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Train from Beijing to Lhasa

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Address: Beijing Train Station, Lhasa, China
07:00 - 23:10
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Beijing is considered as the 1st choice to take the train to Lhasa on...

Beijing is considered as the 1st choice to take the train to Lhasa on Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Nowdays, you can also choose to take train from Xining, Chengdu, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Chongqing.

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Comfortable journey with breathtaking scenery

We took the 32hour train journey from Xi An to Lhasa in a soft sleeper cabin. You have to swap trains at about 7.30pm in Xining but the train staff will let you know what to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Broome, Australia
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Broome, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the 32hour train journey from Xi An to Lhasa in a soft sleeper cabin. You have to swap trains at about 7.30pm in Xining but the train staff will let you know what to do. The cabin was clean, warm and comfortable. Minimal food is available on the train so I suggest you bring plenty of snacks. Noodle... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Our agent suggested we plan to get off in Xining and fly to Beijing rather than a second night. Principally because the toilets were getting putrid due to Chinese "habits" and the basins all ran out of water, we agree two days and a night was good. No shower or washing facility, take your own food and water/beverage! We had... More 

Thank Margot P
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Our Lhasa based tour agency purchased our train tickets on our behalf. Luckily they were able to get two soft sleeper beds for us, as we had read the tickets sell out fast. Ideally we would of purchased all 4x beds so we could have a private cabin but the train company allocate the traveller's name to each bed/ seat... More 

Thank Italian_kilt
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The train ride was great, the view was great but when people smoke where they're not suppose to, especially when it's in front of the fresh air intake that distributes air thru out the entire car, it ruined the entire ride and made it unbearable. There should be no smoking or they need a smoking only car.

Thank marinpartyof4
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Perfect trip starting in Xining,ending in Lhasa. Employees were not that friendly/helpfull. Chapter "Excellent Customer service" still to be read. They were always the only one who would sit and eat in the restaurant. Toilets quite dirty - be prepared! Even in the softsleepers cabin. Views and cabin were perfect. The trip was great. It should be really part of... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We had looked forward to this famous journey, having seen a DVD documentary about the building of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. We went from Shanghai to Xining soft sleeper class no problem. Clean carriages & compartments and helpful staff. Passengers also friendly and well-behaved. At Xining we stayed a day (to help with acclimitisation). Though Xining has a huge modern railway... More 

3 Thank Sandron60
Nha Trang, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The train drive is so nice ! Facility is good and so modern, but please bring a book to read or load some movies in your ipad to watch during the trip.

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TrainAdvisor, Director of Sales at Train from Beijing to Lhasa, responded to this review

Hi, thank you very much for your reviews firstly. As the train to Lhasa runs on the world's highest railway, Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the trains are completely tailor-made according to the special elevation, temperature and other specific situations along the railroad to Lhasa. The totally-closed Tibet train is equipped with air-conditioning, supercharging system, oxygen supply, altitude display as well as other... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a review for the sleeper train from Beijing to Xian. We had a cabin for two which was nice since we had our own bathroom. This was the only disappointing part of our trip. My bunk bed had fleas and I ended up with some serious bites on my legs despite using a sleep slack. The bathroom only... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Traveling with 3 children, we were told it is better to travel by train from Xining to Lhasa because of the altitude. We had our own cabin with soft-sleeper beds. The linen was clearly already used. Hair and tisseus everywhere, really dirty. I asked for new bedding but the personell was clearly laughing at us. The toilets are REALLY, VERY,... More 

1 Thank Patricia v
TrainAdvisor, Director of Sales at Train from Beijing to Lhasa, responded to this review

Hi, at present, the train bureau can only offer the kind of condition. Only when the train arrives at a big train station, the personell clean the toilets because he can only handle the waste. About the food on the train, they can only offer during the meal time, usually 11:00 to 13:00, and 18:00 to 20:00. If you want... More 

Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We took the 2 day train from Beijing to Lhasa as part of a tour of Tibet. I'd prepared myself for bad toilets but this was beyond unbelievable. In our carriage we had no running water for 2 days. The toilets weren't cleaned and became blocked within a matter of hours. So over the course of two days people had... More 

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