We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Train from Beijing to Lhasa

Beijing Train Station, Lhasa, China
Save
Review Highlights
DON'T DO IT! Take a flight instead.

I looked at all the advice on here about taking the train from Beijing to Lhasa, followed it and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bernice H
,
Beijing, China
Get a Soft Sleeper, Bring Food and a Thermos Flask

I was really worried about this train journey, and in the end it was a fantastic experience. We've... read more

Reviewed 1 February 2018
Amanda C
,
London, United Kingdom
Read all 203 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good38%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“soft sleeper”(42 reviews)
“hard sleeper”(13 reviews)
About
Beijing is considered as the 1st choice to take the train to Lhasa on Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Nowadays, travelers can also choose to take train from Xining, Chengdu, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Chongqing.
Open Now
Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 11:10 PM
See all hours
Contact
Beijing Train Station, Lhasa, China
Website
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Lhasa
from US$90.00
More Info
from US$3,720.00
More Info
from US$1,915.00
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (203)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"soft sleeper"
in 42 reviews
"hard sleeper"
in 13 reviews
"restaurant car"
in 7 reviews
"noodles"
in 11 reviews
"small table"
in 3 reviews
"fellow passengers"
in 3 reviews
"toilet paper"
in 6 reviews
"western style"
in 4 reviews
"top bunk"
in 4 reviews
"food carriage"
in 2 reviews
"carry food"
in 2 reviews
"cleaned regularly"
in 2 reviews
"wear shoes"
in 2 reviews
"tea bags"
in 2 reviews
"hot water provided"
in 2 reviews
"lots of water"
in 3 reviews
"second half"
in 2 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 136 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

I looked at all the advice on here about taking the train from Beijing to Lhasa, followed it and booked. Big mistake! We were sick as dogs on the train. We had altitude sickness after Xi'ning and we were taking tablets to prevent it, so...More

Thank Bernice H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 February 2018

I was really worried about this train journey, and in the end it was a fantastic experience. We've taken hard sleeper on other long journeys in China with good results - but when I walked through the hard sleeper on this train it was disgusting...More

8  Thank Amanda C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
TibetCtrip-Tony, China trains marketing at Train from Beijing to Lhasa, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

Thank you for sharing authentic Qinghai Tibet train travel experience and it is highly appreciated.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 December 2017

An unforgettable experience. Make sure you drink plenty of water and take an overnight stop in Xining. We had no altitude sickness and the views were spectacular.

Thank Marie J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Traveling is always an adventure and this journey as part of G Adventures trip to Saga Dawa festival was certainly that! I ended up in a hard sleeper. Six people crammed into an 8’ x 6’ x 12’ cabin. Uncomfortable beds stacked three high. After...More

Thank midnightrider2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Well, be ready for an adventure! By ready I mean, ready for cramped spaces and sleeping in a very small bunk bed. Its a wonderful way to see the scenery, but be prepared. On this train you will travel up to almost 5.000 m. and...More

3  Thank Ida B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 November 2017

We went from Lhasa to Chengdu. Would buy the two spare bunks in the cabin, to give you space and comfort. Would take some of your own food and snacks. The trolley people enable you to buy drinks and other snacks. Though it was 44...More

2  Thank Shaz1000
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 October 2017

I took the train from Beijing to Lhasa on a hard seat. It was the only option available. I certainly and by no means recommend the train. It is very uncomfortable, slow, and boring. On the seats there are no AC plugs so you have...More

2  Thank datamath
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We struggled to book the direct train but with the help of Travel China Guide we managed get seats. Soft sleeprs are the best but if you want more interaction hard sleeper carraiages will do that. Second half of the journey is hard, we had...More

1  Thank DPKW007
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 October 2017

I took the train from Xi'an to Lhasa but should have considered getting on at Xining. From Xi'an to Xining, the ride was boring and a train switch was required at Xining to get cars with oxygen. This switch was done at dusk, so it...More

Thank dmoffat322
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 September 2017 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

1  Thank GayleUK
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Hel B
10 April 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from midnightrider2017 | Reviewed this property |
Suggest you hire an interpreter. The terminal has some English signs but it’s confusing. No one speaks English. I was fortunate to travel with a group. Best fortune.
0
Votes
selvakumar2015
30 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
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
1
Vote
marinpartyof4
26 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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
1
Vote
;