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Tips for Boarding

Boarding in Tibet Trains need few precautions and necessary knowledge. we share you some tips for boarding in Tibet Trains. The train travel from a Chinese city to Lhasa is usually cheaper than taking a flight. A hard sleeper class ticket will cost around one third or half of the Lhasa flight ticket prices. And third, in the peak season, you may not be able to find a plane ticket to Tibet and this is your only way out.

1. Fill the health history form

Before boarding the train, tourists are expected to fill out a health history form. If one has an illness such as hypertension, stroke, chronic respiratory problem, and another cardiovascular disease, he or she shall no board the train for one’s health concern.

2. Show your train ticket and Tibet Travel Permit

Tourists shall bring your train ticket, passport, and Tibet Travel Permit and show them to the train inspector. During the journey, you may be checked many times. So it is advisable to have a few copies of Tibet Travel Permit and passport.

3. Check your luggage (for detailed regulations)

Tourists should put your luggage on the X-Ray scanner and things like gun, poison, explosive, and chemical substance, etc are strictly forbidden. Just follow the instruction of staff of railway station.

4. Swap tickets

If you don’t stay with your relatives or friends in the same cabin, you may swap your tickets with other passengers with the help of the conductor. Do remember your cabin and seat No.

Security Matters

Having a ride on Qinghai-Tibet train is relatively safe as each compartment is independent and its door will automatically be closed at night. One is forbidden to enter the compartment without a ticket. Of course, nowhere is safer than the compartments of a soft sleeper. The cabin of soft sleeper can accommodate 4 travelers and there is a door to shut, which is the perfect choice for a family. Besides, the surveillance cameras and 24-hours police patrol make it even safer on the train.

About ticket price:

The ticket prices above are the net price. In reality, as traveling in Tibet is so popular that the actual ticket demand far exceeds the supply, inbound and outbound tourists have to pay more than the net price to buy tickets. The actual price is subject to the market fluctuation. In some cases, the actual price could be double than the net price. Despite the uncertainty and difficulty in purchasing train tickets, Our Agency would manage to book tickets at a reasonable price ( usually 20 percent lower than the market price) and promise to offer free service for it. If tourists only want to buy train tickets via Our service without intending to travel to Tibet, We will have to charge a small amount of service fee.

Best Way to Book Tibet Train Ticket

The booking of Any major city to Lhasa Train ticket is quite busy throughout the year because Beijing – Lhasa Rail line is a crucial passage that connects Chinese central government with Tibet. On the one hand, a large number of tourists from all walks of life are traveling between these two places all year round and part of the tickets are also reserved for governmental affairs. On the other hand, the remaining tickets are booked by various travel agencies for organizing train tour to Tibet. That is why it is very difficult for individual tourists to book a ticket on their own both on-line and off-line.

To individual tourists, the best solution is to contact a reliable travel agency and book the Beijing-Lhasa train ticket through their hands at least one month in advance. We can provide such timely tickets booking service, and also offer “Train Ticket + Tibet Tour” packages.


  • 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 Chengdu 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.

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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