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Lhasa to Shigatse by Train: another option for travelers with a tight travel schedule

November,08 2018 BY Cindy Xiao 0 COMMENTS

After four years of construction, the high-elevation Lhasa - Shigatse Railway was finally open to the public on August 15, 2014. It is an extension line of Qinghai-Tibet Railway with altitudes ranging from 3,600 to 4,000 metres. Every day, there are two pairs of trains running between Lhasa and Shigatse, including the Xining-Shigatse train that stop at Lhasa Railway Station. Tourist can take train Z8801 and train Z6811 from Lhasa to Shigatse, and train Z8802 and train Z6812 from Shigatse back to Lhasa. In peak seasons, there is one more pair of trains running between Lhasa and Shigatse – Z8803 from Lhasa to Shigatse and Z8804 from Shigatse back to Lhasa.

Lhasa - Shigatse Train Schedule & Tickets Online Booking (2018 & 2019)

Lhasa to Shigatse Train Map
Train NumberDepartureArrivalDurationDistanceFrequencyTicket Price
Z8801(Lhasa-Shigatse) 11:07 14:00 2:53 Hours 248km daily ¥111.5
Hard sleeper
¥169.5
Soft sleeper
Z8802(Shigatse-Lhasa) 07:50 10:27 2:37 Hours daily ¥111.5
Hard sleeper
¥169.5
Soft sleeper

*Note:Due to the development of railway system and an increase of train speed, the duration was shortened by the end of 2017. For 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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Most Classic Lhasa Shigatse Tour by Train (3 sample itineraries)

Daily Timetable of Lhasa-Shigatse Train (2018 & 2019)

Timetable of Lhasa to Shigatse Train - No.Z8801

Station Altitutde Arrival Departure Stop Time Days Distance
Lhasa 3,650 m -- 11:07 -- Day 1 --
Quxu 3,700 m 11:44 11:46 2 min Day 1 56 km
Nyemo 3,810 m 12:18 12:20 2 min Day 1 103 km
Rinbung 3,800 m 12:51 12:53 2 min Day 1 151 km
Shigatse 3,836 m 14:00 -- -- Day 1 248 km

Timetable of Lhasa to Shigatse Train - No.Z8803

Station Altitutde Arrival Departure Stop Time Days Distance
Lhasa 3,650 m -- 15:05 -- Day 1 --
Shigatse 3,836 m 17:52 -- -- Day 1 248 km

Timetable of Lhasa to Shigatse Train - No.Z6811

Station Altitutde Arrival Departure Stop Time Days Distance
Lhasa 3,650 m 17:45 18:10 25 min Day 1 -- km
Quxu 2,200 m 18:47 18:49 2 min Day 1 56 km
Nyemo 3,701 m 19:21 19:23 2 min Day 1 103 km
Rinbung 3,950 m 19:54 19:56 2 min Day 1 151 km
Shigatse 3,836 m 20:58 -- -- Day 1 248 km

Timetable of Shigatse to Lhasa Train - No.Z8802

Station Altitutde Arrival Departure Stop Time Days Distance
Shigatse 3,836 m -- 07:50 -- Day 1 --
Lhasa 3,650 m 10:27 -- -- Day 1 248 km

Timetable of Shigatse to Lhasa Train - No.Z8804

Station Altitutde Arrival Departure Stop Time Days Distance
Shigatse 3,836 m -- 18:45 -- Day 1 --
Lhasa 3,650 m 21:34 -- -- Day 1 248 km

Timetable of Shigatse to Lhasa Train - No.Z6812

Station Altitutde Arrival Departure Stop Time Days Distance
Shigatse 3,836 m -- 14:40 2 min Day 1 --
Rinbung 3,950 m 15:43 15:45 2 min Day 1 97 km
Nyemo 3,701 m 16:15 16:17 2 min Day 1 145 km
Quxu 2,200 m 16:46 16:48 2 min Day 1 192 km
Lhasa 3,650 m 17:31 18:00 29 min Day 1 248 km

Why Take Lhasa Shigatse Train

Even now, the overland journey from Lhasa to Shigatse is still the most popular to go to the central Tibet. However, taking the train from Lhasa to Shigatse offers more convenience for those who are short in time and those who are not first-time travelers to Tibet.

