Lhasa-Shigatse Railway

 Open Date: August 16th, 2014
 Span: 248 km (154 mi)
 Speed: 160 km/h (99 mph))
 Travel Time: about 2.5 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 in the future. Another railway, the Shigatse-Yadong Railway may also be constructed.

Lhasa to Shigatse Train Schedule


(Last Update on May 9, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
C89108:20 - 10:422h22m
C92314:55 - 17:252h30m
C88316:15 - 18:392h24m

Shigatse to Lhasa Train Schedule

(Last Update on May 9, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
C89211:05 - 13:262h21m
C92417:45 - 20:202h35m
C89419:00 - 21:292h29m


Ticket Fare (CNY)

(Last Update on May 9, 2023)
Business Class SeatFirst Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 225 / USD 33CNY 103 / USD 15CNY 64 / USD 9
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 updated on May. 09, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
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