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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 Apr 25, 2023)
ToTrainsDurationTicket Fare (CNY)
Soft/ Hard Sleeper
Beijing West
Z22 at 15:5040h38mCNY 1,193/ 769
USD 175/ 113
Z166 at 11:3048h28mCNY 1,311.5/ 842.5
USD 193/ 124
Z266 at 12:4056h21mCNY 1,539/ 925
USD 226/ 136
Chongqing North
Z224 at 19:0035h23mCNY 1,041.5/ 672.5
USD 153/ 99
Z918, Z166, Z266 from 09:00 to 12:4033h4m - 34h55mCNY 1,011.5/ 654.5
USD 149/ 96
Z918, Z166, Z266, Z22...
6 departures from 09:00 to 19:00
21h30m - 21h51mCNY 816/ 529
USD 120/ 78
Z918, Z166, Z266, Z22...
5 departures from 09:00 to 19:00
24h24m - 24h38mCNY 860/ 558
USD 126/ 82
Z166 at 11:3045h23mCNY 1,261.5/ 812.5
USD 186/ 119
Z266 at 12:4044h2mCNY 1,226/ 790
USD 180/ 116
Z266 at 12:4047h39mCNY 1,294.5/ 833.5
USD 190/ 123
 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 updated on Apr. 25, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Lhasa Railway Station
Asked by Laird from IRELAND | May. 05, 2020 17:53Reply
Is Lhasa railway station in service in winter time?
Answers (1)
Answered by Evelyn | May. 06, 2020 17:36

Yes, they are in service everyday but I suppose there is hardly people there in winter. It is too cold to travel to Tibet at that time. You can hardly find a guide or tour company at that time too.
Asked by Farrah from SAN MARINO | Jul. 10, 2019 04:00Reply
Can I use a copy of Tibet permit to take train into Lhasa?
Our guide will meet at the Lhasa Station and given the paper one there. Would this be a problem?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jul. 10, 2019 18:42

Thank you for your inquiry.

According to the policy, travelers need to hold original travel permit to board the train. We are afraid a copy would not work. We suggest you to contact your guide to see if he or she can deliver the permit to you in advance so you will have it in hand.
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