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Guangzhou to Lhasa Train

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Guangzhou to Lhasa train Z264 departs from Guangzhou Railway Station daily at 09:15 and safely arrives at Lhasa Railway Station at 14:17 on the third day. As the longest Tibet train route to Lhasa, the Guangzhou to Lhasa train journey covers 4980 kilometers long and crosses over eight provinces, and it takes around 53 hours and 2 minutes. There are 15 stations in total, with stay time at each station ranging from 3 to 27 minutes. You will start from Guangzhou, pass through Changsha, Wuchang, Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xining, Golmud, and other cities, and finally arrive in Lhasa. On the way back, the Lhasa to Guangzhou train Z266 leaves at 12:40 and arrives at Guangzhou Railway Station at 20:11 on the third day.

Known as the "South Gate" of China, Guangzhou is one of China's three largest cities and the largest coastal city in China. In addition, Guangzhou has a highly developed economy and a profound historical and cultural heritage. It is also one of the popular gateway cities to Tibet. Guangzhou to Lhasa train Z264 made its debut in July 2006. This is one of the longest train routes to Lhasa. Board train Z264 and you can appreciate the contrasting landscapes of China from south to north, east to west. It would be great for tourists who love taking long train journeys.

Guangzhou to Lhasa Train Schedules and Tickets

Guangzhou to Lhasa Train Z264/Z266 Schedules and Tickets

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Distance Frequency Ticket Price
Z264 (Guangzhou-Lhasa) 09:15 14:17 53:02 Hours 4980km daily ¥865
Hard sleeper
Soft sleeper
Z266 (Lhasa-Guangzhou) 12:25 20:00 55:05 Hours daily ¥865
Hard sleeper
Soft sleeper

Guangzhou to Lhasa Train Z264 Stops

No. Train Stations Arrival Departure Riding Time Staying Time Days
1 Guangzhou - 09: 15 - 0 Day1
2 Binzhou 13: 21 13: 24 4hrs 6mins 3m Day1
3 Changsha 16: 58 17: 04 7hrs 43mins 6m Day1
4 Wuchang 20: 23 20: 44 11hrs 8mins 21m Day1
5 Zhengzhou 01: 34 01: 40 16hrs 19mins 6m Day2
6 Luoyang 03: 06 03: 10 17hrs 51mins 4m Day2
7 Xian 07: 43 07:53 22hrs 28mins 10m Day2
8 Baoji 09: 20 09: 26 24hrs 5mins 6m Day2
9 Lanzhou 15:05 15: 32 29hrs 50mins 27m Day2
10 Xining 17: 53 18: 13 32hrs 38mins 20m Day2
11 Delingha 22: 04 22: 10 36hrs 49mins 6m Day2
12 Golmud 00: 21 00: 46 39hrs 6mins 25m Day3
13 Anduo 08: 47 08: 50 47hrs 32mins 3m Day3
14 Nagqu 10: 09 10: 15 48hrs 54mins 6m Day3
15 Lhasa 14: 17 - 53hrs 2mins   Day3

*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(TTC) 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, TTC will have to charge a small amount of service fee.

Which Seat Class should I take, Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper or Hard Seat?

According to our local experience, we strongly suggest travelers choose the Soft Sleeper instead of the Hard Sleeper and Hard Seat to ensure a more comfortable and safer trip because passengers will have to stay a night on the train.

Comparison between Soft Sleeper and Hard Sleeper

  Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Door Yes No
Vacuum Flask Yes Yes
Power Supply Yes No
TV Yes No
Size of Sleeper Width:700mm/Length:1900mm Width:500mm/Length:1800mm
Amount of Sleepers 4 6

Notice: Since there are usually about 64 Soft Sleepers on each train to Tibet, so you’d better confirm your trip and book the train tickets as early as possible. Currently, passengers can book the train ticket 30 days in advance.

Facilities on Guangzhou to Lhasa Train – Life on the Train

Air Conditioning and Oxygen Supply Every between Guangzhou and Lhasa is equipped with air-conditioning system to keep the air fresh and warm. It also has two kinds of oxygen supply system. On is a ‘dispersion-mode’ oxygen supply system. It spreads the oxygen in the air of the car and keeps enough oxygen content. The other is a “distribution-mode” oxygen supply which can be used directly by passengers through an independent oxygen outlet when the high altitude sickness takes place.
Food and Drink There is a dining car in the middle of the train and it offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Only Chinese food is available, including rice, meats, soups and vegetables. You can also buy bento from the Food Trolley. The Hot Water Dispenser is in the connection of every two carriages, and you can receive free hot water there. There are also drinks in the dining car and Food Trolley for sale. Don’t drink the water from the washing area.
Luggage Storage The luggage closet in the Soft Sleeper Carriage is located above the door of the compartment. It is about 16 inches (40cm) high and 20 inches (50cm) wide. If you choose a Hard Sleeper, just put you luggage or suitcases on the racks about the window by the side of aisle. The passenger in Hard Seat Carriage can put their luggage on the close above the seats or just place the luggage under the seat.
Toilet and Washing There is a western-style toilet in every Soft Sleeper Carriage and a squat toilet in every Hard Sleeper Carriage or Hard Seat Carriage. Toilet paper is not provided in the toilets and you need to bring your own. There is a simple washbasin in the toilet and another outside. Only cold water is provided undrinkable.
Compartment Both Soft Sleeper Carriage and Hard Sleeper Carriage are made up by compartments. In the Soft Sleeper Compartment, there are 4 berths. Between two lower berths, there is a table. Under the table, you can find a plug for getting power supply. Every berth is equipped with a small TV fixed on the door and an oxygen outlet near the window. As for Hard Sleeper Compartment, the facilities include a small table, a dustbin and a thermos flask.

