China / Tibet Express (Lhasa Express)

The "Sky Train", "Lhasa Express", "Rocket to the rooftop of the world", "World`s highest railway"; regardless of what its called, This Qinghai-Tibet train is truly an engineering wonder.

There are 45 stations along the 1972km long Qinghai-Tibet railway from Xining to Lhasa and every station has unique scenery. To provide travellers better opportunity to enjoy the stunningly beautiful scenery on that way, nine scenery viewing platforms have been set up at nine stations.

Routes:
Lhasa-Beijing: 40hr, 30min; distance 3,757km
Lhasa-Chengdu: 43hr, 7min; distance: 3070km
Lhasa-Chongqing: 42hr, 13min; distance: 3641km
Lhasa-Shanghai: 47hr, 34min; distance: 4373km
Lhasa-Guangzhou: 53hr, 45min; distance: 4980km
Lhasa-Lanzhou: 24hr, 44min; distance: 2188km
Lhasa-Xining: 21hr, 55min; distance: 1972km
Lhasa-Shigatse: 3hr, 9 min; distance: 248km

Note: Xining is a popular destination to jump on the train and head to Tibet. Because of this corruption is everywhere. Do not be surprised to pay additional fees, surchanges, etc due to the suppply and demand issues. One way to avoid the huge fees during the peak season is to ride from other stations.

Good to know: A permit is required to enter Tibet.

Website: www.chinatibettrain.com

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