Xining to Shigatse Train Book

Xining Shigatse Train Ticket Price and Schedule

Train No.From / ToDurationDistance (km)FrequencySecond Class TicketFirst Class Ticket
Z8981 Xining/Lhasa 21:30 1972 Every Other Day (Seasonal) CNY495 CNY781
Z8991 Xining/Lhasa 19:49 1972 Daily CNY495 CNY781
C885 Lhasa/Shigatse 2:21 248 Every Day CNY64 CNY103
C887 Lhasa/Shigatse 2:20 248 Every Day CNY64 CNY103

* The ticket price is just for reference. Please contact us for exact price on your departure date.

* It is best to make your reservation as early as possible, even if you take the train ride in low season, so that you can successfully book your preferred seat of your planned travel date.

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There is no direct train from Xining to Shigatse, you need to transfer to Lhasa. The railway line from Xining to Shigatse can be divided into two parts. The first part is the world-famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Xining to Lhasa, during which the train passes by numerous unique and renowned sceneries with distinctive plateau natural views and Tibetan characteristics, including Qinghai Lake, Kunlun Mountain, Hoh Xil Reserve, Lhasa Valley, etc. The second part from Lhasa to Shigatse is unanimously regarded as the extension of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, running about 248 km to the destination along the Yarlung Zangbu River.

Train No. Z8981 departs from Xining every other day within a seasonal period at 12:50 and arrive at Lhasa Railway Station at 10:20 on the second day after 21 hours and 30 minutes’ running. Train No. Z8991 departs from Xining every day at 21:50 and arrive at Lhasa Railway Station at 17:39 on the second day after 19 hours and 49 minutes’ running.

There are two scheduled trains running from Lhasa to Shigatse. Train No.C885 departs in the morning at 08:00 and arrives at Shigatse Railway Station at 10:21 after 2 hours and 21 minutes’ running. Train No.C887 departs in the afternoon at 13:30 and arrives at Shigatse Railway Station at 15:50 after 2 hours and 20 minutes’ running.

Xining Lhasa Train Schedule

Timetable of Xining to Lhasa Train

Train No. Z8981 and No.Z8991 are the only train that starts from Xining and ends in Lhasa. No.Z8981 departs every other day within a seasonal period, and No.Z8991 departs every day.

Timetable of Xining to Lhasa Train - No.Z8981

StationAltitutdeArrivalDepartureStop TimeDaysDistance
Xining 2,200 m -- 12:50 -- Day 1 --
Delingha 2,980 m 16:37 16:43 6 min Day 1 521 km
Golmud 2,780 m 18:58 19:23 25 min Day 1 830 km
Nagchu 4,500 m 06:15 06:21 6 min Day 2 1,650 km
Lhasa 3,650 m 10:20 -- -- Day 2 1,972 km

Timetable of Xining to Lhasa Train - No.Z8991

StationAltitutdeArrivalDepartureStop TimeDaysDistance
Xining 2,200 m -- 21:50 -- Day 1 --
Golmud 2,780 m 03:50 04:15 25 min Day 2 830 km
Tuotuohe 4,700 m 09:01 09:03 2 min Day 2 1,238 km
Amdo 4,800 m 12:24 12:26 2 min Day 2 1,524 km
Nagchu 4,500 m 14:00 14:06 6 min Day 2 1,650 km
Lhasa 3,650 m 17:39 -- -- Day 2 1,972 km

Lhasa to Shigatse Train Schedule

There are two scheduled trains running between Lhasa and Shigatse. From Lhasa to Shigatse, one train departs in the morning at 08:00, the other in the afternoon at 13:30.

Lhasa to Shigatse Trains Schedule

Train No.RouteDepartureArrivalDuration
C885 Lhasa - Shigatse 08:00 10:21 2h 21m
C887 Lhasa - Shigatse 13:30 15:50 2h 20m

Please Note:
1. The timetable and schedule is just for reference. When you make early reservation, please contact us for more details.

2. Trains from Xining to Lhasa (Z8991) is seasonal trains and usually launched during the peak travel season.

Tibet Train from Xining: Why Take Xining to Shigatse Train?

If you don’t plan to visit Lhasa for too long and want to visit to Shigatse for a longer time, you can choose to transfer from Xining to Lhasa, stay in Lhasa for a while and then go to Shigatse.

As the second largest city and an important cultural city in Tibet, Shigatse is also a popular tourist destination in Tibet.

Worship Tashilhunpo Monastery
Magnificently built in Shigatse, Tashilhunpo Monastery was the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lama, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Entering the monastery, a sense of solemnity is stricken upon you. You can worship the monastery by burning the incense, learn to chant Buddhist scriptures or appreciate the statues and murals in the monastery with respect.

Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse

Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse City

Outskirt there lies the lingkhor (The Sacred Path) for pilgrims to circumambulate. Try doing the linghkor to pray health and peace in the entire year.

