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Lhasa to Shigatse by Train

December,01 2016 BY Cindy Xiao 0 COMMENTS

lhasa to shigatse train map

Lhasa to Shigatse Train Map

Lhasa - Shigatse Railway was open to public on August 15, 2014. It was a extension line of Qinghai-Tibet Railway with altitudes ranging from 3,600 to 4,000 metres. Z8801 was the the exact train one needs to take from Lhasa to Shigatse and the its return train was Z8802.

After four years of construction ,the high-elevation Lhasa - Shigatse Railway was finally open to public on August 15, 2014. It was a extension line of Qinghai-Tibet Railway with altitudes ranging from 3,600 to 4,000 metres. Z8801 was the the exact train one needs to take from Lhasa to Shigatse and the its return train was Z8802. 

Schedule of Lhasa-Shigatse Train (2016)

Train No.






Ticket Price

Z8801          (Lhasa-Shigatse)






¥111.5 ($18)
(hard sleeper)

¥169.5 ($27)
(soft sleeper)

Z8803    (Shigatse-Lhasa)






¥111.5 ($18)
(hard sleeper)

¥169.5 ($27)
(soft sleeper)

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


Daily Timetable of Lhasa-Shigatse Train (2016)     

Train Stations

Arrival Time

Dept. Time







Day 01

Quxu County(曲水县)




Day 01




2 min

Day 01




2 min

Day 01




Day 01

(Some of the railway stations Lhasa-Shigatse train will pass during the short ride.)

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.  


How to book the train ticket?

Normally, train tickets are booked online or sold at designated train ticket sales offices and train stations nationwide. However, to a foreign tourist, it is highly recommended to look for the help from a reliable travel agency to book your train ticket. Not only does it help you avoid many annoying and intricate procedures but the travel agency can successful apply for the Tibet Travel Permit for you as the  government mandates that foreign should travel in Tibet with the Tibet Travel Permit and the company of a local tour guide.

Tibet Vista offers ticket booking and itinerary arrangement service, please feel free to contact us for consultation.We are ready to help you out.


About Lhasa Railway Station

Situated at an altitude of 3600m, Lhasa railway station was the largest railway station along the Qinghai-Tibet railway line, covering an area of 22 thousand square meters. The successful completion of Lhasa railway station signaled that the overland bridge between Tibet & inland China officially took shape, a vital passage to the economic prosperity and cultural exchange of Tibet.

Tel: 9823-985-059 or 9888-036-007
Addr: Liuwu Village, Deqing County, Lhasa City (拉萨市堆龙德庆县柳梧乡)


                                                          (A glimpse of Lhasa Railway Station)


How to get to Lhasa railway station from downtown of Lhasa like Barkhor Street ?

Travel Tips:

However Tibet Vista does not recommend tourists taking this newly-built train from Lhasa to Shigatse because  it would be more rewarding if tourists  travel to Shigatse by Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse Highway, you can visit Yamdrtso Lake, Karola Glacier, Gyantse Pelkor Monastery etc and then return to Lhasa by Shigatse-Lhasa Railway along Yalutsangpo River after finishing sightseeing in Shigatse. This loop trip combined with road and railway tour will allow tourists to have both unparalleled land sightseeing and railway experience.

Three things you might not know about Lhasa-Shigatse train

Lhasa-Shigatse train, the extended railway line of Qinghai-Tibet railway, takes on an utterly different picture from the scenery of Qinghai-Tibet railway. What sets this railway line apart from the Qinghai-Tibet railway lies in the following three aspects:

a.The train runs through the valley of Yarlung Tsangpo River that stretches as far as 90 miles, which brings the magnificent view of Yarlung Tsangpo River within your sight.

b. The pastoral and farming scene along the railway line is another picturesque sight one couldn’t afford to miss. Normally peasants would sow the seeds of hulless barley in spring and work hard to harvest full-grown barley from the field in autumn.

c. The last feature of Lhasa-Shigatse train is that the train runs at an average altitude of 3500m, an altitude sickness-free environment that is perfect for sightseeing.

Here you can follow Tibet Vista to preview Lhasa-Shigatse Railway Journey

New Shigatse Railway


     The newly-built Shigatse train station is equipped with modern facilities and can accommodate thousands of passengers each year. 


Lhasa Shigatse Train

         Clear and comfortable train briding shigatse, Lhasa with Lanzhou and Xining



Crowds of passengers get off the train and head for different places


pass-by stations

 A responsible  personnel at train station


Sign of Lhasa-Shigatse Railway

 A sign that shows the altitude of Ni Mu, a station between Lhasa and Shigatse


Qushui Station

         A sign that shows the altitude of Qu Shui Xian , the first train station the trains stops by from Shigatse


Local passengers

       Tibetans are chatting with each other while enjoying the comfortable ride and brilliant view outside the window


A glimpse of a clear platform

Inside the Lhasa-Shigatse Railway

Some train personnels stay on the train and serve the passengers

 Fire extinguishers in Lhasa Shigatse Train

 Fire extinguishers reserved for any emergency

Railway Road

    The construction of this railway has fewer difficulties than that of  from Xining to Lhasa railway because the average altitude
is around 3500m and the railway runs through the valley of Yalongtspu. 
outside the window are mountaious range and a few houses

Yalongtsanpu River
Such amazing scenery of valley can be seen through the entire route of railway

farming view of Lhasa-Shigatse Railway

          Compared with railway from Xining to Lhasa, this part of railway is known for the farming
scenery and vibrant plants in spring. Shigatse is an important base for grain supply. 


For further consultation and inquiry, please feel free to reach us--- send an inquiry to Tibet Vista.  We are ready to help you out.

Cindy Xiao

About the Author - Cindy Xiao

As a huge fan of traveling myself, I'm desperate to share my travel experience as well as professional travel advice with you.

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