Beijing to Lhasa Train

Destinations

Train No.

Depart

Arrive

Runtime

Distance

(km)

Fare in CNY

Hard

sleeper

Soft

sleeper

Beijing(west) to Lhasa

Z21

20:00

12:30

(3rd day)

40h30m

3753

763

1186

Lhasa to Beijing(west)

Z22

15:30

08:20

(3rd day)

40h50m

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 adivsor for exact cost of the tickets.

The train from Beijing to Lhasa starts from Beijing West Train station (火车西站)
Train station phone number: 010-51826273 or 010-51521673
Taxi from Beijing Capital airport to the West train station cost around CNY110,  please use the below map to find distance from your location to the west 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's the toilet like on the Tibet train?

The toilet on the train is shared and no western toilet.
Toilet on the Tibet train

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

If you are taking the train to Tibet, then there are 3 main things that you need:
1. Copies of your Tibet Travel Permit, 
Your Tibet travel consultant will send you by email in advance, you need to print out, there are 2 pages and print 3 copies, black and white version is ok.

2. Your original passport
Please make sure that you have the same passport which was used to book the train tickets.

3. Paper train ticket
You can get the paper train ticket from the ticket sellng counter by showing your passport and train ticket reservation number.
Tibet train ticket

3. What types of seats are available on the Tibet train?

There are three main types of seats on the train: hard seat, hard sleeper and soft sleeper.
 
1. Soft Sleeper which is also known as First Class.
Most confortableand expensive option on the Tibet train. They are usually CNY400 more expensive than hard sleeper. There are 4 berths in each cabin with a door and is equipped with its own TV, each side 2 beds, uppar and lower bunks. Toilets on the train are shared and are located at the end of the carriage.
Tibet train soft sleeper
Tibet train luggage rack

2. Hard Sleeper which is also known as Second Class.
There are 6 berths in each cabin, each side 3 berths, upper, middle and lower bunks with no door. You will have your own bed. There is enough space to lay down.
Tibet train hard sleeper ticket

3. Hard Seat
Passengers sit next to each other in open compartment of 4 or 6, you can't lay down, and space is bit small. Westerners rarely choose this option for such long train ride.
Tibet train hard seat

4. Can I book the Tibet train tickets myself?

Yes, you can book your train tickets to and from Lhasa (Tibet) on some online ticket booking website such as Qunaer.com or Ctrip.com used quite often in China, the third party website may charge some service fee.

In fact, teh official train ticket booking website is www.12306.cn, but it requires a Chinese ID card to register an account, then you can book on it, if you have Chinese friends or relatives, they can help you book the tickets too, currently the official train ticket booking website is only available in Chinese language and accepts only Chinese bank card.

Note: All the train tickets to and from Tibet start to sell 30 days before the departure date, its better for you to prepare booking the ticket on the 1st selling date, so you have bigger chance to get it. If you are failed on the first day then either keep checking in the next few days or require your agency to help book the tickets. Late booking may not able to get the ticket.

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

It is because the train tickets to Lhasa are in very high demand. Firstly, there are limited number of trains to Tibet, especially soft sleeper tickets, there are only 48 soft sleeper berths in each train and sometimes government control most of the soft sleeper tickets for there use, secondly, there are numerous ticket-dealing agents that sell the tickets for a higher cost, so if you book the tickets through agencies, all the tickets come with some service fees.

6. 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.

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

The Lhasa Train Station is only 20km south of Lhasa. It is separated from the main city by Lhasa River. It should only take around 30 minutes to get to the center of the city.
Lhasa train station to the city

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

Once we successfully reserve the train tickets, we will send you detailed train ticket itinerary by email including E-ticket number, departure/arrival time, and seat information, the itinerary form would be same as below
Explore Tibet train ticket itinerary
You can get the paper train ticket in adavance from any train station in China or any train ticket selling counter in the cities near your hotel (Except HK and Macao), sometimes if may charge CNY5 as printing cost, with your oringal passport and E-ticket number (some times train station also requires the Tibet travel permit copy, it depends).

Or on the departureday, you arrive at the train station at least 1.5 hours earlier, and collect the paper ticket from the ticket window, sometimes especially on Chinese public holidays, such as Jan 1st, May 1st, and Oct 1st, you may need to wait in long lines, so please prepare for enough time to get earlier at the train station. Usually the train station check in stops 15 minutes before the train departure time.
Lhasa train station

9. 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.

10. 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, and soups. 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 range will be RMB 20-25 per dish. For breakfast, they generally serve pickles, eggs, bread and rise porridge for RMB 10-15.
meals on the Tibet train

Meals on the Tibet train
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