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Qinghai Tibet Train (Lhasa Express)

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Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world's highest railway goes 710 miles from Qinghai to Lhasa, on which the train starts from mainland China: Beijing, Xining, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing, making your trip to Tibet extremely unparalleled and attractive. It has become the most popular way to Tibet since the initial launch of China Tibet railway across the vantage point for viewing the plateau scenery. To book train to or from Tibet, feel free to contact Explore China Tibet travel service!
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked the train through Snow Lion Tours, as they were the only ones who said they could guarantee 4 beds together in one soft sleeper cabin and the 5th person in a soft sleeper nearby. They delivered. You do have to show your passport...More

1  Thank Marmite512
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the soft-sleeper (4-bed) cabin for the journey from Xining to Lhasa. Below are a few points worth mentioning: - The cabins and carriages are clean, and the washroom regularly cleaned. - There is a western-style toilet available but carry your own toilet paper....More

Thank two_wily_wanderers
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Qinghail Tibet Railway. Z6811 Xining to Lhasa. Length 1956km. Worlds highest Railway Station at 5072m above sea level. Highest rail tunnel in the world at 4905m. We were in Wagon 6 - soft sleeper. My husband and myself booked the entire cabin so we had...More

Thank On_Hols_in_WA
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Our group of 10 took the train from Xining. Going through security and getting our tickets took some time. But everything went smoothly after that and we were very happy and excited to board the train. We managed to book soft sleepers, which were very...More

Thank Cheng S
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

I caught a Z train from Xining to Lhasa and it took 17 hrs leaving at 12:27pm and arriving the next day at about 10am.I travelled solo in a 1st class 4 berth soft sleeper cabin and shared the cabin for the first 7 hrs...More

1  Thank Jennefer N
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We took the train from Lhasa to Xining on the 4 soft sleeper cabin. Getting to the train platform was a tad tricky as the locals were rushing & pushing; there aren't any lifts so be careful when you are handling your suitcases on the...More

1  Thank ValerieYeap
Reviewed 30 August 2017

I traveled in a soft sleeper by myself. The bed and the environment were comfortable. I was glad to have met great friends among my roommates. The view was breathtaking. I did not suffer altitude sickness because I took acetazolamide for the trip, although many...More

Thank lesliu2017
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The soft sleepers were comfortable, with room beneath the bottom bunks for suitcases. They have a "Western Toilet" (with a seat} and a Chinese hole in the floor toilet on each train. They were kept clean for the most part, and they DID provide bedroom...More

Thank LeslieKchill
Reviewed 1 December 2016

When we decided the itinerary to Tibet, everyone is so excited to take the 22-hour overnight train from Xining to Lhasa. We already managed our expectation on the hygiene level on the train and the toilet, without any shower there. Luckily the travel agency managed...More

1  Thank MokeyMok
Reviewed 29 November 2016

It is the best transportation to reach Lhasa in high altitude. A cabin of 4 beds are comfortable and clean in first class. Please make sure to take vertigo pills 1-2 days prior your trip. If you did not, please start to inhale oxygen and...More

2  Thank Khamsay97
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29 October 2017|
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Response from Jennefer N | Reviewed this property |
Anyone that is entering Tibet, except Chinese nationals, need to have a Tibetian permit.The travel agent that organized this for me was Julie from Greattibettours ,they have an office in mainland China and also in Tibet.
10 October 2017|
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Response from Jennefer N | Reviewed this property |
You cannot book the train independently it has to be either be through a travel agent or a Chinese train booking company. For my 5 weeks that i spent travelling independently by train through mainland China i used China DIY... More