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Lhasa Railway Station

Lhasa Railway Station, one end of Tibet Railway, is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away from Potala Palace. At an altitude of 11,811 feet (3,600 meters), it is one of world’s highest railway stations. Currently, it operates trains to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou, and Shigatse.

Address: Liuwu Town, Duilong Deqing District

Decorated in both traditional Tibetan and modern styles, the railway terminal building has three floors, two above ground and one underground. Upon entering the central hall on first floor, passengers could imagine they were entering an ancient Tibetan palace, while the escalators and LED screens draw them back to a modern society. In the southeast side of this floor, there is a large waiting room for passengers with soft seat tickets. In the west side of the floor are the ordinary waiting hall (Waiting Hall One) and the ticket hall. In addition to train tickets, flight and long-distance bus tickets are available at the ticket hall. On the second floor, there is a shopping place in northeast side, and Waiting Halls Two and Three in the south side, equipped with Mother & Baby Waiting Room, Soldier Waiting Room, Room for Soft Seat Passengers, and a Medical Room with oxygen supply equipment. The underground floor is for arrival passengers. The whole building is heated by solar energy to avoid any pollution of the environment.

In front of the terminal building is a large-scale square. City buses parking lot is at its east side. In its west side is the Liuwu Long-distance Bus Station. It has buses to Chamdo, Shangri-la, Zhangmu, Ngari, and Katmandu (capital of Nepal). Taxi stands which are just outside the Exit for passengers’ convenience, can be easily found.
Lhasa Railway Station
Lhasa Railway Station
Waiting Room
Waiting Room

Schedule and Ticket Booking

Major rail lines from Lhasa to:
  Schedule to Major destinations
(Last Update on Nov 16, 2018)
ToNos.DurationTicket Fare (CNY)
Soft/ Hard Sleeper
Beijing West
Z22 at 16:3039h58mCNY 1,186/ 763
Z166 at 11:3048h21mCNY 1,307.5/ 841.5
Chongqing North
Z224 at 18:3535h48mCNY 1,042.5/ 663.5
Z166 at 11:3033h4mCNY 1,014.5/ 647.5
Z6802, Z166, Z22, Z6812...
5 departures from 09:00 to 18:35
20h25m - 21h43mCNY 808/ 521
Z166, Z22, Z224 from 11:30 to 18:3523h45m - 24h41mCNY 852/ 550
Z166 at 11:3045h24mCNY 1,257.5/ 808.5
Z8801, Z8803, Z6811 from 11:07 to 18:102h47m - 2h53mCNY 175.5/ 119.5
 The above schedule is for reference only. For real-time schedule and ticket booking, please click the arrival stations.


 Buses from/to the station
No. Major Stops
1 Beijing Avenue, Century Avenue, Monument of Qinghai-Tibet and Sichuan-Tibet Highways, Fukang Hospital, Qixiang Vegetable Market…
6 Financial School, West Suburban Coach Station, Tibet Museum, Chakpori Hill Farmer’s Market, Ruiji Hotel, Tibet University…
13 Museum, City Social Welfare Institute, North Suburban Coach Station, Zashi Lhamo Temple…
14 Liuwu Bridge, West Suburban Coach Station, Museum, Norbulingka, Lhasa Restaurant…


It takes about CNY25 to reach the urban area from the station by metered taxi. However, most drivers are reluctant to use the meter and they usually charge CNY30-50 for a single ride. If you share a taxi with others, it costs CNY15-20 per person.

 Car Pooling
It costs about CNY10 per person by a minibus and the driver will take you anywhere you want within the urban area.

 Transportation to Famous Attractions
 Potala Palace: Take bus no. 6 to Chakpori Hill Farmer’s Market, and then walk about 547 yards (500 meters) to get there; or take bus no. 1 to Labai, and then walk about 875 yards (800 meters) to the Palace;
 Barkhor Street: Take bus no.6 to Lugu, and then walk about 875 yards (800 meters) to reach there;
 Sera Monastery: Take bus no. 1 or 14 to Remuqi, and then change to bus no.16 to the Monastery.

- Last modified on Oct. 24, 2018 -
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