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Train Tours to Tibet,Qing-Tibet Train Schedule and Fares
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I. Featured Tibet Train Services of CYTS (Please view more pictures by scrolling down to the bottom of this page):
International tourists may easily find Tibet train timetables ubiquitous (everywhere) via the internet, whereas most travel companies are NOT able to guarantee the train ticket purchase especially the first class train sleeping berths with only 4 berths in a cabin simply because the number of first class sleeping berths are highly restrained—ONLY 64 first class berths are offered on each Tibet train. Moreover, the tremendous population in China always keeps the supply falling far short of demand, which is why travelers are usually told the first class berths are sold out at train station windows, even online bookings unexceptionally fail.
 
         As a giant chain corporation with numerous branches scattered in various cities in China, CYTS is able to offer first class train berths 10-15 days ahead of your departure dates. The most important reason for the guarantee is that CYTS has been cooperating with different train stations throughout China for decades while the train stations consider a travel company trustable ONLY IF the travel company is able to obtain sufficient tourists perennially.
 

II. Overview of Tibet Railways:
Tibet railways are a transportation junction composed of several sections of railways and all Tibet railway routes cover the same section from Xining to Lhasa which is known as Qing-Tibet Railway or Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The train tickets of first and second class sleeping berths are available through CYTS if you would like to depart from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou, Xining, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Undoubtedly, we can also promise the ticket bookings of trains departing from Lhasa to primary Chinese cities mentioned above.
 

III. The following tables list Tibet train routes with useful information for international travelers:

A. Schedule of Tibet Trains to Lhasa:

Routes Train Codes Dep. Time Arr. Time Duration Distance Price (RMB)
First Class Second Class
Beijng-Lhasa T27 21:30 18:38 45hr.08min 4064km 1262 813
Chengdu-Lhasa T22/T23 20:59 17:02 44hr.3min 3360km 1104 712
Chongqing-Lhasa T222/T223 19:55 17:02 45hr.7min 3654km 1168 754
Lanzhou-Lhasa K917 12:15 15:40 27hr.25min 2188km 854 552
Xining-Lhasa K9801 14:56 15:40 24hr.44min 1972km 810 523
Shanghai-Lhasa T164/T165 19:52 20:48 48hr.56min 4373km 1314 845
Guangzhou-Lhasa T264/T265 12:19 18:58 54hr.39min 4980km 1530 923
*Important Remark:
         Trains from Chongqing, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Xining, Shanghai and Guangzhou are only available every other day. Please inquire our travel consultants for details if you need our train travel service.
 

B. Schedule of Tibet Trains from Lhasa:
Routes Train Codes Dep. Time Arr. Time Duration Distance Price (RMB)
First Class Second Class
Lhasa-Beijing T28 09:20 07:34 46hr.14min 4064km 1262 813
Lhasa-Chengdu T21/T24 13:10 07:57 42hr.47min 3360km 1104 712
Lhasa-Chongqing T221/T224 13:10 08:36 43hr.26min 3654km 1168 754
Lhasa-Lanzhou K918 07:45 10:19 25hr.34min 2188km 854 552
Lhasa-Xining K9802 07:45 07:40 23hr.55min 1972km 810 523
Lhasa-Shanghai T163/T166 09:50 11:53 50hr.3min 4373km 1314 845
Lhasa-Guangzhou T263/T266 12:25 18:58 54hr.33min 4980km 1530 923
*Important Remark:
         Trains to Chongqing, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Xining, Shanghai and Guangzhou are only available every other day. Please inquire our travel consultant for details if you need our train travel service so that you can adjust your travel schedule in advance.
 

IV. The Real Picture of a Tibet Train Ticket:


A Sample Ticket of a Train to Tibet from Beijing West Station 
 
V. FAQs about Tibet Trains:
1. Do I need a Tibet permit so as to be allowed to board the train?
         [Answer]: Yes. International travelers are usually required to show the original Tibet permit and passports at the ticket entrance before boarding the train. Whether a passenger needs to show the original Tibet permit or NOT before boarding depends on the policy which varies frequently at different train stations. So it undoubtedly avoids possible trouble by showing the original copies.
 

2. Does the oxygen supply in the train compartments help alleviate altitude stress or shorten the duration of getting adapted?
         [Answer]: Not really. There has been a misunderstanding among people who are NOT practitioners that the gradual ascending of altitudes on Tibet trains effectively helps ease the severity of altitude reaction or curtail the length of acclimatizing time. However, all train compartments are equipped with oxygen release units including dining car and bathrooms. Moreover, the air pressure is also stabilized in every corner of the train. So it makes no distinction in terms of acclimatizing to the plateau altitude that you fly or take a train to Tibet. In other words, tourists permanently need some time, usually 1-2 days, to get adapted to the elevation.
 

3. Why cannot passengers purchase train tickets of first class soft sleeping berths by themselves at train station windows?
         [Answer]: Currently at least, the number of first class sleeping berths are highly restrained (The same case occurs to second class sleepers in high season.)—ONLY 64 first class berths are offered on each Tibet train (There were only 48 first class berths on an individual train several years ago). Moreover, the tremendous population in China always keeps the supply falling far short of demand, which is why travelers are usually told the first class berths are sold out at train station windows, even online bookings unexceptionally fail.
 
