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Xining Lhasa Train Ticket Price and Schedule

Train No.From / ToDep. / Arr.DurationDistance (km)FrequencyHard Sleeper TicketSoft Sleeper Ticket
Z6801 Xining/Lhasa 14:01/11:10 21:09 1972 Every Other Day CNY495 CNY781
Z6802 Lhasa/Xining 08:50/06:43 21:53 1972 Every Other Day CNY495 CNY781

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Route Map of Xining Lhasa Train

Xining to Lhasa Train Map

Xining is the start of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, and the main starting point for many trips to Tibet. Sitting at the crossing of the Lanzhou-Qinghai and Qinghai-Tibet Railway lines it is the most important station for all trains going to Tibet. While the station was completed in 1959, the railway to Lhasa was not finished until 2006. It now serves as the main station for trains to Lhasa, and all trains to Tibet pass through the city.

Xining is the capital of Qinghai Province, and sits at an altitude of 2,275 meters above sea level. It is now possible to take the train to the Tibetan Plateau from Xining. The distance from Lhasa to Xining is 1972km/1233 miles. It is the ideal place to start your tour of Tibet, as the altitude allows for some acclimatization, making it easier to become acclimatized once you get to Tibet, and reducing the risk of altitude sickness. Spend a day in Xining, touring the various sights, and it will help you become acclimatized.

The Z6801 is the only train that starts directly from Xining and arrive in Lhasa. Z6801 departs from Xining every other day at 14:01 from Xining Train Station, and arrives at Lhasa at 11:10 on the second day.The train running from Xining is pressurized, supplied with oxygen altimeters, and sealed. The windows have ultraviolet filters to protect passengers from UV radiation. Here are the most up-to-date information of Xining Lhasa Train for 2018.

Latest Timetable and Schedule of Xining Lhasa Train

Timetable of Xining to Lhasa Train - No.Z6801

StationAltitutdeArrivalDepartureStop TimeDaysDistance
Xining 2,200 m -- 14:01 -- Day 1 --
Delingha 2,980 m 18:03 18:09 6 min Day 1 521 km
Golmud 2,780 m 20:48 21:13 25 min Day 1 830 km
Amdo 4,800 m 06:01 06:05 4 min Day 2 1,524 km
Nagchu 4,500 m 07:24 07:30 6 min Day 2 1,650 km
Damxung 4,290 m 09:06 09:10 4 min Day 2 1,808 km
Lhasa 3,650 m 11:10 -- -- Day 2 1,972 km

Timetable of Lhasa to Xining Train - No.Z6802

StationAltitutdeArrivalDepartureStop TimeDaysDistance
Lhasa 3,650 m -- 08:50 -- Day 1 --
Damxung 4,290 m 10:36 10:40 4 min Day 1 164 km
Nagchu 4,500 m 12:18 12:24 6 min Day 1 322 km
Amdo 4,800 m 13:47 13:51 4 min Day 1 448 km
Golmud 2,780 m 23:23 23:48 25 min Day 1 1,142 km
Delingha 2,980 m 02:15 02:23 6 min Day 2 1,451 km
Xining 2,200 m 06:43 -- -- Day 2 1,972 km

2018 Xining to Lhasa Train Schedule

Beside the direct Xining-Lhasa train Z6801, all the other trains to Lhasa stop over at Xining railway station. In this case, if you can’t buy a ticket from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu or other popular destinations, you may try to buy a ticket from Xining to Lhasa instead. Here are the schedules of all the trains to Lhasa from Xining.

Train No.From / ToDep. / Arr.DurationDistance (km)FrequencyHard sleeper TicketSoft Sleeper Ticket
Z323 Chengdu to Lhasa 12:27/09:55 21:28 1972 Every Other Day CNY495 CNY781
Z223 Chongqing to Lhasa 12:27/09:55 21:28 1972 Every Other Day CNY495 CNY781
Z6801 Xining to Lhasa 14:01/11:10 21:09 1972 Every Other Day CNY495 CNY781
Z917 Lanzhou to Lhasa 14:01/11:10 21:09 1972 Every Other Day CNY495 CNY781
Z21 Beijing to Lhasa 15:21/12:10 20:49 1972 Daily CNY495 CNY781
Z265 Guangzhou to Lhasa 19:45/17:05 21:20 1972 Daily CNY495 CNY781
Z6811 Xining to Lhasa 20:30/18:10 21:40 1972 Daily (seasonal) CNY495 CNY781
Z165 Shanghai to Lhasa 21:32/19:17 21:45 1972 Daily CNY495 CNY781

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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.

Facilities onboard

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.

  • soft berths on Tibet trains
  • the upper berth in soft cabin
  • the oxygen outlet in soft sleeper cabin

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Frequent Asked Questions about Xining Lhasa Train Tour

Why Take Tibet Train from Xining?

