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Tickets & Cabins

There are three classes of train tickets onboard of all trains within China, not exceptional for trains to Tibet, namely soft sleeper train ticket, hard sleeper train ticket and seat train ticket. Generally, the trains to Tibet have 15 cars except the locomotive. Among them, 8 are hard-sleeper cars with each holding 60 passengers, 2 are soft-sleeper cars with each holding 32 passengers, 4 are seat cars with each holding 98 passengers, and the last one is the dining car for passengers to have meals. The most expensive ticket is the soft sleeper ticket, and then hard sleeper, while cheapest is the seat ticket. 

Many tourists have misunderstanding about "hard" sleeper, they image it's like a "hard" bunk without any mattress upon. But, like soft sleeper, hard sleeper also has every necessary beddings that soft sleeper has. The only two advantages of a soft sleeper cabin over a hard sleeper cabin are, firstly, soft sleeper cabin is more spacious as it only holds 4 passengers while hard sleeper cabin holds 6 passengers, and secondly, soft sleeper has a slide door which protects your privacy better while hard sleeper cabin has no door. What follows is some detailed description about what soft sleeper cabin, hard sleeper cabin and seat cabin like. 

Soft Sleeper Cabin: Soft sleepers are more spacious, only 4 bunks in each carriage, two upper & two lower. All necessary bedding is provided. Inside the carriage, there is a table and beneath it a thermos bottle of hot water is provided too. The carriage has a slide-door which can lock conveniently and so your privacy and luggage is well protected. The Lhasa express train is even equipped with individual flat-screen TV and power sockets for laptops & mobiles. It is a very comfortable option if your budget allows.

   
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Hard Sleeper Cabin: Though the name of "Hard" Sleeper may sound uncomfortable, but if fact, hard sleeper bunks of Lhasa express trains are reasonably comfortably padded, and bedding is also supplied. Hard sleeper consists of open-plan carriages with a broad aisle on one side of the car, bays of 6 bunks (upper, middle & lower) on the other side. It is a good choice if you are on a tight budget.

   
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Seat Cabin: Seat cabin is the crowded place on the train because it is the cheapest class of ticket of all, many students and labor workers would choose the seat tickets; however we do not suggest you take this ticket unless your budget is really very tight. For trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Chongqing, it all takes more than 40 hours. It will be very tough for you to sit there still for 2 nights without a good sleeping. Insufficient sleep will cause trouble for you to acclimatize the high altitude while you arrive in Lhasa.

   
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Washrooms: There is no single private bathroom on board, but one open and public sink area at each side of each car (one is washroom, the other is toilet). That is to say, dozens of passengers on each car will share them. Most of time, the washrooms and toilets are tidy and clean because the attendant will clean them frequently, so there will be no much problem to share them at the same time. Note that there is no toilet paper provided, please bring by yourself.

   
Tibet train washing area  Tibet train toilet 
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user portrait Mr. David Jesus Dominguez Santos from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp
I am interested in the Lhasa tour with the Everest base camp ($830 p.p). I would like to ask you two questions:

1) The tour could be done starting on September 15th. I would arrive in Lhasa at 16:30 from the city of Kunming (in Kunming I would take a flight that departs at 1:30 p.m. on the same day 15).

2) On the 7th day, instead of going back to Lhasa, I would like to continue to Kathamandu. In other words, he would arrive in Kathmandu on the 21st at night. Would this change be possible?

3) If there is no problem with these changes, I would like to confirm the tour and the payment method, since I need the paperwork to make the China Visa.

We are 2 persons interested.

Many thanks

regards

David
Answered by Nancy

Dear David Jesus Dominguez Santos,

Thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. For your needs, I think you’d better choose 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp, which feed your needs exactly. And we just need 200$ per person as deposit, and you can pay the balance when you arrive in Lhasa. For your visa paperwork, I think you will need Tibet travel bureau official visa invitation letter which we will apply for you based on the time. Please check your email to get more details.

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user portrait Ms. florencia from: 6 Days Holy Sky Lake Tour
Dear,

I am interesting, in book a tour for 5 night for  two persons this July 2018, I need to know the payment terms, and how do we need to be dressed, the clothes necesary and the hotels names. I am already living in china, with a studi visa, and from argentina, the other partner also from argentina but with normal turist visa. Thank you, looking forward to your reply. Florencia
Answered by Nancy

Hi Florencia,

Greetings from Nancy at BTT. Thank you visiting our website and sending your inquiry, no problem for the tour choice, and for payment, we just 200$ per person as deposit, and balance can be paid when you arrive in Lhasa. You need to bring one warm clothes for evening as it will cold( might below 0 ℃ in the evening). For the hotel in Lhasa we will use Yak hotel or The Tibet Cang-gyan Lhasa Hotel. No problem for your visa, as student visa we just need your school of admission letter copy extra, for tourist visa, visa and passport copies will be enough. Please check your email for details. Best regards

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user portrait Ms. Fabry from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp
Good evening,
Could you please tell me if you give any discounts for 2 ladies over 65 years old and for early booking? We are retired and have a modest budget. We are interested in your September 22nd tour for 7 days Lhasa-Katmandou Tour.Thank you in advance.
Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Fabry, Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT. Ha-ha...no problem we can provide 5% discount as early bird booking. And we have this date avaibale and 2 clients booked this tour already. I will send you the tour details to your email. Have a nice day to you.

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