Tibet Train Information

The Tibet Train is also known as the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. This train-line connects from Xining to Lhasa, Tibet. This Railway line is the world’s highest railway, also this train-line cross an elevation of 5,100 meters above the sea level.

The Tibet Train covers a distance of more than 1956 km and it will take around 20 hours to complete the journey from Xining to Lhasa. The Tibet Train passes through the most breathtaking landscapes in the world, including Qinghai-Tibet plateau natural reserve area, Kunlun and Tanggula Mountain ranges.

All the Tibet Trains are equipped with oxygen supply systems. If any passenger is uncomfortable during the trip to Tibet, they can use the oxygen for acclimatizing the altitude. The cabins are also facilitated with air conditioning, comfortable seats and sleeping berths. The dining cars, toilets, and also medical centers are available on the board.

Since from 2008, thousands of foreigners and tourist from mainland China are attracted to take the train to Tibet. It also helps for travelers to enter Tibet with reasonable fee. Taking a train to Tibet will also help travelers to acclimatize the altitude.

Tibet Train Information

Due to the aforementioned factors, traveling to Tibet by train become quite popular among tourists, and therefore Tibet train tickets are in great demand. It might be challenging for foreigners to buy their train tickets on their own, particularly during the busy tourist season.

We, the Tibet Nature Tour, can assist each traveler in arranging a Tibet Train Ticket to Lhasa.

However, it might be difficult to ensure that you will be able to purchase a Soft Sleeper or First Class berth particularly from Chengdu, Shanghai, Xi’an, or Beijing. 


The train tickets will start to sell 30 days before the train departure date. If you can book the trip with us before 35 days of your trip’s start date. Then, it normally won’t be an issue for us to get the train ticket for you accordingly.

We can organize your train ticket reservations a little bit easier in the winter time, because there will be fewer travelers visiting Tibet.

Xining is the best option for taking the train. Since Xining lies at a height of around 2,700 meters and there are often 5 to 7 trains that operate to Lhasa each day. It will take around 24 hours to travel by rail from Xining. To check on the Train Schedules click here.

2023 Tibet Train Schedules & Prices

DurationDistanceFrequencySoft SleeperHard Sleeper
Xining to Lhasa – Xining
21:40hrs1,972kmEvery DayCNY808CNY521
Lanzhou – Lhasa – Lanzhou
26:30hr2,188kmEvery DayCNY823CNY522
Chengdu – Lhasa – Chengdu
42:12hrs3,641kmOne Train Every DayCNY1,186CNY720
Beijing Lhasa – Beijing
40:30hrs3,757kmOne Train Every DayCNY1,186CNY763
Shanghai – Lhasa – Shanghai
47:20hrs4,373kmOne Train Every DayCNY1,310CNY841
Guangzhou – Lhasa- Guanzhou
53:45hrs4,980kmOne Train Every DayCNY1,526CNY919

Using the Tibet Nature Tour was ideal for me. Through Tenzin, I planned a private tour. He was of great assistance. It was all as smooth as clockwork. She planned a day at Drak Yerpa Valley for me because I wanted a lovely hike. It was both exactly what I envisioned and fascinating. 

The Tibet tourist pass was delivered to my accommodation in Chengdu without a problem.


Lorenzo – Shanghai

Tibet Flight Information
Tibet Flight Info

Lhasa Gonkhar Airport receives over 80 flights daily. Many of these flights are from major mainland cities. There are just two flights from Kathmandu, Nepal, in a week. Wednesday and Friday are generally the days that flights from Kathmandu are available. Due to high demand, you probably find flights to Lhasa on other days of the week.

Tibet Travel permit
Tibet Travel Permit

A Tibet travel permit is the most important document you will need while entering Tibet. The Tibet Travel Document serves the same purpose as a visa for entry into Tibet. We will assist you with obtaining the permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau, without any issues. The procedure normally takes between 7 to 14 days.

Hotels in Tibet
Hotels in Tibet

Due to recent years’ development in the Tourism Industry, the average of every hotel in Tibet had leveled up. Therefore we try to find the most suitable accommodation for you. 

6 Days Tibet Culture Tour
Tibet Festivals

Tibet is well-known for its Rich Culture and traditional spiritual life.  We offer tailor-made special tours for you to enjoy the trips during Tibetan Festivals.