Shigatse Railway Station: transportation hub for Lhasa Shigatse Everest travel

November,16 2019 BY Master Kungga Dundruk 0 COMMENTS

Where is Shigatse Railway Station?

Shigatse Railway Station, also known as Rikaze Railway Station in Chinese, is the terminal station of Lhasa-Shigatse Railway. It is located in Zhandui Village of Jiacuoxiong Township, about 5 kilometers away from the downtown of Shigatse and 248 kilometers away from Lhasa Railway Station. The station is a two-story building and is able to hold 300 people at the same time. In the square, you can see a rotational huge prayer wheel which makes Shigatse Railway Station an attraction in Shigatse. The station began to operate on August 16th, 2014. It offers a great convenience for locals and tourists to travel between Shigatse and Lhasa. The travel time between Lhasa and Shigatse on this line is roughly three hours.

Shigatse Railway Station in ShigatseShigatse Railway Station is the only train staition in Shigatse region.

Shigatse Railway Station is about 9 kilometers away from the prominent Tashilhunpo Monastery. And it takes about 20 minutes to get to Tashilunpo from Shigatse Railway Station by car. By the way, if you get to the railway station, you can take the bus No.4, No.7 and No.8 to downtown Shigatse. The price is only 2 CNY per person. For international tourists, if you want to take a bus in Shigatse, you need a travel guide to accompany you. Of course, taxis are also available here, but will cost you more. Moreover, we can offer our free shuttle bus service for you. Once you arrive at the Shigatse Railway Station, our tour guide will wait for you here.

Shigatse Train Schedule and Timetable

Xining Shigatse Train Schedule (No.Z6811 & No.Z6812)

Nowadays, there is only one train from Xining to Shigatse every day, Train No.Z6811 from Xining Railway Station and the return train No.Z6812 from Shigatse to Xining. The train will cost you nearly 24 to 25 hours. Here is the detailed timetable of Xining Shigatse Train.

Timetable of Xining to Shigatse Train - No.Z6811

Station Altitutde Arrival Departure Stop Time Days Distance
Xining 2,200 m -- 20:30 -- Day 1 --
Delingha 2,980 m 00:32 00:38 6 min Day 2 521 km
Golmud 2,780 m 03:28 03:53 25 min Day 2 830 km
Amdo 4,800 m 12:01 12:05 4 min Day 2 1,524 km
Nagchu 4,500 m 13:39 13:45 6 min Day 2 1,650 km
Damxung 4,200 m 15:39 15:47 8 min Day 2 1,800 km
Lhasa 3,650 m 17:45 18:10 25 min Day 2 1,972 km
Quxu 3,650 m 18:47 18:49 2 min Day 2 2,028 km
Nyemo 3,701 m 19:21 19:23 2 min Day 2 2,075 km
Rinbung 3,950 m 19:54 19:56 2 min Day 2 2,123 km
Shigatse 3,836 m 20:58 -- -- Day 2 2,220 km

Timetable of Shigatse to Xining 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 3,650 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
Damxung 4,200 m 19:46 19:50 4 min Day 1 420 km
Nagchu 4,500 m 21:28 21:34 6 min Day 1 570 km
Amdo 4,800 m 22:56 23:00 4 min Day 1 696 km
Golmud 2,780 m 07:10 07:35 25 min Day 2 1,390 km
Delingha 2,980 m 10:02 10:08 6 min Day 2 1,699 km
Xining 2,200 m 14:25 -- -- Day 2 2,220 km

Lhasa Shigatse Train Schedule (No.Z8801 ,No.Z8802, No.Z8803, No.Z8804)

As an extension of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Lhasa-Shigatse Railway with the duration of 248 kilometers, currently, has operated two daily trains from Lhasa Railway Station to Shigatse Railway Station within 3 hours’ duration. Train No.Z8801 and No.Z8803 depart from Lhasa to Shigatse every day. Accordingly, train No.Z8802 and No.Z8804 are the return train from Shigatse to Lhasa. Here is the latest timetable of Lhasa Shigatse train updated in October, 2018. Since some changes often occur, please contact us for the final confirmation.

