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Train from Beijing to Lhasa

Beijing Train Station, Lhasa, China
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Travelled with a child, beautiful!

An unforgettable experience. Make sure you drink plenty of water and take an overnight stop in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Marie J
Beijing to Lhasa via train

Traveling is always an adventure and this journey as part of G Adventures trip to Saga Dawa... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
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Beijing is considered as the 1st choice to take the train to Lhasa on Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Nowdays, you can also choose to take train from Xining, Chengdu, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Chongqing.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An unforgettable experience. Make sure you drink plenty of water and take an overnight stop in Xining. We had no altitude sickness and the views were spectacular.

Thank Marie J
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Traveling is always an adventure and this journey as part of G Adventures trip to Saga Dawa festival was certainly that! I ended up in a hard sleeper. Six people crammed into an 8’ x 6’ x 12’ cabin. Uncomfortable beds stacked three high. After...More

Thank midnightrider2017
Reviewed 17 November 2017

Well, be ready for an adventure! By ready I mean, ready for cramped spaces and sleeping in a very small bunk bed. Its a wonderful way to see the scenery, but be prepared. On this train you will travel up to almost 5.000 m. and...More

1  Thank Ida B
Reviewed 12 November 2017

We went from Lhasa to Chengdu. Would buy the two spare bunks in the cabin, to give you space and comfort. Would take some of your own food and snacks. The trolley people enable you to buy drinks and other snacks. Though it was 44...More

1  Thank Shaz1000
Reviewed 17 October 2017

I took the train from Beijing to Lhasa on a hard seat. It was the only option available. I certainly and by no means recommend the train. It is very uncomfortable, slow, and boring. On the seats there are no AC plugs so you have...More

1  Thank datamath
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We struggled to book the direct train but with the help of Travel China Guide we managed get seats. Soft sleeprs are the best but if you want more interaction hard sleeper carraiages will do that. Second half of the journey is hard, we had...More

Thank DPKW007
Reviewed 7 October 2017

I took the train from Xi'an to Lhasa but should have considered getting on at Xining. From Xi'an to Xining, the ride was boring and a train switch was required at Xining to get cars with oxygen. This switch was done at dusk, so it...More

Thank dmoffat322
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

We only did half the journey (from Xining) but it was slow & boring. Food is minimal & you'll need to speak mandarin Toilets get worse as the journey progresses People smoke throughout & the staff ignore it Views will depend on the weather. We...More

1  Thank GayleUK
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

An eye-opening experience. Almost a must. The magnitude of the Tibetan Plain can only be witnessed to understand. The short-comings of the train are dwarfed by the magnitude of the countryside you see. If you are traveling with only a spouse, be prepared to share...More

Thank DougBerg
Reviewed 2 September 2017

I did not exactly the Lhasa-Beijing trip (48h) but the luxury one: Lhasa to Xining (21h) then plane from Xining to somewhere (not Beijing; you can go by plane from Xining to everywhere; and there are 6 trains per day from Lhasa, it is more...More

2  Thank Pierre G
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30 July 2017|
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Response from forevermagpie | Reviewed this property |
Firstly you cannot buy any train ticket to Lhasa without an entry permit so to get an entry permit you have to book a trip with an operator .I can recommend Tibettraveltours via Amyzhang9968 on wechat. Its almost impossible... More
26 August 2016|
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Response from TrainAdvisor | Property representative |
From June to October, it is very hard to purchase the train ticket from Beijing to Lhasa or from other cities to Lhasa, even if you plan to purchase one 2 months in advance. So I advise you to let your travel agency to buy... More
17 August 2016|
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Response from TrainAdvisor | Property representative |
Apr., May, early June, Sept, Oct. Nov. and Nov. Jan. and Feb. is very cold, and it is very hard to purchase the train ticket in June, July and August.