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Shanghai to Lhasa Train

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The Z164 (return Z166) train connecting Shanghai and Lhasa was one of the three early railway links with Tibet. This railway line travels across 8 provinces from eastern to western China traveling a total of 4373 kilometers each way in total. It normally takes about 47 and a half hours from Shanghai to Lhasa. As the train travels through the spectacular mountain ranges, the conductors in each compartment will use Chinese, Tibetan and English languages to introduce renowned scenic spots along the railway line as well as discussing Tibetan customs, the making of Tibetan dishes, etc.

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Distance Frequency Ticket Price
Z164(Shanghai-Lhasa) 20:10 19:44 47:34 Hours 4,373km daily ¥793.5
Hard sleeper
Soft sleeper
Z166(Lhasa-Shanghai) 11:05 11:51 48:46 Hours daily ¥793.5
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.

Shanghai Lhasa Train day-by-day Timetable


No. Train Stations Sation in Chinese Arrival Time Dept. Time Staying Days
01 Shanghai 上海 --- 20:10 -- Day 01
02 Suzhou 苏州 20:55 20:58 3 minutes Day 01
03 Wuxi 无锡 21:20 21:23 3 minitues Day 01
04 Nanjing 南京 22:56 23:05 9 minitues Day 01
05 Bengbu 蚌埠 00:37 00:40 3minitues Day 02
06 Xuzhou 徐州 02:09 02:20 7minitues Day 02
07 Zhengzhou 郑州 05:07 05:14 8 minitues Day 02
07 Xi'an 西安 11:14 11:24 10 minitues Day 02
08 Lanzhou 兰州 18:17 18:32 15 minitues Day 02
09 Xining West 西宁西 21:15 21:35 20 minitues Day 02
10 Golmud 格尔木 04:19 04:44 25 minitues Day 03
11 Nagqu 那曲 14:34 14:52 18minitues Day 03
12 Lhasa 拉萨 19:44 --- --- Day 03

Most of the major attractions along the Shanghai-Lhasa railway route will be seen as the train enters Golmud, for the highlights of Qinghai-Tibet train exist in Xining-Lhasa railway section.


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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