Shanghai to Lhasa train

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Fare in CNY





Shanghai to Lhasa





(3rd day)





Lhasa to Shanghai





(3rd day)


Frequency: Every Day

Note: the train ticket costs we listed in the table is net ticket cost, but most of the time it is very difficult to get the train tickets as there are huge number of visitors taking the train every day, so certain amount of services will be added to get the tickets from local ticket agent, exact amount of service fees will different based on the season, so please contact our trip advisor for exact cost of the tickets.

The train from Shanghai to Lhasa starts from Shanghai Train station (上海站)
Train station phone number: 021-95105105
The subway Line 1, Line 3 and Line 4 can arrive to the Train Station.
Note: Please make sure that you have a copy of the Tibet Travel Permit to board the train.
  • Soft Sleeper (First class)
  • Hard Sleeper (Second Class)
  • Restaurant
  • Drinking Water
  • Oxygen Facilty
  • Emergency Facility
  • Toilet
  • Know before board the train

Train Station Map

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Tibet Train FAQs

1. What documents are needed to board a train to Tibet?

If you are taking the train to Tibet, then you will only need a copy of the Tibet Travel Permit, we will send a copy of the permit by email that you can print out and take with you on the train.

2. What types of seats are available on the train?

There are three main types of seats on the train: hard seat, hard sleeper and soft sleeper. Hard seat is just a metal seat where all passengers sit next to each other; it is rarely used by westerners, especially for long train rides. In hard sleeper, there are about 6 berths to a cabin where you will have your own bed. Soft sleeper is the most deluxe seat on the train with 4 berths in each cabin equipped with its own TV. Soft sleeper is about RMB 400 more expensive than soft sleeper. Toilets on the train are shared and are located at the end of each carriage.

3. Can I book the train tickets myself?

Yes, you can book your train tickets to and from Lhasa (Tibet), but you should know that train tickets to and from Tibet starts sell 10 days before the departure date and can only be purchased from the train ticket counter located in the departing city; you can’t book your tickets online. Buying your own train tickets is very hard and generally only possible during the low season (Nov. - March).

4. Why do I have to pay a few hundred more than actual to get a train ticket?

Train tickets to Tibet are in very high demand and are nearly impossible to acquire in the regular way. First off, there are limited trains to Tibet and most of the seats are under state control, especially in soft sleeper. There are only 48 soft berths in each train and the government occupies most of them when they are needed. Secondly, there are numerous ticket-dealing agents that sell the tickets for a higher cost; so during high season, all tickets come with a very expensive service fee.

5. What are the risks if I try to book my own train tickets during the high season?

We should always book train tickets from the ticket dealers in advance. If you would like to book your own ticket, then we wont’ book your ticket for you and you will have to get in line at the train ticket counter to purchase them. It is very common that all the train tickets are sold out before they even begin to be sold from the ticket counter. In this care, we will try to purchase the tickets for you but because of the late booking, there might be an expensive surcharge.

6. How far is the Lhasa Train Station from the city?

The Lhasa Train Station is only 15km south of Lhasa. It is separated from the main city by Lhasa River. It should only take around 20 minutes to get to the center of the city.

7. How do I receive the train tickets if I booked them with you?

f you book the train tickets with us along with the packaged tour, then we will arrange for the train tickets to be delivered to your hotel in China. You will need to send us the address of your hotel and your booking number. Usually we will make the delivery 5-10 days prior to departure.

8. When should I arrive at the train station?

For the most part, trains depart on time and you are advised to arrive at the train station 2 hours before your departure time. You will need to fill out a health record form prior to departing and there are often many people in line so it may take some time to check into the train.

9. Are meals served on the train?

Each train has a dinning car with a capacity of 40-50 seats. The dining car mainly serves Chinese cuisines, noodles, soups and some Tibetan dishes. If you don’t want to eat in the dinning car, then there is a delivery cart that will bring dishes around to each car every meal. If you need to purchase dishes, the cost will increase by RMB 20-25. For breakfast, they generally serve pickles, eggs, bread and rise porridge for RMB 10-15.

10. Is there boiled water available on the train?

There is water boiler in each car and you can get boiled water for free, but you need to bring your own mugs.

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