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Why Taking a Train to Tibet So Popular?

Every day, the diligent Tibet trains unload about 2000 tourists to the holy city Lhasa from different cities around China. What makes so many travelers flock into Tibet by train?

The first also the biggest reason is to experience the world engineering wonder which has created 9 extraordinary world records (the highest railway – 5072m, highest railway station – 5072m, the longest plateau railway -1976kkm, longest rail bridge – 11.7km, longest plateau tunnel in permafrost – 1686m …) and check out how the engineers overcame the biggest three technical challenges during the construction Qinghai Tibet Railway – widespread frozen earth, high altitude sickness and eco-environment protection. The second reason is to enjoy the breathtaking plateau landscape along the railway – huge salt lakes Qinghai and Qarhan, vast and mysterious Hoh Xil Depopulated Zone, the Elf of Qinghai Tibet Plateau – Tibetan Antelope, Dominating Tanggula Mountains, Blue Diamond – Tsonag Lake, plains dotted with yaks and herder’s tents… The third reason is the much lower cost, compared with air transfer, especially during peak seasons.

Current Situation – Difficulty in Booking Train Tickets

So far, there are 7 gateway cities which run daily or weekly trains to Lhasa, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Xining. Travelers can also board the train at the midway stations, such as Nanjing, Xian, Taiyuan, etc. Even though there are 7 train routes to Tibet, the train tickets still sell out very quickly, especially during summer and holidays. The Soft Sleeper is very hard to book because each train has only 76 sleepers of its kind. But it is strongly recommended to take a Soft Sleeper because you may have to stay two nights on the train if you depart from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, etc. So you’d better book the train ticket as early as possible. According to the policy at present, one can book the ticket up to 30 days in advance.


Chengdu to Lhasa Train Z322 Timetable

Railway Stations Arrival Time Departing Time Stop Duration Riding Time
Chengdu Starting 14:48
Guangyuan 19:34 19:44 10mins 4hrs 46mins
Baoji 03:04 03:25 21mins 12hrs 16mins
Lanzhou 09:10 09:27 17mins 18hrs 22mins
Xining 12:07 12:27 20mins 21hrs 19min
Delingha 16:35 16:37 2mins 25hrs 47mins
Golmud 19:24 19:49 25mins 28hrs 47mins
Nagchu 05:46 05:52 6mins 38hrs 58mins
Lhasa 09:55 Final Stop 43hrs 7mins


Chengdu to Lhasa Train Z322 Train Ticket Fares

Route Details Train Number Z322 Duration 43hrs 7mins Tikcet Fares Chengdu-Lhasa (Arrive on the 3rd day)
Depart from Chengdu Railway Station Arrive at Lhasa Railway Station Hard Seat 328 (RMB)
Departing time 14:48 Arriving Time 09:55 Hard Sleeper
668/689/709 (RMB)
Train Type Z-series Distance 3360km Soft Sleeper


Lhasa to Chengdu Train Z324 Timetable

Railway Stations Arrival Time Departing Time Stop Duration Riding Time
Lhasa Starting 18:20
Nagchu 21:41 21:47 6mins 3hrs 21mins
Golmud 08:05 08:30 25mins 13hrs 45mins
Delingha 10:57 10:59 2mins 16hrs 37mins
Xining 15:19 15:39 30mins 20hrs 59mins
Lanzhou 18:19 18:34 15mins 23hrs 59mins
Baoji 01:14 01:44 30mins 30hrs 54mins
Guangyuan 09:34 09:52 18mins 39hrs 14mins
Chengdu 14:26 Final Stop 39hrs 14mins


Lhasa to Chengdu Train Z324 Timetable

Route Details Train Number Z324 Duration 44hr 6min Tikcet Fares Lhasa-Chengdu (Arrive on the 3rd day)
Depart from Lhasa Railway Station Arrive at Chengdu Railway Station Hard Seat 328 (RMB)
Departing time 18:20 Arriving Time 14:26 Hard Sleeper
668/689/709 (RMB)
Train Type Z-series Distance 3,360km Soft Sleeper

Important Notice: Above train schedules and fares are only for reference, please contact us to catch up on the latest information. But we usually will keep them updated.

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