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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 StationsArrival TimeDeparting TimeStop DurationRiding Time
Guangyuan19:3419:4410mins4hrs 46mins
Baoji03:0403:2521mins12hrs 16mins
Lanzhou09:1009:2717mins18hrs 22mins
Xining12:0712:2720mins21hrs 19min
Delingha16:3516:372mins25hrs 47mins
Golmud19:2419:4925mins28hrs 47mins
Nagchu05:4605:526mins38hrs 58mins
Lhasa09:55Final Stop43hrs 7mins


Chengdu to Lhasa Train Z322 Train Ticket Fares

Route DetailsTrain NumberZ322Duration43hrs 7minsTikcet FaresChengdu-Lhasa (Arrive on the 3rd day)
Depart fromChengdu Railway StationArrive atLhasa Railway StationHard Seat328 (RMB)
Departing time14:48Arriving Time09:55Hard Sleeper
668/689/709 (RMB)
Train TypeZ-seriesDistance3360kmSoft Sleeper


Lhasa to Chengdu Train Z324 Timetable

Railway StationsArrival TimeDeparting TimeStop DurationRiding Time
Nagchu21:4121:476mins3hrs 21mins
Golmud08:0508:3025mins13hrs 45mins
Delingha10:5710:592mins16hrs 37mins
Xining15:1915:3930mins20hrs 59mins
Lanzhou18:1918:3415mins23hrs 59mins
Baoji01:1401:4430mins30hrs 54mins
Guangyuan09:3409:5218mins39hrs 14mins
Chengdu14:26Final Stop39hrs 14mins


Lhasa to Chengdu Train Z324 Timetable

Route DetailsTrain NumberZ324Duration44hr 6minTikcet FaresLhasa-Chengdu (Arrive on the 3rd day)
Depart fromLhasa Railway StationArrive atChengdu Railway StationHard Seat328 (RMB)
Departing time18:20Arriving Time14:26Hard Sleeper
668/689/709 (RMB)
Train TypeZ-seriesDistance3,360kmSoft 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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