Beijing Lhasa Train Schedule and Fare 2020 – Book Tickets & Permits with Tibet Local Guide
Latest Beijing-Lhasa-Beijing train travel schedule and fare update on March 17,2020: Beijing is the most popular international arrival city in China.There is direct train line that runs from Beijing to Lhasa. Train tickets are easy to obtain in Beijing. The railway stretches from the lower northern China to the high plateau of Tibet and crossing 8 provinces and more than 30 cities. Along the route you can see two types of totally different landscape-plateau and plain. It is such a journey that gives passengers sceneries in sharp contrast. The route’s distance is about 3757 km. Duration is about 40 hours.
Latest Beijing Lhasa Beijing Train Timetable 2020
Foreign travelers can not buy Qinghai Tibet Railway – the Beijing Lhasa Beijing tickets easily. But this problematic issue becomes history, nowadays with everything on internet, it is very convenient to book Tibet train tickets online. Our local Tibet travel service team keep working hard to bring the latest Beijing-Lhasa-Beijing train travel timetable and tickets information for worldwide travelers.
Beijing Lhasa Beijing Train Schedule 2020-2021 Updated on March 15-2020Here let local Tibet tourism insider update you with the latest schedule/timetable for Beijing Lhasa Beijing Train travel. Check the latest schedule and tickets release and also more questions and answers on Qinghai Tibet Railway journey. No matter you want to book soft sleeper or hard sleeper for Beijing train to Lhasa (Via Xi'ning, Qinghai Province) or vice versa, you can get our instant support for Qinghai Tibet train ticketing and also travel permits solution in 2020, 2021 season.
|Train No.||From / To||Dep. / Arr.||Duration||Distance (km)||Distance (mi)||Frequency||Hard Sleeper||Soft Sleeper||Hard Seat|
|Stop||Station Name||Altitude||Arrival||Departure||Stop Time||Days||Distance Kilometers||Distance Miles|
|1||West Beijing||44 m||--||20:00:00||--||Day 1||--||km||--||mi|
|2||Shijiazhuang||80 m||22:33:00||22:37:00||4 min||Day 1||291||km||180||mi|
|3||Taiyuan||820 m||00:19:00||00:25:00||6 min||Day 2||516||km||320||mi|
|4||Zhongwei||1,225 m||07:05:00||07:16:00||11 min||Day 2||1263||km||784||mi|
|5||Lanzhou||1,530 m||12:17:00||12:32:00||15 min||Day 2||1569||km||974||mi|
|6||Xining||2,200 m||15:01:00||15:21:00||20 min||Day 2||1785||km||1109||mi|
|7||Delingha||2,980 m||19:23:00||19:25:00||2 min||Day 2||2306||km||1432||mi|
|8||Golmud||2,780 m||22:10:00||22:35:00||25 min||Day 2||2615||km||1624||mi|
|9||Nagchu||4,500 m||08:37:00||08:43:00||6 min||Day 3||3435||km||2134||mi|
|10||Lhasa||3,650 m||12:45:00||12:45:00||--||Day 3||3757||km||2334||mi|
|Stop||Station Name||Altitude||Arrival||Departure||Stop Time||Days||Distance Kilometers||Distance Miles|
|1||Lhasa||3,650 m||--||15:50:00||--||Day 1||--||km|
|2||Nagchu||4,500 m||19:33:00||19:39:00||6 min||Day 1||322||km||200||mi|
|3||Golmud||2,780 m||06:16:00||06:41:00||25 min||Day 2||1142||km||709||mi|
|4||Delingha||2,980 m||09:08:00||09:10:00||2 min||Day 2||1451||km||901||mi|
|5||Xining||2,200 m||13:20:00||13:40:00||20 min||Day 2||1972||km||1225||mi|
|6||Lanzhou||1,520 m||16:15:00||16:30:00||15 min||Day 2||2188||km||1359||mi|
|7||Zhongwei||1,225 m||21:27:00||21:35:00||8 min||Day 2||2494||km||1549||mi|
|8||Taiyuan||820 m||03:51:00||04:00:00||6 min||Day 3||3241||km||2013||mi|
|9||Shijiazhuang||80 m||05:45:00||05:56:00||11 min||Day 3||3466||km||2153||mi|
|10||West Beijing||44 m||08:28:00||08:28:00||--||Day 3||3757||km||2334||mi|
Facilities on the Beijing Lhasa Beijing Train (Qinghai-Tibet Train)
Beijing-Lhasa-Beijing Train Dining Cars
All Tibet Trains have a dining car which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and some snacks and beverages. The dining car, usually is in the middle of of the train. Currently only some Chinese food and cuisines are provide: rice, vegetables, meals and soups. They offer limited kinds of food on menu. You can also buy the packed food when the staffs on the train pushing a food trolley through your carriage at the meals time. By the way, the prices are literally twice of the normal prices in the cities. You can have either in the privacy of your cabin or seated at the restaurant carriage. The dining car will give you a more excellent view than it in your cabin.