1. The Shortest Train Ride to Lhasa within 24 Hours
For anyone wanting to travel to Tibet by train, but not wanting to spend up to three days on the train, Xining is the ideal choice. The train to Lhasa takes around 21 hours to cover the 1,972km distance up to, and across, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is the shortest train journey to Tibet with only one night on the train and most of the beautiful sceneries along the Qinghai-Tibet railway travelers can see on the train in the daytime.

Xining cityXining city

2. More Helpful to Accumulate Altitude Changes
It is ideal for travelers to get to Xining (2283 meters) first, stay there at least 1 day and then take a train to Lhasa. It is not very helpful to accumulate the altitude changes from Beijing (44 metres), Shanghai (16 metres), Chengdu (485 metres) and other cities before reaching to Xining for the altitudes of those cities passing by are too low in the first day of the train journey.

3. More Chances to Get a Train Ticket to Lhasa from Xining
The train from Xining to Lhasa is the largest of all the trains going to Tibet, and there is a much better chance of getting a ticket for your required travel dates from Xining than from any other city in China. There are about 4 to 5 trains bound for Lhasa from Xining each day, which lead to a larger transportation capacity with more tickets supplied. If you are going to take a train to Tibet in peak season, usually comes in summer, you can start your train ride from Xining to Lhasa instead of starting from Beijing or Shanghai, which offers more chances to get a Qinghai-Tibet train ticket.

4.Numerous Tourists Attractions around Xining and Qinghai-Tibet Railway
Following the world famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway, also known and the Qingzang Railway, the train runs around the Qinghai Lake and the Chaidamu Basin to Golmud, before climbing up to the plateau, and then crossing massive open plains and two mountain ranges en route to the Tibetan capital.

 Qinghai Lake Qinghai Lake

Aside from the amazing scenery that can be seen along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, there are many other attractions for foreign visitors to Xining. As the east gate of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Xining has many top attractions to keep you busy while visiting the city. In the southwest part of the city is the Ta’er Monastery, one of the six Great Monasteries of the Gelugpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In the Xining city zone there is the 600-year-old Dongguan Mosque, one of the most famous mosques in China, and big enough to hold over 300 Muslims in prayer.

Outside the city lies the Qinghai Lake, with the famous Bird Island in the northwest of the lake. The island is small, but becomes the home to millions of migratory birds twice a year, making it an excellent place for birdwatching and seeing several rare species of non-native birds.

How to Get to Xining Train Station?

The station at Xining is the most popular, and busiest, of all the stations sending trains to Lhasa. It is the start of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, and a stopping point for every single train that travels to Tibet. In addition, with 4-5 trains every day to Lhasa, it is much easier to get tickets for the trip.

Xining Railway Station Xining Railway Station

The station is located on Huzhu Road, in Chengdong District, and reconstruction was completed on the station in 2014, when it reopened to Tibet Trains after several years of closure. The new station is divided into a main station building, and two outer squares. The building is made up of three levels, with a ticket hall, regular waiting rooms, soft sleeper rooms, VIP waiting areas, mother and baby rooms, and a full market. Majority of the waiting halls are on the second floor, with departures on the ground floor and arrivals in the underground level.

Getting to the station is easy from anywhere in the city, as it is centrally located. It costs around CNY10 for a taxi from the city center, or CNY1 for a bus ticket. From the airport, it is a little harder to get to the station. There are no direct shuttles, so passengers need to ride the shuttle to Bayi Road Xining Airport City terminal, and then get a taxi to the station. The shuttle takes around 40 minutes and costs CNY25, while the taxi part of the trip is just 3klm and costs only CNY10.

Are There any Direct International Flights to Xining?

While many visitors tend to land in other cities in China and then take a connecting flight to Xining for the train, or get the train from the city they landed in, there is an option to fly direct to Xining if you are not intending to visit other places in China first. Flights into Xining Caojiabao Airport are available from many countries around the world, both direct and indirect, and can be obtained at a very good price online.

 Xining Caojiabao Airport Xining Caojiabao Airport

The major advantage of traveling to Lhasa from Xining is the elevation of the city. At 2,275 meters above sea level, spending a day or so sightseeing in Xining will help to acclimatize yourself for the trip up and up to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, most of which is at an elevation of over 4,000 meters. This is an advantage because you will need to spend time acclimatizing before being able to travel around Tibet, or there will be a serious danger of altitude sickness. If this is not done at Xining, then you will need to spend the first couple of days in Lhasa getting used to the immense elevation of the roof of the world. Therefore, you can save yourself some time, and visit some of the famous attractions of Qinghai Province while you acclimatize.

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