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Chengdu to Lhasa Train, Train Travel Information and Ticket Service

Author: Derek Wong

Last Updated:Jan 30, 2015 More Articles of Derek Wong
Chengdu to Lhasa Train, (Train number T22) is a hot travel route bridging Tibet with the homeland of giant pandas.  The railway crosses 5 provinces and measures 3360 km. It takes about 43 hours and 51 mins to reach Lhasa from Chengdu. (The return train is T24.) 


Chengdu Lhasa Train Map

The Railway Line of Chengdu to Lhasa Train


The Schedule of Chengdu-Lhasa Train (2015) 

Train Number






Ticket Price




42:55 hours


Every other day

¥689(115$)(hard sleeper)

¥1101(184$)(soft sleeper)




46:18 hours

Every other day

¥689(115$)(hard sleeper)

¥1101(184$)(soft sleeper)

Daily Schedule of Chengdu-Lhasa Train(2015)


Train Stations



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West Xining(西宁西)





























Train Tickets Booking Help: If you are planing your trip to Lhasa from Chengdu by train or have any questions about the travelling to Tibet by train, please feel free to contact us for Tibet train travel consultation. We are ready to help you out. 


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.

Life on Board

Like each Lhasa-bound train, the train to Lhasa from Chengdu is also especially built for the high altitude environment and equipped with advanced facilities, such as air-conditioning, supercharging system, oxygen supply, altitude display, etc. The train is also tightly sealed so as to firstly keep the inside air pressure normal and secondly prevent passengers from littering. Besides, all the carriages are installed with double-paned windows and ultraviolet filters to protect passengers from ultraviolet radiation. Nowadays, the train journey is extremely popular for its breathtakingly unique scenery along the railway from Chengdu to Tibet. 

In fact, so far there are three kinds of accommodations available on Chengdu-Lhasa train, i.e. Soft sleeper, hard sleeper, and hard seat, of which the most comfortable one is soft sleeper. The soft sleeper consists of 4 bunks and promises more piracy and comfort, which is highly recommended.

While the hard sleeper is made up of 6 bunks and the living space varies slightly. The lowest bunks enjoys the largest living space whereas the top bunks is cramped. The cabin of hard sleeper has no independent door to close when tourists want to sleep.

Hard seat is not recommended given the long ride and nothing is more important than having a sound sleep.  

Soft Sleeper Berth Compartment

soft sleeper

Hard Sleeping Berth Compartment

hard sleeper

 (Compared with hard sleeper, soft sleeper enjoys more piracy and better sleeping environment.)


Food and Restuarant in Chengdu to Lhasa Train

It is advisable to buy some instant noodles, snacks and fresh fruit before boarding the train. Eating snacks is a good way of killing time and sharing your food with roommates can also be an effective way to break the silence. Boiled water is available 24 hours near the sink, which can be used to cook your instant noodles or make tea. 

You can also get food from the small trolley pulled by the staff at mealtimes throughout the day. Another small but important thing to do is have enough tissue or toilet paper. Of course, if one gets tired of snacks and instant noodles and want to have something else for a change, the best option is to dine in the dinning car, where traditional Chinese food is served. (see more details what you may get in the dinning car.) 

Dinner Car

  ( Only Chinese Food is supplied in Tibet Train, and the price is about 10-15 USD per person per meal. A gentleman is having meat ball and spicy shredded carrot in the dinning car.)

Important Notice

*** Train from Chengdu to Lhasa departs not daily, but every other days,  

Train Chengdu to Lhasa Departure Frequency in 2015

Train Departure Jan, Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
T22, Cengdu to Lhasa

Odd Days


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Even Days


Like, 2,4,6

Even Days


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Odd Days


Like, 1,3,5...

Odd Days


Like, 1,3,5...

Even Days


Like, 2,4,6

Even Days


Like, 2,4,6

Odd Days


Like, 1,3,5...