Travel to Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp (EBC) is located southwest of the Shigatse city at the elevation of 5380m. Spend a night at Rongbuk Monastery nearby EBC to enjoy a lifetime sunset and sunrise of Mt. Everest. Get an intimate contact with the world’s highest mountain and take photos to commemorate.

Visit Karola Glacier
With its stuck-out glacier tongue stretching from the mountain top, Karola Glacier winds its way down to the mountain foot, forming spectacular natural wonder near Shigatse. Opportunities for finding such gigantic and grotesque glacier here are rare, so grasp this chance to get a closer look of this God-given wonder. Approachable by vehicles.

Karola Glacier nearby the Shigatse City

Karola Glacier nearby the Shigatse City

Revere the Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery is eminent for its murals and Buddhist scriptures. The vivid and lifelike murals on the wall to some extent reflect the ancient art of painting has been skillfully mastered by the Tibetans. Not far from the monastery, you can also find Tibet’s largest library there. Books and scriptures are neatly placed on the shelves which are a few meters high and more than ten meters long walls.


Besides the tourist attractions listed above, there have a great many amazing things waiting for you to explore and have an in-depth understanding about the great Tibet. The farm villages and Tibetan manors, the mills, the boundless cornfields, the Tibetan knife production places, etc.

Xining Shigatse Train Ticket

What’s the difference between the Soft Sleeper and the Hard Sleeper?

Soft Sleeper Cabin on Tibet Train

Soft sleeper on Tibet train is provided with 4 berths in each cabin.

There are two kinds of sleeping berths on Tibet trains. For soft sleeper wagons, there are four beds, which are wider and softer than those in hard sleeper wagons, in a compartment with a door to keep a quiet environment. In a hard sleeper carriage, there are six beds in a compartment with three on each side and no doors.

For those who care about privacy and the comfort of a journey, the soft sleeper cabin is the best choice. For those who are eager to experience the real life of the locals and don’t care too much about the living situation, the hard sleeper cabin, at a cheaper price, is the best choice.

How to Book the Xining to Lhasa train ticket and Lhasa to Shigatse train ticket?

The most convenient and worry-free way to get your Xining Tibet train ticket is to book the ticket online with us. Specialized in Tibet train tour, we will get your ticket in time, as well as arrange the best lifetime train journey to Tibet for you.

How to Collect the Xining to Lhasa train ticket and Lhasa to Shigatse train ticket?

If you book your train ticket with us, in some case, we will send the train ticket to your address in mainland China or our local staff will give the ticket to you at the railway station. In other cases, we will give you a booking number so you can collect your ticket at the train station yourself, by showing them the booking number, your passport, and Tibet travel permit.

Please arrive at your railway station at least two hours before the departure of the train, so that you can have enough time to collect your train ticket.

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Xining Shigatse Train Route

Tibet highland barley harvest

Tibet highland barley harvest

Despite the sceneries from Lhasa to Shigatse are not as variable as the views along Qinghai-Tibet rail route, the intermittent rural sceneries and the expansive fields of highland barley are still impressing. If you come in late spring or summer, you may sense the coolness the fields of barley waves brought to you.

Evergreen Mountains are interspersed with small-sized villages. Look as far as your eye can see up the mountain, you may find nomads are herding their sheep and yaks up or down the mountain along the bumpy and gravel mountain road. As the nearby views are flashing in front of you constantly, the distant sceneries should always be your watching focus.

During the journey from Lhasa to Shigatse, the on the way sceneries may give you a general understanding of the development in inner Tibet as well as the amazing views of it. From the city construction to the village expansion, from the urban citizens to the village farmers, from lush forests beside the railway to the large barley fields. Bridges are built and tunnels are dug, you may find an amazing trip along this section of the route.

Is it difficult to get the train from Xining to Shigatse?

There is no direct train from Xining to Shigatse. Train tickets from Xining to Lhasa and from Lhasa to Shigatse are always in short supply, especially during the peak tourist season. Therefore, it is recommended to book train tickets as early as possible.

Usually, one can book the train ticket at the railway station 30 days in advance, or online 28 days in advance. To avoid the troublesome booking procedures and get more opportunities to successfully book the train ticket, you can feel free to contact us for professional help.

How to get to Xining Railway Station from Xining Caojiabao International Airport?

Xining Caojiabao International Airport is about 25 kilometers away from Xining Railway Station. You can take the Airport Bus Line 1/2 directly to Xining Railway Station. It takes about 40 minutes and costs 23 yuan per person.

How to get to Xining Railway Station from Downtown City?

Xining Railway Station is centrally located within the city, and getting there from just about anywhere is really easy. There are totally 23 bus routes available to the station, including Bus No. 31, 27, 104, 28, 7, 9, 3, 11 etc. Local buses have the routes around the city, and can be used if you understand Chinese and know how to use the local bus services.

How to get to the downtown from Shigatse Railway Station?

It is about 10 kilometers away from train station to the downtown Shigatse. You can go to Shigatse Downtown by car with 17 minutes and costs around CNY18.

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