Train from Beijing to Lhasa, Tibet

Tickets for the Tibet Railway can not be issued in advance by a travel agency. They are only available point of sale at Beijing West Station. Tickets go on sale 10 days in advance of departure and are generally sold out by the next day. So you need to be in Beijing in advance, have some flexibility and be prepared for a long queue at the train station to purchase the tickets.

Highest Line in the World

The Highest railway line in the world started operating on 1st July, 2006. The 4,064-kilometre rail line of which 1,110 kilometres is new track, mostly at least 4,000 metres above sea level.

Times and Prices (1st March 2010)

The train from Beijing to Lhasa, T27, departs daily from Beijing West Railway Station at 9:30 pm, and arrives in Lhasa at 5:30 pm on the third day, taking 44 hours. The train from Lhasa to Beijing, T28, leaves at 8:30 am and arrives at 07:34 am of the third day, taking 47 hours.

Bought in a Beijing a hard seat costs 389 RMB (€ 42), a hard sleeper (middle berth) 675 RMB (€ 72), and a soft sleeper (bottom berth) 1,079 RMB (€ 116). There are also deluxe tickets available priced at ?? RMB (€ ??).

Other Stations

The train stops at six stations: Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province, Xi'an in Shaanxi Province, Lanzhou in Gansu Province, Xining and Golmud in Qinghai Province and Nagqu in Tibet Autonomous Region. Passengers can get on the train at any of the six cities.

TTB Travel Permits

Accurate information on travel permit requirements is hard to establish; apparently a permit is still needed, but when purchasing the tickets at the station, the permit is not actually requested. It is likely you will be asked to show the TTB Permit on arrival in Lhasa.

Apparently if you travel only to Lhasa it shouldn't be an issue, but you will definitely need a permit for further travel around Tibet. A permit can be arranged through a couple of licensed agents in Beijing, for around 840 RMB (€ 90) or from your Tibet Agent, in which case the copy of the permit is enough to board the train.

Information regarding Permits is always changing, please ask your local Tibet travel office for the latest news.

 

 

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