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Beijing to Lhasa Train Travel Guide, Tickets Booking Online

Author: Derek Wong

Last Updated:Jan 30, 2015 More Articles of Derek Wong

Launched as early as in July, 2006, Beijing-Lhasa train (T27) has served as one of the three initial railway routes of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, with other two major railway lines moving from Chengdu to Lhasa and Xining to Lhasa. Beijing-Lhasa train stretches as far as 3757km and crosses over 8 provinces and it takes around 43 hours and 51mins from Beijing to Lhasa and its return train is T28(Lhasa-Beijing).

Beijing to Lhasa Train Route


(Map of Beijing-Lhasa Train)

Timetable of Beijing-Lhasa Train (2015)

Train Number






Ticket Price




42:42 hours



(hard sleeper)

(soft sleeper)




42:59 hours


(hard sleeper)

(soft sleeper)

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, in-bound and out-bound 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, Tibet Vista 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 Tibet Vista without intending to travel to Tibet, Tibet Vista will have to charge a small amount of service fee.

Beijing is the best place to begin Qinghai-Tibet train journey

Beijing is considered as the best place to begin Tibet Journey because Beijing enjoys easy transportation and China’s classical historical attractions. Known as the capital and one of the most vibrant cosmopolitans of China, Beijing is often the first option for foreign travellers to access China. Beijing Capital International Airport, being the second busiest airport in the world, has an annual throughput of over 83.71 million passengers in 2013 and it can literally receive travellers from any part of the globe and vice versa.

Beijing West Railway Sation

( the departure hall of Beijing West Train Station)

Foreign tourists may choose to land in Beijing and tour some must-see attractions such as  Forbidden City, Summer Palace,Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, etc en route to Tibet by Qinghai-Tibet railway. Besides, some of tourists can continue their journey to Nepal via Tibet.  In fact, Beijing-Tibet-Nepal is one of the most pupular tourism routes for travelers to travel in Asia. 


Best Way to Book Beijing-Lhasa Train Ticket

The booking of Beijing-Lhasa Train ticket is quite busy throughout the year, because Beijing – Lhasa Rail line is a crucial passage that connects China central government with Tibet. On the one hand, a large number of tourists from all walks of life are travelling between these two places all year around 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 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. Tibet Vista can provide such timely tickets booking service, and also offer “Train Ticket + Tibet Tour” packages. 


How to Read Beijing to Lhasa Ticket and What Are Needed for Booking?

Information on a train ticket Beijing to Lhasa
( Information Guide on a Beijing to Lhasa Train ticket ) 

If someone wants totravel to Tibet by railway from Beijing, it is also important to know how toget the permit to enter into Tibet. You do not need the permit to book the tickets but you do need it to board the train. Is still notpossible to enter in Tibet as backpackers, so travelers need the help of travelagency to apply for Tibet Travel Permit in advance. Tibet Travel Permit as wellas your ticket need to be checked when you check in. Photo copy of the permitis acceptable in Beijing west railway station, while original one is required inXian. Normally, travel agencies get your permit some days before you board thetrain for Lhasa and deliver it to your hotel. 

See more detailed :  Tibet Train Ticket Booking Notice


Hard Sleeper VS Soft Sleeper 


Normally, there are two categories of accommodation available in Qinghai-Tibet Train, namely hard sleeper (second class ticket), soft sleeper(first class ticket). 

Hard Sleeper Berth
( A Chinese tourist is smiling in the hard sleeper. In the aisle is a man playing with his camera on a fold-out chair.)
Soft Sleeper Berth

(A glimpse of cozy soft sleeper in the carriage of Qinghai-TIbet Train)

A typical hard sleeper consists of 6 bunks and there is no door for such compartment. Besides, the cramped space within each cabin leads to little privacy and the passengers moving in the aisle may interrupt one’s sleep. Yet, travellers can meet and make friends with different people and the ticket is much cheaper than soft sleeper.


Compared with hard sleeper, soft sleeper is highly recommended for a number of reasons. Firstly, long ride demands quality accommodation in the train. Cozy, quiet and private, soft sleeper promises tourists a relatively comfortable ride. In soft sleeper, there are only 4 bunks and the room is much spacious than hard sleeper. In addition, the soft sleeper has a door that can be shut down. Thus, the personal property of tourists and a sound sleep can be better guaranteed at night.  



How to Get to Beijing West Railway Station 


Though there are 5 railway stations in Beijing, Beijing-Lhasa Train starts from Beijing West Railway Station. Tourists can choose an route to the railway station to that suits you best. 


