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How to Get to Lhasa from Xining

Time:31-12-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

Xining is the only large city in Qinghai and is the capital of the province. Long established as a Chinese city, it's been a military garrison and trading centre since the 16th century. Nowadays, it's also a stopover for foreigners following the Qinghai-Tibet route, perched at an elevation of 2275m on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, the city itself has nothing exceptional to see, but is a convent staging post for visiting Ta'er monastery and Qinghai lake.

For most of tourists, they prefer taking train to Lhasa and enjoying the marvelous scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. So taking train from Xining to Lhasa is a wise choice, Xining is the starting station of Qinghai-Tibet railway, and it only takes you about 21 hours, you will stay one night on the train. The highlight part is from Golmud to Lhasa. If your time is sufficient, spending two or three days visiting Xining or surrounding areas such as Ta’er monastery, Qinghai Lake, etc. After that, go westwards to Tibet by train.

How to get permit in Xining

If you fly from Xining to Lhasa, we will deliver original permit to your hotel by express, 1-7 days before your departure for Tibet. The original permit will be checked before getting your boarding pass to Lhasa. So please stay at least one night in Xining for your permit.

If you take train from Xining to Lhasa, a printed copy is enough. We will send the permit copy to you by email about 3-7 days before your departure date, then you need to print it out in color.

Please kindly note that the permit application usually take 20-25 days, which requires your copies of passport and Chinese visa. The earlier you provide required documents, the earlier we can get your permit. Please contact your consultant and confirm your tour early.

Xining to Lhasa by train

Xining is about 1972km far from Lhasa, which is the starting station of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. It takes you about 21 hours from Xining to Lhasa, you will see the snow peaks, gobi dessert, Tibetan yaks and the prairie along the way. The train travels from Xining, Golmud, Nagqu and Lhasa. The highlight is from Golmud to Lhasa. With enough time, plenty of tourists preferring travelling Qinghai Lake, Ta’er Monastery, then taking Xining - Lhasa train to Tibet. And we are happy to help you book train tickets.

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Distance Frequency Hard seat/hard sleeper/soft-sleeper
Z223(Xining - Lhasa) 12:27 09:55 21H28M 1,972km every day  ¥224 ¥495 ¥781
Z6801(Xining - Lhasa) 14:01 11:20 21H19M every day  ¥224 ¥495 ¥781
Z21(Xining - Lhasa) 15:21 12:40 21H19M every day ¥224 ¥495 ¥781
Z265(Xining - Lhasa) 19:31 16:19 20H48M every day ¥224 ¥495 ¥781
Z6811(Xining - Lhasa) 20:30 17:45 21H15M every day ¥224 ¥495 ¥781
Z165(Xining - Lhasa) 21:27 19:30 22H03M every day ¥224 ¥495 ¥781
Z918(Lhasa - Xining) 09:00 06:43 21H43M 1,972km every day ¥224 ¥495 ¥781
Z166(Lhasa - Xining) 11:30 08:55 21H25M every day ¥224 ¥495 ¥781
Z266(Lhasa - Xining) 12:55 10:20 21H25M every day ¥224 ¥495 ¥781
Z22(Lhasa - Xining) 16:30 13:25 20H55M every day ¥224 ¥495 ¥781
Z6812(Lhasa - Xining) 18:00 14:25 20H25M every day ¥224 ¥495 ¥781
Z324(Lhasa - Xining) 18:35 15:15 20H40M every day ¥224 ¥495 ¥781

Note: The train departs from Xining train station (Jianguo Road, Chengdong District, Xining (城东区建国路). It’s about 11.5km away from Xining Airport to Xining Railway Station. You can take taxi to train station, which is more convenient.

Please kindly note that the actual price is higher than net price with booking service fee.

Xining to Lhasa by flight

If your time is urgent, flying from Xining to Lhasa may be a better choice. When you arrive in Lhasa, after our guide send you to hotel, please do not rush to visit scenic spots, have a good rest on arrival day is necessary. Well, considering cost and tour experience, taking train from Xining to Lhasa is highly recommended.

Flight Number Depart/arrival time type airline Xining terminal stop fare
Xining - Lhasa flight schedule(daily)
3U8687 09:45 / 12:10 Airbus 319 Sichuan Airlines T2 Non-stop Inquiry
TV9842 13:25 / 15:40 Airbus 319 Tibetan Airlines T2 Non-stop Inquiry

Lhasa - Xining flight schedule(daily)

TV9841 15:40 / 17:40 Airbus 319 Tibetan Airlines T2 Non-stop Inquiry
3U8688 13:10 / 15:10 Airbus 319 Sichuan Airlines T2 Non-stop Inquiry

Note: Xining Airport is about 27km east of the city. There are two ways for tourists to reach the airport. The first way is to take airport shuttle buses. The second way is to take taxi, when you get into taxi, make sure the driver uses the meter.

If you would like to join in a group tour, please contact us to confirm the group tour date before you book the flights, our trip adviser will provide you proper time flights to avoid you waiting too long at airport or make sure you will have available tour date to join in. Private tour will be based on your any date.  


Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions please contract us, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

Mr. Ju*** from: 4 Days Lhasa Holy Landmarks Express
January 07, 2020 08:25

Hi, I plan to arrive in Lhasa on the 9th of March in 2020 by train and would like to do a 4 day tour. Unfortunately there are no tours scheduled between January and April, will there be tours added or are there not any planned?

Kind regards

Julian Franz

Answered by Helen
January 07, 2020 07:14

Hello Mr. Ju***,

    Thanks very much for your inquiry. We currently have no group tour in February and March, if you would like to travel Tibet in these months, we are able to arrange a private tour for you. While there are several confirmed departure date for the group tour in January and April, if your time is flexible, you may consider joining a group tour in April. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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