         Another reason why the provision of first class tickets of trains to Tibet is limited is due to government monopoly. In other words, some state-owned companies and institutes relevant to transport system mandatorily purchase the train tickets from train stations and sell them by marking up the prices in domestic market especially in high and shoulder seasons. This may sound incredible; however, it has lasted for decades in China.
 
         CYTS has been a perpetual cooperator with train stations in primary Chinese cities. Moreover, the train stations are always in need of travel companies who are able to offer stable number of passengers especially in low seasons. The reason why CYTS can guarantee promised number of passengers is that CYTS consisting of numerous branches throughout China provides cost-efficient travel services for tourists in and out of China.
 

4. What is the difference between first class train berths (soft sleepers) and second class train berths (hard sleepers)?
Soft and Hard Sleeper Train Berth Comparison for Tibet Travelers         [Answer]: The obvious difference between first and second train sleeping berths is that each first class train cabin is equipped with only 4 berths, which means more spaciousness, while there are 6 berths equipped in each second class train cabin. There is also a cabin door that can be closed during the night in the first class cabin, which means more privacy.
 

5. Are “hard sleepers” really hard?
         [Answer]: Not at all. It seems that some tourists consider hard sleepers a nuisance because the name contains the word “hard”—not soft. However, this is objectively NOT the actual case. The word “hard” has been highly exaggerated for years. The previous second class sleeping berths were indeed relatively hard, which was the obsolete circumstance quite a few years ago before the Chinese railway system improved its hardware. What is happening these days is that second class train sleeping berths are also soft and travelers do not need to concern about its degree of comfort if you would like to save some budget. Anyway, the first class sleeping berths are highly recommended for all international travelers who plan to take a train to Tibet because you will NOT stay in the train for ONLY 1-2 hours but 24-48 hours in most scenarios.
 

6. Which Chinese departure city is the best for taking Tibet train rides?
         [Answer]: For attaining the best sightseeing of Qing-Tibet Plateau, Xining must be the first choice among all Chinese departure cities because it is during the daytime when Tibet train travels between Golmud and Lhasa—the geographical section full of spectacular highland sceneries IF you get started from Xining or Lanzhou. Xining is closer than Lanzhou, so Xining ranks the first if you are with a strong desire of overlooking the plateau sightseeing.
 
         For your best convenience of transport shift from plane to train, Beijing is the most highly recommended city as the capital of China well known for a great many places of interest with immense tourism significance.
 
         Guangzhou is far less frequently chosen as departure city for most international train travelers simply because the number of hours on the trains is really long, 54 hours.
 
         Shanghai as a departure city is NOT a bad choice if it is at your convenience. The total journey of Shanghai-Tibet train is 48 hours, a slight 3 hours longer than Beijing-Tibet route.
 
         Getting started from Chengdu is also adopted by plenty of international tourists. Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan province located in the southwest of China, which was crowned as the imperial capital of ancient Chinese dynasties. To west of Chengdu lies the Tibetan areas—Qinghai and Ganzi (Kham), also famous as sightseeing regions full of authentic Tibetan cultures and construction features.
 
       
 P.S. Please view 7 Days Overland Aba-Ganzi Sichuan Khampa Tours, Danba-Siguniang-Kangding-Hailuogou Travel in Sichuan Tibetan Area if you are interested.
 

7. Which section of Tibet railway presents tourists optimal sightseeing?
         [Answer]: The mileage from Golmud (in Qinghai province) to Lhasa is 1131 kilometers and this section of Qing-Tibet railway is the highlight constituting the most-worth-watching plateau scenery. The train routes connecting other Chinese cities all share the same section of Xining to Lhasa, and Golmud City is the next train stop from Xining to Lhasa. Actually travelers can also select Golmud as a train departure city if your destination before Tibet is any nearby city of Golmud in Qinghai province.
 
         As a matter of fact, many tourists who would like to shorten the period on the train are apt to board in Xining as Xining is the capital city of Qinghai province which is located on the east of Tibet.
 

8. Is a dining car available on Tibet trains?
         [Answer]: Yes. A whole train compartment is equipped as a dining car on each Tibet train, which offers a variety of Tibetan, Chinese and western meals and refreshments, but Chinese foods are of the main stream. You can ask for a menu to pick up your favorite food from the waiters or waitresses.
 

9. What kind food is offered on Tibet trains?
         [Answer]: Since the majority of passengers are Chinese and Tibetan, the primary foods and snacks are cooked in Chinese and Tibetan flavors. Meanwhile, with the popularity of Tibet as a worldwide tourist attraction rising in this decade, certain western foods became available on the train (NOT 100% guaranteed sometimes). Please ask for the train staffs for help.
 

10. What are Tibet trains equipped with inside the train cabins?
         [Answer]: Please view the following live photos taken inside a Tibet train from Beijing to Lhasa. And the other trains heading there are of identical facilities internally.

 
Soft Sleeping Berth Cabin Bathroom on Beijing-Lhasa Train

Soft Sleeper Train Compartment Dining Car on a Tibet Train

Recharging Sockets and Oxygen Outlets on Trains to Tibet
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