Xian is an ancient city with many attractions.

Xi’an to Tibet: travel to Tibet by train

Formerly named Changan, Xi’an, an altitude of 405m, is a historical and cultural ancient city which once was the capital of 13 dynasties including Tang and Qin Dynasty. There are a great number of foreign visitors taking Xi’an as a transit place before traveling to Tibet every year. Rich in its cultural history, unique geography human landscape, Xi’an is like the cradle of Chinese civilization. Known for its rectangular ancient walls, life-size Terracotta Army and iconic Tang-style Big Goose Pagoda, Xi’an attracts many tourists every year. If you want to explore Chinese history, you can choose a Xi’an Tibet Tour package. However, there’s no train originating starts from Xi’an to Lhasa. As an important gateway to Tibet, many trains make a stop in Xi’an, such as trains from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing to Lhasa.

The connecting trains from Xi’an to Lhasa will go through 3 provinces from Guanzhong plain to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The whole distance from Xi’an to Lhasa is around 2864km, and takes you around 32 hours to reach Lhasa. That is to say, you only need to stay one night on the train before reaching Tibet. After entering the Gobi desert in Golmud, the train ride starts to the climax. Tibetan yaks, snow-capped peaks and vast grasslands will come into eyes bit by bit.

There are three kinds of seat class—soft sleeper, hard sleeper and hard seat. In consideration of the big altitude change and the altitude sickness, I suggest you choose the soft sleeper. The train is equipped with one dinner car where you can buy food or drinks, and oxygen supply. And you can also buy some food and drink while the train takes stops at Lanzhou, Xining and Golmud for several minutes. And you can have a little rest at the same time.

Here is most classic Xian Tibet Tour by Train

Train No. Departure Distance
Z265 (Guangzhou-Xi’an-Lhasa) 09:45 4980km
Z165 (Shanghai-Xi’an-Lhasa) 11:24 4373 km
Z266(Lhasa-Xi’an-Guangzhou) 12:45 2864km

You should check the schedule carefully and book a ticket in advance. The tickets from Xi’an to Lhasa are always sold out quickly in peak seasons. You can choose to take a train to Xining and then transfer to Lhasa by train or air. This can guarantee you to go to Tibet in any case.

Notes: You need to apply for a TTB before heading to Tibet. When you board a train to Lhasa, you should show a copy of Tibet Travel Permit. We will give this permit for you by express before your departure from Xi’an to Lhasa. As an experienced travel agency for over ten years, we will deliver the Tibet Travel Permit to you as soon as we can.

As a leading local travel agency, we would like to offer our good services and advice on the application of TTB, train ticket booking (the supply of tickets can’t meet with the demand, especially in peak seasons) and many different kinds of Xi’an-Tibet Tour packages. You can make your own itinerary. Or just consult us and our consultants will choose the best travel packages based on your interest.

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