Tibet Train

The Qinghai-Tibet railway is totally 1,956 kilometers long, consisting of 2 phases: the first phase, 814 km, is from Xining to Golmud opened in 1984; the second phase, 1142 km, is from Golmud to Lhasa opened in July 1 2006.

The line boasts 960 km track located 4,000 m above sea level and includes the Tanggula Pass, at 5,072 m above sea level, being the world's highest rail track. There are 675 bridges, totaling 159.88 km, and over half the length of the railway is laid on permafrost. The rail is dubbed "Sky Track" as many international experts hardly believe the people can build a railway in such a challenging area.

tibet train

This Tibet train travel and adventure is a very affordable option for anyone looking forward to exploring this mysterious and beautiful place. It is one of the best transportation options that Tibet has seen in a long time. Visiting Tibet today and experiencing its beauty and mystery hand on this romantic train ride.

Useful tips for plateau travel will be printed on the back of the ticket and passengers who want to go to Lhasa should fill in a "Health Registration Card", which should be handed into the trainman when getting onto the train. Besides, no smoking is required on the train. It is not allowed to hold passengers over strength. All the trains to Lhasa require one ticket for one seat/berth. No standing-room-only ticket is on sale.

There are several cities launching direct railway of passenger transportation to Lhasa, such as, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, etc. All trains are equipped well to adapt to the plateau climate and local condition. What passengers should do are obeying stipulations in trains and paying attention to AMS. Train T27 from Beijing to Lhasa takes 47 hours 28 minutes, covering 4,064 km, departs at 21:30 from Beijing West and arrives in Lhasa at 20:58 on the third day.

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is very common at high altitude. At over 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) 75% of people will have mild symptoms. AMS is dependent upon the elevation and individual susceptibility. The symptoms usually start 12 to 24 hours after arrival at altitude and tend to be worse at night. Mild AMS does not interfere with normal activity and symptoms and generally subsides within two to four days as the body became acclimated.

The symptoms of Mild AMS include:

Nausea & Dizziness
Loss of appetite
Shortness of breath
Disturbed sleep
General feeling of malaise

Tips to avoid AMS

1. Do not overexert yourself for the first 24 hours.

2. If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don't go higher until symptoms decrease.

3. Stay properly hydrated. You need to drink lots of fluids to remain properly hydrated.

4. Take it easy and don't overexert yourself when you first get up. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms. Try your best to calm down.

5. Avoid tobacco and alcohol. Other depressant drugs are suggested not to take, such as, barbiturates, sleeping pills and opiates because these can further decrease the respiratory drive during sleep, which result in a worsening of symptoms.

6. Prepare some AMS pills according to your doctor's suggestion.

7. Do exercises to keep you fit before coming to Tibet.

Who can't go

Everyone should have more or less altitude symptoms. However, those who have the following symptoms may not go to Tibet1.

1. Someone relating to Tuberculosis, pneumonia, serious tracheitis, bronchitis

2. Someone with serious heart attack, high blood pressure

3. Having already got a serious cold

Lhasa train schedule

  • Train NO
  • From
  • Dep. Time
  • To
  • Arr. Time
  • Distance(km)
  • T27
  • Beijing west
  • 21:30
  • Lhasa
  • 20:00
  • 4064
  • T22\T23
  • Chengdu
  • 20:36
  • Lhasa
  • 17:21
  • 3360
  • T222/T223
  • Chongqing
  • 19:21
  • Lhasa
  • 17:21
  • 3654
  • T264\265
  • Guangzhou
  • 13:07
  • Lhasa
  • 21:00
  • 4980
  • K917
  • Lanzhou
  • 17:15
  • Lhasa
  • 21:50
  • 2188
  • T164
  • Shanghai
  • 20:08
  • Lhasa
  • 21:00
  • 4373
  • N917
  • Xining
  • 20:28
  • Lhasa
  • 21:50
  • 1972