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 3,650 m 11:44 11:46 2 min Day 1 56 km
Nyemo 3,701 m 12:18 12:20 2 min Day 1 103 km
Rinbung 3,950 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 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

Top Attractions around Shigatse Railway Station

Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tashilhunpo Monastery, as the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama (the second most important Lama in Tibetan Buddhism), is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse with an altitude of 4,000 meters. It is a part of the Four Greatest Monasteries of Tibetan Gelugpa Sects together with Sera, Ganden, and Drepung Monastery in Tibet. It was founded by the first Dalai Lama, Gedun Drub in 1447. Tashilhunpo is the largest monastery in Shigatse that covers an area of about 150,000 square meters.

Tashilhunpo Monastery Festival in ShigatseOur clients have attended the hilasrious Buddha unfolding ceremony in Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival.

The sacred monastery is comprised of 57 halls and 3600 rooms. Among them, the Coqen Hall can hold 2000 monks chanting at the same time. It once had more than 4,700 monks. Currently, there are about 800. However, Tashilhunpo Monastery remains popular among locals. Like other eminent Tibetan monasteries, Tashilhunpo Monastery stores many treasures, including the giant Future Buddha Statue, precious Buddha Stupas and countless murals. In addition, the annual Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival to show three embroidery Buddhas is another attraction here.

Insider tips: The distance between Tashilhunpo Monastery and Shigatse Railway Station is around 9 kilometers. If you intend to get there from Shigatse Railway Station, you can walk there, or you can take a tricycle with about 10 CNY. Also, you can take a taxi to Tashilhunpo. The taxi will take you about 20 minutes and cost you 15 - 20 CNY.

Shigatse Dzong

Shigatse Dzong, also known as Samdruptse Dzong, is situated in Shigatse. Dzong means both a fortress and a county government in the Tibetan language. It was once the site of ancient Shigatse County administrations. The imposing Shigatse Dzong was built by Karma Phuntsok Namgyal in the 17th century as a smaller prototype of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Later, it is thought that its design was used as the basis for the later construction of the Potala.

Shigatse Dzong in ShigatseShigatse Dzong, an impressive hilltop fort, bears a close resemblance to the Potala.

Now, Shigatse Dzong is a well-preserved Dzong in Tibet. It contains a praying hall, a Buddhist hall, a county government office, a court, a prison, and a warehouse. Unfortunately, it has not been accessible to the public. But it has been one of the best scenic spots and landmarks of Shigatse. If you want to have the best view of Shigatse Dzong, you are highly recommended to walk the Tashilhunpo Kora.

Gongjue Linka

Gongjue Linka, also Dongfeng Linka, is an important tourist attraction and a perfect place for people to relax and vacation. Gongjue Linka is located on the bank of the Nianchu River in the northeast of Shigatse City. It is a place where Successive Panchen in the past to spend summer and conduct religious activities. It was built in the fifth year of Qing Dynasty by the Seventh Panchen Lama following the example of Norbulingka.

Gongjue Linka in ShigatseGongjue Linka is a beautiful place where local people would like to spend their time having a picnic here.

The Panchen Lama’s Summer Palace was built in Gongjue Linka, originally known as Deji Jingtang. Later, the Emperor Daoguang used the Tibetan, Han, Mongolian, and Manchu to write the Golden Plaque of the "Gongjue Linka Palace". And then, it was renamed as Gongjue Linka Palace. The main building of Gongjue Linka Palace is the Panchen Master's living room, office, five halls, and 100 Buddha statues.

In 1954, Gongjue Linka Palace was destroyed by the flood. But after reconstruction, the architectural style of the new palace is a combination of tradition and modernity. And it has become a good place for locals to have fun. The palace is full of lush tree, colorful flower and gurgling water. An artificial river is carved to make it possible for tourists to go boating. There are also countless winding paths which can lead you to every corner of the palace.

In Shigatse, locals will hold grand gardening activities here to celebrate some important festivals such as Linka Festival. During the month of June, local people will get together to have a Linka (Tibetan picnic) here. If you travel to Shigatse, just try to have a Linka in Gongjue Linka to experience local Tibetan lifestyle.

