Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xining are so far the four most popular gateway cities for taking a train to Tibet. Check out our most popular Tibet train tour packages departing from these gateway cities. All packages are customizable according to your requirements. One important things to know is that you have to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit to take the train. If you have more time, you can extend your trip from Lhasa to other popular destinations, such as Shigatse, Mount Everest, Nyingchi, Ngari, etc.
Taking a train and witnessing the Qinghai Tibet Plateau on the train is memorable. But get fully prepared before is very necessary. Following are some essential guide information to help you plan the ideal train travel. Any question from you is welcomed, just contact us.
So far, travel can take a train to Lhasa from gateway cities which are also the starting stations with maximum chances to get a train ticket, including Chengdu, Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xining and Lanzhou, etc.
Most Recommended - Beijing, Chengdu, Xining: Beijing has a daily train to Lhasa usually departing in the evening and takes about 41 hours. It is easier to buy a ticket from Chengdu to Lhasa (about 42hrs' trip), but the train only departs every other day. Xining has more train schedules, and is the starting place of stunning Qinghai Tibet Railway. One can get to Lhasa from Xining by train within 22 hours.
Other Popular Gateways - Chongqing, Shanghai, Xian: Chongqing is connected to Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai is popular arrival city in China, but the time spent on the train is a bit long (approx 47hrs). Xian is the perfect place as the connection of Beijing and Lhasa.
Generally, there are soft sleepers, hard sleepers and hard seats. A cabin has four soft sleepers (top and low) with a door which are relatively quiet and less crowd compared to hard sleeper cabins. Hard sleeper cabin has 6 sleeper (top, middle, low) but without a door. Hard seat is not recommended.
You can go to the dinning car where you have flexible options of Chinese cuisine for lunch and dinner, but the price is a bit expensive. You can also buy the budget boxed lunch from the staff when they push the meal cart to your seat. We advise you pack some snacks with you.
There are bathrooms, a washing desk with mirror, two smoking zones and a boiled water supply at the connecting zone of two cars. Don't worry about the oxygen supply. The concentration of Oxygen is always kept in balance. Each cabin has switches for oxygen. Battery charging is available on the train.