Chengdu to Lhasa Train-Life on Board
Like each Lhasa-bound train, the train to Lhasa from Chengdu is also especially built for the high altitude environment and equipped with advanced facilities, such as air-conditioning, supercharging system, oxygen supply, altitude display, etc. The train is also tightly sealed so as to firstly keep the inside air pressure normal and secondly prevent passengers from littering. Besides, all the carriages are installed with double-paned windows and ultraviolet filters to protect passengers from ultraviolet radiation. Nowadays, the train journey is extremely popular for its breathtakingly unique scenery along the railway from Chengdu to Tibet.
In fact, so far there are three kinds of accommodations available on Chengdu-Lhasa train, i.e. Soft sleeper, hard sleeper, and hard seat, of which the most comfortable one is soft sleeper. The soft sleeper consists of 4 bunks and promises more piracy and comfort, which is highly recommended.
While the hard sleeper is made up of 6 bunks and the living space varies slightly. The lowest bunks enjoys the largest living space whereas the top bunks is cramped. The cabin of hard sleeper has no independent door to close when tourists want to sleep.Hard seat is not recommended given the long ride and nothing is more important than having a sound sleep.
Food and Restuarant in Chengdu to Lhasa Train
It is advisable to buy some instant noodles, snacks and fresh fruit before boarding the train. Eating snacks is a good way of killing time and sharing your food with roommates can also be an effective way to break the silence. Boiled water is available 24 hours near the sink, which can be used to cook your instant noodles or make tea.
You can also get food from the small trolley pulled by the staff at mealtimes throughout the day. Another small but important thing to do is have enough tissue or toilet paper. Of course, if one gets tired of snacks and instant noodles and want to have something else for a change, the best option is to dine in the dinning car, where traditional Chinese food is served. (see more details what you may get in the dinning car.)
*** Train from Chengdu to Lhasa departs not daily, but every other days,
Train Chengdu to Lhasa Departure Frequency in 2018
Jan: Odd Days, Like 1,3,5...
Feb: Even Days, Like 2,4,6...
Mar: Even Days, Like 2,4,6...
Apr: Odd Days, Like 1,3,5...
May: Odd Days, Like 1,3,5...
Jun: Even Days, Like 2,4,6...
Jul: Even Days, Like 2,4,6...
Aug: Odd Days, Like 1,3,5...
Sept: Even Days, Like 2,4,6...
Oct: Even Days, Like 2,4,6...
Nov: Odd Days, Like 1,3,5...
Dec: Odd Days, Like 1,3,5...
** Trains depart from Chengdu and Chongqing respectively, for example, Odd days in a month from Chengdu, and Even days from Chongqing. If unfortunately, Chengdu to Lhasa Train does not departs on your date or you miss the train, you may take a fast train to Chongqing which is only 1.5 hours distance, to take train there the other day to Tibet.
*** Do remember to bring and show your personal passport, Tibet Travel Permit and train ticket to the train inspector before boarding. It is also advisable to have a few copies of Tibet Travel Permit since you may be checked many times about the relevant documents during the train ride. Just do as the staff of railway station says.
Chengdu North Railway Station
As the major gateway to the west of China, Chengdu is a crucial capital city of Sichuan Province. Its leisurely life, favorable geographical location, and booming business have attracted over 100 internationally prestigious corporations to settle down in Chengdu. The rapid development in recent years has also led to the an upgrade in its public transportation system. Tourists can have an easy access to Chengdu Railway Station via airport bus line and the subway.
*** Chengdu has currently two railway station, Chengdu North Railway and Chengdu East Railway, Chengdu to Lhasa Train departs from North Railway Station.
*** Away from the entrance of Chengdu Railway Station are many green taxis waiting for newly-arrived travellers.
*** The ticket inspector is checking tickets at Chengdu Railway Station when travellers are boarding the train.
Find your way to Chengdu Railway Station
Location: The Chengdu North Railway Station located Located north 2nd ring raod of Chengdu, with Metro No.1 heading to there from downtown. Chengdu to Lhasa Train departs every other days from there.
Chengdu North Railway Sation
Address : Second Ring Road North Jinniu three sections
Phone: (86-28) 83322858
Ticket Booking Hotline: 12306
Distance from Airport: appro. 26.4km, 30 minutes
Metro to There: No. 1 Metro(recommended)
Bus to There: No. 27, No 34, No 54, No 11; Chengdu Bus Rapid Transit on second ring road(highly efficient)
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport → Chengdu North West Railway Station)
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