Tibet Train Routes, Schedules, Facilities and Ticket Booking

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is an engineering wonder. It has overcome the difficulty of constructing infrastructure on the highest plateau. When taking a train ride along this line, you’ll have the chance to experience the record-breaking man-made landform and witness the amazing natural beauty of the mighty snowy mountains—the Kunlun and the Tanggula. You’ll also get to see the numerous shimmering lakes—the beautiful saline lake Qinghai Lake and the sacred lake Namtso, and vast grassland, steppes, and wetlands that are home to indigenous creatures like the Tibetan antelope, Tibetan wild donkey, and snow leopard.

Taking a train ride to Tibet is not the most convenient nor the cheapest way to get there. However, this spectacular train journey could end up giving you plenty of laughter and inner peace. Do you mind preparing your body for the high-altitude acclimatization? Are you genuinely a train and solitude lover? Would you like to share a good time with your travel partners, or have nice talks with like-minded people that you meet by chance? If you answered “yes” to all these questions, then a train ride to Tibet is a good option for you.

Presently, there are eight gateway cities from inland China to Lhasa by train. These cities are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Lanzhou and Xining. Besides these cities, tourists can also get on the trains in midway cities as long as there is a stop in places like Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Golmud, etc.

Since all China Tibet trains eventually pass by Xining, no matter which city you choose as your departure station to get to Lhasa, you’ll have the section of the journey after Xining overlapped with the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, which is also considered to be the most beautiful part of the plateau along the train route. When the train arrives in Lhasa, that is when your Tibet exploration journey begins.

Below you’ll find more details on the schedules, services and facilities of the Tibet train.

Beijing to Tibet Train Beijing to Tibet Train Beijing is one of the most popular gateway cities to Tibet by train. There is a daily Beijing-Lhasa train, and the whole train journey takes about 40 hours.
Shanghai to Tibet Train Shanghai to Tibet Train Traveling from Shanghai to Lhasa by train is an economical way compared to flight. You can find a train departing from Shanghai to Lhasa every day.
Xi’an to Tibet Train Xi’an to Tibet Train As an ancient capital of China for 13 dynasties, Xi’an is a symbol of the antique China. The train from Xi’an to Lhasa departs daily and lasts for 32 hours.
Guangzhou to Tibet Train Guangzhou to Tibet Train As the longest Tibet train route, it takes about 53 hours from Guangzhou to Lhasa by train. Remember to bring a book or pad for the journey!
Chengdu to Tibet Train Chengdu to Tibet Train Chengdu offers not only the busiest flights to Lhasa, but also a train every other day. Besides, a 13-hour express train is expected to run from 2026!
Chongqing to Tibet Train Chongqing to Tibet Train Chongqing is a charming city worth a visit before a Tibet trip, renowned by hotpot and enthusiastic life style. The duration of this train route is 35.5 hours.
Xining to Tibet Train Xining to Tibet Train Most trains to Lhasa from inland China pass by Xining. Xining is the start point of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. A train ride of 21 hours will get you to Lhasa.
Lanzhou to Tibet Train Lanzhou to Tibet Train There are around 5 trains departing from Lanzhou to Lhasa every day, with a duration varying from 23.5 hours to 25 hours.