Shigatse to Xining Direct Train Placed in Service

21-08-2018

Good news, the passengers traveling from Shigatse to Xining or from Xining to Shigatse do not have to transfer at Lhasa train station now. The direct train already officially placed in service.

Information from the China Railway Qinghai-Tibet Group Co., Ltd. In order to serve the vast number of passengers better and bring more conveniences to the passengers by reducing the number of transfer when travel from Shigatse to Xining or Xining to Shigatse. The direct train from Xining to Shigatse was newly opened on 1st July 2018.

The first train from Shigatse to Lhasa was put into operation on July 23, 2017. The distance usually requires 4 to 5 hours of drive, now only need less than 3 hours by train. 
 

Shigatse Railway Station
Shigatse Railway Station

Taking the train is safer, could also save some driving cost like fuel and road toll. It also gives you some time to sit by the window and quietly enjoy the beauty of the Tibet plateau.

But for the people who travel to other places, all need to transfer in Lhasa train station if by train. The passengers may have to wait at the Lhasa railway station for several hours waiting for the connecting train. Xining is the city in Qinghai province, also another important city on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. There are more than 10 trains running between Lhasa and Xining every day. We also have lots of tourists choose Xining to rest for 1-2 days to get used to the high altitude.

We have learned that the departure time from Shigatse to Xining leaves at 14:40 and the time of arriving in Xining is 14:25 the next day. The departure time for the train from Xining to Lhasa is 20:30, and the time to arrive Shigatse is 20:58 the next day. The train stops at Lhasa station is 29 minutes and 25 minutes separately, but passengers do not need to change the train. Just need to wait in the train or on the platform. 

Xining to Lhasa Train
Xining to Lhasa Train

That means there is another option for the people depart Tibet instead of depart from Lhasa city. Especially for some of the tourists who do not have enough time to drive back to Lhasa, they could just depart one day earlier than the group from Shigatse.
 
This is a good news who would like to visit Shigatse or Everest Base Camp, also want to take a train out of Lhasa in order to enjoy the train ride and the beautiful scenery along the train track, we all know that the train would cross through the famous Keke Xili nature preserve, you could see the Tibetan antelope if you are lucky.
 
Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp

The direct train from Shigatse to Xining putting into operation absolutely offered us a fantastic option B.

China Railway company would also add another train in July, the tourism peak season to lighten the burden of transportation for lots of tourists would rush into Tibet during the summer holiday.

Just for your reference, please kindly check the timetable of the into and out of Shigatse train station as below:
 
Train No.  Shigatse Start from Arrive to
Z8802 7:50  Shigatse Lhasa
Z6812 14:40 Shigatse Xining 
Z8804 18:45 Shigatse Lhasa
Z8801 14:00 Lhasa Shigatse
Z8803 17:52 Lhasa Shigatse
Z6812  20:50 Xining  Shigatse

 

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