It normally takes a day to travel from Lhasa to Shigatse by tour vehicle, with stops at the Yamdrok Lake and Gyantse Kumbum en route. But the train journey from Lhasa to Shigatse only takes about 3 hours. For those who are short in time but still want to see the Mount Everest, or go further to Mount Kailash, and those who have already experienced the epic land journey from Lhasa to Shigatse, it is better to take a train from Lhasa to Shigatse directly, and then transfer to their destinations in further west regions of Tibet from Shigatse.

Lhasa Shigatse TrainWith Lhasa Shigatse railway built, the access between these two cities can only take about 3 hours.

However, for first-time travelers to Tibet, we do 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 Yalu Tsangpo 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.

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 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 successfully 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.

Our clients at Shigatse StationOur foreign clients took photo at Shigatse Station.

Ticket Price of Lhasa Shigatse Train

There are two major ticket classes of each Lhasa Shigatse train that chosen by most foreign travelers for its comfort, namely, the hard sleeper (¥111.5/ $18) and the soft sleeper (¥169.5/ $27). Each soft sleeping cabin, there are 4 soft berths in total, with a door that can be closed to form a private room. In each hard sleeping compartment, there are 6 hard berths, and there is no door for the cabin.

Since it is a short journey between Lhasa and Shigatse, just around 2 hours, there is one more choice for those budget travelers. The hard seat ticket of Lhasa Shigatse trains is ¥40.5/$7, which is much cheaper than those sleeper tickets. We offer ticket booking and itinerary arrangement service, please feel free to contact us for consultation.We are ready to help you out.

Facilities on Lhasa Shigatse Train – Life on Tibet Train

Different with the ordinary trains to Tibet from mainland China, the trains running between Lhasa and Shigatse are decorated in Tibetan style, which offers a better travel atmosphere onboard. There are three kinds of seats on board, including the first class soft sleeper cabins, the normal hard sleeper cabins and the cheapest hard seats. On each train to Shigatse, there is also one dining car that offers meals, soft drinks and some snacks on board. With the special designed oxygen supply system, you will not worry about the high altitude sickness.

Local passengersTibetan passengers were chatting with each other while enjoying the comfortable ride and brilliant view outside the window.

Top Attractions along Lhasa Shigatse Railway

Lhasa-Shigatse train, the extended railway line of Qinghai-Tibet railway, takes on an utterly different picture from the scenery of Qinghai-Tibet railway. Here are the top things to see during the Lhasa Shigatse train journey.

Lhasa Railway Station

When you take a Lhasa Shigatse train, the Lhasa Railway Station itself could be the first attraction of this highland train journey. 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 andmainland China officially took shape, a vital passage to the economic prosperity and cultural exchange of Tibet.

Lhasa Railway StationA glimpse of Lhasa Railway Station

Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley

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. Outside the window, the endless mountain ranges and the rushing Yarlung Tsangpo River, with fields at the river side form a special picture of one of the richest land of Tibet. In spring and summer, the crystal clear river reflects the green trees by the river, and everything looks so full of life. In the fall, the leaves and the straw in the Tibetan barley fields have turned golden, and the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley is filled with the joy of harvest and the warmth of satisfaction.

The Local Tibetans’ Life along the Railway

Not only the natural beauty you will see on the Lhasa Shigatse train, but also the real life of the local Tibetans living in the surrounding villages you can see on the train. You may see the local peasants sow the seeds of Tibetan barley in spring and work hard to harvest barley from the field in autumn. The pastoral and farming scene along the railway line is another picturesque sight one couldn’t afford to miss. And the local villages, the typical Tibetan houses, the cars and vans running through the highway at the side of the railway…all show you how the real life of the local Tibetan is.

