besides, you are advised to take some magazines or journals, or download some movies to kill time when traveling. Make sure that your phone is fully charged. Food and water is available onboard, but you are recommended to take some on your own as they are usually priced higher.

Flights VS. High Speed Trains

Of course, flight is in service between the two cities and the whole flight travel takes 6 hours or so. It cannot be denied that flight travel will save a lot of time compared with the 2-day more rail travel. However, flight ticket price is pretty high and even the cheapest economy class in low seasons may cost almost the same as the soft sleeper on the railway carriage. So if you are a budget traveler and not pressed for time, rail travel is a good experience. The scenery along the way are a feast for the eyes. 

Scenery along the way

Traveling along the way is kind of time travel from a prosperous modern metropolis to one of the most featured holy lands. You will have a chance to view the beautiful natural sceneries such as Jinyintan Prairie, Qinghai Lake, Kunlun Mountains, Hoh Xil Unpopulated Area, Tanggula Mountains, and Nyainqentanglha Mountains. The flat plain, green grass, boundless gobi, blue sky and white cloud as well as snow capped mountains will be a good relaxation for both your body and soul.
Major Rail Lines from Guangzhou to:
Major Rail Lines from Lhasa to:
- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Guangzhou - Lhasa Train
Asked by Liliana | Oct. 11, 2019 18:54Reply
When will they check our Tibet travel permit?
At the security check before our boarding or after our arrival? Do we have to show the original permit or a copy is good enough? Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Oct. 13, 2019 17:26

Thank you for your inquiry.

According to the policy, the travel permit will be checked before your boarding. Travelers need to show the original document for boarding, copy is not workable. We suggest you to ask your tour agency to deliver original document to your hotel in Guangzhou in advance.
Asked by Audrey from FIJI | Apr. 22, 2019 03:40Reply
Will you charge a lower bed or upper bed?
I would like to buy the soft sleeper beds on Z264 to Lhasa. I do prefer lower bed but if it has to be, I can accept upper bed as well as I heard the tickets are hard to get?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Apr. 22, 2019 17:10

Thank you for your message.

We are pleased to offer ticket booking service for you. For sleeper bed, we will charge the price for lower bed and we always try our best to buy lower bed for our clients. However, as the beds are assigned by Railway Company, we cannot guarantee lower beds for our clients. If we get upper bed for you, we can refund you the price different between lower and upper bed. Hope for your kind understanding.
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