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.)
The Railway Line of Chengdu to Lhasa Train
The Schedule of Chengdu-Lhasa Train (2014)
Every other day
Every other day
Daily Schedule of Chengdu-Lhasa Train(2014)
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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.
(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.)
( 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.)
*** Train from Chengdu to Lhasa departs not daily, but every other days,
Train Chengdu to Lhasa Departure Frequency in 2015
T22, Cengdu to Lhasa
*** 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
*** 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.
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)
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
As mentioned above, tourists may buy some instant noodles, snack before boarding the train. You may also buy bread, cooked food and beverage on the trolley pulled by train staff at mealtimes. Another choice is to dine in the dinning car where traditional Chinese food is served. More details: the dinning car on Qinghai-Tibet train
No. There are no shower facilities in the train and it would be dangerous if tourists caught cold at high altitude. While hot water is available, one can find boiled water dispenser near the sink. More details: facilities on Qinghai-Tibet train
You can open the oxygen outlet to inhale oxygen and the symptom may fade away gradually. If the discomfort persists, the doctor on the train will come and give you instant treatment. An good way to take precaution is to buy some altitude sickness medicines and take it before the train ventures into plateau with extreme altitude. Besides, the oxygen the oxygen will be automatically released into the compartment as train reaches certain area on Qinghai-Tibet region.
More details: 5 suggestions on how to ease altitude sicknessAdvice given by doctors on how to avoid altitude sickness
Theoretically, you can. Usually, before the train makes a brief stopover at different stations, the amount of time of staying will be announced on the screen. Then, you may walk off the train, stretch your arms and legs or buy some snacks. But do set aside enough time for you board the train before the train restarts.
heoretically, the lower bunk is better than the upper bunk as the lower bunk is more spacious and normally passengers stay at lower bunk, chatting and eating food. Yes, it is possible to pinpoint the bunk you want to have as long as it is not in peak season of Tibet travel.
The ticket price of soft sleeper is much higher than that of hard sleeper as it enjoys much privacy and comfort. A typical soft sleeper consists of 4 bunks while a hard sleeper has 6 bunks and there is no door to close for hard sleeper. If you have a hard sleeper ticket and want to upgrade it to soft sleeper, it is possible and you may ask the conductor for help
Yes, it Does. It is helpful to allow you have a better acclimatization. Yet, the Qinghai-Tibet train is pressurized like an airplane. If one wants to better adapt to alpine environment, you need to be exposed to the natural environment for example you may get off the train and stretch your arms and legs during the short stops at stations. Move slowly than you do on the plain.
Basically, the stuff forbidden on the plane also apply to the train. Things like poison, explosive, knives, pets, etc. Most importantly, smoking is strictly forbidden in the train since the Qinghhai-Tibet train is tightly sealed and pressured like an airplane, with oxygen released into the compartment. Therefore,the smoking could be potential deadly.
More details: What should and should not be carried on Qinghai-Tibet train.