Lhasa Shigatse Train Schedules and Fares

14 December 2022 Last updated at 10:51

The Lhasa Shigatse Train plays an important role in Tibet’s traffic by providing much convenience for Lhasa Shigatse round-trip travelers. There are two daily commuter trains runs between Lhasa and Shigatse within 3 hours' riding time. Trains may be increased to satisfy the needs of more passengers during the tourism season. Train Z8801 and Z8803 depart from Lhasa and arrive Shigatse at last, in the meantime, train Z8802 and Z8804 run in opposite direction.

Two more extended lines to Jilong and Yadong is planned to put into use before 2020. Passengers can take the Lhasa-Shigatse Train to Mt. Everest and tour famous scenic spots in Shigatse, enjoying the pure sunshine bath and clear sky view all the way.

Lhasa Shigatse Train
Tourists in Front of Shigatse Railway Station

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

Lhasa to Shigatse or Shigatse to Lhasa?

Both Lhasa to Shigatse and Shigatse to Lhasa are good transportation choices and train travel experiences with various natural landscapes along the railway. You can select corresponding trains based on your tour itinerary.

Suppose that you just finish your tour in Lhasa and want to go to Shigatse and other destinations for further trip in south and west areas of Tibet, like Ngari, even cross-border city like Katmandu in Nepal, the Lhasa Shigatse train is a good option. Compared to highway traffic, it only takes less than three hours with shorter distance and riding time.

If you plan to leave for Lhasa from Shigatse, you can take the Shigatse Lhasa train back and proceed the local Lhasa sightseeing then. Taking a road trip on the highway between Lhasa and Shigatse usually needs six to seven hours, but you can see the beautiful Yamdrok Lake, Parcho Monastery, Karuola Gracier and many historical sites in Gyantse.

Lhasa Shigatse Train
Foreign Tourists at Shigatse Railway Station

Facilities on Shigatse Lhasa Train - Life on the Train

Air Conditioning and Oxygen Supply There is an air-conditioning system on the train to create an comfortable temperature and ensure a clean and fresh air. There are also two kinds of oxygen supply systems equipped with on the train. One is a "dispersion-mode" oxygen supply system, which spreading oxygen in the train’s cars through the air-con system. The other system is directly used by passengers through independent port.
Food and Drink There is a dining carriage in the middle position of the train which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and some snacks. Only some Chinese food and cuisines are provide: rice, vegetables, meals and soups. You can also buy the packed food from the Food Trolley. Hot water is provided all the time. The water received from the washing area is not drinkable.
Luggage Storage If you are taking a Soft Sleeper, you can put your luggage or suitcases on the luggage closet above the door in each Soft Sleeper Carriage. It is about 16 inches (40cm) high and 20 inches (50cm) wide. If you are taking a Hard Sleeper, just place your luggage and suitcases on the luggage racks above the window by the side of aisle.
Toilet and Washing The toilets in Soft Sleeper Carriages are one western-style toilet and another squat toilet. While in the carriages of Hard Sleepers and Hard Seats, there are only squat toilets available. Bring toilet papers on your own. There is a simple washbasin at each side of the carriages. Only cold water is provided, undrinkable.
Compartment In the Soft Sleeper Compartment, there are a small table, a heat-retaining vacuum flask, and a trash can. Under the table is a plug to get power supply. There is also a small TV fixed on the door near the aisle. Close to the window, there is an outlet of oxygen. While in the Hard Sleeper Compartment, there are some other friendly facilities - a small table, a thermos, a dustbin.

How to Get to Lhasa / Shigatse Railway Station

How to get to the railway station from Lhasa/Shigatse? The detailed information below offers some help.

Lhasa Shigatse Train
Shigatse Railway Station View

Railway StationAddressPublic BusTaxi
Lhasa Railway Station Niu New Area, Lhasa, Tibet, China Location: right hand side of station exit
Cost: one yuan per person
Available Bus: Bus No.1, No.13, No.14 and No.30,etc
Location:main road in station front square
dozens yuan
Shigatse Railway Station Zhandu Village, Jiacuoxiong Town,Shigatse, Tibet, China Location: left hand of station exit
Cost: two yuan per person
Available Bus: Bus No.4 and No.7.etc
Location: right hand side of station exit(parking area)

*Important Notice:The above transportation information is for reference only.

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

Tibet Lhasa, Namtso, Mount Everest and Ngari are four most popular destinations in Tibet