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Golmud to Lhasa Train

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Golmud, built for mining natural sources such as salt,magnesium etc, has nothing to offer except dry desert. Though less popular and small, Golmud is the nearest city where tourists can take trains to Lhasa from inland China, with only 1,142 km and approximately 13 hours train journey. All trains bound for Lhasa via Golmud makes 20-minute stop here in the morning, then beginnings to climb up to Tibet Pleatau from 2780m to the highest point 5200m.In other words, Golmud is the real start points of high alitude train journey.

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Distance Frequency Ticket Price
Z265(Golmud-Lhasa) 03:05 17:30 14:25 Hours 1,142km daily ¥358.5
Hard sleeper
Soft sleeper
Z166(Lhasa-Golmud) 11:05 01:35 14:30Hours daily ¥358.5
Hard sleeper
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 Travel Tibet China without intending to travel to Tibet, Travel Tibet China will have to charge a small amount of service fee.

Gulmod to Lhasa Train Schedule 2018& 2019

All trains in the table make a stopover in Golmud and some trains highlighted in red are recommend as the best train that tourists can enjoy the longest daytime sightseeing.

Trains Available
Start City
Stop Over
End City
Price of Hard Seat


¥ 141.5


Z917 Lanzhou Gulmod
Every Other Day
Z21 Beijing Gulmod
Z6801 Xining Gulmod
Every Other Day
Z164 Shanghai Golmud
Z323 Chengdu Golmud
Every Other Day

Notice: To make sure the train you choose from Golmud to Lhasa is travelling almost during daytime, the sceneary is stunning from Gulmod. If you choose the wrong train you will miss a big part of the sightseeing. However,the proper train sometimes is not easy to book in Summer, as the trains are always over booked from Shanghai, Guangzhou, and there is no enough vacancy for short distance Gulmod-Lhasa transfer.


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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