For groups traveling to Tibet, the local government has set a new rule that for each bus with a capacity of 19 or more seats, a local policeman will be assigned and stay on the bus with travelers and the maximum passengers on the bus including the guide, driver and policeman should not exceed 20, due to two serious bus crashes in Tibet in August, leaving 47 dead and 13 missing. This means the number of travelers in each group cannot exceed 17. Any agencies and drivers violating the rule will be severely punished.
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A road trip from Lhasa to Shigatse usually takes 6-7 hours while now travelers can travel by train to Shigatse for less than 3 hours.
After three years construction, the railway from Lhasa to Shigatse is finally in use. The train leaves Lhasa at 9am and arrives at 11:59am. And it leaves Shigatse at 5:30pm and arrives at 8:27pm. A hard seat ticket costs RMB40.5 yuan which is equivalent to USD6.7. A hard sleeper ticket costs RMB111.5-119.5 yuan (USD18.3-19.6). A soft sleeper ticket costs RMB169.5-175.5 yuan (USD27.8-28.8).