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Golmud to Lhasa Train, the Shortest Train Journey from China to Tibet

December,01 2016 BY Derek Wong 0 COMMENTS

Golmud, built for mining natural sources such as salt,magnesium etc, has nothing to offer except dry desert. Though less popular and small, Golmud is the nearest city where tourists can take trains to Lhasa from inland China, with only 1,142 km and approximately 13 hours train journey. All trains bound for Lhasa via Golmud makes 20-minute stop here in the morning, then beginnings to climb up to Tibet Pleatau from 2780m to the highest point 5200m.In other words, Golmud is the real start points of high alitude train journey.

Golmud - Lhasa Train Schedule & Tickets Online Booking (2016 & 2017)

Golmud to Lhasa Train Map
Train NumberDepartureArrivalDurationDistanceFrequencyTicket Price
Z265(Golmud-Lhasa) 03:05 17:30 14:25 Hours 1,142km daily ¥358.5
Hard sleeper
¥564.5
Soft sleeper
Z166(Lhasa-Golmud) 11:05 01:35 14:30Hours daily ¥358.5
Hard sleeper
¥564.5
Soft sleeper

*Note:The actual arrival and departure time of train, please refer to the information on your ticket, or consult your travel consultant.

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.

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Where is Golmud

bird‘s view of Golmud city

bird's-eye view of Golmud City 

Hardly do people know the place - Golmud. If you are not planning the overland trip to Tibet by train. Golmud is the second biggest city in  Qinghai province en route Xining to Lhasa. Golmud, built for mining natural sources such as salt,magnesium etc, has nothing to offer except dry desert. Though less popular and small, Golmud is the nearest city where tourists can take trains to Lhasa from inland China, with only 1,142 km and approximately 13 hours train journey. All trains bound for Lhasa via Golmud makes 20-minute stop here in the morning, then beginnings to climb up to Tibet Pleatau from 2780m to the highest point 5200m.  In other words, Golmud is the real start points of high alitude train journey.
 

Golmud to Lhasa Railway Map

 

Golmud  to Lhasa rail map

 


Gulmod to Lhasa Train Schedule 2016& 2017

All trains in the table make a stopover in Golmud and some trains highlighted in red are recommend as the best train that tourists can enjoy the longest daytime sightseeing.

Trains Available
Start City
Stop Over
End City
Frequecy
Distance
Duration
Price of Hard Seat
Z264/Z265

Guangzhou
Gulmod
(03:05)
Lhasa
(17:30)
 Daily
1142km
14h25m

¥ 141.5

Soft Seat

Z917 Lanzhou Gulmod
(21:23)
Lhasa
(12:00)
Every Other Day
1142km
14h37m
Z21 Beijing Gulmod
(22:40)
Lhasa
(12:30)
Daily
1142km
13h50m
Z6801 Xining Gulmod
(22:01)
Lhasa
(13:39)
Every Other Day
1142km
13h13m
Z164 Shanghai Golmud
(02:50)
Lhasa
(17:40)
Daily
1142km
14h25m
Z323 Chengdu Golmud
19:54
Lhasa
09:55
Every Other Day
1142km
14h01m


Notice: To make sure the train you choose from Golmud to Lhasa is travelling almost during daytime, the sceneary is stunning from Gulmod. If you choose the wrong train you will miss a big part of the sightseeing. However,the proper train sometimes is not easy to book in Summer, as the trains are always over booked from Shanghai, Guangzhou, and there is no enough vacancy for short distance Gulmod-Lhasa transfer.

 

Golmud to Lhasa Train Altitude Map
 

Golmud Connects Silk Road and Tibet

Though Golmud is a very small and remote city in dry desert of northwest China, it is a vital hub connecting Silk Road Travel with Tibet Travel. A 530km bus ride connects Dunhuang (famoused by Mogao Cave) with Gulmod.There are buses running between these two cities everyday, starting 8am in Golmud and ending in Dunhuang 5pm. Price is around 20 USD.

Silk Road and Tibet


Sild Road and Tibet Transfer Map


How to get to Gulmud

By Plane

Golmud Airport operates flights to and from Xining and Xian.
 

By Train

Golmund station (Qinghai Huochezhan) is on Jiangyuan Road and has direct connections with the following major cities:

Beijing (34 hours), Chengdu, (28 hours), Chongqing (28 hours), Guangzhou (46 hours), Lanzhou (16-17 hours), Lhasa (14 hours), Shanghai (37 hours) and Xining (14-16 hours), Xi'an (20-22 hours)
 

How to travel from Golmud Airport to the Railway Station

golmud airport to golmud railway station map

It only takes around 32min to travel from Golmud Airport to Golmud Railway Station by taxi. 

Gulmud to Lhasa Train Tour Booking Help

If you are planning your trip to Lhasa from Gulmud 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. 
Derek Wong

About the Author - Derek Wong

Mr. Derek Wong is sales manager of Tibet Vista Tour as well as designer of Tibet Vitas websites and has been providing specialized travel services to Tibet Vitas travelers for years. He has continued to hone his professional expertise by completing numerous travel specialist courses to China and Tibet and Nepal and Bhutan.

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