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Hongkong Lhasa Trains

Hong Kong is the main gateway to China, and the lands beyond, and is a major port for trade, commerce, and industry in Asia. Getting to Hong Kong is easy from any country in the world, and there are dozens of scheduled flights into this center of commerce every day. English is the main language in Hong Kong, making it easy for foreign tourists to get around.

Latest Timetable and Schedule of Hong Kong Lhasa Train

Train No.From / ToDep. / Arr.DurationDistance (km)FrequencyFirst Class TicketPremium Class Ticket
Z812Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East07:25/09:241:59173DailyHK$210
Z824Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East08:15/10:121:57173DailyHK$210HK$250
Z820Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East09:24/11:231:59173DailyHK$210
Z804Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East10:52/12:511:59173DailyHK$210
Z808Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East11:32/13:261:54173DailyHK$210
Z814Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East12:23/14:171:54173DailyHK$210
Z826Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East13:11/15:081:57173DailyHK$210HK$250
Z818Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East14:32/16:311:59173DailyHK$210
Z810Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East16:35/18:341:59173DailyHK$210
Z828Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East18:00/19:571:57173DailyHK$210HK$250
Z816Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East18:44/20:431:59173DailyHK$210
Z802Hung Hom Kowloon/Guangzhou East20:01/22:001:59173DailyHK$210


About Hongkong Lhasa Trains

There is no train that runs directly from Hong Kong to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, so visitors will need to change at one of the seven major cities in mainland China that serve the Tibet Trains. Flights can be arranged to other cities that serve the Tibet routes, but if you are determined to travel by train, your best option is to get the train from Kowloon, in Hong Kong, to Guangzhou, and then change there for the train to Lhasa.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s biggest trade ports and the largest center for commerce and industry in Southeast Asia. Officially known now as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, it lies on the Pearl River Delta. Across the delta to the west lies Macau, the playground of Asia’s rich and famous, and to the north lies the province of Guangdong. It has carried many names in the past, including nicknames, the most famous of which was Pearl of the Orient. The name is a reflection of the impressive nightscape of the city’s lights that decorate the skyscrapers on both sides of the Victoria Harbour.

For the residents of Hong Kong and Macau, it is no need to apply for the Tibet travel permit (Tibet visa). All you need to take is your HK/Macau SAR Passport and Home Return Permit.

Hongkong Train Station

Hong Kong has several train stations, but the one you need for traveling to Guangzhou, and then on to Lhasa, is the Hung Hom Station, in Kowloon. It is the only station that travels to mainland China and is the hub station for transfers between the East Rail Line and the West Rail Line. To get there you can take the metro direct to the station on either the West or East Rail Lines, or from Central, you can take the Tsuen Wan line to Tsim Sha Tsui Station and then the West Rail Line to Hung Hom Station.


What sort of window view do we expect to see?

Just like the road trip by car, one could enjoy the scenery on both sides of the road. The stunning scenery along the Tibet railway line will never let you down. As the train passes Xining and enters Golmud region, the breathtaking view appears one after another. Be sure to capture the memorable experience with your camera. Major attractions are Qarhan Salt Lake, Yuzhu Peak, Kekexili Nature Reserve, Tuotuo He River, Tangula pass, Tsonag Lake, Qiangtang prairie, Namtso, etc.

Having a ride on Qinghai-Tibet train route is definitely the experience of a lifetime. Besides, the long distance and pressurized train tailor-made for acclimatization of extreme altitude make the ride different from another train journey. Following tips are suggested for tourists to better enjoy the Views on Tibet train. See more: the detailed introduction of the scenery of Qinghai-Tibet railway.


Travel Tips for Catching Your Train

  1. Check your train ticket or consult with your ticketing agent to make sure that you get the correct train station.
  2. You will be allowed on board the train 30 minutes before departure time. The train will be closed 5 minutes before departure. So please well schedule your time for the transfer from your hotel to the station taking the traffic snag into consideration.
  3. You are requested to go through the security check (luggage check) when you enter the main hall of the train station.
  4. Once you are in the main hall, please see the huge live train timetable board to get the correct waiting room for your departure train.
  5. In the waiting room, very often you have to stand to wait there for the coming train since usually there will be very much crowded and no seats are available.
  6. While in the waiting room, please see the live train timetable and a signboard indicating the boarding time of your train.
  7. Line up for the ticket check by the ticket collectors or insert the ticket in the turnstile and then follow the throng on to the platform ( make sure to get the correct platform).
  8. Show your ticket to the train conductor standing the door of your carriage before you embark on your train ride.
  9. After the train is moving, the train conductress will walk to you again to check your passport or ID card for security reason. In addition, you have to give your ticket to the conductor in exchange for a boarding card (if sleeper tickets). The card shows your seat number same with the ticket. When the train is about to arrive, the conductress will approach you to exchange the card back for your ticket.
  10. If you miss the train or lose your tickets, you cannot have your tickets refunded and you have to buy another one.
  11. If you lose your tickets on the train, you are supposed to buy another one when passing the arrival station. So do not lose your tickets on the train

Railway Rules and Regulations You Should Know

China railway rules and regulations are different with any other country in the world. Getting familiar with these rules will make your rail travel in China more successful and happy!

Carry-on Luggage Rules:

  • Inflammable and explosive dangerous goods, animal and pet are not allowed to take on board of the train.
  • Weight requirement for carry-on luggage: maximum weight of carry-on luggage is 10kg for a child passenger, the maximum weight for carry-on luggage is 20kg for an adult passenger.
  • Size requirment for carry-on luggage: total length of your carry-on luggage ( length+width+height) should be under 200cm.

Requirements for Child Tickets

Instead of age, China railway has special requirements on height to buy child ticket. Summary of child ticket requirements:

  • Children with the height under 120cm can enjoy free rail travel and don’t need to pay to travel by train.
  • Children with the height of 120cm and 150cm have rights to buy discounted train tickets. Price for a sleeper ticket for a child is about 70% of that of an adult ticket.
  • Children with the height above 150cm should buy fully-priced train tickets no matter how old they are.


  • The timetable above is just for reference.
  • We can NOT offer ticket-only service. According to the Tibet Government, foreign visitors must book a tour from a travel agency and obtain a Tibet Entry Permit before booking Tibet train ticket.
  • Tibet train tickets are quite popular and always sold out quickly, please make your inquiry at least 3-5 months before your departure date.
  • Because the hard and soft sleeper tickets from Other cities to Lhasa are few and hard to get, we recommend you to take a flight to Xining, and then take the train from Xining to Lhasa.
  • The main advantage of traveling via airplane to Xining and then taking the train from there is that you can save time on the trip, and as Xining is at an elevation of 2,275 meters, you can always spend a day there to help with acclimatizing to the higher altitudes. This can help to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Moreover, as most of the spectacular scenery is on the train from Golmud (where the train starts its ascent to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau) you would not be missing any of the best parts of the train journey.

You are free to contact us for an inquiry about customizing a Tibet tour with a flight to Tibet. A quick reply will be sent to you within 24 hours.

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