Direct train to Lhasa is not your only way to Tibet

November,22 2021 BY Master Catherine Jigme 0 COMMENTS

The railway to Tibet is the hottest tourist track in the world. During the peak tourism season of Tibet, it is hard to get a ticket for sleeper train to Lhasa from Shanghai, Chengdu, Beijing or Guangzhou. But the direct train to Lhasa is not your only way to Tibet. You can take a train/flight to Xining or Lanzhou, and then take another train to Lhasa from Xining or Lanzhou. 

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 In fact, tourists can have many options to Lhasa by using both flight and train. 

As it is a long journey to Lhasa by train from Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Guangzhou, choosing a seat ticket of direct train to Lhasa might make the trip uncomfortable, even extremely tired. So sleeper berths of the trains starting from the above cities are usually in short supply. While it is relatively easier to get a sleeper train ticket in Xining/Lanzhou which is the last stop for some travelers. 

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Tourists are enjoying the view outside the Qinghai-Tibet train.

Even if you cannot get a sleeper ticket there, it is not bad to purchase a seat ticket as it is a relatively shorter train journey. Most importantly, you will not miss the scenery along the world’s highest railway. Besides, if you make a stopover in Xining, you can spend one or two days there and view the beautiful Qinghai Lake, Taer Monasteries, etc., and then take the train to Lhasa. 


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Qinghai Lake is one of the major attractions in Xining.


Of course, you can also fly to Lhasa directly and then take a train out of Lhasa after visiting Tibet. There are over 20 flights to Lhasa during the peak season of Tibet. Tourists can fly to Lhasa directly from major cities of China, like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xining, Xi'an, Kunming and Zhongdian.  However, to minimize the possible altitutde sickness tourists may suffer, it is advisable to take train to Lhasa and fly out

Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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