+ 86-28-85552138
Tibet Vista Travel
Xining and Tibet Tour Map


To many living in eastern China, Xining seems to be a remote frontier city situated on eastern margin of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. In fact, with a total area of 3456 sq km and multi-ethnic culture, the city of Xining has been a vital transport hub to western China since Tang Dynasty.

For those who opt for the scenic ride via Tibet train, Xining-Lhasa train will take you to enjoy the highlights of Tibet train from Golmud to Lhasa part withonly20:55 hours’ ride. With enough time, plenty of tourists prefer touring the famous Ta’er Monastery and exotic Muslim quarter around Xining City. Never miss themassive rapeseed blossoms beside picturesque Qinghai-Lake in summer before taking Xining-Lhasa train to Tibet.

As a pioneer of Tibet inbound tourism, we would like to facilitate your Xining and Tibet tour by offering services ranging from Tibet Travel Permit application, Tibet train and flight booking and hand-picked Xining-Tibet tour packages, and plenty of useful insiders’ travel tips. So far, taking Tibet train or domestic flight to Lhasa are the two major ways to reach Tibet. Beside, Xining-Lhasa train is not only the essence of Qinghai-Tibet Railway but the shortest Tibet train route (1,972km), highly recommended esp. during peak travel seasons.

  • Note: Technically, as the beginning of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Xining is the converging city where different train routes from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, etc meet. During the travel season, it’s highly recommended to fly from cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou directly to Xining and take Xining-Lhasa train to Tibet, most convenient and time-saving (only 20:55h).

Xining and Tibet Tour Map

Most Popular Xining Tibet Tour Itineraries

How to Get to Lhasa Tibet from Xining

  • Xining to Lhasa by Train

    Xining-Lhasa train (Z6801 /Z6802) is the highlights of Tibet train journey. With a total length of 1,972km, the Xining-Lhasa train is the only railway that can take you from the eastern edge of Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa, the heart of Tibet within 24 hours. For those who prefer to enjoy highlighted scenery along Tibet Train ride and at the same time wont’ waste too much time on the train, travelling from Xining to Lhasa by train is your best choice. Besides, the comparatively higher chance of getting Xining-Lhasa train tickets and proximity to Lhasa make Xining an ideal city to enter Tibet.

    View Details

  • Xining to Lhasa by Flight

    Well, given the cost and tour experience, taking Tibet train instead of flying to Lhasa from Xining is highly recommended. Tourists can acclimatize to altitude in Xining and tour must-visited attractions like Qinghai-Lake, Taer’ monastery, etc, before boarding Xining-Lhasa train. Of course, if you have a tight schedule and have decent budget, you can also take flights from Xining Caojiabao Airport to Lhasa Gonggar Airport.

    View Details

  • Take Flight to Xining and Take Train to Lhasa

    During peak travel season in China (July-August; During Chinese Spring Festival in winter, etc.), the shortage of Tibet train tickets in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, etc, propel many tourists to use multiple means of public transports to arrive in Lhasa as planned. The best solution is to fly from your current cities to Xining and later take Xining-Lhasa train to Tibet. For example it only takes about 23hours if you fly from Beijing to Xining and take Xining-Lhasa train to Tibet. And you can still enjoy the best view of Qinghai-Tibet railway from Golmud to Lhasa. While taking Beijing-Lhasa train alone takes about 40:30h. Besides, it’s very likely you will fail to book the ticket due to huge ticket demand during high season of Tibet tour.

    View Details

Note:In addition to train and flight booking from Xining to Lhasa, we also offer bookings from other major cities to Lhasa, such as Kathmandu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, etc. For budget travelers, you can sign up for a variety of small group tours in Tibet. Not only can you enjoy relatively cheaper tour price, but also will make friends with global tourists within a group. To family travelling with kids and elderly or other clients with special preference, you may work with us to customize your Tibet tour.

>> Check our Tibetan Local Small Group Tour Packages

How to Get Tibet Permit When Traveling to Lhasa from Xining

As a common practice, we will deliver your Tibet permit to your hotel in Xining by express, 1-7 days prior to your departure for Lhasa. It is common to get the permit even the night or a couple of hours before your departure to Tibet. In some extreme cases, our staff in Xining will deliver it to your hand before departure at airport or railway station. As the leading local travel agency that has organized global tourists to Tibet since 1984, we have never failed to get and deliver the Tibet permit to our clients. Please feel rest-assured.

If you take a flight to Lhasa from Xining, the original copy is required, while if getting to Lhasa from Xining by train, a printed copy is enough. Your travel consultant will handle with it perfectly according to the situation.

Why you can't get the permit much earlier?

The Tourism Bureau only accepts the permit application that is used to arrive in Tibet within 20 days. Generally, it takes 6-12 working days to issue the permit after we get the photo copy of your passport and Chinese visa. The application time depends on where you travel in Tibet, about 8-12 days to get the permit if heading to Mt.Everest and Mount Kailash, and just 6-8 days if you only travel in Lhasa City.

After we get the permit in Lhasa, we will deliver the permit to you immediately by express, and it takes around 6 days to arrive in Xining. Therefore, you will only be able to get the permit within 1 to 7 days before your departure for Lhasa.

However, your personal consultant usually asks you to confirm the tour much earlier, because the earlier you provide all the required documents, the earlier we can submit to Tibet Tourism Bureau and wait for your turn.

We promise to nail visa to Tibet for every of our clients with 100% guarantee.

Online Tibet Permit Application

Advantages about Booking a Xining and Tibet Tour Together

Cover the Highlights of Tibet Train Journey and Viable Option during Peak Travel Season in China

As mentioned above, Choosing Xining as the jump-off point for Tibet tour benefits tourists in many ways.You can narrow down your train ride to 21hours while still enjoying the best scenic train ride from Golmud to Lhasa. In addition, when direct train from other major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou becomes unavailable during high season of Tibet tour, flying to Xining first and later taking Xining-Lhasa train become the perfect back-up plan.

Travelling with Tibet Vista, Your First Guarantee of Lifetime Experience in Tibet

As the trailblazer of Tibet inbound tourism since 1984, Tibet Vista is a well-established Tibet tour operator, based in Lhasa. All your service in Tibet is provided by our hospitable and seasoned Tibetan staff. We are the first Tibet tour operator to run Join-in Small Group tours for budget travelers and at the same time offer private tour for tourists with unique preferences. Tibet train tour and 100% Tibet Visa application are our specialties. Over the past decades, we successfully organized more than 100 thousands tourists to visit Tibet. Now, with 8,000 clients world-wide each year, Tibet Vista is undoubtedly your top priority of Tibet tour operator for your travel. In addition, our diverse tour products and considerate tour service and travel tips will meet the demand for tourist of all ages.

Enjoy the Multiple Ethnic-cultures, Largest Saline Lake in China

In addition to the highlights of Tibet train ride, the exotic attractions inside Xining city and stunning Qinghai Lake make Xining the first choice before embarking on exhilarating Tibet tour. Dongguan Mosque, tasty Muslim cuisines on MoJia Street, renowned Ta’er Monastery, of course the largest saline Qinghai Lake, around 100km away from Xining City will provide you with lifetime experiences in China.

Tailor-made your Own Tour within 24 hours.

Simply express your tour needs, we’ll customize a trip plan for you. No deposit is required until you are totally satisfied with the trip plan.

Tours departure 365 days a year !

Start Customizing Now!

Have a Question? Ask below or call +86 28 85552138

Question Summary*



Please fill in your contact information, we will send you the answer by email



Check All Tibet Travel FAQs Here