What is Tibet Hignland Train?

It is also called Qinghai-Tibet Railway, someone called Tibet Sky Train because it runs on the roof of the world, Tibet plateau. Qinghai-Tibet Train connects Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, and Lhasa, capital of Tibet. It is the first railway ever to go to Tibet. The Qinghai-Tibet railway starts at Xining West Railway Station and ends at Lhasa Railway Station, with a total length of 1956 km (1256 miles).

I want to take a Tibet highland train from Beijing to Tibet

You can take a train from Beijing to Lhasa crossing the main land of China. It takes about 44 hours. From Xining railway station, it starts going higher for about 24 hours to reach Lhasa.

I want to take a Tibet highland train from Shanghai to Tibet

Yes, you can take a train from Shanghai to Lhasa of Tibet, it runs around 48 hours.

Can I take a Tibet train from any Chinese cities?

You can take Tibet train from Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xining and Lanzhou. Below is the information of Tibet train from these Chinese cities:

Start City End City Hours Distance
Beijing Lhasa 44 hours 2525 miles
Shanghai Lhasa 53 hours 2717 miles
Guangzhou Lhasa 58 hours 3095 miles
Xian Lhasa 33 hours 1780 miles
Chengdu Lhasa 44 hours 2088 miles
Chongqing Lhasa 47 hours 2271 miles
Lanzhou Lhasa 27 hours 1360 miles
Xining Lhasa 24 hours 1256 miles

Why it is interesting to take a Tibet highland train?

The Qinghai-Tibet railway has been built through some of the most difficult terrain on earth, on Tibet Plateau. Currently, there are 45 stations along the Golmud to Lhasa section, among which the Tanggula Mountain railway station at 5,072 m is the world’s highest railway station.

 Scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet railway is stunningly beautiful, with vast grasslands, crystal clear alpine lakes, deep gorges, snow-capped mountains, wild animals, and more.

What to eat on Tibet train?

There is a kitchen next to the first class soft-berth sleeper on each Tibet train and provides 3 meals a day. A dining room is next to the kitchen. You may want to view the spectacular scenery outside the train window while enjoying your meal. The prices of the food on the train are quite expensive than in common cities, so we recommend you to buy some snacks before board the train.

How can I overcome with high altitude on Tibet train?

A Passenger Health Registration Card is required to take the train between Golmud to Lhasa. The card can be obtained when purchasing the ticket. Passengers must read the health notice for high-altitude travel and sign the agreement on the card to take the train.

The trains are specially built for high altitude travel. The carriages between Golmud and Lhasa are specially built, with an oxygen supply for each passenger and UV filters on the windows to cut the glare in the thin air. The operational speed is 120 km/h, 100 km/h over sections laid on permafrost. Signs in the carriages are in Tibetan, Simplified Chinese and English. Staffs on the trains know basic knowledge on high altitude sickness and can speak some English. 

What seat or bed on the train is good for me?

There are hard seats, soft seats, hard sleeper and soft sleeper beds. We recommend you to take the soft sleeper bed. It’s comfortable, warm, and clean. There are only 4 beds in a cabin with a locked door.

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