Lhasa-Shigatse Railway

 Open Date: August 16th, 2014
 Span: 154 miles (248 km)
 Speed: 75 mi/h (120 km/h)
 Travel Time: about 3 hours
 Stations: Lhasa, Qushuixian, Nimu, Renbu, and Shigatse

As an extension of Tibet Railway, this rail in the works may reach Gyirong County near the border of China and Nepal, and be a part of China - Nepal Railway by year 2020. Another railway, the Shigatse-Yadong Railway may also be near completion by that year.

Lhasa to Shigatse Train Schedule


(Last Update on Jun 22, 2021)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z880108:25 - 11:202h55m
Z880315:15 - 18:022h47m

Shigatse to Lhasa Train Schedule

(Last Update on Jun 22, 2021)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z880212:00 - 14:372h37m
Z880418:40 - 21:322h52m


Ticket Fare (CNY)

(Last Update on Jun 3, 2019)
Route Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper Hard Seat
Upper Berth Lower Berth Upper Berth Middle Berth Lower Berth
Lhasa Qüxü 95.5 101.5 63 68 72 11
Shigatse 169.5 174.5 111.5 118.5 122.5 40.5
Mt. Everest
Snow Covered Mt. Everest

Scenic Railway Route

Along Lhasa-Shigatse Railway, passengers will sense as if that they are traveling in an old master oil painting because of the fairy tale landscape. Passengers can view up close Lhasa River- the “Ganges” of Lhasa and Tibet, and the Yarlung Tsangpo River Canyon- which rivals all world renowned canyons. Passengers will pass through Nimu County- the home of melons and fruits, Renbu County rich in mineral resources and Nyangqu River wetland where one comes upon birds and animals in their natural habitats.

Arriving in Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, passengers will be amidst clear lakes, beautiful grasslands, grand monasteries and ancient temples, washed with unique culture and customs. They include Tashilhunpo Monastery and Sakya Monastery. Located about 186 miles (300 kilometers) away from Shigatse, is the world’s highest peak - Mt. Everest (Mt. Qomolangma). If one’s physique allows, one should at least pay a visit.

 Read more: Shigatse Travel Guide

Oxygen Outlet on Tibet Trains
An Oxygen Outlet inside the Train

Characters of the Railway

1. The railway operates at 11,811-13,123 feet, or 3,600-4,000 meters above sea level, all coaches are equipped with oxygen generators for passenger use. Meantime, the glass of the carriage is uvioresistant.
2. The railway passes through high geothermal energy territory, which was challenging for construction crews. Sand storms presented another major challenge. These were dully overcome.
3. To be environmental friendly, the railway has skirted around the nature reserves as much as possible; most of the railroad has been elevated to allow animals migratory passage; the carriages are heated by geothermal energy, solar energy and electricity.
4. To avoid the dangerous section of Yarlung Tsangpo River, engineers have tunneled through mountains. The longest is 6.5 miles (10.4 kilometers).
5. The complex terrain, environmental protection requirement, and uses of tunnels make the railway China’s most expensive, over CNY50,000 per meter (1 meter is about 0.6 mile). 
- Last modified on Sep. 12, 2019 -
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