Taking a train to Lhasa is one of the most popular ways to visit Tibet. On travelers’ trail tour, they can experience all the best sites, which includes Jinyintan Prairie, Qinghai Lake, Qarhan Salt Lake, Kunlun Mountains, just to name a few. If you are thinking about taking a train to Lhasa, then don’t hesitate, just go! Wondering how to plan a perfect Tibet train tour? This guide will take you step by step to plan a perfect one.
Train to Lhasa
Quick View of Qinghai Tibet Railway
Part 2. Qinghai Tibet Railway’s Top 9 Remarkable World Records
Part 3. Trains to Tibet from Chinese Cities
Part 4. Tibet Train Document 2019
Part 5. Tibet Trains Schedule and Ticket
Part 6. Scenes along the Tibet Railway
Part 7. Lhasa Railway Station
Qinghai-Tibet Railway is an engineering marvel, which holds the record for the world’s highest train route, reaching altitudes over 5000m. Apart from this, it holds other remarkable world records as below.
Currently, travelers can board direct trains to Lhasa from seven Chinese cities, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, and Lanzhou. Besides, passengers can also choose to onboard/off in Amdo, Baoji, Bengbu, Changsha, Damxung, Delhi, Golmud, Nagqu, Nanjing, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Wuchang, Wuxi, Xi'an, and Zhengzhou. Whichever city you board, all trains pass through the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, from Xining to Lhasa.
Trains to Lhasa from Chinese Cities
Before taking a train, you need to prepare some needed documents includes train tickets, original passport, and Tibet Travel Permit. Without either of the three documents, you might be forbidden to board the train to Lhasa.
Tibet Train Tickets
Travelers can purchase Tibet train ticket at any railway station in mainland China, online, or via phone. During the peak travel seasons like the summer holiday, the tickets are more likely to sell out, for that reason, it’s best to book earlier. Moreover, in the peak season (summer holiday), these tickets cannot be changed or refunded online. If passengers want to change or refund ticket during summer months, they have to handle it in person at railway stations.
Note: All non-Chinese travelers need to present their valid ID certificates like a passport with a Tibet Travel Permit to get the ticket.
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The scenery along the Tibet Railway is majestic and breathtaking. Through the big window of Tibet train, great expanses of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau roll into view: vast grassland dotted with yaks and prayer flags fluttering from temples. This is definitely the “Paradise on Earth”. In addition to this, there are also some famous sights along the way, such as the vast and clear Qinghai Lake, marvelous Kunlun Mountains and Tanggula mountain ranges, uninhabited Hoh Xil Nature Reserve, the origin of Yangtze River, etc. All of these beautiful sceneries will reward tourists with lifelong unforgettable memories.
See more: Tibet Train Scenery Guide >
As the terminal station of Tibet Railway, Lhasa Railway Station is located at the south bank of the Lhasa River in Liuwu Village, Doilungdeqen County of Lhasa, which is 5 miles (8 kilometers) away from Potala Palace. Situated at an altitude of 11,811 feet (3,600 meters) above sea level, it is one of the world’s highest railway stations. Currently, it operates trains to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou, and Shigatse.
How to get to Lhasa Railway Station?
Travelers can get to Lhasa Railway Station by using three transportation modes: Bus, taxi, and carpooling. Among the three modes, taxi is the most popular way, as it offers great speed and convenience. However, it also cost the most. Normally, it takes about CNY25 to reach the station from the urban area by metered taxi. But most drivers are reluctant to use the meter and they usually charge CNY30-50 for a single ride. If you share a taxi with others, it costs CNY15-20 per person.
Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.
1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?
2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?
Dear Ms. Ho***,
Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards
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