Xi’an to Lhasa Train

Xi’an is most renowned for being the ancient capital of 13 dynasties. When wandering around in downtown Xi’an, you will easily run into the mighty greyish city walls that were built during ancient times. Along with the Terra Cotta Warriors that were built in 210-209 B.C., Xi’an is a destination for those who are fond of ancient history. Xi’an cuisine is also popular and has a reputation for providing people with generous serving sizes. You may be surprised to see how the cuisine symbolizes the pasta culture of China’s northern territory.

Xi’an has daily trains going to Lhasa with four main midway stopovers at Lanzhou, Xining, Golmud and Nagchu. The duration of the Xi’an-Lhasa train ride is about 30 hours, and you will get to stay overnight on the train.

Please note that there are three railway stations in Xi’an, and the Xi’an to Lhasa train departs from the Xi’an Railway Station.

Xi’an to Lhasa Train Schedule & Price

Train No. From / To Dep. / Arr. Duration Distance Hard Sleeper Soft Sleeper
Z265 Xi’an/Lhasa 09:45/16:19 30:34 2864km CNY611.5 CNY969.5
Z165 Xi’an/Lhasa 11:24/19:30 32:06 2864km CNY611.5 CNY969.5

Timetable of Xian to Lhasa Train No. Z265

Station Altitude Arrival Departure Stop Time Distance Days
Xi’an 385m -- 09:45 -- -- Day 1
Lanzhou 1520m 16:26 16:41 15min 676km Day 1
Xining 2200m 19:11 19:31 20min 892km Day 1
Delingha 2982m 23:33 23:35 2min 1209km Day 1
Golmud 2780m 02:32 02:57 25min 1722km Day 2
Nagchu 4500m 12:29 12:35 6min 2542km Day 2
Lhasa 3650m 16:19 -- -- 2864km Day 2

Timetable of Xian to Lhasa Train No. Z165

Station Altitude Arrival Departure Stop Time Distance Days
Xi’an 385m -- 11:24 -- -- Day 1
Lanzhou 1520m 18:17 18:34 17min 676km Day 1
Xining 2200m 21:07 21:27 20min 892km Day 1
Delingha 2982m 01:29 01:31 2min 1209km Day 1
Golmud 2780m 04:21 04:46 25min 1722km Day 2
Nagchu 4500m 14:56 15:10 14min 2542km Day 2
Lhasa 3650m 19:30 -- -- 2864km Day 2

Lhasa to Xi’an Train Schedule & Price

Train No. From / To Dep. / Arr. Duration Distance Hard Sleeper Soft Sleeper
Z166 Lhasa/Xi’an 11:30/20:34 33:04 1972km CNY495 CNY781
Z266 Lhasa/Xi’an 12:55/21:49 32:54 1972km CNY495 CNY781

Timetable of Lhasa to Xi’an Train No. Z166

Station Altitude Arrival Departure Stop Time Distance Days
Lhasa 3650m -- 11:30 -- -- Day 1
Nagchu 4500m 15:08 15:14 6min 322km Day 1
Golmud 2780m 01:23 01:48 25min 1142km Day 2
Delingha 2980m 04:15 04:17 2min 1478km Day 2
Xining 2200m 08:55 09:15 20min 1972km Day 2
Lanzhou 1520m 12:11 12:26 15min 2188km Day 2
Xi’an 385m 20:34 -- -- 2864km Day 2

Timetable of Lhasa to Xi’an Train No. Z266

Station Altitude Arrival Departure Stop Time Distance Days
Lhasa 3650m -- 12:55 -- -- Day 1
Nagchu 4500m 16:32 16:38 6min 322km Day 1
Golmud 2780m 02:50 03:15 25min 1142km Day 2
Delingha 2980m 05:42 05:44 2min 1478km Day 2
Xining 2200m 10:20 10:40 20min 1972km Day 2
Lanzhou 1520m 13:25 13:41 16min 2188km Day 2
Xi’an 385m 21:49 -- -- 2864km Day 2
 

FAQs about train from Xi’an to Lhasa and Lhasa to Xi’an

1. Is Xi’an the ideal place to take the train to Lhasa?

Trains from Shanghai and Guangzhou to Lhasa pass through Xi’an. Since Xi’an is not the terminal station, it is kind of hard to guarantee the tickets. But it is applicable to take a train from Xi’an to Xining or Lanzhou and then take the train to Lhasa. Since China Eastern Airline always provides very good flight prices from Xi’an to Lhasa, it is wise to fly in from Xi’an and then take a train out of Lhasa. The train tickets out of Lhasa are much easier to get too.

2. What is the deadline to book the train tickets from Xi’an to Lhasa?

The train tickets will be sold approximately 30 days before the departure date. Because of the great demand for them, it is suggested that you book the tickets within the first minute. During the high season from April to October, the tickets might be sold out within several minutes. GoToTibet has a trustworthy tickets partner who is a professional at booking tickets. We can help you with the booking if needed.

3. Which berth is better on the train: upper, middle or lower berth?

For the soft sleeper, there are only upper and lower berths. They’re both spacious, so either one is comfortable enough. You can have more privacy if you stay in an upper bed. As for the upper and middle berths in the hard sleeper, it is almost impossible to sit up straight. But the lower bed is always the preferred choice of the passengers who hold tickets for an upper and middle berth. The soft sleeper is a better choice, comfort wise.

4. What do we eat on the train to Lhasa?

There is one whole carriage which serves as the restaurant on the train. You can have your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners there at certain times. Before mealtime, there will be broadcasting to inform the passengers of when it’s time to eat. Normally, it costs about 10 yuan for breakfast, and 20 to 40 yuan for lunch and dinner. The food is kind of simple but very tasty. The breakfast meals include milk, coffee, egg, porridge, steamed bun, bread, and more. The lunch and dinner foods consist of Tofu, Kung Pao Chicken, Yuxiang Shredded Pork, Scrambled Eggs with Tomato, vegetable, and some Tibetan dishes. The restaurant is not only good for meals, but it is also a great place to enjoy the view outside the window. If it is not mealtime, you must at least buy a beer or other beverage so that you can enter the restaurant and get the privilege of sitting there and enjoying the grand view of the Qinghai Tibet Plateau. Except for eating in the restaurant carriage, the train staff brings boxed meals to each train cabin. Since it is a long journey, it is better to prepare some snacks ahead of time because the price of the food will be double if you buy it on the train.

5. Can we get a non-smoking compartment on Xi’an to Lhasa train?

It is not permitted to smoke in the train compartment. However, you can smoke at the junction of the two coaches. Once the train enters Golmud, there will be an oxygen supply in the train. It is forbidden to smoke in any part of the train.

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