Farming view of Lhasa-Shigatse RailwayAs Shigatse is an important base for grain supply, you will have a vibrant farming scene throughout the railway.

How to Arrange Lhasa Shigatse Train tour?

If you are interested in a Lhasa Shigatse tour by train, you need to know how to arrange the trips in Lhasa and Shigatse together with the train journey. Here is the guideline to arrange a Lhasa Shigatse train tour with different days.

One Day Lhasa Shigatse Tashilhunpo Train Trip

You can take the morning train from Lhasa to Shigatse at 8:30, which arrives in Shigatse at 11:25. Then you can visit Tashilhunpo Monastery after lunch. Generally, it takes one or two hours to visit the monastery. After visiting Tashilhunpo Monastery, you can get to Shigatse Railway Station and take the train back to Lhasa at 18:40.

Two Days Lhasa Shigatse Tashilhunpo Sakya Train Trip

For those who are keen on Tibetan culture and religion, it is suggested to stay two nights in Shigatse to visit both Tashilhunpo Monastery and Sakya Monastery.

You can take the morning train from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery in the afternoon. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the second largest city in Tibet. On the next day, you can take a car to Sakya Monastery, which is 152.4 km away from downtown Shigatse. After the tour in Sakya Monastery, you go back to Shigatse Railway Station and take the train back to Lhasa at 18:40.

Two Days Lhasa Shigatse Everest Sakya Tashilhunpo Train Trip

The most popular tour in Shigatse is the trip to Everest Base Camp. Usually, it takes 2 days to complete the Shigatse and Everest Base Camp round trip. On the first day morning, you take the early train from Lhasa to Shigatse, which arrives in Shigatse at 11:25. After lunch, you need to take a car to Everest Base Camp, which is 344 km away from downtown Shigatse. The highlights of the journey are to enjoy the sunset and sunrise from the world’s highest peak at the Base Camp. On the second day, you can visit the base camp and the Rongbuk Monastery nearby. Then you can get back to Shigatse and visit Sakya Monastery en route. If time permits, you can also visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery. Then take the train at 18:40 from Shigatse Railway Station and go back to Lhasa.

Conclusion

1. Lhasa Shigtse train is the best choice for those who are short in time and want to get to the central Tibet, as well as the Everest Base Camp directly.
2. There are two pairs of scheduled trains running between Lhasa to Shigatse every day, and one more pair of trains served during peak seasons.
3. The ticket price of the Lhasa Shigatse train is ¥111.5 for the hard sleeper, ¥169.5 for the soft sleeper and ¥40.5 for the hard seat. The most convenient way is to book the train ticket with us online or just tell your local travel guide.
4. While taking the Lhasa Shigatse train, you will not only enjoy the natural beauty of the Yarlung Tsangpo River valley, but also see how the real life of the local Tibetan is.
5. Once you arrive in Shigatse after the train journey, you can spend one or two days to visit the most essential parts of the city as well as the popular attractions nearby, such as the Sakya Monastery and the Everest Base Camp.

Here You can Follow Tibet Vista to Preview Lhasa-Shigatse Railway Journey

Passengers get off the trainCrowds of passengers get off the train and head for different places.

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

A personnel at train stationThe responsible train personnel is making sure everything runs smoothly.

Sign of Ni Mu StationThe sign shows the altitude of Ni Mu, a station between Lhasa and Shigatse.

Sign of Qushui StationThe sign shows the altitude of Qu Shui Xian, the first train station that the trains stops by from Shigatse.

The clear platformA glimpse of a clear platform.

Railway RoadThere are mountains range and a few houses outside the window when the railway runs through Yalongtsanpu Valley.

The railway line overlaps the Yalongtsanpu RiverScenery of Yalongtsanpu River through the window of Lhasa Shigatse Railway.

Inside the Lhasa-Shigatse TrainThe staff of Lhasa to Shigatse train are working hard to safeguard the security of each passenger.

Fire extinguishers in Lhasa Shigatse TrainFire extinguishers reserved for any emergency.

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