Tibet Train from Lanzhou to Lhasa

The Lanzhou-Lhasa train route is also a popular choice to Tibet:

√ Lanzhou was the important town of the ancient Silk Road, and it is also the starting point of the Lunghai railway line. Many trains have been stopped in Lanzhou, so there are a lot of trains to choose from Lanzhou.

√ The train from Lanzhou to Lhasa takes only 24 hours, and the passengers do not have to endure long distances. In this short 24 hours, they can see the beautiful scenery and pass through the four seasons.

√ Lanzhou itself is a city worth visiting. Lanzhou City is located in the upper reaches of the Yellow River, surrounded by mountains and north and south. Perhaps its style is very different from that of Tibetan areas, but it is definitely worth your taste.

Therefore, it is a good choice to go from Lanzhou to Lhasa.



The overview of Lanzhou – Lhasa train schedule: 

Details Train Line Z917 Running Time 23 hours and 54 minutes
Departure Time from Lanzhou 11:16 Arrival Time to Lhasa 11:10 (+ 1 day)
Train Type Air conditioned express Whole Distance 2188 kilometers
Ticket Price Hard-Seat RMB240, Hard-Berth RMB522-RMB550, Soft-Berth RMB823-RMB852
Passing Stations Station Parking Time Starting Time Time of Duration
Lanzhou ---- 11:16 ----
Xining 13:41 14:01 20 Minutes
Dehaling 18:03 18:09 6 Minutes
Golmud 20:48 21:13 25 Minutes
Anduo 06:01 06:05 4 Minutes
Naqu 07:24 07:30 6 Minutes
Lhasa 11:10 11:10 -----


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Lanzhou Parking Time for Other Train

Train No. Arrival Time Departure Time Time of Duration
Z223/Z323 09:10 09:27 17 Minutes
Z21 12:17 12:33 16 Minutes
Z265 16:35 16:50 15 Minutes
Z165 18:17 18:34 17 Minutes


How do foreign tourists buy train tickets?

Purchase Platforms (there are two ways to buy train tickets in China):

√ You can buy tickets directly with the necessary certificate in the train station or train ticket sales point, but the disadvantage of this way of purchase is that in addition to providing valid documents, you also need to provide the Tibet Travel Permit. Generally, Tibet Travel Permit to the travel agency will be processed about 10 days in advance, and the train ticket will be issued one month in advance in China. If you buy the train ticket once you get the Tibet Travel Permit, most likely the tickets were sold out.

√ Buy online at the Ministry of Railways official website www.12306.com, which is a good choice for foreign guests living in the mainland. The disadvantage of this method is that the website needs real-name registration, and the system will review it after registration. It takes a train to take the train to buy on the official website. If you have a mainland friend, you can ask a friend to help with the purchase.

Documents required for ticket purchase

√ Foreign tourists, Taiwanese tourists and overseas Chinese tourists:

According to the real-name system of train tickets, valid passports and other valid identity documents are required for the purchase of train tickets in mainland China. The name of the passenger must be the same as the one used.

Due to the special nature of the trains entering Tibet, the original Tibet Travel Permit is required.

√ Hong Kong and Macau tourists:

Hong Kong and Macao visitors are required to hold ID cards and Chinese SAR passports.

It has been abolished that the Hong Kong and Macao personnel must provide the "Tibet Travel Permit". You only need to hold the "Hong Kong and Macao compatriots return home permit港澳同胞回乡证" (issued before 1998, valid for 10 years) or "Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents港澳居民来往内地通行证".


Notes when you booking tickets:

√ At present, the Ministry of Railways stipulates that train tickets can be issued one month in advance. Passengers can purchase at a ticket sales point or 12306 official website one month in advance. It is difficult to purchase Lhasa train tickets (especially during the peak season from July to September), please buy one month in advance to avoid missing time and train tickets sold out.

√ If you need to purchase the ticket office of www.chinabeautiful.com, you need to confirm it 35 days in advance, pay the full price of the ticket, and provide a scanned copy of the required documents for the purchase.

