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FAQ on Qinghai-Tibet Railway Train


  Q1. Where the train will depart from in Beijing?
The train will depart from at the Beijing West Railway Station.

Q2. When the train will leave Beijing and return from Lhasa?
As scheduled, the train T27 will leave Beijing at 21:30 and arrive in Lhasa at 20:00 on the third day after 47 hours and 28 minutes' running.
The train T28 will start from Lhasa at 8:00 am. and come back to Beijing west at 8:00 am. on the third day with a 48-hour-trip.

Q4. The departure and arrival time, tickets cost and Running hours (Exchange rate USD1=CNY6.8)



Train No.

Dept. Time

Arrival Time

Running hours

Train Date

Distance (km)

Hard Seat

Hard Sleeper (Bottom Berth)

Soft Sleeper (Bottom Berth)

Beijing West-Lhasa



20:00 on the third day

46 hours and 30minutes'

Every day


389 CNY

813 CNY

1,262 CNY




1721 on the third day

44 hours and 10 minutes.

One of the other day


331 CNY

712 CNY

1,104 CNY




1722 on the third day

43 hours and 48 minutes

One of the other day


355 CNY

754 CNY  

1,168 CNY




2150 on the second day

28 hours and 35 minutes.

One of the other day


242 CNY

552 CNY

854 CNY




22:30 on the second day

26 hours and 23 minutes

One of the other day


226 CNY


810 CNY




21:00 on the third day

48 hours and 58 minutes

One of the other day



710 CNY



Q5. How many trains will operate in a day?
Beijing West-Lhasa- Beijing West have both a train running from opposite directions every day. Chengdu-Lhasa-Chengdu, Chongqing-Lhasa-Chongqing, Lanzhou-Lhasa-Lanzhou, Xining-Lhasa, Shanghai-Lhasa, Guangzhou-Lhasa have trains running from opposite directions one of the other day.

Q6 Visas or travel documents required to travel to Lhasa and surrounding areas in Tibet?
Passengers should fill in a Health Registration Card when buying railway tickets to enter Tibet and a permit for entering Tibet is also needed for the foreign tourists.

Key facts about rail on 'roof of the world'

The railway is the world's highest railway. Some 960 kilometres of its tracks are located 4,000 metres above sea level and the highest point is 5,072 metres, at least 200 metres higher than the Peruvian railway in the Andes, which was formerly the world's most elevated rail.
The railway is the world's longest on a plateau, extending 1,956 kilometres from Qinghai's provincial capital Xining to Lhasa in Tibet. The newly-completed Golmud-Lhasa section zigzags 1,142 kilometres across the Kunlun and Tanggula mountain ranges.
About 550 kilometres of the tracks run on frozen earth, the longest in any of the world's plateau railways.
Tanggula Railway Station, 5,068 metres above sea level, is the highest railway station in the world.
Fenghuoshan Tunnel, 4,905 metres
above sea level, is the world's most elevated tunnel on frozen earth.
Kunlun Mountain Tunnel, running 1,686 metres, is the world's longest plateau tunnel built on frozen earth.
Upon its completion, the maximum train speed is designed to reach 100 kilometres per hour in the frozen earth areas and 120 kilometres per hour on non-frozen earth.
Construction of the Golmud-Lhasa section of the landmark railway commenced on June 29, 2001.
About 29.46 billion CNY (US$3.68 billion) has been spent on the Golmud-Lhasa section which runs 1,142 kilometres.



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