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Lanzhou-Lhasa Trains

Lanzhou-Lhasa Trains

Written by AppleUpdated Aug. 6, 2021

Currently, five pairs of normal-speed trains run between Lanzhou and Lhasa. The journey takes about a day.

Quick Facts

  • Distance: 2,188 kilometers (1,360 miles)
  • Terminals: Lanzhou Railway Station, Lhasa Railway Station
  • Duration: 1–1½ hours
  • Main stops: Xining, Naqu, Golmud

Lanzhou to Lhasa Normal-Speed Train Schedules

(Updated on March 20, 2020) 

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
Z323 09:29 09:55+1 24 h 26 min
Z917 11:20 11:20+1 24 h
Z21 12:32 12:45+1 24 h 13 min
Z165 18:34 19:35+1 25 h 1 min
  • Please note: The trains listed above are only some of the ones in operation. The timetable is just for your reference.
  • If you want up-to-date schedules, you can use the search tool at the top of this page or search via our China Highlights train ticket service.
  • “+1” means you will arrive on the second day.

Lhasa to Lanzhou Normal-Speed Train Schedules

(Updated on March 20, 2020)

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
Z166 11:30 12:17+1 24 h 47 min
Z22 15:50 16:15+1 24 h 25 min
Z224 18:40 19:33+1 24 h 53 min

Lanzhou to Lhasa Normal-Speed Train Ticket Fares

Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper Hard Seat
>¥823 ($129) ¥522 ($82) ¥240 ($34)

Train Travel Tips

Please remember the most important item when you board a train to Lhasa:

You have to board the train with your Tibet Travel Permit or a copy of your Tibet Travel Permit. If you book a tour with us or another travel agency, please ask us/them to provide you with a Tibet Travel Permit in advance.

To apply for a Tibet Travel Permit, you have to provide the travel agency with a scan of your Chinese visa and passport. It usually takes 20 days to apply for the permit.

All trains from Lanzhou and Lhasa are equipped with air-conditioning and an oxygen supply system. The oxygen supply starts working when the trains arrive at Golmud Railway Station.

There are also direct flights from Lanzhou to Lhasa. About two pairs of flights operate daily in the peak or shoulder season. In the low season, they are not available every day.

The full price of the airfare is about 2,000 CNY for a single trip. You can check to see if there are any discounts available in advance.

Please note that Tibet doesn’t open to foreign visitors in March as it is the Tibetan New Year.

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