Tourist often travel from Shigatse to Mount Everest during a Tibet trip, and Shigatse is about 275 km east of Lhasa. If you plan to visit Mount Everest, or Shigatse (Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery...) from Lhasa, there are two kinds of transportation you can choose from: by land drive or by train.
Train Time: 2.5 hours ~ 3 hours
Train Time: 3 trains per day
The Lhasa-Shigatse Railway was put into operation on August 2014. From then on, it takes only 3 hours to travel from Lhasa to Shigatse. Recently, Tibet opens another new railroad - Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway which is rightly linked with the Lhasa-Shigatse Railway. Thus, there are faster Fuxing bullet trains running between Lhasa and Nyingchi, Shigatse, and between Shigatse and Nyingchi as well.
At present, there are 3 trains departing from Lhasa Railway Station to Shigatse Railway Station, including 2 Fuxing bullet trains and one normal speed train. With a speed of 160 km, the Fuxing train ride takes merely 2.5 hours.
Lhasa Railway Station 拉萨火车站
Address: Tongzhan Road, Doilungdeqen District, Lhasa, Tibet 西藏拉萨是堆龙德庆区通站路
Transportation: about 13 km, 30 minutes’ drive to downtown Lhasa; about 7 km, 20 minutes’ drive to Potala Palace; about 8 km, 25 minutes’ drive to Barkhor Street and Jokhang Temple; about 6 km, 15minutes’ drive to Norbulingka; about 13 km, 30 minutes’ drive to Sera Monastery; about 60 km, 1.5 hours’ to Ganden Monastery; about 172 km, 3 hours’ drive to Namsto Lake; about 52 km, 50 minutes’ drive to Lhasa Gonggar Airport.
Shigatse Railway Station 日喀则车站
Address: Sezhan Road, Samzhubze Road, Shigatse, Tibet 西藏日喀则市桑珠孜区色占路
Transportation: about 8 km, 20 minutes’ drive to downtown Shigatse; about 9 km, 20 minutes’ drive to Tashilhunpo Monastery; about 350 km, 7.5 hours’ drive to Mount Everest; about 160 km, 2 hours 40 minutes’ drive to Sakya Monastery.
Below is the updated Lhasa (lasa) to Shigatse (rikaze) train timetable with detailed train number, train times, train ticket classes and prices, stations, etc.
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Class of Ticket
You can usually choose from the First Class Seat, the Second Class Seat or Business Class Seat on the high speed trains. While, there are three types offered on the normal train, including Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper and Hard Seat. learn more >>
Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel
Foreign tourists can book train ticket online or via a ticket agency, or buy the tickets physically at the train station with your valid passport. Train ticket alteration and cancellation are only available at ticket counters. learn more >>
Board & Get off
1) Prepare your passport and China Visa; 2) Get to the right train station at least 30 mins in advance; 3) Collect your train ticket; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the security control; 6) Pass through Security & Luggage Checks; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. learn more >>
Passengers don’t need to check luggage separately. Each passenger is allowed to carry luggage in certain weight and volume, but without limitation of amount and types. learn more >>
Facilities and Service
All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service, including luggage racks, air-conditioner, power socket, dining car, hot water, etc. learn more >>
Popular Driving Route: Lhasa - (110 km, 2.5hrs) - Yamdrok Lake - (86 km, 1hr 45mins) - Karola Glacier - (73 km, 1.5hrs) - Gyantse - (95 km, 1hr 50mins) - Shigatse
Driving is very popular among travelers, because on the driving way between Lhasa and Shigatse, you can pass by the beautiful Yamdrok Lake, Karola Galcier and make a short visit in Gyantse, explore “the City of Heroes” and visit the Gyantse Dzong, stunning Palcho Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum, etc. The drive takes a longer time but you have chance to enrich your Tibet travel and learn more history and culture about Tibet.
With more flights and trains, Lhasa is usually used as the gateway to Tibet and the first station for a Tibet tour. Most travelers spend 2 to 3 days visiting the landmarks in Lhasa. On the arrival day, you’d better have a rest to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude. On the following days, you can take one day to visit the iconic Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street nearby, another day for the Norbulingka, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. If time allows, it’s highly suggested to visit the sacred and beautiful Namsto Lake.
When driving from Lhasa to Shigatse, you can visit the Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier en route and visit the Palcho Monastery in Gyantse, and spend one full day visiting the Tashilhunpo Monastery and Pala Manor in Shigatse. Most travelers will continue to visit Mount Everest with 2 more day, watch the amazing sunrise, sunset and stay overnight near the Mount Everest Base Camp.
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