Lhasa Train information

China Tibet – Qinghai Train
Built quite literally on the roof of the world – at an average elevation around 4,500m above sea level – the Qinghai-Tibet railway represents the culmination of the long-held Chinese dream of connecting China to Tibet.

Running for over 1,956km from Xining, capital of China’s Qinghai province to Lhasa, through some of the planet’s harshest natural conditions, it is an impressive catalogue of world records. With its highest point at an altitude of 5,072m – 200m or more above the Peruvian railway in the Andes – Qinghai-Tibet easily takes the title as the world’s highest track and Tanggula Station, a mere 4m lower, the highest railway station.

It is also the longest plateau railway in the world. Some 550m of its tracks are on frozen earth, passing through both the world’s most elevated tunnel – Fenghuoshan Tunnel (4,905m) – and the longest plateau tunnel – Kunlun Mountain (1,686m) – to be built on frozen earth.

Oxygen in the Tibet Train:

Oxygen is released in the cabins only from Golmund to Tibet or vice versa.  If you still encounter symptoms of altitude sickness, you can use your personal oxygen supply.

Fares & Schedules:

Service valid from 1 July 2006 until further notice. Subject to alteration wherever possible please check times locally before traveling. All trains are air conditioned and pressurized and include Oxygen.

Lhasa train schedule

From –                                           To Distance
Beijing –                                         Lhasa 4064 km
Chengdu –                                     Lhasa 3360 km
Chongqing –                                 Lhasa 3654 km
Lanzhou –                                     Lhasa 2188 km
Xining –                                         Lhasa 1972 km
Xian –                                             Lhasa 
Guangzhou –                               Lhasa 
Shanghai –                                   Lhasa 

Departure Time & Length of trip:


Train T27 will start from Beijing West Railway Station at 21:30 and arrive at Lhasa Railway Station at 20:58 on the third day after 47 hours and 28 minutes’ running.

T27/8 train will pass through six cities, including Shijiazhuang, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Xining, Golmud and Nagqu township.

Lhasa – Beijing
Train T28 will depart from Lhasa Railway Station at 8:00 am. And arrive in Beijing west at 8:00 am. On the third day with a 48-hour-trip.

T22/3 train will leave Chengdu at 18:18 and arrive in Lhasa at 18:28 on the third day with a trip of 2 hours and 10 minutes.

The trip from Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan province, to Lhasa, covering a distance of 3,360 kilometers, will take about 48 hours and 10 minutes on train T22/23. This train will pass Guangyuan, Baoji, and then link to Lanzhou, Xining, Golmud and Nagqu Township before it reaches Lhasa.

Lhasa – Chengdu
T24/1 train will set out from Lhasa at 9:05 am. and get to Chengdu at 9:55 am on the third day after 48 hours and 50 minutes.

K917 train will leave Lanzhou at 16:45 and arrive in Lhasa at 22:30 on the second day with a trip of 29 hours and 45 minutes. The trail will cross 2188 kilometers.

Lanzhou – Lhasa
K918 train will set out from Lhasa at 9:32 am. and arrive in Lanzhou at 15:45 on the second day after running for 30 hours and 13 minutes.

Train T222/3 will start from Chongqing at 19:20 and arrive in Lhasa at 18:28 on the third day running for 47 hours and 8 minutes.

The 3,654-kilometer trip from Chongqing to Lhasa will have eight stops before it arrives in Lhasa after 47 hours and eight minutes.

Train T224/1 will set out from Lhasa at 9:05 am. and arrive in Chongqing at 9:55 am. with a trip of 48 hours and 50 minutes.

Xining (Qinghai province) – Lhasa
The train number K917 will set off from Xining at 20:07 and arrive in Lhasa at 22:30 on the second day after running for 26 hours and 23 minutes. The train will cross 1972 kilometers.

Lhasa – Xining
K917 train will start from Lhasa at 9:32 am and arrive in Xining at 12:19 am. on the second day with a trip of 26 hours and 47 minutes.

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