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Latest Important Adjustments of Tibet Train Schedules

26 February 2019 Last updated at 17:31

With the rapid development of China railway system and more construction of new railways, Qinghai Tibet Railway Corporation has carried out a new Tibet Train working diagram as part of adjustment of China national railway since late December, 2017. Therefore all the trains to/off Lhasa run under the latest operation schedule after changed few departure and arrival time, midway stop stations. There are 5 Tibet Trains (originating from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Lanzhou and Xining) changed the arrival time to Lhasa, 7 trains adjusted the departure time off Lhasa. Please note that Chengdu and Chongqing Lhasa Trains changed the departure time from afternoon into night. In order to catch your Tibet train in time for your Tibet tour, please check the following information carefully, and if you have any problems, please feel free to contact us for more advice.

New Qinghai Tibet Railway Operation Schedules

Updated Timetable of Trains to Lhasa, Tibet

Train No.
Dep. StationDep. TimeArr. TimeFreq.Travel TimeDistance
Z21 Beijing West 20:00 12:45 Daily 40:45 3757 km
Z164/165 Shanghai 20:08 19:35 Daily 47:27 4373 km
Z6801 Xining  14:01 11:20 Every other day 21:19 1972 km
Z917 Lanzhou 11:20 11:20 Every other day 24:00 2188 km
Z322/Z323 Chengdu 21:37 09:55 Every other day 36:18 3360 km
Z223/222 Chongqing 22:12 09:55 Every other day 35:43 3050 km
Z264/Z265 Guangzhou 11:52 16:45 Every other day 52:53 4980 km

Updated Timetable of Trains Off Lhasa, Tibet

Train No.
Arr. StationDep. TimeArr. TimeFreq.Travel TimeDistance
Z22 Beijing West 15:50 08:28 Daily 40:38 3757 km
Z166/Z163 Shanghai 11:30 11:51 Daily 48:21 4373 km
Z6802 Xining  09:00 06:43 Every other day 21:43 1972 km
Z918 Lanzhou 09:00 09:24 Every other day 24:24 2188 km
Z324/Z321 Chengdu  18:40 06:26 Every other day 35:46 3360 km
Z224/Z221 Chongqing 18:40 06:40 Every other day 35:48 3137 km
Z266/Z263 Guangzhou 12:55 19:50 Every other day 54:55 4980 km

Updated Schedule of Chengdu & Chongqing to Lhasa Trains

A completely new train operation diagram of Qinghai Tibet Railway Corporation took effect since Mid-October due to the official operation of Lanzhou Chongqing Railway (兰渝铁路). The most important news is that the round-trip Train Z223/Z222 & Train Z224/Z221 between Chongqing and Lhasa, and Train Z322/Z323 & Train Z324/Z321 between Chengdu and Lhasa cancel the previous roundabout stop in Baoji Railway Station from Guanyuan to Lanzhou, but run a new railway route through Chongqing Lanzhou Railway with about 7 hours shorter riding duration and distance. And train ticket fares between Chengdu/Chongqing and Lhasa adjusts to be the same with a little cheaper price of each seat.

According to the new train schedule, total travel duration of Chengdu Lhasa Train is shortened from over 43hrs to 36hrs 18mins, and Chongqing Lhasa Train speed up to about 35hrs, taking about 7 hours less riding. Departure time of train Z322/Z323 from Chengdu and Z223/Z222 from Chongqing to Tibet is altered into the evening from afternoon and arrival time remain in the morning of the third day as before. Meanwhile both trains off Lhasa arrive in Chengdu (Z324/Z321) and Chongqing (Z224/Z221) in the early morning of the third day, much earlier than before. During peak season and important Chinese festivals, tourists are advised to get to waiting room of the departure railway station in advance for you will face long queue in check points.

Chengdu and Chongqing Lhasa Trains
Chengdu and Chongqing Lhasa Trains
Chengdu and Chongqing Lhasa Trains
Tibet Train Driving in Lhasa Railway Station

Latest Train Schedule between Chengdu and Lhasa

On every other day, the direct train Z322 leaves Chengdu at 21:37 and arrives in Lhasa at 09:55 on the third morning, costing 36hrs 18mins, return train Z322 departs from Lhasa in the 18:35 and get to Chengdu at 6:58 along with 8 midway stations in Guangyuan, Lanzhou, Xining, Delingha, Golmud, Nagchu. Please check following table for details:

Travel BetweenTrain No.Dep. TimeArr. TimeFrequencyDurationDistance
Chengdu-Lhasa Z322 21:37 09:55
(on the Third Day)
Every Other Day 36hrs 18mins 3360km
Lhasa-Chengdu Z324 18:40 06:26
(on the Third Day)
35hrs 46mins

Latest Train Schedules between Chongqing and Lhasa

Tibet Train Z223 leaves Chongqing in the 22:25 and arrives in Lhasa at 9:55 on the third morning, while Train Z224 departs from Lhasa in the 18:35 and get to Chongqing at 06:23 on day three, which both cost about 36hrs and pass 7 stations in cities of Nanchong, Guangyuan, Lanzhou, Xining, Delingha, Golmud, Nagchu. Please check following table for details:

Travel BetweenTrain No.Dep. TimeArr. TimeFrequencyDurationDistance
Chongqing-Lhasa Z223 22:12 09:55
(on the Third Day)
Every Other Day 35hrs 43mins 3050km
Lhasa-Chongqing Z224 18:40 06:40
(on the Third Day)

Updated Chengdu/Chongqing Lhasa Train Ticket Price

Due to the driving duration and distance are decreased recently, ticket price of Lhasa trains to/off Chengdu and Chongqing get some reduction, and whether you depart from Chengdu or Chongqing, or leave Lhasa to Chengdu or Chongqing, you will enjoy the same rules of ticket price of various seats.

RoutePrevious Price (RMB)Current Price (RMB)Reduction (RMB)
Soft Sleeper 1062 Soft Sleeper 997.5 64.5
Hard Sleeper 668 Hard Sleeper 627.5 40.5
Hard Seat 328 Hard Seat 302.5 25.5
Soft Sleeper 1079 Soft Sleeper 997.5 81.5
Hard Sleeper 680 Hard Sleeper 627.5 52.5
Hard Seat 335 Hard Seat 302.5 32.5

Tibet Train Ticket Booking Tips

1. Tibet Train tickets are always in short supply especially during tourism peak seasons(from May to October). So you'd better confirm your trip plan and book the train ticket as early as possible.

2. If you are traveling to Lhasa from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou,Chengdu and Chongqing, you are strongly suggested to take the Soft Sleepers because you need to spend two nights on the train.

3. Tickt price of sleeper berth is various based on which kind of sleeper you book. For Hard Sleeper, fares of the Middle and Lower bunk is a few dozen RMB (yuan) higher than the upper. Lower Soft Sleeper is a little expensiver than Upper berth.

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