Tibet Tour from Xining, Top Xining Lhasa Tour Packages
Connect two major but different Tibetan regions as well as the memorable journey along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Xining Tibet Tours

Why travel from (train) Xining to Tibet is recommended?

Fabulous sightseeing & cultural experience which you can never see in any other places in the world.

Taking train from Xining to Lhasa - a gradual process of acclimating the high altitude.

Cut down your budget.

How to plan a Tibet tour from(via) Xining

Actually Xining is much more a transiting city of Qinghai Tibet Railway. So you can spend some days visiting other hot destinations in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, etc. Then take a flight to Xining, and catch the train to Tibet to experience the breathtaking scenery along the railway.

We're right here with you when you need us, getting you air/train tickets, Tibet travel permit, personal guide & transfer..., taking care of all the gritty details.

Note:Technically, as the beginning of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Xining is the converging city where different train routes from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, etc meet. During the travel season, it’s highly recommended to fly from cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou directly to Xining and take Xining-Lhasa train to Tibet, most convenient and time-saving (only 21:19h).


Best Xining Tibet Tours (Classic Itineraries) - Xining Tibet Tours Package

Xining Tibet tour, The most popular way is to travel from Xining to Lhasa by train. We offer you opportunities to experience different cultures and landscapes in China.

10 days Beijing to Lhasa Train Tour

beijing - lhasa - yamdrok lake - gyantse - shigatse - mt.everest

Experience the breathtaking views along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Stand on the roof of the world and admire the pilgrim’s holy palace, Potala.

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9 Days Train Tour from Chengdu

chengdu - lhasa - yamdrok lake - shigatse - everest

Taking the train from Chengdu to Lhasa to enjoy the most classic trip to visit Qinghai-Tibet Railway, having a 1 or 2 days.

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9 Days Train Tour from Xining to Lhasa

xining - qinghai lake - te er si - lhasa - yamdrok lake - gyantse - shigatse - mt.everest

Experience the breathtaking views along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Stand on the roof of the world and admire the pilgrim’s holy palace, Potala.

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11 Days Xining to Lhasa Overland Tour

xining - qinghai - golmud - nagqu - lhasa - namtso - mt.everets

You will get a full idea of the rich culture of China and its long history, and Train to Tibet to explore its mysterious religion, culture, and fabulous landscape.

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7-Day Tibet Discovery Tour by Train

xining - qinghai - golmud - nagqu - lhasa - lake yamdrok

Take the world's highest railway to explore Tibet! Enjoy the spectacular scenery on the Tibet train.

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8-Day Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour

lhasa - shigatse - mt.everets

This tour might give you an idea: drive through glaciers towards to the roof of the world — Mt. Everest, ride a yak on the bank of Yamdrok Lake, and count the stairs of the Potala Palace.

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Highlights of Xining Attractions

Xining was once an important stop on the century-old Silk Road that ran through Tibet. The boom of the Silk Road in the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) was a major factor for the city's rise. But the city's important role gradually declined as the trade route fell into disuse. Xining's importance in the old trade route meant that it has a lot of historical sites, and has been a gateway to the West for a long time. In previous centuries, people passing through Xining were either doing so with commercial purposes, or religious.

Qinghai Lake

This large salt lake in little traveled Qinghai Province in western China measures 4,635 square kilometers in area. Major attractions around it are Bird Island where many species of birds come to nest or rest during their transcontinental migrations, Sankuaishi (Three stones) and Sand Island. Qinghai Lake has become a tourist destination popular for biking and bird watching, the spectacular high-mountain scenery, and the cultural mix of Tibetan, Mongolian, and Muslim people.

Taer Monastery

Kumbum Monastery is one of the two most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries outside Tibet itself. It presents a beautiful landscape of temples and residences nestled in the peaceful hills of Xining's suburbs. On top of that, Kumbum Monastery is the perfect place to see yak butter sculptures, traditional embroidery, and witness the debate of the lamas.

Dongguan Giant Mosque

At the south of the Dongguan Street, the Dongguan Mosque is one of the largest mosques in northwest China. First built in 1379, the mosque has a long history of more than 600 years. Architecture of the mosque combines traditional Chinese style and the local features, with grand appearance and delicate, dazzlingly inside ornaments.

