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Qinghai Tibet Train Travel

Taking Qinghai Tibet train travel is probably once a lifetime experience for westerners. Since its completion in early 2006, the railway has become an increasingly popular Tibet tour option that offers stunning views of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Those looking for in depth cultural experiences will love taking the train; it provides opportunities to meet people from all over Tibet and China! Tibetan and Chinese are among the friendliest of people and they will be just as excited to meet travelers on the train as travelers will be to meet them.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, as the only railway that links Lhasa railway station to the existing rail network of mainland China, is always busy throughout the year. On one hand, the scenery along the railway deserves our time. On the other hand, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway itself is a man-made world wonder.

Qinghai Tibet Train Travel Schedule and Fare 2019

  • Beijing-Lhasa
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z21 20:10 13:55 the 3rd day 41h45m 1,186 763

Although the travel time is as long as about 42 hours, passengers can leisurely enjoy the scenery along the way. 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 Train
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z164 19:16 17:55 the 3rd day 46h42m 1,310.5 841.5

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

  • Xian-Lhasa
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z265 09:45 17:30 the second day 31h 45 m 1,000.5 647.5
Z165 11:24 19:50 the second day 32h 26 m

They start from Guangzhou (Z264) and Shanghai (Z164) respectively and Xian 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
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z264 11:45 17:30 the 3rd day 53h45m 1,526 919

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

  • Chengdu-Lhasa
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z322 14:48 09:55 the 3rd day 43h7m 1,101 709

Z 322 is available every other day. Along the way, it will make short stops at Guangyuan, Baoji, Lanzhou, Xining, Golmud, and Nakchu.

  • Chongqing-Lhasa
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z223 15:42 09:55 the 3rd day 42h13m 1,120 720

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
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z223/323 09:13 09:55 the second day 24h42m 852 550
Z917* 11:16 12:00 the second day 24h44m
Z21 12:33 12:30 the second day 23h57m
Z265 16:55 17:30 the second day 24h35m
Z165 18:32 19:44 the second day 25h12m

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

  • Xining-Lhasa
No. Departure Arrival Travel Time Ticket Price (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Z223/323 12:14 09:55 the second day 21h41m 815 530
Z917* 14:05 12:00 the second day 21h55m
Z6801* 14:05 12:00 the second day 21h55m
Z21 15:20 12:30 the second day 21h10m
Z265 19:51 17:30 the second day 21h39m
Z165 21:35 19:44 the second day 22h9m

Among them, only Z6801 originates from Xining. The others just stop there for a few minutes for passengers to get onboard. The major stops along the way include Delhi, Golmud, Amdo, Nakchu, and Damxung. “*” indicates Z917 and Z6801 is available other day.