Beijing West Railway Station
( The Entrance of Beijing West Railway Station)

Beijing to Lhasa Train by the platform

(Subway to Beijing West Railway Station)

Like many other cosmopolitans around the world, Beijing has one of the most sophisticated subway systems that allow travellers to get to any major scenic spots with ease. 

Beijing Subway System
( The intricate and advanced subway system offers travellers an easy access to Beijing West Railway Station from all directions.)
If you are planing your trip to Lhasa from Beijing by train or have any questions about the travelling to Tibet by train, please feel free to contact us for consultation. We are ready to help you out. 
Fast Tranfer route to Beijing West Railway Station from airport
airport to train station
(Beijing Capital International Airport→Beijing West Railway Station)

Tips: To successfully board the Beijing-Lhasa train, foreign tourists must take and show personal passport, Tibet Travel Permit and train ticket to the train inspector. If one wants to sit with his/her friends, he/she may find train personnel to change tickets. If it is necessary, one has to follow the special boarding passage to board the train under the instruction of staff of railway station. 


Life on the Beijing-Lhasa Train 

What sort of window view do we expect to see ?

Just like the road trip by car, one could enjoy the scenery on both side of the road. The stunning scenery along the Beijing-Lhasa railway line will never let you down. As the train passes Xining and enters Golmud region, the breathtaking view appears one after another. Be sure to capture the memorable experience with your camera.  Major attractions are Qarhan Salt Lake, Yuzhu Peak, Kekexili Nature Reserve, Tuotuo He River, Tangula pass, Tsonag Lake, Qiangtang prairie, Namtso, etc. 

Sightseeing on board
( On the Beijing-Lhasa train , a foreign tourist is gazing out of the window.)

Having a ride on Qinghai-Tibet train like Beijing-Lhasa route is definitely the experience of a lifetime. Besides, the long distance and pressurized train tailor-made for acclimatization of extreme altitude make the ride different from other train journey. Following tips are suggested for tourists to better enjoy the life on Beijing-Lhasa train. See more: detailed introduction of scenery of Qinghai-Tibet railway.

What to eat in the train?
restuarant car
( Three tourists are waiting for dishes in the dining car.)

You may bring some instant noodles, snacks and fruits to eat or simply as a way to pass the time as the long ride begins. Chinese food is readily available in dinning car. Yet, the menu may not be in English and the waiter or waitress may not speak English. So, bringing an English-Chinese phrase book could be a big help in some cases. Next small but important thing is to have enough tissue or toilet paper. Because it is used fast and one won’t find any replacement if it runs out.


Do we have to be worried about the altitude sickness?

Oxygen Supply
    ( A foreign tourist is using oxygen outlet to replenish himself with fresh air in the aisle.) 

This is no need to be panic about altitude sickness. To better adapt to high altitude, Beijing-Lhasa train is tight sealed and pressurized like an airplane.Therefore, smoking is not allowed. In addition, the cabin and aisle of each cabin and compartment are equipped with oxygen supply outlet. As the train ascends to Tanggula Pass, the highest point of railway line, the oxygen is automatically pumped into the train and tourists can also manually use the oxygen outlet to minimize altitude sickness symptoms such as headache, dizziness, fatigue,nausea,etc. It is advisable to bring altitude sickness medicines to ease the discomfort. 

What sort of window view do we expect tosee ?

Window View on the Train
(A tourist is lying comfortably in the soft sleeper,enjoying the snow-capped mountainous range out of the window.)

Just like the road trip by car, one could enjoy the scenery on both sideof the road. The stunning scenery along the Beijing-Lhasa railway line willnever let you down.As thetrain pass Xining and enter Golmud region, the breathtaking view appears oneafter another. Be sure to capture the memorable experience with your camera.  

Major attractions areQarhan Salt Lake,Yuzhu Peak, KekexiliNature Reserve, Tuotuo He River, Tangula pass, Tsonag Lake, Qiangtang prairie,Namtso, etc.   

stunning highland view near Golmod
( A glimpse ofstunning vista of Gobi Desert in Golmud in fall ) 
See more: detailed introduction of scenery of Qinghai-Tibet railway 

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  1. Apr 15 , 2015 15:34
    Asked by Cheng Hai** from Singapore

    Beijing or Chengdu to Tibet Tour

    Three male friends is planning budget tour Tibet from beijing. Want to know what's the cost per person for softbed train from beijing/chengdu to tibet and 8 days tour. And the addition cost for flight back to beijing/Chengdu after tibet tour. The period is July 2015. Would like to have the propose itinerary too.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Apr 15, 2015
    Answered by Tibettravel.Org
    Hello Tan Cheng Hai, thanks for your question. There is no problem for us to book the train and flight ticket for you.However the cost of the trip is depending on how many days you want to stay in Tibet. We have assigned a trip advisor to you. Please have a good day!
  1. Apr 19 , 2015 06:26
    Asked by Klahan Tochamnanvit** from Thailand

    Train ticket Beijing to Lhasa

    I plan to take T27 train from Beijing to Lhasa on September 4, 2015. One ticket is needed for myself. I will stay in Lhasa for two nights to do city tour and then I will fly back to Beijing to Bangkok.

