Chengdu to Lhasa Train

Chengdu to Lhasa Train Schedule & Price

The overview of Chengdu: Chengdu is the main gateway city in the southwest of China. It is connected with many international cities and major domestic cities in China. Thus, Chengdu become a hot starting point for travelers heading to Tibet. The train from Chengdu departs every other day from Chengdu North Railway Station, and arrives at Lhasa at the third day morning.  

Destinations Train No. Depart Arrive Runtime Distance
Fare in CNY
Chengdu to Lhasa Z322 21:37 09:55
(3rd day)
43h07m 3360 627.5 997.5
Lhasa to Chengdu    Z324 18:40 06:26
(3rd day)
Train from Chengdu to Lhasa departs not daily, but every other day. 


2020 Chengdu Lhasa Train Schedule 

 note: ODD refers to 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, etc. 
EVEN refers to 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, etc.

2020 Jan Feb   Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Lhasa →

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.

Chengdu North Railway Station

Address: No. 1, Zhandong Road, Chengdu
Phone: 028)-83322858
Ticket Booking Hotline: 12306
Distance from Airport: approx. 26.4km, 30 minutes, Airport Shuttle Bus No. 2 
Metro to There: No. 1 Metro 
Bus to There: No. 27, No 34, No 54, No 11; 
Airport bus to there: approx 1:30hrs and cost CNY15.
Taxi to There: Taking a taxi from airport to Train station cost around CNY80 and takes about appro. 40 mins
  • 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. Is Oxygen available on the train?

Yes, the train is well pressurized for the plateau environment, but if you get a headache while crossing the mighty Thangula Ranges (5700m), the train has two main oxygen supplying systems. The whole cabin has an oxygen-releasing outlet and there are individual oxygen pipes right over your bed. Before the train reaches the high plateau, train attendants will distribute oxygen masks that you can use by connecting them to the outlets on your bed.
oxygen on the Tibet train Oxygen on the Tibet train

2. 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 confortable and expensive option on the Tibet train. Soft Sleeper (First Class) usually cost CNY400 which are 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, upper 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

3. Can I charge my camera or electronic devices on the train?

Yes, you can charge your electronic devices on the train. There are electric outlets in the corridors of each car, but remember the sockets and plugs used in China are A, C, and I. You can buy adapters in China.
Can I charge camera and phone on the Tibet train

4. 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.
Boiled water on the Tibet train

5. 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

6. 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

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. 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.

9. 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

10. 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
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