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Travelers Have to Change Tibet Trains at Xining during April to August

26 February 2019 Last updated at 17:54

Qinghai Tibet Railway Corporation has lately carried out a policy that a passenger who takes a train from Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Xian to Lhasa will have to change to a Plateau Train with Oxygen System at Xining Railway Station. If one takes a train from Lhasa to Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai, Xian or Guangzhou, he/she also needs to change to a regular train at Xining Railway Station. The policy has been put into practice since April 19, 2018, and will continue to the end of Summer School Vacation in China (around late August). (Note: If you are taking the train Z21 (Beijing to Lhasa), Z917 (Lanzhou to Lhasa), you don’t have to change trains at Xining Railway Station.)

Why Have to Change a Train?

Why have to change to another train? Because the regular trains are not suitable to operate in the harsh environment on the Qinghai Tibet Plateau - low air pressure, thin oxygen, high altitudes over 4000m, extreme weathers, which can usually cause headache, chest congestion, vomiting and other adverse reactions. So passengers have to change to a specially-designed a Plateau Train which is completely sealed, and cut off the outside world. At the same time, the oxygen system on the Plateau Train will deliver oxygen to each carriage, and control the oxygen concentration to the level of lower plain areas so that the passengers won’t feel uncomfortable in the train when passing through the Qinghai Tibet Plateau.

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The Specially-designed Train for Qinghai Tibet Plateau

How to Change the Tibet Train?

After arriving at Xining Railway Station, pack your luggage well, then follow the attendants’ guidance to leave the original train (don’t have to get out the railway station) and board another train which calls at very close to the original train. You will have the same sleeper (seat) in the same carriage as in the original train. The whole train changing takes only about 20 minutes to finish.

Will I Enjoy the Same Sleeper/Seat and Facilities?

The new train you will change to will still use the Original Number, and retain your original sleeper/seat in the original train. Also all the facilities and amenities that you enjoy on the original train are provided on the new Plateau Train. More importantly it has the Oxygen System to protect you from the High Altitude Sickness. Check Tibet Train Facilities and Amenities

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Change Train at Xining Railway Station

Timetable of Changing the Tibet Train

Train to Tibet

Travelers who take a train from Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai or Guangzhou to Lhasa have to change to a Plateau Train at Xining Railway Station. Please check following table for details:

Route/Train Num.Departing StationChange TrainArriving at LhasaDuration
Z322
(Chengdu-Lhasa)
Chengdu Railway Station
14:48
Xining Railway Station
12:07(2nd day)
Lhasa Railway Station
09:55(3rd day)
43 hrs 07 mins
3,070km
Z164
(Shanghai-Lhasa)
Shanghai Railway Station
20:10
Xining Railway Station
21:12(2nd day)
Lhasa Railway Station
19:20(3rd day)
47 hrs 10 mins
4,373km
Z223
(Chongqing-Lhasa)
Chongqing North Railway Station
15:42
Xining Railway Station
12:07(2nd day)
Lhasa Railway Station
09:55(3rd day)
42 hrs 13 mins
3,641km
Z264
(Guangzhou-Lhasa)
Guangzhou Railway Station
11:45
Xining Railway Station
19:25(2nd day)
Lhasa Railway Station
17:05(3rd day)
40 hrs 30 mins
4,980km

Train off Tibet

Travelers who take a train from Lhasa to Chengdu, Shanghai, Chongqing or Guangzhou have to change to a regular train at Xining Railway Station. Please check following table for details:

Route/Train Num.Departing from LhasaChange TrainArrival StationDuration
Z324
(Lhasa-Chengdu)
Lhasa Railway Station
18:35
Xining Railway Station
15:20(2nd day)
Chengdu Railway Station
06:58(3rd day)
36 hrs 23 mins
3070km
Z166
(Lhasa-Shanghai)
Lhasa Railway Station
11:30
Xining Railway Station
08:55(2nd day)
ShanghaiRailway Station
11:51(3rd day)
48 hrs 12 mins
4,373km
Z224
(Lhasa-Chongqing)
Lhasa Railway Station
18:35
Xining Railway Station
15:15(2nd day)
Chongqing North Railway Station
06:23(3rd day)
35 hrs 48 mins
3,641km
Z266
(Lhasa-Guangzhou)
Lhasa Railway Station
12:55
Xining Railway Station
10:20(2nd day)
Guangzhou Railway Station
20:00(3rd day)
55 hrs 5 mins
4,980km

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, Chengdu, you are strongly suggested to take the Soft Sleepers because you need to spend two nights on the train.

3. Tibet Travel Permit is not required to book train ticket, but required to board the train.

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