Due to the developed railway network and safety guarantee, It's a rather good choice to travel China by train, especially to Tibet.

It has been being a strong will of China government, Tibetan people and all other Chinese people to extend Chinese railway networks to the roof of the world--the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, which helped the Tibetan economy speedily boom. The highest point on the line is 5,072 meters above sea level. The railway covers 960-kilometer at an altitude of more than 4000 meters and over 550 kilometers within the "frozen earth" area.

The 1956-kilometer railway link begins in Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province and goes to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region. The 814 kilometer-long stretch from Xining to Golmud was built in 1979 and started operation in 1984. The 1142 kilometer stretch between Golmud and Lhasa runs south along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway and was constructed by rebuilding the original 32-kilometer-long line from Golmud to Nanshankou and laying 1110 kilometers of new track. Upon its completion, the maximum train speed is designed to reach 100 kilometers per hour in the frozen earth areas and 120 kilometers per hour on non-frozen earth.

How to Read a Train ticket:

Beijing to Lhasa train

Duration Distance Frequency Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
43h40m 3753 Every day CNY1186 CNY742

Shanghai to Lhasa train

Duration Distance Frequency Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
48h39m 4373 Every day CNY1311 CNY818

Chengdu to Lhasa train

Duration Distance Frequency Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
43h40m 3360 Every other day CNY1101 CNY689

Xining to Lhasa train

Duration Distance Frequency Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
23h51m 1960 Every day CNY794 CNY497

Chongqing to Lhasa train

Duration Distance Frequency Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
43h40m 3641km Every other day CNY1165 CNY730

Guangzhou to Lhasa train

Duration Distance Frequency Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
55h1m 4980km Everyday CNY1526 CNY892

Lanzhou to Lhasa train

Duration Distance Frequency Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
26h27m 2188 Every day CNY852 CNY535
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