Route Map of Guangzhou Lhasa Train
For any people taking their first trip to Tibet, and for most of those for whom it is not their first visit, China is their gateway to the Himalayas. Most visitors to this high-altitude region travel by train to Lhasa, from any one of seven cities in China. Guangzhou is another of the seven major cities in China from which trains to Tibet start. Set in the southwest of the country, the trains from Guangzhou take around 53 hours to cross the 4,980km to Lhasa. Trains run from Guangzhou to Lhasa daily, and like all trains to Tibet, they have all the facilities you would expect.
Latest Timetable and Schedule of Guangzhou Lhasa Train
The train from Guangzhou is one of the longest routes to Lhasa, and encompasses three days of traveling. The route is mainly just open countryside for most of the trip through China, though it will pass through some major cities, such as Chenzhou, Lanzhou, Wuchang, and Xi’an, on its route to Lhasa.
Timetable of Guangzhou to Lhasa Train - No.Z264
|Guangzhou||21 m||--||11:45||--||Day 1||--|
|Chenzhou||189 m||15:32||15:36||4 min||Day 1||374 km|
|Changsha||63 m||19:09||19:17||8 min||Day 1||707 km|
|Wuchang||28 m||22:38||23:58||20 min||Day 1||1,069 km|
|Zhengzhou||108 m||03:33||03:40||7 min||Day 2||1,605 km|
|Xian||385 m||09:37||09:45||8 min||Day 2||2,116 km|
|Lanzhou||1,520 m||16:35||16:50||15 min||Day 2||2,792 km|
|Xining||2,200 m||19:25||19:45||20 min||Day 2||3,008 km|
|Delingha||2,982 m||23:51||23:53||2 min||Day 2||3,529 km|
|Golmud||2,780 m||02:40||03:05||25 min||Day 3||3,838 km|
|Nagchu||4,500 m||13:03||13:09||6 min||Day 3||4,658 km|
|Lhasa||3,650 m||17:05||--||--||Day 3||4,980 km|
Timetable of Lhasa to Guangzhou Train - No.Z266
|Lhasa||3,650 m||--||13:00||--||Day 1||--|
|Nagchu||4,500 m||16:41||16:47||6 min||Day 1||322 km|
|Golmud||2,780 m||03:00||03:25||25 min||Day 2||1,142 km|
|Delingha||2,982 m||05:52||05:54||2 min||Day 2||1,478 km|
|Xining||2,200 m||10:30||10:50||20 min||Day 2||1,972 km|
|Lanzhou||1,520 m||13:25||13:41||16 min||Day 2||2,188 km|
|Xian||385 m||21:49||22:03||14 min||Day 2||2,864 km|
|Zhengzhou||108 m||04:01||04:07||6 min||Day 3||3,375 km|
|Wuchang||28 m||08:37||08:52||15 min||Day 3||3,911 km|
|Changsha||63 m||12:07||12:13||6 min||Day 3||4,273 km|
|Chenzhou||189 m||15:42||15:46||4 min||Day 3||4,606 km|
|Guangzhou||21 m||20:00||--||--||Day 3||4,980 km|
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About the Life on board
Cabins on Tibet Trains
There are two kinds of cabins on board where you can sleep overnight during your train journey to Tibet. The first class cabin on all trains to Tibet is the soft sleeper cabin, with 4 beds in one compartment. The second-class cabin onboard is the hard-sleeper with 6 beds in one compartment.
On each train to Tibet, there is one dining car offering food and drinks. At the end of each coach, there are toilets and washing basins. Spoiled water is offered 24 hours a day, so you can bring some instant noodles, coffee and tea with you.
Oxygen Supply onboard
For travelers who are planning the train trips to Tibet, the altitude sickness is always an important issue for considering. In fact, there are two kinds of oxygen supply systems onboard, which can relatively reduce the effect of high altitude. So there is no need to worry too much about suffering from altitude sickness onboard.