Even Days


Like, 2,4,6

Even Days


Like, 2,4,6

Odd Days


Like, 1,3,5...

Odd Days


Like, 1,3,5...


*** Trains depart from Chengdu and Chongqing respectively, for example, Odd days in a month from Chengdu, and Even days from Chongqing.  If unfortunately, Chengdu to Lhasa Train does not departs on your date or you miss the train,  you may take a fast train to Chongqing which is only 1.5 hours distance, to take train there the other day to Tibet. 

*** Do remember to bring and show your personal passport, Tibet Travel Permit and train ticket to the train inspector before boarding. It is also advisable to have a few copies of Tibet Travel Permit since you may be checked many times about the relevant documents during the train ride. Just do as the staff of railway station says. 

Chengdu North Railway Station

As the major gateway to the west of China, Chengdu is a crucial capital city of Sichuan Province. Its leisurely life, favorable geographical location, and booming business have attracted over 100 internationally prestigious corporations to settle down in Chengdu. The rapid development in recent years has also led to the an upgrade in its public transportation system. Tourists can have an easy access to Chengdu Railway Station via airport bus line and the subway. 

Square of Chengdu Railway Sation  

Platform of Chengdu Railway Station

The Platform

*** Chengdu has currently two railway station, Chengdu North Railway and Chengdu East Railway, Chengdu to Lhasa Train departs from North Railway Station.
*** Away from the entrance of Chengdu Railway Station are many green taxis waiting for newly-arrived travellers.
*** The ticket inspector is checking tickets at Chengdu Railway Station when travellers are boarding the train.

Find your way to Chengdu Railway Station

Location: The Chengdu North Railway Station located Located north 2nd ring raod of Chengdu, with Metro No.1 heading to there from downtown. Chengdu to Lhasa Train departs every other days from there.

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Chengdu North Railway Sation


Address : Second Ring Road North Jinniu three sections

Phone: (86-28) 83322858

Ticket Booking Hotline: 12306

Distance from Airport: appro. 26.4km, 30 minutes

Metro to There: No. 1 Metro

Bus to There: No. 27, No 34, No 54, No 11

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport → Chengdu North West Railway Station)
Airport to Train Sation

Chengdu to Lhasa Train Tour Booking Help

To individual tourists, the best solution is to contact a reliable travel agency and book the Chengdu-Lhasa train ticket at least one month in advance. Tibet Vista can provide such timely tickets booking service, and also offer “Train Ticket + Tibet Tour” packages.  Send a detailed booking inquiry to Tibet Vista

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Questions & Answers on Chengdu to Lhasa Train, Train Travel Information and Ticket ServiceSee More >>  

  1. Mar 24 , 2015 16:58
    Asked by ire Waldron** from UK

    Train from Chengdu to Lhasa

    Hello. For two people we would like to book train tickets from Chengdu to Lhasa on May 1st. Please could you tell me if this is still available and how much?

    Thank you


    Mar 28, 2015
    Answered by Tibettravel.Org
    Hello Claire, thanks for your question. Yes we can book it for you with no problem. Do you prefer hard or soft sleeper berth please? By the way, are you planning a trip to Tibet please? If yes, you will need a Tibet Travel Permit to get on the train to Tibet.We have assigned a professional trip advisor to you, who will contact you within 24 hours! Have a nice day!
  1. Jul 15 , 2015 00:42
    Asked by on Wong** from Singapore

    Train from Chengdu to Lhasa

    Hey there,

    1) My friend and I are thinking of taking a train from Chengdu to Lhasa.  We would like to secure two upper soft sleepers train tickets on 1st Aug.  Can you help us secure two train tickets?

    2) We're both Singaporeans and do not need Visas to visit China but can you help us to get the Tibet Visa?



    Jul 21, 2015
    Answered by Tibettravel.Org
    Hi,Jason Tibet Vista can help tourists booking train tickets and getting Tibet Vista, but you are kindly required to book some local travel service with Tibet vista
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