Beijing-Lhasa-Beijing Train Toilet
Toilets are located at the ends of every carriage on the train. All the toilets are small and gender-irrespective. One thing you need to know about the toilet is that only in the Soft Sleeper carriages provide western style toilet. Hard Sleeper and Hard Seats carriages only have squat toilets. More importantly, every toilets will be Closed when the train arrives at the stations. No TOILET PAPER in the bathroom so you have to bring your own.
Beijing-Lhasa-Beijing Train Luggage Rack
No matter what kind of seats or sleepers you take, luggage problem is always important to mind. For Soft Sleeper passengers, places to put luggage or suitcases are on the luggage closet above the door in each Soft Sleeper Carriage. The closet is about 16 inches (40 cm) high and 20 inches (50 cm) wide. And for Hard Sleeper passengers, luggage racks are convenient enough to place your luggage and suitcases. They are above the window and next to the aisle. Spaces beneath the Soft Sleeper’s lowest beds are also good choices to place the luggage.
According to regulation of Ministry of Railways, each passenger is allowed to take carry-on baggage of not over 44 pounds (20 kg) for free (10 kg for each child). But the total length of each item cannot exceed 63 inches (160 cm).
Beijing-Lhasa-Beijing Train Smoking Area
Qinghai Tibet Railway train does not allow passengers smoke in cabins. While it is only possible to smoke at the designated area such as at the connecting-joints area between cars. Smoking is strictly prohibited when you are inside a cabin. However we do see lots of Chinese travelers do smoke in hard seat cabin or at the toilet. This is not polite way and it will infect other passengers safety.
Oxygen Supply System
In coping with High Altitude Stress, oxygen supply are provided during the journey. Generally there are two kinds of oxygen supply systems on the train. The first one is “dispersion mode”, which means to spreading oxygen from air-con system. The other one is “individual oxygen outlet” system. Every time high altitude stress strikes, passengers can connect to the individual oxygen outlet through a disposable pipe. Thus to mitigate no matter headache or out of breath.
Televisions are provided on the train, but only the top-class Soft Sleepers are equipped with personal TV. Hard Sleeper carriages are basically equipped with several public TVs suspending on the ceiling for all. Frankly speaking there is not that much activities to do on the train. However, taking some books with you, downloading some movies you like, the smooth velocity and steadily climbing altitude are just designed for reading. Consider Qinghai-Tibet railway a bound-to heart tour, and let your inner space cleansed by tranquility.
Internet Access during Qinghai Tibet Train Travel
Unfortunately, there is No Wi-Fi Available. If you want to connect to the internet, in advance you have to prepare a Chinese SIM card that supports domestic roaming.Get the service from three telecom operators in China. They are China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile. Alternatively, you may also buy the internet traffic data from your home country and be sure it is accessible when you travel worldwide. By the way, the tunnels and high mountains along the route could block the phone signals sometimes.
What is the Difference between Soft Sleeper and Hard Sleeper?
