Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is the center of the Tibetan Buddhist world, the transportation hub to/off Tibet, while Xining is the capital of Qinghai province in western China, a melting pot of many ethnic groups on Qinghai Tibet Plateau with picturesque highland scenery. It is an important gateway city to Lhasa and the northwestern regions of China. The distance from Lhasa to Xining is about 1,956km (1,215 mi). There are mainly 2 ways from Lhasa to Xining, namely trains and flights.
• Option 1: Lhasa to Xining: 20-22 hours, price from CNY 250 to CNY 500 - Recommended
• Option 2: Lhasa to Xining Flight: 2 - 2.5 hours - Fast
Lhasa Xining Transportation Map
Xining Lhasa Railway or Lhasa Xining Railway, aka Qinghai Tibet Railway, includes 2 sections: Xining Golmud Section (814 km) and Golmud Lhasa Section (1,142 km). It is the highest plateau railway in the world with an avg elevation above 4,000 meters. There are about 5 overnight Z trains running from Lhasa Xining, taking about 20 - 22 hours, departing at Lhasa Railway Station and getting to Xining Railway Station . Please check the following train schedules to see the detailed train info.
Lhasa Railway Station 拉萨火车站
Location: Tongzhan Road, duilongdeqing District, Lhasa City, southwest of Lhasa, Tibet, China,拉萨市堆龙德庆区通站路 about 2 kilometers to the Liuwu Bridge of the Lhasa River, which links central Lhasa to Lhasa Railway Station, 8 kilometers to downtown Lhasa, 20 kilometers to the southwest of the Potala Palace.
Xining Railway Station 西宁火车站
Location: NO. 128 Huzhu Middle Road, Chengdong District, Xining City, Qinghai Province 青海省西宁市城东区互助中路128号, about 6 km (20 min by car, 40 min by bus) to downtown, 28 km (40 minutes’ drive) to Xining Caojiabao International Airport.
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 >>
Besides overnight trains from Lhasa to Xining, if you would like to get to Xining in the shortest time, taking a flight is your best choice. Every day, there are about 5 to 10 flights taking off from Lhasa Gonggar International Airport to Xining Caojiabao Airport, and the flights are usually scheduled at afternoon and night with a duration of 2-2.5 hours.
▶ Please check the real-time Lhasa Xining flight info for your reference.
Lhasa Gonggar International Airport 拉萨贡嘎国际机场 (IATA: LXA)
Location: Gyazuling Town, Gonggar County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, 山南市贡嘎县友谊路 about 60km from Lhasa downtown, about 60km from Lhasa downtown. It costs about 100~200 CNY to the Barkhor Street area of Lhasa city by taxi.
Xining Caojiabao Airport 西宁曹家堡机场 (IATA: XNN)
Location: Huzhu Tu Autonomous County, Haidong, Qinghai 青海省海东市互助土族自治县, about 33 km to the southeast of Xining city
How to Get to Xining: You can fly to Xining from Beijing (2.5h), Shanghai (3h), Guangzhou (3h15min), Lhasa (2-3.5h), Xian (1.5h), etc. or take a bullet train to Xining from Xian (4-5h), Lanzhou (1h10min-1.5h), Zhangye (2h), Jiayuguan (3.3.5h), Dunhuang (6h), etc.
Best Time to Visit Xining: Months from May to October are the best because the temperature is moderate and comfortable.
Where to Stay in Xining: Xining downtown is most recommended. If you are going to visit Qinghai Lake or Chaka Salt Lake, you can also choose the hotels nearby.
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