Welcome to explore Tibet by taking the train from Beijing to Lhasa! Taking the train is a relaxed and leisured way but an enjoyable experience to travel around China. The rail networks of China nowadays are very extensive and developed. Nowadays the trains are more comfortable and faster than before. Here below lets introduce you the Qinghai Tibet railway journey from Beijing to Lhasa!
More and more passengers who travel to Lhasa,Tibet from Beijing choose to take the train. Beijing has become one of the most popular starting points of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. However, except that, Xining, Chengdu, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Chongqing all offer the trains to Lhasa. The travel between Beijing and Lhasa can be really tough. Because it takes a long duration more than 40 hours. It is the best to start the train journey from Xining,Qinghai. The Qinghai-Tibet railway travel is so much easier and it takes around 20 hours.
In July,2006, the No. Z21 train became one of the first three railway routes to Tibet. The train crosses eight provinces in China from Northern China Plain to the world’s highest Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. And the whole journey takes about 40 hours and twenty minutes from Beijing West Railway station to Lhasa.
The Beijing-Lhasa railway is 3,757 km long in total. Of the full length, the 1,110 km Qinghai-Tibet Railway was newly built. The most exciting part on the way is the section from Xining to Lhasa.The tourists can see the stunning view outside the window. In addition, the train passes the famous attractions such as Gobi Desert, Mount Tanggula and vast grassland.
Beijing-Lhasa Train Schedule
The regular departure train no.Z21 usually starts at 20:00 and ends at 12:20 next day. Furthermore, the return train no.Z22 takes shorter time with a duration of 39 hours and 58 minutes. And it leaves from Lhasa at 16:30 and arrives in Beijing at 8:28 next day.
|West Beijing||44 m||—||20:00||—||Day 1||—|
|Shijiazhuang||80 m||22:33||22:37||4 min||Day 1||291 km|
|Taiyuan||820 m||00:19||00:25||6 min||Day 2||516 km|
|Zhongwei||3,000 m||07:05||07:16||11 min||Day 2||1,263 km|
|Lanzhou||1,530 m||12:17||12:33||16 min||Day 2||1,569 km|
|Xining||2,200 m||15:01||15:21||20 min||Day 2||1,785 km|
|Delingha||2,980 m||19:23||19:25||2 min||Day 2||2,306 km|
|Golmud||2,780 m||22:10||22:35||25 min||Day 2||2,615 km|
|Nagchu||4,500 m||08:18||08:24||6 min||Day 3||3,435 km|
|Lhasa||3,650 m||12:20||—||—||Day 3||3,757 km|
Beijing-Lhasa Train Tickets Pricing Update ( Jan, 2018)
Beijing West Railway to Lhasa Railway
Lhasa Railway to Beijing West Railway
Life on the Beijing to Lhasa train (or Vice Versa)
To choose to sleep on the train, two types of cabin are available. One is the first class cabin while the other is the second class. The first class includes 4 soft sleepers in one compartment. Moreover, there are 6 hard sleepers within one compartment in the second class.
Train from Beijing to Lhasa Soft Sleeper
Qinghai Tibet Railway Soft Sleeper Cabin
Train from Beijing to Lhasa Hard Sleeper
Beijing to Lhasa Train 3rd Class Soft Seats
There is one specific cabin on the rain, passengers can sit down to eat food. It is a train restaurant. But the price is more expensive than the usual food. Plus tourists can order the food you like.
At the end of each cabin, toilets and washing basins are available. Furthermore, boiled water are accessible. Travelers can take the instant noodles and coffee.
Face/Hand Wash Area
Kitchen on the Train
Tibet Train Dinning Car
Qinghai Tibet Railway Oxygen Supply & Medical Issues
When traveling through the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, some passengers may suffer from altitude sickness. What’s worse, few people will feel a lack of oxygen. However, the train is equipped with two types of oxygen supply systems. Besides, doctors are also available on the train.
In addition, passengers can purchase the Health Registration Card when buying the train ticket. It can bring the tourists a sense of security in case of any emergency.