Even though there are different trains to Lhasa from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chongqing and Chengdu, BUT the so called Qinghai-Tibet train actually starts from Xining, the capital of Qinghai province. The Xining to Lhasa railway is 1960KM and takes about 22 hours. Among all of our groups who take train to Lhasa, there are 25% of them actually took train from Xining to Lhasa.
Why Take Train from Xining to Lhasa
The Xining to Lhasa section is the actual Qinghai-Tibet railway section, the highland views actullly starts from here, any other section before Xining is not really necessary.
The Xining to Lhasa section is the shortest train among all Tibet trains, stay on train for 1 night and you will reach Lhasa on Day2 afternoon.
What You Can Expect on Xining to Lhasa Train
It is an unforgetable experience to start the Tibet tour from Xining by train, En route, you will enjoy the great contrast of cultural shock and marvelous landscape, the snowcapped mountains, the turquoise plateau lakes, the grazing yaks and etc produce a marvelous landscape painting that shown like an animation film through your train window. Lying on your comfortable sleeper, you will never feel tired to watch this amazing scenery.
How to Get to Xining Train Station
The train from Xining to Lhasa starts from Xining West Train station (西宁西站)
From Xining downtown to the West Train Station it cost around CNY40 by Taxi
There is no direct bus from the Xining Airport to the West train station, so taxi from the Airport to the West Train station cost around CNY150 and takes about 40 min.