    Would you please suggest how I can buy the train ticket and get the permit to enter Tibet? Do I need to buy a package tour for two days to get the Tibet permit.

    Can you please help me to get the train ticket and Tibet permit? What is the total charge of both T27 train ticket and permit?

    Apr 27, 2015
    Answered by Tibettravel.Org
    Hello Mr. Klahan, thanks for your question. You can buy the train ticket either online or via us. We need to provide you a tour package to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit. Our colleagues will contact you about the details. Have a nice day!
  1. Apr 26 , 2015 20:07
    Asked by hindra nath chattopadhyay** from India

    Lahsa Travel

    Pl let me know how i obtain Tibet visas train ticket( with return) from Kunming in the month of 5 th May 2015.

    May 06, 2015
    Answered by Tibettravel.Org
    Sure, I am going to send you an Email to let you know more about it!
  1. Jun 01 , 2015 04:23
    Asked by e Denada** from Canada

    Beijing lassa train trip

    We would like to know which is the best time of year to go. We are thinking of the end of March beginning of April. We would like to know how many days the trip takes the cost and how much money ideally one needs for food for the meals on the train. Are there any other expenses one needs to be aware of. We are a retired couple and would like a soft seat cabin. We ideally would fly into Lasa from Nepal and thenBeijing or vice versa.

    Jun 02, 2015
    Answered by Tibettravel.Org
    It is a good time to travel to Tibet in April and please avoid March as Tibet is always closed in March. I am going to send you an Email to let you know more about the tour program in Tibet. Thank you very much!
  1. Jun 10 , 2015 07:02
    Asked by hael Dodson** from USA

    1 week Trip to Lhasa, Tibet on September 14th, 2015 ?

    We will be returning from a trip to Mongolia which terminates in Bejing. We will have our China visas already. Can you arrange for two of us to travel by train from Bejing to Lhasa, Tibet starting 14 September, 2015? We will need the Visa for Tibet. We want to stay about 5 days in Lhasa and take side day trips to places of interest. Then we want to take the train back to Bejing where we will fly back to USA on existing reservations.

    Jun 10, 2015
    Answered by Tibettravel.Org
    Hi Michael. We can get your train tickets from Beijing to Lhasa and arrang Tibet entry permit for you. We just got a group tour on Sept.14th ( arrival date in lhasa) so you can join in this group tour to Lhasa and Gangdeng monastery for 5 days. Our trip advisor will contact you for more details
  1. Jul 03 , 2015 00:57
    Asked by a Steinlight** from US

    price of soft berth

    Can 1 person purchase all 4 soft berths in a sleeper compartment?

    How much would that be?

    Please email to

    Jul 03, 2015
    Answered by Tibettravel.Org
    One man is able to purchase all 5 soft sleeper berths in one cabin but it should not be in peak season and I am going send you an Email to let you know more about it.
  1. Jul 08 , 2015 00:31
    Asked by anne** from Beijing

    Going to Tibit


    Do I need a permit for Tibet? I have a NZ passport and a Chinese residence card, as I live in Beijing. Thank you. Suzanne

    Jul 08, 2015
    Answered by Tibettravel.Org
    Yes, you will also Tibet permit to visit Tibet. We can apply for you with the copy of your passport and chinese visa. Only chinese do not need Tibet entry permit for visiting Tibet.
  1. Aug 04 , 2015 05:59
    Asked by ishek** from india

    going to tibet

    do i need a permit for tibet? i have indian passport and a chinese residence visa,i am a medical student in shandong ,taian..i study here. thank you

    Aug 04, 2015
    Answered by Tibettravel.Org
    Yes, you will need a permit to Tibet and I will send you an Email to let you know more.
  1. Aug 14 , 2015 22:36
    Asked by mine** from Canada

    Train trip to Tibet

    Hello, is it possible to get on and off the train at various stops on the way to Tibet?    We would like to stop at a few of the places along the way for a couple of days before making our way to Tibet.  Thanks!

    Aug 15, 2015
    Answered by Tibettravel.Org
    Yes, you can stop in the cities on the way to Tibet and I will send you an Email to let you know more about it!
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