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Lhasa to Shigatse Train

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 meters.

Branded as “Tangzhu Ancient Route Train”, Lhasa to Shigatse train (Z8801&Z8803) departs twice a day from Lhasa Railway Station to Shigatse Railway Station, covering 248km within three hours. By the way, Xining to Shigatse train Z6811 would also make a stop at Lhasa Railway Station. Thus, there are three pairs of trains running between Lhasa and Shigatse every day.

Lhasa - Shigatse Train Tickets Online Booking

  • Train No.
  • Departure
  • Train Stops
  • Arrival
  • Duration
  • Distance
  • Frequency
  • Z8801
  • Lhasa (08:30)
  • Quxu (09:08)
    Nyemo (09:43)
    Rinbung (10:17)

  • Shigatse (11:25)
  • 02:55hrs
  • 248km
  • Daily
  • Z8803
  • Lhasa (15:20)
  • N/A

  • Shigatse (17:58)
  • 02:38hrs
  • 248km
  • Daily

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About Ticket Price:

The ticket prices above are the net prices. In reality, since the demand for Tibet train ticket far exceeds the supply, to successfully book the train ticket for you, an additional service fee is involved. However, we will manage to secure the ticket and ensure you a seamless Tibet train journey.

About Tibet Travel Permit:

Tibet travel permit is needed for collecting your Tibet train ticket and also boarding the train. Once you book the train ticket with us, we will guarantee to get the Tibet permit for you. We will deliver the permit to your hotel or any other place you prefer in Lhasa. For some emergency circumstances, we can hand it to you personally at Lhasa Railway Station before your train trip.

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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.

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.

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