Introduction of Lhasa Nyingchi Railway

26 October 2023 Last updated at 10:50

Breaking News: Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway officially went into operation on June 25, 2021.

The Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway, also called Lalin Railway or Lalin Line, is the first electrified railroad in Tibet and an important part of the famous Sichuan-Tibet Railway. The railway is 435.45 km (270.6 mi) in length. It starts from Lhasa, passes through southern Tibetan areas, runs to the eastern Tibet and ends in Nyingchi. There are 8 stops between the departing and terminal stations.

Currently, this new rail has been connected with the Qinghai-Tibet Railway and the Lhasa-Shigatse Railway, making it more convenient to travel around Tibet. Along with its operation, Tibet runs its first Fuxing bullet train (speed : 160 km/h) on it and on the linked rail between Shigatse and Nyingchi. From now on, the train travel time between Lhasa and Nyingchi is only 3.5 hours short and 7 hours between Shigatse and Nyingchi.

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Lhasa Nyingchi Railway Map (click to enlarge)

Lhasa to Nyingchi Train Schedules, Tickets and Stations

Along with the operation of Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway, China self-developed Fuxing bullet train made its debut in Tibet. So far, the Fuxing bullet trains run between Lhasa and Nyingchi, Lhasa and Shigatse and between Shigatse and Nyingchi. Compared to normal speed trains, they run at a higher speed - 160 km/h. Lhasa has 3 trains to Nyingchi every day, including 2 Fuxing bullet trains and 1 normal trains. If you take a Fuxing bullet train, you will get from Lhasa to Shannan within 1.5 hours and get to Nyingchi for less than 3.5 hours.

More importantly, the green Fuxing bullet trains uses double engines, special oxygen supply system and upgraded facilities to offer a quiet and comfortable train trip on Tibetan Plateau. The trains are also environmentally friendly for there will be no gas and waste discharged during the operation.

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Lhasa to Nyingchi Fuxing Bullet Train

Below is the real-time Lhasa (lasa) to Nyingchi (linzhi) train timetable with updated train number, train travel time, ticket, train departure and arrival information. Click the train number to get more details to better plan your Lhasa to Nyingchi train tour.

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Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.

Other Transportation between Lhasa and Nyingchi

Nyingchi in eastern Tibet is praised as “Switzerland in Tibet” with charming Natural scenary. In Nyingchi, you can see rare green forests, lush plants, old trees and lovely peach blossom in Tibet and gem-like Bamsum Tso Lake, spectacular Mt. Namjagbarwa, etc. Nyingchi is located about 275 km east of Lhasa.

More Transfer Choices between Lhasa and Nyingchi:

By Road: Driving on the well-paved Lhasa-Nyingchi Highway is a popular way to get from Lhasa to Nyingchi. You can enjoy various landcape by the road. The drive takes about 7 ~ 8 hours.

By Air: There are direct flights flying from Lhasa Gonggar Airports to Nyingchi Mainling Airport daily. The air travel is 40 minutes only.

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Romantic Peach Blossom in Nyingchi during Spring

Bus Lhasa Eastern Suburb Passenger Station
Address: No.3 Jiangsu East Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet, China
Ngyingchi Passenger Station
Address: Guangdong Road, Bayi Town, Nyingchi, Tibet, China
7-8 hours
Daily(earliest bus:08:00 am, departure time depends on number of passengers
Plane Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Address: Jiazhulin Town, Gonggar County, Shannan City
Nyingchi Mainling Airport Address: the Yarlung Zangbo River Valley, Mainling County, Nyingchi City 40 mins Daily (2 flights)

*Important Notice:The above transportation information is for reference only. You can contact us to get the latest travel guide for your Lhasa Nyingchi tour.

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About the Construction of Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway

The Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway started construction in 2015 and came into service on June 25 2021. This eco-friendly project takes more than 6 years and once again proves China’s strong national power and remarkable technology and wisdom.

The following are some technological difficulties of the Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway have been successfully come.

1.The railway passes through 47 tunnels and 121 bridges in total, and runs across the Yarlung Zangbo River 16 times.

2.About 90% of the railroad are built on plateau areas at an average elevation of above 3,000 meters. The highest point is at an altitude of 5,100 meters.

3.The railway passes through high mountains and deep valleys with a sharp height difference of 2,500 meters.

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Lhasa to Nyingchi Fuxing Bullet Train Passed through a High-elevated Tunnel

Extension of Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway

Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway is a rail branch line of the Qinghai Tibet Railway and it ends the history of no railway available in southeast Tibet. In the future, it will be linked with the Lhasa-Kathmandu Railway (China-Nepal Railway, running between Tibet’s Lhasa and Nepal’s Kathmandu via Gyirong Port ) and the other segments of Sichuan-Tibet Railway (from Chengdu to Lhasa). By then, Tibet will have a Y-type railway network stretching into all directions, offering more convenient and faster train travel journeys for both tourists and the locals, and efficient train travel to neighboring Nepal.

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How to Plan A Tibet Tour

Tibet is too vast to be visited in one single trip, but planning ahead of time can make most of your holiday. A classic Tibet tour always takes about 4 ~ 8 days. Apart from 2 days for arrival and departure, it usually needs 2 other days to explore majestic Potala Palace and other landmarks in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. With a day trip’s distance from Lhasa, Namtso Lake is another perfect tour extension if you visit Tibet from May to October.

☛ 4 Days Holy City Lhasa Private Tour - Heart of Tibet

☛ 5 Days Lhasa City and Holy Lake Namtso Tour

To explore further, it’s strongly recommended to travel from Lhasa to Mount Everest via Gyantse and Shigatse, which usually needs 4 more days. It is an unforgettable sightseeing trip with lots of attractions to visit, such as Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Kumbum Stupa of Palcho Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, etc. Of course, the biggest draw must be gazing upon the unparalleled north face of the world’s highest peak – Mount Everest.

☛ 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Historical Tour

☛ 8 Days Everest Base Camp Tour - Top of the World

☛ 9 Days Tibet Discovery Tour plus Everest and Namtso Expedition

For Buddhist followers and hiking lovers, you are suggested to travel to Ngari to join the kora around the holy Mt. Kailash and sacred Lake Manasarovar, which usually takes about 5 ~ 8 more days from Lhasa. The wild nature of Ngari is spectacular as well.

☛ 13 Days Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar Trekking Tour

☛ 16 Days Mt.Kailash Pilgrimage Private Tour

If you have your own needs or interest, just feel free to contact us to customize a trip of your own!

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