The Tour of Qinghai Lake

Tour of Qinghai Lake is the largest international road cycling race and the highest-level of its kind in Asia. It has been held annually since 2002 in areas at high altitude, co-organized by Qinghai Provincial Government, Union Cyclist International, UCI Asia Tour and Chinese Cycling Association.

Useful Guide and Tips about Xining to Tibet Tour

Xining Lhasa Flight Info

Travelers can take a flight to Lhasa from Xing. There are usually two flights each day. It takes only about 2.5 hours to get to the holy city Lhasa. We suggest you take morning flight so that you can get to Lhasa in the afternoon, and have enough time to adjust yourself to the high altitude and air pressure.

Flight Number Departure Arrival Duration
3U8687 09:45am 12:10am 3hrs 25mins
3U8901 11:50am 14:25pm 2hrs 35mins

The above flight info is just for reference only. You can contact us for the updated flight schedules, ticket availabilities, price and other info.

Xining Lhasa Train Info

Xining is the closest inner mainland China city to Tibet as well as known as the starting point of the world’s highest railway – Qinghai Tibet Railway. It is the most important transfer hub for train travel to Tibet because there are many transfers from other cities, such as Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangzhou, usually get to Xining first for a short visit and acclimation, then board a train to Tibet.

As all the trains to Tibet will join together at Xining, travelers always have a flexible choice of train schedules. Currently, there are 5 trains which depart from Xining or run passing by Xining to Lhasa. Z21 from Beijing, Z164 from Shanghai and Z264 from Guangzhou collect passengers at Xing Railway Station every day in a stop time of around 15 minutes. The rest 2 available trains may from Chengdu (Z322), Chongqing (Z223), Lanzhou (Z917) and Xining (Z6801) which all only depart at every other day.

Xining to Lhasa Train Timetable

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Riding Time
Z6801(Xining-Lhasa) 14:01 11:20 21hrs 19mins every other day
Z917(Lanzhou-Lhasa) 14:01 11:20 21hrs 19mins every other day
Z21(Beijing-Lhasa) 15:21 12:26 21hrs 5mins daily
Z165(Shanghai-Lhasa) 21:27 19:30 21hrs 15mins daily
Z323(Chengdu-Lhasa) 12:26 09:55 21hrs 29mins every other day
Z223(Chongqing-Lhasa) 12:27 9:55 21hrs 28mins every other day
Z265(Guangzhou-Lhasa) 19:31 16:19 21hrs 48mins every other day

1. Due to the limited supply of Tibet train ticket, we are sorry about not offering the ticket-only service.
2. Because the Tibet train tickets are quite popular, especially in peak seasons (from July to October), please make your enquiry at least 3-6 months before your departure date.

How to Get Tibet Travel Permit When Traveling to Tibet from Xining

As a common practice, we will deliver your Tibet travel permit to your hotel in Xining by express, 1-7 days prior to your departure for Lhasa. It is common to get the permit even the night or a couple of hours before your departure to Tibet. In some extreme cases, our staff in Xining will deliver it to your hand before departure at airport or railway station. As a Tibet travel agency, we have never failed to get and deliver the Tibet travel permit to our clients. Please feel rest-assured.

If you take a flight to Lhasa from Xining, the original copy is required, while if getting to Lhasa from Xining by train, a printed copy is enough. Your travel consultant will handle with it perfectly according to the situation.

Why you can't get the permit much earlier?

The Tourism Bureau only accepts the permit application that is used to arrive in Tibet within 20 days. Generally, it takes 6-12 working days to issue the permit after we get the photo copy of your passport and Chinese visa. The application time depends on where you travel in Tibet, about 8-12 days to get the permit if heading to Mt.Everest and Mount Kailash, and just 6-8 days if you only travel in Lhasa City.

After we get the permit in Lhasa, we will deliever the permit to you immediately by express, and it takes at least 3 days to arrive in Xining. Therefore, you will only be able to get the permit within 1 to 7 days before your departure for Lhasa.

However, your personal consultant usually ask you to confirm the tour much earlier, because the earlier you provide all the required documents, the earlier we can submit to Tibet Tourism Bureau and wait for your turn.

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