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Xining to Lhasa Train

Xining is the capital of Qinghai Province at an altitude of 2,275 metres. It is now possible to take the train to the Tibetan Plateau from Xining. The distance from Lhasa to Xining is 1972km / 1233 miles.

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Though there are trains bound for Lhasa from Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu, the actual Qinghai - Tibet Railway train starts from Xining in Qinghai province. This line runs 1960 kilometers in total, taking approximately one full day (20 hours and 55 minutes) from Xining to Lhasa. Each year around one quarter of all Tibet train travelers take the train to Lhasa from Xining.

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Distance Frequency Ticket Price
Z6801(Xining-Lhasa) 14:05 12:00 20:55Hours 1,972km daily ¥495
Hard sleeper
¥781
Soft sleeper
Z6802(Lhasa-Xining) 08:50 06:43 21:53 Hours daily ¥495
Hard sleeper
¥781
Soft sleeper

 

*Note:The actual arrival and departure time of train, please refer to the information on your ticket, or consult your travel consultant.

About ticket price:

The ticket prices above are the net price. In reality, as traveling in Tibet is so popular that the actual ticket demand far exceeds the supply, in-bound and out-bound tourists have to pay more than the net price to buy tickets. The actual price is subject to the market fluctuation. In some cases, the actual price could be double than the net price. Despite the uncertainty and difficulty in purchasing train tickets, Travel Tibet China would manage to book tickets at a reasonable price ( usually 20 percent lower than the market price) and promise to offer free service for it. If tourists only want to buy train tickets via Tibet Tibet China without intending to travel to Tibet, Travel Tibet China will have to charge a small amount of service fee.

Xining-Lhasa Train Schedule (2018 and 2019)

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Frequency Distance
Z6801(Xining) 14:05 12:00 21:55 every other day 1960km
Z917(lanzhou) 14:05 12:00 21:55
Z21(Beijing) 15:20 12:30 21:10 daily
Z165(Shanghai) 21:35 19:44 22:09
Z323(Chengdu) 12:14 09:55 21:41 every other day
Z223(Chongqing) 15:42 09:55 42:13
Z265(Quangzhou) 19:51 17:30 21:39 depends
K9811(Xining) 14:57 13:16 22:19 seasonal(nighttime)

 

Tips:

To be able to board the Shanghai-Lhasa train, foreign tourists have to show your passport, Tibet Travel Permit, and train ticket to the train inspector. If tourists want to travel in Tibet, you need to find a licensed and trustworthy travel agency to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit.

For detailed introduction of how to apply for Tibet Travel Permit.

Where to recharge your mobile phones and electronic devices?

The powerplugfor chargers are located in the corridors OR under your table inthe cabin with the 4 soft sleepers (in between the 2 lower bunks).

Can touristshave shower in the train?

Unfortunately, there is no shower room in the train.Dobring some wet wipesin stores anda smalltowel, and small but equally important thing:toilet/tissue paper.

Is it possible to swap ticket with other people to stay with friends or family inthe same cabin?

Yes. It is acceptable.You may ask conductor to swaptickets with other passengers to stay with your family or friends.

Is smoking allowed in the cabin?

Smoking is strictly forbidden in the trainas thetrain is tightly sealed and pressurized and oxygen is pumped into the carriagewhen the train ascends to extreme altitude. It would be devastating if thetrain caught fire.

Is it necessary to carry Tibet Travel Permit all the time?

Make sure you have your passport, Tibet Travel Permit andticket with youas you could be checked many times during the longjourney.

It is advisable to havemany copies of Tibet Travel Permit.

How can we minimize the effect of altitude sickness?

The effect of altitude sickness onpassengers varies. Yet, to minimize or ease the impact of altitude sickness,one mayprepare somealtitude sickness tabletsbefore boarding the train and take some whenthe train climbs to plateau. There is no need to worry too much thealtitude sickness, the train is built withoxygen suppley system. It is easy to use.

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