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Guangzhou to Lhasa Train

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The train to Lhasa from Guangzhou(Z264) made its debut in July, 2006.It departs every other day at noon from Guangzhou Train Station, and arrives at Lhasa Railway Station in the late afternoon on the third day after over 53 hours covering a distance of 4980 kilometers. It costs around RMB1500 for a first-class sleeper berth, about RMB900 for a second-class sleeper berth and half that for a hard seat.


Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Distance Frequency Ticket Price
Z264 (Guangzhou-Lhasa) 11:45 17:30  53:45  Hours 4980km daily ¥865
Hard sleeper
Soft sleeper
Z266(Lhasa-Guangzhou) 12:45 19:50 55:05 Hours daily ¥865
Hard sleeper
Soft sleeper


Day by Day Schedule 2018 & 2019

No. Train Stations Arrival Departure Kms Staying Time Days
1 Guangzhou - 11: 45 0 0 Day1
2 Binzhou 15: 32 15: 36 374 4m Day1
3 Changsha 19: 10 19: 17 707 7m Day1
4 Wuchang 22: 38 22: 58 1069 20m Day1
5 Zhengzhou 03: 33 03: 40 1605 7m Day2
6 Xian 09: 35 09: 45 2116 10m Day2
7 Lanzhou 16: 38 16:55 2792 17m Day2
8 Xining 19: 31 19: 51 3008 20m Day2
9 Golmud 02:40 03: 05 3838 25m Day3
10 Nagqu 12: 25 12: 31 4658 6m Day3
11 Lhasa 17: 30 - 4980   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 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.


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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