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Frequent Asked Questions about Guangzhou Lhasa Train Tour
Why Take Tibet Train from Guangzhou?
Guangzhou is known as the southern gateway to China, and sits near Macao and Hong Kong, on the South China Sea. The third-largest city in China, it is a thriving metropolis of business and enterprise, and is the home of 39 foreign consulates. It is a major air, rail, and sea hub, and is an economic, educational, and scientific hub for industry. Its port on the Pearl River gives easy access to the South China Sea, giving rise to a shipping industry that is the best in the country.
As well as being a hub of industry, it sports many attractions for tourist, both in the city and the surrounding countryside. While they may not be as well known as those in Beijing or Shanghai, they are well worth a visit. For those with an eye for modern architecture, the Canton Tower is a must see. And there are many parks and temples dotted around the city, as well as several good museums.
The Pearl River is a popular tourist attraction, with its night cruises, as is the opera house, which features many of the most popular operas from the Guangzhou Operatic Society. And Nanling National Park is a massive expanse of hills and forests outside the city, with steep trails and waterfalls. The nature preserve is the home of many trees and plants that are becoming extinct in the rest of China. The park also includes two high peaks – Shikeng Kong Mountain at 1,902 meters and Shifei Mountain at 1,888 meters – that are tall enough to freeze in the winter, making trekking then harder.
If you have some time to spend before your train to Tibet, you would do well to visit some of these attractions. Although they are spectacular, they are not well known as tourist destinations, so they are not as busy and crowded as those in other, more popular, locations are.
How to Get to Guangzhou Train Station?
Guangzhou Railway Station is one of the major transport hubs in China, and it serves trains on both the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Railway and the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway. While there are three other stations in Guangzhou, only the main station serves trains to Lhasa, and it has easy access from all other stations as well as the airport and city center.
The station itself is a two-story building with a main front square. The ground floor consists of ticket windows, four waiting rooms, luggage storage areas and several fast-food restaurants. The second floor houses another seven waiting rooms, as well as a large shopping area. The ticket hall is at the western end of the building, and passengers can collect their pre-booked tickets from any of the open windows. The windows are open 24/7, and you will need your passport, booking number, and Tibet Travel Permit to be able to collect your ticket.
Buses from Baiyun International Airport take around 45 minutes to cover the 30km distance, and cost just CNY18. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes from 5:00am to 11:00pm daily. The Subway line in the city also services the railway station, and Metro line 1 will take you to Jiahewanggang Station, where you change to line 2 for Guangzhou Railway Station. Subway tickets cost CNY7 and take around 50 minutes. Taxis are also available as an option, and cost about CNY90 from the airport to the railway station.
How to Avoid High Ticket Demand When Travelling to Tibet from Guangzhou by Train?
While it is often possible to get tickets for Tibet from Guangzhou relatively easily in the off-season, in the peak months, especially summer, it can be hard to get a ticket for the required travel date. If you are traveling to Tibet from Guangzhou, one option you have is to take a flight to Xining, and taking the train from there. With a much bigger train running from Xining to Lhasa, and more available seats, there is a better chance of getting tickets for the expected date of travel, especially if you book your tickets through us. We can book your tickets for you, and then you can pick them up from the station windows in Xining Railway Station.
There are several flights from Guangzhou to Xinging that run daily. The flight takes around five hours, and costs from US$197.00 for economy class tickets, depending on where you book. It is advisable to use multiple search engines for internet bookings, as there are many good deals available, although you should only use recognized online flight brokers.
The main advantage of traveling via airplane to Xining and then taking the train from there is that you can save time on the trip, and as Xining is at an elevation of 2,275 meters, you can always spend a day there to help with acclimatizing to the higher altitudes. This can help to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Moreover, as most of the spectacular scenery is on the train from Golmud (where the train starts its ascent to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau) you would not be missing any of the best parts of the train journey.
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