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Train from Beijing to Lhasa

Beijing Train Station, Lhasa, China
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Slow & uncomfortable

We only did half the journey (from Xining) but it was slow & boring. Food is minimal & you'll need... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Tibet Train

An eye-opening experience. Almost a must. The magnitude of the Tibetan Plain can only be witnessed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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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  • Very good39%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only did half the journey (from Xining) but it was slow & boring. Food is minimal & you'll need to speak mandarin Toilets get worse as the journey progresses People smoke throughout & the staff ignore it Views will depend on the weather. We...More

Thank GayleUK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An eye-opening experience. Almost a must. The magnitude of the Tibetan Plain can only be witnessed to understand. The short-comings of the train are dwarfed by the magnitude of the countryside you see. If you are traveling with only a spouse, be prepared to share...More

Thank DougBerg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did not exactly the Lhasa-Beijing trip (48h) but the luxury one: Lhasa to Xining (21h) then plane from Xining to somewhere (not Beijing; you can go by plane from Xining to everywhere; and there are 6 trains per day from Lhasa, it is more...More

Thank Pierre G
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Loved the train trip from Beijing to Lhasa. We managed to score soft sleeper tickets on the first leg, perfectly situated close to the food carriage. We managed to also find someone who spoke English for us to order some lovely food. Highly rate the...More

Thank Rachbell78
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Taking the train was about the scenery and a slow ascent for the altitude. In hindsight, the scenery was more impressive between Lhasa & Shigatse and I'd rather take a plane in and take 24hours off to get used to the altitude than take the...More

Thank bemagic34
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Took the afternoon train from Beijing to Xining and then Xining to Lhasa after a 6 hour wait in Xining. Was extremely glad to leave 38 degree Beijing behind. We found securing tickets a bit of a mission - one minute they're not for sale...More

Thank PiscesTokyo
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Took a soft sleeper from Xining to Lhasa. The ride is just under 24 hours and sleeper cars were clean and comfortable. Never felt un-safe. Boarding in Xining was a bit chaotic for a non-Chinese speaker, but I found a nice local teacher that helped...More

1  Thank gcap_11
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Statistics look like: Staff 10 Food 7 Amenities 4... but the whole trip from Beijing West-Xining-Lhasa was extraordinary experience... The train crosses three climate zones and the Xining-Lhasa section offers amazing landscapes during the day. The highest point of the route-Tanggula Pass-5072 masl... Oxygene supply...More

Thank Tomasz C
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We boarded at Lanzhou so only 24hrs on a truly busy train ..impressive views and journey ..take lots of snacks oxygen supplied at night and although the toilets arent too bad for a carriage load of 70 people it was a fun journey

1  Thank forevermagpie
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Xining for 4 days to begin the acclimatization process so took the overnight train from there. Our party of four shared a sleeping compartment & were very comfortable. Sheets & blankets were provided. There was plenty of room for our luggage under...More

1  Thank Patty6-13
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30 July 2017|
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Response from forevermagpie | Reviewed this property |
Firstly you cannot buy any train ticket to Lhasa without an entry permit so to get an entry permit you have to book a trip with an operator .I can recommend Tibettraveltours via Amyzhang9968 on wechat. Its almost impossible... More
26 August 2016|
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Response from TrainAdvisor | Property representative |
From June to October, it is very hard to purchase the train ticket from Beijing to Lhasa or from other cities to Lhasa, even if you plan to purchase one 2 months in advance. So I advise you to let your travel agency to buy... More
17 August 2016|
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Response from TrainAdvisor | Property representative |
Apr., May, early June, Sept, Oct. Nov. and Nov. Jan. and Feb. is very cold, and it is very hard to purchase the train ticket in June, July and August.