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How to Book Tibet Train Tickets?

How Mainland Tourists can buy Tibet Train Tickets?

  1.  Tibet train tickets can be purchased through the 12306 official websites and can generally be purchased 30 days in advance. Policies vary in different situations, and the announcement on the 12306 websites shall prevail.
  2. Manual purchase at the ticket office of the railway station or at the train ticket sales point with an ID card.
  3. Self-service purchase on smart ticket vending machines at some railway stations.
  4. There may be a handling fee for online purchases through third-party websites such as Ctrip and Qunar.
  5. Buy train tickets through a travel agency. It is hard to find a train ticket to Tibet during the peak season from June to August. You can buy it through a travel agency, and there may be a handling fee.

How Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan tourists can Tibet Train Tickets?

  1. Tourists from Hong Kong and Macau can purchase Qinghai-Tibet train tickets by referring to how mainland tourists purchase tickets, but the ticket purchase certificate is not an ID card, but a Hong Kong and Macau Pass.
  2. Tourists from Taiwan need a Taiwan Travel Permit and a Tibet Entry Permit to buy train tickets. Generally, travel agencies buy Tibet train tickets on their behalf. 


How do foreign tourists buy

  1. Purchase the Tibet train ticket directly at the railway station or train ticket agency with the certificate, but the disadvantage of this method of purchase is that in addition to providing valid certificates, you also need to provide a Tibet entry letter. The Tibet entry permit is generally issued by travel agencies about 10 days in advance, and the train tickets are released one month in advance in China. If you wait to get the Tibet entry permit and buy it, it is very likely that the tickets have been sold out.
  2. On the official website of the Ministry of Railways 12306. cn, this is a good choice for foreign guests living in mainland China. The disadvantage of this method is that the website needs real-name registration, and the system will review after registration, and you have to take a train once with your ID card before you can buy it on the official website. If you have friends from mainland China, you can ask them to help you buy.
  3. Purchase the Tibet train ticket through a travel agency. Foreign tourists who travel to Tibet need to find a local travel agency in Tibet to travel with a group. Tourists can directly find a travel agency to buy Tibet train tickets on their behalf.

Precautions for buying tickets

If tourists buy train tickets by themselves, please go to the train station at least 2 hours in advance to exchange for paper tickets, especially in peak seasons. For train tickets issued from Lhasa, there are fewer platforms in Lhasa train station, and there are many people in line for ticket exchange in peak seasons. If it is too late, it may be too late to pick up the ticket. So please arrive at the station at least 2 hours in advance. If it is purchased by our agency, we will take out the train ticket in advance and give it to the tourists.

Hence it is wise to book your Tibet train tickets through a travel agency. Please make sure that the travel agency that helps you book train tickets must be a reliable one, not all travel agencies are able to guarantee you the tickets. The reason is so simple, the demand is large and the tickets are limited, especially when you request a soft sleeping berth.

We are a qualified agent to help you book train tickets to Lhasa, of our stable relationship with a train station and having a reasonable number of tickets reserved annually.

How much is the Tibet train ticket?

Inexpensive, just 40-50% of airfare, the cheapest seat can be 90USD for a ticket from Beijing to Lhasa if you do not mind to seat for 46 hours. A normal sleeper berth ticket is from 130USD to 250USD depending on its class. However, you will need to pay a reasonable amount of service charge to the travel agency, usually 25-30%; the larger demand the higher the service charge.

The service charge goes to the top of each August. If you request a ticket through tourtraveltibet.com, You need to pay the service charge as well, but we can guarantee the service charge you paid is the lowest among the requests from other travel agencies.

Can our train tickets be guaranteed once I make the reservation?

There are two kinds of sleeper berths on the train, the first class sleeper berth, and second class sleeping berth. It is no problem to guarantee second-class berths because there are hundreds of berths available on the train. However, we can not say 100% guarantee the first class sleeper berths which are such limited supplied in a train, normally 35-56 berths available.

Because the train station sometimes gives the tickets to those who are considered more important than normal travellers. Do not worry, your reservation works most of the time. If you stick to the best soft sleeping berth, it is wise to be flexible for two or three days, the train station can issue the ticket one or two days forward or backwards.

Can children get discounted train tickets?

Children discounted prices are based on the height of the child. A child below 1.1m is free without a berth and has to sleep with their parents. but 1 adult can take only take 1 free child. The height of a child taller than 1.1m and shorter than 1.5m, is 100-160RMB lower than an adult but has a sleeping berth as an adult.

Normally, if you ask for a travel agency to purchase train tickets, this discounted price cannot be carried out because it is difficult to prove the height of the passenger to the train tickets office without the passenger standing aside. Travel agency always charges train tickets per berth, or per compartment, if you have kids for free tickets, please state it to the travel agency.

Does the Train station provide a discounted price in the low season like airline companies?

The state-managed railway company never provide a discounted price on Tibet Train because it is the only company doing this job.

Online Tibet Train Ticket booking through www.12306.cn

However, the website has no English version and more importantly, online payment is limited to a bank account in mainland China. During the peak season and even the offseason of Tibet tourism, it is difficult for foreign tourists to book train tickets.

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