√ If the tourists buy the train ticket by yourselves, please exchange the paper ticket at least 2 hours in advance, especially in the peak season. For the train ticket issued by Lhasa, due to fewer stations in Lhasa Railway Station, there are many queues in the peak season, if you arrive too late, it will be late to pick up the ticket. Please arrive at the station at least 2 hours in advance. If it is purchased by our company, we will take out the train ticket in advance and give it to the tourists.


How to get to Lanzhou Railway Station?

Lanzhou Train Station is located at Railway Station East Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou City. Since there are more illegal cars near the train station, it is recommended that passengers choose to take a taxi or bus in order to avoid being deceived. The Lanzhou bus line is relatively complete and safe. You can clear the destination bus line in advance to facilitate travel. The following is the public transportation situation of Lanzhou Train Station.

√ Zhongchuan Railway: The Zhongchuan Railway was opened at the end of September 2015. Lanzhou Railway Station, Lanzhou West Railway Station and Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport can be directly reached in 40 minutes, much faster than cars.

√ Bus: There is a bus stop on the east of the railway station square. Bus Line 1, Line 6, Line 31, Line 110, Line 131, Line 181, Line 601, and K102 stop in the east of the railway station square. Line 137 stops at Pingliang Road, Line 10, and Line 112 stop at Tianshui Road.

√ Metro Line 2: It will be more convenient to reach Lanzhou Station after the opening of Metro Line 2. (expected to open in 2019)

Transfers at Lhasa Railway Station

If you need our service, after the train arrives at Lhasa Station, our special tour guides and drivers will pick you up at the train station to the hotel you booked, so that you can haul and carry your luggage. Please pay attention to the brand name.

What do you need to pay attention to when take the train?

√ You need to scan the Tibet Travel Permit, do not reduce or enlarge the scanned documents when printing, please print them into two pages according to the normal specifications (A4). During the train trip, the conductor will check everyone's Tibet Travel Permit from time to time, so the Travel Permit must be placed in order to avoid unnecessary trouble.

√ Checking Baggage: Passengers can check in one bag per valid ticket in the passenger zone, and unlimited number of disabled people. The maximum weight of each piece of luggage is 50 kg. The volume is limited to the baggage cart, but the minimum is not less than 0.01 cubic meters. For items involving national restrictions on transportation, please provide the transportation certificate of the relevant competent authority when handling the consignment. No valuables such as currency, securities, precious cultural relics, gold and silver jewelry, archival materials, etc., and prohibited, restricted or dangerous goods are prohibited in the baggage.

√ The Tibet Plateau is located in a low-oxygen area. Traveling on the plateau has high requirements for physical conditions. Passengers may experience different degrees of altitude sickness. It is recommended to perform necessary physical examination before travel, and take it in advance or prepare appropriate anti-altitude reaction drug under the guidance of a doctor. x

√ Some trains will be transferred at Xining Station, and all passengers will transfer to another train. Please accept and cooperate with the staff's organization and guidance.

√ When running in the Golmud-Lhasa section, the train will provide diffused oxygen supply and independent oxygen service. Please consult the train staff if you have any questions. During the oxygen supply, the whole vehicle is forbidden to smoke, and tourists who usually smoke should pay attention to it.

√ You should take more rest and less walking in the car, and take care of your belongings. Pay attention to the rest time of the stop when stopping the station, the temperature difference between the inside and outside of the car is large, do a good job of cold protection and warmth, and be careful of colds.

√ About the charging on the train, there is a socket in the soft sleeper compartment on the train to be recharged. There are sockets under the corridor seat outside to charge, and the sides of the washstand can also be used. However, some sockets may be bad. It is recommended to bring a power bank. Make sure the phone is fully charged before going to the train.

√ The simple meal on the train is more than RMB30. In the morning, there are buns and porridge. If there is too much baggage, it doesn't matter leave them on carriage. Instant noodles can be bought at any time. It also recommends that prepare some dry food yourself, and you can share it with several friends. After all, the two-day, two-night train ride is not that easy.


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