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Wuhan - Lhasa Train

At present, high speed trains are not accessible in Lhasa; but for tourists who want to travel from Wuhan to Lhasa by train, there is one pair of normal trains shuttling between the 2 cities every single day as an option. The running distance is 3,911 km (2,430 mi) with the journey time of about 41.5 - 44 hours in total. The ticket price is CNY 372 for a hard seat and CNY 786 for a hard sleeper. The relatively straight railway linking Lhasa and Wuhan is planning to be done in 2026. As it is able to carry high speed trains, the journey time will be cut down to about 22 - 23 hours by then.

Basic Facts:

  Open time: October, 2006
  Operated at: Lhasa, Wuchang
  Duration: about 41.5 - 44 hours
  Distance: about 3,911 km (2,430 mi)
  Top speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)
  Major stations along the way: Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xining, Golumd, Naqu

Wuhan to Lhasa Train Schedule:

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z26423:00 - 16:56++41h56m
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Lhasa to Wuhan Train Timetable:

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z26612:40 - 08:42++44h2m
See more Lhasa Schedule 

1. The above timetables are only for reference. Please search for the real-time schedule via the search tool on the top of this page.
2. "++" indicates you will arrive in the third day.

Wuhan - Lhasa Train Ticket Fare

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 1,226
USD 180
CNY 790
USD 116
CNY 372
USD 55

Transfer in Lanzhou by High Speed Trains

If you failed to get a ticket of the through trains above or can't stand that long travel time on normal trains, you can try transfer in Lanzhou. There are 5 pairs of high speed trains operated between Lanzhou and Wuhan, and 5 pairs of normal trains connecting Lanzhou and Lhasa.
Route Schedule Duration Ticket Fare
Wuhan - Lanzhou West  About 5 pairs from around 10:36 to 16:51 7 - 9 hours   CNY 629 for second class seat
Lanzhou - Lhasa  About 5 pairs from around 09:27to 18:34  23.5 - 25 hours  CNY 567 for hard sleeper
Total 30.5 - 34 hours  CNY 1,1
Traveling in the above way, a transfer between Lanzhou West Railway Station and Lanzhou Railway Station is needed. The two stations are connected by city buses 1, K102 and 302; a single ride needs about 70 minutes. If by taxi, it takes about 20 minutes.

A New Railway Connecting Lhasa and Wuhan under Construction

The construction of the new railway connecting Lhasa and Wuhan started in 2014. The new railway line is expected to be put into service in 2026 with the ability to carry both normal and high speed trains. By then, the running distance between the 2 cities will be shortened to about 2,850 km (1,771 mi). And the general duration along this route will fall to about 22 - 23 hours accordingly.

Other Transportation Option: Wuhan - Lhasa Flight

For tourists who want to make their journey time shorter, flight is a good travel choice. Every day, there is one flight flying from Wuhan to Lhasa at 20:15, the flight takes 12 hours and 35 minutes; and the flight from Lhasa to Wuhan normally takes off at 11:40 with the journey time of 7 hours and 45 minutes. The flights will stop over in Chongqing. The economy fares range from CNY 800 to CNY 2,600. You can also take a connecting flight in Chengdu or Xi'an, by which the total flying time can be reduced to about 4 - 4.5 hours.

Major Rail Lines from Wuhan to:
Major Rail Lines from Lhasa to:
- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Wuhan - Lhasa Train
Asked by Joseph from USA | Dec. 22, 2019 23:46Reply
Did the train still runs in New Year Holiday time to Lhasa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jodie from IRELAND | Dec. 23, 2019 17:37

Yes, train runs in New Year Holiday as well, but I heard that trains to Tibet may no longer in service every day in winter time. They only runs every other day or on certain days of each week.
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