Guangzhou to Lhasa Train and Tibet Travel Permit:

Tibet Travel Permit, also called Tibet Entry Permit, is a basic permit that all foreign passport holders MUST obtain. It is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa and can only be applied by travel agencies in China. Any tourists are unable to apply this permit by themselves directly. Usually it takes about 15~20 days to apply the permit. Without Tibet Travel Permit, you can’t book a ticket or take a train to Lhasa at present. The photocopy of Tibet travel Permit is also available if you don’t have the original one in hand. However, if you board a train in Chongqing, Xian and Lanzhou, the original permit is necessary. Sometimes, Tibet Travel Permit is not required, and don’t hesitate to contact us for the updated information please.

How to Apply Tibet Travel Permit?

1. Obtain a Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy in your home country;
2. Contact us to work out and decide the itinerary of your Tibet tour;
3. Send your scanned copies of your passport and Chinese Visa to your travel consultant and provide an available address (like your hotel) in China to receive your permit;
4. We will apply the Tibet Travel Permit from Tibet Bureau for you;
5.Once the permit is issued, we will send the original permit to you by post.

>> Learn more details about Tibet Travel Permit Application


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.

B-Plan for Guangzhou to Lhasa Train

The train journey between Guangzhou and Lhasa will take more than 53 hours, which is really time-consuming. If you want to shorten this long

journey without missing the most beautiful landscape along the railway, there are alternative plans for you.

1. Make a Transfer in Xian

Xian is one of the TOP 3 cities listed in the tourists’ tour plan. It is suggested that you get to Xian and spend one or more day there. In Xian, what you have to visit includes Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Bell Tower and Shaanxi History Museum. If time permits, you can extend your tour in Mount Huashan and takea hiking here. Both flights and high speed trains are available from Guangzhou to Lhasa. There are about 20 flights to Xian from Guangzhou one day, which take about 2hrs 40mins. Seven daily high speed trains are able to take you Xian from Guangzhou within 9hrs. As you get to Xian, you can take a train to Lhasa with duration of only 34 hours.

2. Make a Transfer in Xining

In fact, most people choose a train to Lhasa because of the good view of Tibet-Qinghai Railway (between Xining and Lhasa). You can take a flight from Guangzhou to Xining firstly, and then book a train to Lhasa. There is a daily directly from Guangzhou to Xining and several other flights to Lhasa with a transfer or stop at Xian. The instant flight just takes only 3hrs 40mins. Moreover, it is much easier to book a train ticket to Lhasa because there are many other trains to Lhasa will pass through Xining Railway station, like Beijing-Lhasa Train, Chengdu Lhasa Train, Shanghai-Lhasa Train, Lanzhou-Lhasa Train and Xining Lhasa Train. With much more trains to choose, you will have more opportunity to get your favorite seat or sleeper. If time permits, it is a good idea to visit the Taer Monastery and Qinghai Lake.

Besides, there are also some other cities operation trains to Lhasa, like Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Lanzhou. If you are unable to obtain a ticket of Guangzhou Lhasa Train, try others.

About Guangzhou to Lhasa Train FAQs:

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.

How to Book Guangzhou Lhasa Train Tickets

It is available to book the train ticket at the railway station and online. If you are in Guangzhou or other cities of China, you can go to the railway station and book the ticket from the ticket windows directly. You could also ask the ticket conductor to offer you a preferred upper or lower berth if they are available. Remember to take your original passport and Tibet Travel Permit. Because the tickets to Lhasa are really limited, so you need to buy in advance. Tibet Discovery offers tickets-booking service. Send your passport information to us and we will help you to book the ticket on line.

How to Get to Guangzhou Railway Station

Guangzhou Railway Station is the only railway station operates train to Lhasa in Guangzhou. Its address is No. 159, Huanshi West Road, Yuexiu District. Located near the north Inner Ring Road, Guangzhou Railway Station can be reached convenient. Metro Line 2, Line 5 and many public buses are all available to take you there.

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