Qinghai - Tibet Railway train schedule and tips
It is a great choice to travel to Tibet by train, since the route along Qinghai Tibet Railway offers travelers a remarkable memories filled with splendid scenery.
Renowned as the world's highest railway, Qinghai Tibet Railway is a landmark achievement in Chinese construction and engineering. The highest point on the line is 5,072 m. (16,640 ft.) above sea level. The railway covers 960 km. (597 mi.) at an altitude of more than 4,000 m. (13,123 ft.) and over 550 km. (341 mi.) within the "frozen earth" area.
All the trains on this route are specially designed with oxygen pressure to ensure passengers safe and comfortable.
The Qinghai Tibet Railway Route Map:
Where Can I Take a Train to Tibet?
The railway link begins in Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province and goes to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region. Xining, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou have trains to Lhasa every day, while the trains from Lanzhou, Chongqing and Chengdu depart in every other day. Other major cities in China such as Nanjing and Xi'an also have trains to Lhasa, but they are not served as the starting city. So we strongly recommend our clients to pick these seven cities as their starting points when they travel to Tibet.
For more details about the train schedule, you can check the 2013 Tibet Train Schedule.
How to Read a Train Ticket?
What documents are needed to board a train to Tibet?
If you want to travel to Tibet by train, the only things you need are the copies of your passport and Tibet Travel Permit. You can send the copies to us, and we are pleased to book the ticket for you.
Other Things You Need to Know:
A new route between Golmud and Lhasa are under construction. Upon its completion, the maximum train speed is designed to reach 100 kilometers (62 mi.) per hour in the frozen earth areas and 120 kilometers (74 mi.) per hour on non-frozen earth.