Tibet Trains: Schedule and Tickets to Lhasa

There are altogether seven trains to Lhasa running along the Tibet Railway from major large cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Xining. In addition to these, passengers can get onboard/ off in Amdo, Baoji, Bengbu, Changsha, Damxung, Delhi, Golmud, Nagqu, Nanjing, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Wuchang, Wuxi, Xi'an, and Zhengzhou.

Tibet train tickets can be bought at any railway stations, online or through phone, or to save time and trouble, from a professional and reliable booking agency like TravelChinaGuide.com. Please be advised that overseas passengers, including Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan passengers, need to present their valid ID certificates like a passport and a Tibet Travel Permit to obtain the ticket. During peak travel seasons like summer holiday, these tickets cannot be changed or refunded online and passengers need to handle the change or refund in person at railway stations.
 Read more: How to Buy China Train Tickets, Refund and Change a Ticket

Note: "+" indicates the second day; "++" indicates the third day.
 

Beijing-Lhasa

 

(Last update on August 29, 2018) 
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z21 20:00 12:40++ 40h40m 1,189 763

Although the travel time is as long as about 41 hours, passengers can leisurely enjoy the scenery along the Lhasa railway. Also, it gives you a chance to gradually adopt to the plateau climate. The stopovers along the way include Shijiazhuang North, Taiyuan, Zhongwei, Lanzhou, Xining, Delhi, Golmud, and Nakchu.

 

Shanghai-Lhasa

 

(Last update on August 29, 2018) 
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z164 20:10 19:30++ 47h20m 1,310.5 838.5

Along the way, it will stop in Wuxi, Nanjing, Bengbu, Xuzhou, Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xining, Golmud, and Nakchu. The total running length is 2,717 miles (4,373 kilometers).

 

Xi'an-Lhasa

 

(Last update on August 29, 2018) 
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z265 09:45 16:19+ 30h34m 1,005.5 647.5
Z165 11:24 19:30+ 32h6m

They start from Guangzhou (Z264) and Shanghai (Z164) respectively and Xi'an is just an intermediate station stopping for 10 minutes. Passengers should move quickly to get on/off. Along the rest of the route, they also stop in Lanzhou, Xining, Golmud, and Nakchu.

 

Guangzhou-Lhasa

 

(Last update on August 29, 2018) 
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z264 11:45 16:19++ 52h34m 1,513 919

It will stop intermediately in Chenzhou, Changsha, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xining, Delhi, Golmud, and Nakchu.

 (Last update on August 29, 2018) 
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z322 21:37 09:55++ 36h18m 1,042.5 663.5

Z322 is available every other day. Along the way, it will make short stops at Guangyuan, Baoji, Lanzhou, Xining, Golmud, and Nakchu. 

 

Chongqing-Lhasa

 

(Last update on August 29, 2018) 
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z223 22:25 09:55++ 35h30m 1,034.5 663.5

Z223 is also available every other day. The stopovers along the way include Nanchong North, Guangyuan, Baoji, Lanzhou, Xining, Delhi, Golmud, and Nakchu.

 

Lanzhou-Lhasa

 

(Last update on August 29, 2018) 
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z223/323 09:27 09:55+ 24h28m 868 5667
Z917* 11:16 11:20+ 24h4m
Z21 12:32 12:40+ 24h8m
Z265 16:41 16:19+ 23h38m
Z165 18:34 19:30+ 24h56m

Z917 departs every other day from Lanzhou Railway Station. The others are available every day but Lanzhou is just an intermediate station.

 (Last update on August 29, 2018) 
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z323/ 223 12:27 09:55+ 21h28m 808 521
Z917 14:01 11:20+1 21h19m
Z6811 20:30 17:45+ 21h15m
Z21 15:21 12:40+ 21h19m
Z265 19:31 16:19+ 20h48m
Z165 21:27 19:30+ 22h3m

 


 Further Reading:
Tibet Train Schedule and Ticket from Lhasa

- Last modified on Dec. 03, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Tibet Trains: Schedule and Tickets to Lhasa
Asked by Alex M. from MACAO | Jul. 26, 2017 13:20Reply
Passenger Health Registration Card Lhasa Railway
Hy. So, I've been thinking on going to Lhasa from Guangzhou by train, but recently I have read about a Passenger Health Registration Card, where I have to sign to say that I am healthy due to the lack of oxigen. If I have asma, would that affect me? Thank You.
Answers (1)
Answered by Sandra | Jul. 27, 2017 22:44
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I did not read about a health registration card have to be offered to enter Tibet. The travel permit to enter Tibet is a must. But due to the high altitude, it would be better to ask a doctor first to see if your health can fit the condition there.
Asked by Nath from MEXICO | Oct. 13, 2015 17:32Reply
Visiting Lhasa
Sorry I don't get it real clear... Can I travel by train to Lhasa on my own or do I need to be in a tourist group?
Also If I can take the train and go on my own do I have to ask for a permit? In CHina Ambassy or in CHina?
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Answered by Toby | Oct. 13, 2015 20:06
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You can take the flight or go by rail by your own, but the pernit is needed for boarding. You can not visit there by individual, you have to do it with a tourist group. The permit need to apply from the Tibet Tourism Bureau instead of the embassy.
Answered by Nath from MEXICO | Oct. 13, 2015 22:03
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so i can get the permit by myself, take the train by myself arrive in Lhassa and then what? I can visit Lhasa by myself? i don't want to go to tibet just vist Lhasa and arrive by train both by myself,,, is this posible? Is this allowed?
Answered by Toby | Oct. 14, 2015 05:40
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As i know, the permit cannot get by individual, you need to have a agent to spply for you from Tibet Tourism Bureau as a group. So did need a tour adent for your visit in Tibet.
Asked by goh from MALAYSIA | Jul. 13, 2015 00:47Reply
Hi, it take how long to travel from xiling to Lhasa?
any ristriction for backpacker to travel to Tibet ?
we are four in a group, are we allow to self traveling?
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Answered by Nora from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 13, 2015 03:35
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Dear Goh. You must refer to Xining, right? Well, the train takes around 21 hours.

It is not allowed to travel to that area on your own. According to the regulation, you have to join a tour through a Chinese travel agency. They would help you have Travel Permit, with which you shall be allowed to enter that region.
Asked by Peter C from HONG KONG | Jan. 01, 2015 21:09Reply
I am from Hong Kong and would like to book a train ticket to Lhasa, Can you tell me how?
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Answered by Frank from ALGERIA | Jan. 02, 2015 03:27
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You can book the ticket through internet, or phone calls. Or you can buy it in advance in any railway station. If it is not convenient for you, I suggest you a better option. I had booked through travelchinaguide several times, and they save much trouble for me. You can turn to them, too. I remember their contact info is bookingtravelchinaguide.com.
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