Beijing, the capital city of China, is a popular gateway to start a train tour to Tibet. Every day there is one pair of trains running between Beijing and Lhasa, the holy city on Tibet plateau.
Launched as early as in July, 2006, Beijing-Lhasa train (Z21) 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 from Northern China Plain to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It takes around 40 hours and 26 minutes from Beijing to Lhasa by train. And the return train is Z22 (Lhasa-Beijing).
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Most Popular Beijing Tibet Train Tours
Here we offer the most popular Tibet train tours from Beijing, covering the lifetime Tibet train journey with exploration in both Beijing and Tibet with more extensions to other charming parts of mainland China. All Beijing Tibet train tour packages include a Tibet train ticket and the Tibet Travel Permit. A truly hassle-free journey to Beijing and Tibet by train is right here.
Train from Beijing - Lhasa
Train from Beijing - Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa
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Beijing - Xian (Train to Lhasa) - Lhasa - Shanghai
Beijing-Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Lhasa
Beijing - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Gyirong - Kathmandu - Patan - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu
Beijing - Xian (Train to Lhasa) - Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa - Chongqing - Yichang
Beijing - Xian - Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Shigatse - EBC - Kathmandu
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Beijing Tibet Train Schedule and Timetable
Z21 Beijing to Lhasa Train Schedule
Beijing to Lhasa Train Timetable
Beijing Lhasa Train Duration: 40h 26m
Beijing to Lhasa train is one of the most popular train routes to Tibet. Please book your Train ticket as early as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions about Beijing Tibet Train Tour
1. When is the best time to enjoy a Beijing Tibet train tour?
From the perspective of the climate, the best time to visit Beijing is spring and autumn. Beijing in spring is full of blooming flowers, and the temperature is suitable. It is a good time to hike the Great Wall and visit the ancient architectures there. During the autumn season, the weather is clear and refreshing, providing a nice chance for photographing. While summer is always hot and rainy, and there will be 30 degrees of high temperature during the day.
In terms of Tibet, the best time to visit Tibet is from April to June and from September to November. During these periods, the temperature is mild and the weather is dry. Especially one will be more likely to see the clear Everest peak during the autumn season. And you will avoid rainy days and muddy roads during your trek in Tibet.
If you just plan to tour local Tibetan cities like the holy Lhasa, you are also recommended to go in winter. Lhasa in winter is in fact warmer than many cities in low altitude areas of mainland China, owing to its strong sunlight. Besides, you can save your total cost while enjoying a Tibet winter tour.
2. How to book the Beijing to Lhasa train ticket?
Generally, the Beijing to Lhasa train ticket can be booked online or at the railway station, with the valid identity card. And the train ticket will be released 30 days before its departure date. For foreign travelers, you will need to get your Tibet Travel Permit first in order to book the train ticket to Tibet. Since Beijing to Lhasa train is one of the most popular trains to Tibet, it will always be quite difficult to get a proper ticket especially when you visit Tibet during the high peak travel season.
As a better option, we can help to book your Beijing to Lhasa train ticket according to your demands, in case you will miss the train ticket of your preferred date or seat. We will also help to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit, which will be required before you board the train. Just contact us for more details.
3. How to get to Beijing West Railway Station?
The train from Beijing to Lhasa departs every day from Beijing West Railway Station. For passengers ready to take the Tibet train, it is suggested to get to the train station 2 hours earlier to reserve enough time for checking procedures. Located in the center of Beijing city, the Beijing West Railway Station can be easily accessed from different districts.
If you go to the train station from Beijing Capital Airport, you can take the airport shuttle bus No.7, which takes around 2 hours in total. Metro Line 7 and Line 9 are directly connected to the station, so that you can transfer there conveniently by subway. Also, you can take a taxi to the train station if you are in a hurry.
4. Will I suffer from altitude sickness when travelling to Tibet from Beijing by train?
Many tourists, especially for the first-timers to Tibet, will worry about the issue of altitude sickness before setting foot on this snow land of high plateau. When travelling to Lhasa from Beijing, one will go through huge altitude change from almost the sea level to nearly 4000 meters. While, for the first part of the rail route on the low plain, there will be no possibility to experience altitude sickness.
Only from Xining (2200 m), which is the starting point of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the train will begin to ascend sharply, passing through some mighty mountains like the Kunlun Mountains, to reach the highest point of 5072 meters at Tanggula Pass.
However, passengers don’t need to worry too much about altitude sickness for this part of high elevation journey. Since after Golmud, the Tibet train will start to provide oxygen supply, to reduce the effect of high altitude. The whole cabin will be pumped with oxygen, and there is also oxygen outlets installed on the train wall, in case one will need to absorb oxygen when facing some headache, nausea, or other symptoms of altitude sickness.
5. Can I break my Beijing to Lhasa train journey on the way in Xi’an?
Some passengers will ask whether they can get off the train at Xi’an Railway Station, and then board another Beijing to Lhasa train with the same train ticket, after several days’ stopover. Well, this will be not going to happen. During the whole journey from Beijing to Lhasa, the train will pass many midway stops, like Xi’an and Lanzhou, and stop several minutes for new passengers to board the train. Passengers onboard can get off the train temporarily to get some fresh air outside the carriage, but need to return onboard before the train restart to run again.
So if you want to visit Xi’an city during the Beijing to Lhasa train trip, you can first enjoy a high speed train to Xi’an from Beijing, and then take the Tibet train from Xi’an to Lhasa. The high speed train from Beijing to Xi’an departs over 10 times every day and only takes about 6 hours. In this way, you can also cut down the whole train travel time, and reserve more time for exploring the local resorts and wonders.
6. How to plan a classic Beijing Tibet train tour?
After arriving in Beijing, one can spend two or three days exploring the cultural heritages of this ancient capital city, including the marvelous Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Summer Palace etc. It will be a nice opportunity to take in the profound history and rich culture of Chinese civilization.
Then taking the train to Tibet from Beijing, which will take about 40 hours onboard, you can get enough time to gradually acclimatize yourself to high elevation, and appreciate the breathtaking landscapes, like massive grassland, snow-capped peaks, Gobi deserts, limpid alpine lakes, herding Tibetan yaks and nomads etc., along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
While in Tibet, you can enjoy a classic Lhasa city tour, visiting the famous Potala Palace, the revered Jokhang Temple and strolling in the lively Barkhor Street, to totally immerse in the unique Tibetan Buddhist culture. If you have ample time, you can further go westwards to remote areas of Tibet, like Mount Everest and Mount Kailash, to discover more wild and natural treasures of this holy land.
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