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The train from Shigatse to Lhasa

Useful info about the train Lhasa-Shigatse(Xigaze)
  • About route: From Shigatse to Lhasa, if with normal vehicle, it takes about 280km, 6 hours. We plan it normally for 1 day drive. If the route
    The train from Shigatse to Lhasa needs back to Lhasa such as Lhasa-(Tsedang)-
    Gyantse-Shigatse-Lhasa, take the new train from
    Shigatse to Lhasa, the route could be 1 day shorter in
    Tibet. But for the tour route Lhasa-Shigatse-Dingri-Mount
    Everrest-Zhangmu(Nepal border),we don’t suggest the
    clients to take the new train Lhasa-Shigatse, as the
    clients miss the sightseeing at Yamdroktso See, Karola
    Glacier and Palkor Monastery, which are on the way
    Lhasa-Shigatse and only available if the traveler take
  • About tour expenses: For FIT group with route Lhasa-
    (Ttsedang)-Gyantse-Shigatse-Lhasa, they can save 1
    day in Tibet if they use train instead of use vehicle, even
    they need paythe train ticket Shigatse-Lhasa extra, the
    tour could be a little bit cheaper for the small group.

  • Health Notice/Health Registration Card The thin air at the high altitude made construction difficult. The passenger carriages used on
    Lhasa trains are specially built and have an oxygen supply for each passenger. Every passenger train has a doctor.Before embarking, a
    passenger “Health Registration Card” must be filled in – requiring travelers to read and sign a high-altitude travel disclaimer. Passengers
    must read the health notice for high-elevation travel and sign the agreement on the card to take the train.
  • Brief introduction of the new rail way Lhasa-Shigatse
    The Lhasa–Shigatse(Xigaze)Railway, or Lari Railway, is a high-elevation railway that connects Lhasa to Shigatse(Xigatze), in Tibet AR.
    The length of the railway is 253 km (157 mi). The construction started in September 2010 and was completed in July 2014. The line was
    formally opened in August 2014. The line includes 14 stations. The project has a budget of 13.3 billion yuan (about $2.14 billion).
    The completion of this project opened up possible extensions of the network further west and south into Nepal and to Yadong County,
    close to the border with Sikkim, India. 
Train Schedule & useful info about the train Lhasa-Shigatse (since 2014 Aug)
   Lhasa-Shigatse   daily 1 train,  K9821(09:00—11:59)
   Shigatse-Lhasa   daily 1 train,  K9822(17:30—20:27)

   Softsleeper   CNY 176,-- pp + CNY 30( Service Charge)
   Hardsleeper  CNY 117,--pp + CNY 30(Service Charge)
   Seatplace    CNY 41,--pp + CNY30(Service Charge) – we don’t suggest them to book the seatplace, if they have big luggage.

Lhasa Railway Station (拉萨)
Lhasa South Railway Station (拉萨南)
Baide Railway Station (白德)
Xierong Railway Station (协荣)
Qushui County Railway Station (曲水县)
Chabala Railway Station (茶巴拉)
Nyemo Railway Station (尼木)
Karu Railway Station (卡如)
Rinbung Railway Station (仁布)
Dazhuka Railway Station (大竹卡)
Denggu Railway Station (灯古)
Jiqiong Railway Station (吉琼)
Kadui Railway Station (卡堆)
Shigatse Railway Station (日喀则)

Since 2014Aug, Lhasa, Xierong, Qushui, Nyemo, Rinbung and
, 6 Railway Stations are accessible.

There will be all together 13 stations along the 253-
kilometer railway line within fouryears construction, including South Lhasa, Qushui County and Nyemo County. It is expected that 
the trains' speed will be exceed 120 km/h.

 Future extensions
On August 17, 2008, a railway spokesman confirmed plans to add six more rail lines connecting to the Qinghai-Tibet railway, including from
Lhasa to Nyingchi and from Lhasa to Shigatse, both in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Three lines will originate from Golmud in Qinghai province
and run to Chengdu in Sichuan province, Dunhuang in Gansu province, and Korla of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The sixth will
link Xining, the capital of Qinghai, with Zhangye in Gansu. The six lines are expected to be in operation before 2020. 


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