Nianchu River

Nianchu River, as the largest and important tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, is located in Shigatse. Nianchu means "tasting the water" in the Tibetan language. The river involves a total length of 217 kilometers and a drainage area of 11,130 square kilometers. Nianchu River Valley has been a developed agricultural area in Tibet since ancient times. And the valley enjoys a high reputation as the “granary of Tibet” for its fertile land and abundant products.

Nianchu River in ShigatseHaving a visit to the beautiful Nianchu River Valley would be an excellent Shigatse travel experience.

There is a legend about the Nianchu River. It is said that in order to help local people to have a taste of the nectar. Guru Rinpoche placed a treasure bottle with nectar at Ningjingang Sangxue Mountain. Since then, the nectar has flowed down from the mountain without a break. The continuous nectar has gathered and become the Nianchu River. For travelers, with such a wide range of things to see in Shigatse, but the little things like awesome Nianchu River cannot get overlooked, so just to enjoy it.

How to Plan a 2-day Shigatse Train Tour from Lhasa?

Option A: Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery

You are able to take the train from Lhasa at 11:07 in the morning and arrive at Shigatse Station at 14:00. If you are in a hurry to visit Shigatse, you can have a simple lunch on the train. If not, there are some restaurants in Shigatse, and you can have lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery which is the traditional seat of Panchen Lama. Of course, you can walk the Tashilhunpo Kora to experience the pilgrims’ mind or you can climb the slope behind the monastery to overlook the whole city of Shigatse. The next morning, you will drive to Sakya Monastery. After finish visiting, you will return to Shigatse City on the same day, and take the train to Lhasa from Shigatse at 18:45 in the evening to end the two-day and one-night trip.

Option B: Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery

For this option, you will also take the train from Lhasa at 11:07 in the morning and arrive at Shigatse Station at 14:00. After lunch, you will start you Everest Base Camp trip. After several hours driving, you can arrive at Everest Base Camp in the evening. Stay overnight in Base Camp Tent Houses. Visiting the Everest Base Camp and the world’s highest Rongbuk Monastery in the next morning. Then, you can return to Shigatse by car. On the way, if time allows, you can have a detour to Sakya Monastery. If you go back Shigatse early, you may spare some time to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery. And then, taking the train from Shigatse to Lhasa at 18:45 to end this trip.


In brief, Shigatse Railway Station is the only train station in Shigatse. It is situated in Zhandui Village of Jiacuoxiong Township. Since it was put into use, it offers travelers a great convenience to explore the holy Tashilhunpo Monastery, little Potala Palace - Shigatse Dzong, beautiful Gongjue Linka, winding Nianchu River, etc. Currently, travelers are able to take the train from Xining and Lhasa to Shigatse.

If you are planning a travel from Xining to Shigatse, you can take train No.Z6811 from Xining Railway Station. And return train No.Z6812 from Shigatse to Xining also available every day.

If you start your Tibet tour from the capital city - Lhasa, you are able to visit Shigatse by train. The train No.Z8801 and No.Z8803 will depart from Lhasa to Shigatse every day. After you have visited Shigatse, the return train No.Z8802 or No.Z8804 will bring you back to Lhasa.

If you intend to a two-day Lhasa Shigatse train tour, there are two options. You can take the train from Lhasa at 11:07 in the morning and arrive at and arrive at 14:00. After arriving, you can spend two days visiting the ancient Tashilhunpo Monastery and Sakya Monastery, or enjoying the amazing view of Mt. Everest from Rongbuk Monastery, and Everest Base Camp. The next evening at 18:45, the train from Shigatse to Lhasa will bring you back.

More importantly, the Shigatse train schedule mentioned above are just for reference. If you have any questions about Shigatse travel, please feel free to leave your comments or contact us for more details.

Master Kungga Dundruk

About the Author - Master Kungga Dundruk

The Lhasa-born prodigy used to study business overseas, and got his Bachelor of Business in Nepal and India before moving back to his homeland.With pure passion for life and unlimited love for Tibet, Kunga started his guide career as early as 1997.

Responsible, considerate and humorous, he devoted his entire life guiding and serving international tourists travelling in Tibet.As a legendary Tibetan travel guru with 20-year pro guide experience , he once had an exclusive interview with the US media. Currently he is working in Tibet Vista as the Tour Operating Director. Whenever our clients run into troubles, he is your first call and will offer prompt support.

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