● Beijing Lhasa Beijing Train Soft Sleepers
The Soft Sleeper has the best condition on the train, with soft bedding equipped in every compartment. Usually there are only 2 carriages which have compartments of Soft Sleepers. And accommodation capacity could support 64 passengers at most. Each compartment is a single cabin with a private door by the aisle.Inside the cabin are 4 Soft Sleepers, two upper berths and two lower berths. The scale are about 30 inches (75 cm) wide and 75 inches (190 cm) long.
●Beijing Lhasa Beijing Train Hard Sleepers
The Hard Sleeper is not what its name suggests. In fact, Hard Sleeper has no relation with the word Hard. Actually, there are soft bedding equipped with the Hard Sleepers. Hard Sleepers are easily mixed up with the conception “Hard Seats”, the latter means the third best ticket on the train. The Hard Sleeper is the Second-Best Sleeper on a train. The sleeper is about 24 inches (60 cm) wide and 71 inches (180 cm) long.
China Tibet Train Travel FAQs (6)
Yes, you can book your train tickets to and from Tibet (Lhasa), but you need to know that China train ticket is difficult to book for foreigners, especially during the peak period of June to August. And the train tickets to and from Lhasa start selling 30-60 days before the departure date. The train ticketing schedule situation keeps changing always. If your schedule is flexible, you can try to wait for the tickets when it is available.
Qinghai Tibet train tickets prices ranges from hard seats, hard sleeper to soft sleeper, 3 categories. And it depends on which city the train is from. Different starting station has different price. Once you send your confirmed Tibet tour schedule, we will help you arrange your train tickets.
To buy Qinghai-Tibet train tickets, you need to email your valid passport photo copy to our Tibet travel agency and once the tickets are on sales (normally at least 30 to 60 days before train departure date), we will help you buy the train tickets. While to be able to get the paper tickets and board the train from mainland China to Tibet, you will need a valid physical passport, a Chinese visa and a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit (original or photo copies). The original copy of TTB permit is needed when you board the train to Tibet from Chongqing, Xian and Lanzhou, however except for three cities, the printed photocopies of permits are fine for you to claim the train tickets and board the train from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, etc. Your Tibet TripAdvisor will reconfirm to you at least 5-10 days before your arrival date in Tibet.
We truly recommend that you’d better get the tickets 1-2 day prior to departure date at least, and don’t forget to bring your passport to the train station. If your schedule is too tight to get the tickets in advance, you must get the train tickets 2 hours in advance in case of emergency. Once our Tibet travel agency booked the train tickets, we will send you the ticketing reconfirmation codes with which you can get the tickets out from railway station ticketing hall. Meanwhile you will need to provide the Tibet permits photo copies when you ask for the train tickets, and when you travel on the train, the railway police may check your Tibet permits document.
Our Tibet travel agency suggest you get to the departure point city train station around 2 hours before your departure hour and be sure you have the paper tickets in hand at least 2 hours before train leaves (we suggest our clients get tickets printed out days in advance). There are so many people waiting in line, so you may need some time to check into the train.
This question on Tibet train travel gets common when the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) situation gets better in China recently. As of March 15, 2020, there is “0” case of this COVID19 in whole Tibet, and in comparison with traveling in other parts of China, Tibet remains more attractive to Chinese travelers in 2020, however it is sure that it is crowded sometime in the trip, especially when people check in and/or check off the train, so please keep your belonging well and also ware face mask well, and try to wash your hand more frequently than usual. You’d better avoid crowded dinning cabin, and try to get more fresh air.
To board Beijing Lhasa train, foreign travelers need Tibet entry permits photo copies!
Foreign travelers need Tibet travel permits photo copies to get train tickets printed out from any major railway station. And when boarding the trains to Lhasa, stations of Chongqing, Xi’an and Lanzhou need traveler’s original permits in hand, otherwise foreign travelers will not be able to pass the security check in. And of course, foreign travelers also need original Tibet permits to ask for boarding pass and pass security checking from any cities in mainland China.
Tibet Local Guide travel service releases above for Beijing – Lhasa Beijing train and hope it helps you plan your Tibet tour. Should you have any questions on Tibet travel, please feel free to contact us.