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Qinghai-Tibet Railway Train

Take a train to Tibet is a fantastic way, because it is a chance to see the world’s highest railway on the plateau. See about the equipment of the cabin on Qinghai-Tibet Railway train in the following:

Technology of the Train

  • The trains are specially built for high altitude environment. The diesel locomotives used on Golmud-Lhasa section were made by GE in Pennsylvania , and the passenger carriages are Chinese-made 25T carriages: on train T27/T28, between Beijing West and Lhasa, BSP carriages are from Bombardier.
  • Carriages used on the Golmud-Lhasa section are either deep green/yellow or deep red/yellow. Signs in the carriages are in Tibetan, Simplified Chinese and also English.
  • The operational speed is 120 km/h , 100 km/h in sections laid on permafrost. The railway was opened to regular trial service on July 1, 2006. 

Passenger Health Registration Card

A Passenger Health Registration Card is required to take the train. The card can be obtained when purchasing the ticket. Passengers must read the health notice for high-altitude travel and sign the agreement on the card to take the train.

Oxygen Supplement on the Train

According to the oxygen condition on the highland, the train is equipped with oxygen supplement for passengers. One is functioned like the central control air condition, ensuring the whole train in an comfortable environment with an oxygen content above 80% level. The other way is equipped the oxygen supply on each seat/berth, ensuring each passenger’s need when he/she feels not very well in high altitude.


Train Seats/Berths

Each Train can serve for 936 passengers totally:
Soft Berth Carriages
2 carriages, each carriage with 32 soft berths, totally for 64 passengers
Hard Berth Carriages
8 carriages, each carriage 60 hard berths, totally for 480 passengers
Hard Seat Carriage
4 carriages, each carriage 98 hard seats, totally for 392 passengers
The windows on the train are large-size offering a good view for you to see the scenery along the way.

Each soft berth is equipped a mini television, slippery, etc.

Washingroom on the train are available to use during the trip.


Tips for Taking Train to Tibet

1. For heart disease patients, suggest to give up Tibet travel according to the high altitude reaction.
2. Only soft berths are equiped with charging facility.
3. No worries about the oxygen supply on the train. But when get off the train, be careful for the high altitude sickness.
4. We suggest you to take some food when you take the train since it's really a long journey.
5. It is a no smoking train because of the oxygen supplement facility.
6. Follow the regulation on the train strictly, such as the hot water using, the rubbish dropping, the emergency regulation, the washroom using construction, etc.

7. Dining car on the train offers three meals. Breakfast including milk, porridge, bread, etc.. Lunch and dinner are generally rice and Chinese dishes.