A Complete Guide To Da Lat Railway Station Vietnam

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For those who visit Da Lat for the first time, Da Lat railway station is a place to be. This landmark is the most beautiful railway station in Vietnam and associated with many cultural and historical values of Dalat city.

We had a great chance to visit Da Lat station recently, and we’d love to share our experience with you in this article. 

 

General information

  • Address: No. 1 Quang Trung, Phường 10, Tp. Da Lat, Lam Dong.
  • Opening hours: 6 am to 5 pm
  • Ticket price: 5,000 VND
  • Designer: Two French architects Moncet and Reveron
  • Architectural style: French style.
  • Description: The shape of the station has 3 peaks like the majestic LangBiang mountain. 66.5m long, 11.4m wide, 11m high.

Currently, the station owns many outstanding records and is considered the great pride of Da Lat residents: The highest station, the most beautiful station, the most unique station, the oldest station in Vietnam, and the only station that has the steam locomotive in Vietnam.

Da Lat Railway station Vietnam
Dalat station is the most beautiful ancient railway station in Vietnam. It’s a large-scale project with unique architecture and in harmony with nature.

 

The history

Dalat Railway Station was built in 1932 and completed in 1938, in a plan to build Thap Cham – Da Lat railway line, connecting the highland city with the Hanoi – Saigon national railway in Phan Rang, Ninh Thuan.

This railway line is 84km long, with a total elevation of 1500m.

In 1972, this legendary railway was shut down due to the war. After that, people also removed the railway tracks to sell. Steam cars at that time were also sold to foreign countries.

Just like that, from a railway of nearly 100 km long, now only a short part remains active, which is the section from Dalat Railway Station to Trai Mat Station currently.

Da Lat train Vietnam

 

The architecture

Dalat Railway Station was designed by French architects Moncet and Revéron, featuring three highest peaks of Lang Biang and the unique image of Central Highlands’ house roof.

In the middle roof is a clock, and below is the design of colorful glass windows, as well as the soft curves of the porch.

Da Lat train station Vietnam
The beautiful architecture of Dalat station is inspired by the three highest peaks of Lang Biang and the roof of the Central Highlands’ houses.!

Also, the main hall of Dalat Railway Station now displays many rare and antique products for visitors. Some cabins are used as coffee shops, so don’t forget to stop by and enjoy a nice cup of coffee. 

 

Da Lat train experience

Visiting Dalat Railway Station, most people go sightseeing or explore architecture. However, very few notice that the remaining electric locomotives are still used daily to take visitors from the central station to the Trai Mat area.

To experience this exciting activity, you should get to the ticket area and buy train tickets.

However, it must be enough from 20 guests or more to run the train. Please remember to contact in advance to see if there are enough people on the date and time you want to go.

Da Lat train station Vietnam trip
Currently, the train is no longer used for transportation but for tourist activities.

Da Lat train to Trai Mat station review

The distance from Da Lat Station to Trai Mat Station is 7 km and it takes 25 minutes to travel.

Each car accommodates about 64 guests with a fairly new interior, beautiful windows, and comfortable seats.

Da Lat train seat

The train moves quite slowly for everyone to enjoy sightseeing and taking pictures.

However, one minus point is that the old locomotive is a bit noisy compared to normal trains. Also, because of the short distance, there is no food service or private toilet on board.

Train ticket to Trai Mat station

Da Lat Trai Mat train ticket price for foreigners:

  • 170,000 VND / person with a round-trip ticket
  • 150,000 VND / person with a one-way ticket

Da Lat train schedule Vietnam

Dalat – Trai Mat train schedule

There are 5 departures daily from Da Lat – Trai Mat.

  • 7:45 – 9:15 am
  • 9:50 – 11:20 am
  • 11:55 – 1:25 pm
  • 2 pm – 3:30 pm
  • 4:05 – 5:35 pm

When arriving at Trai Mat station, don’t forget to visit Linh Phuoc temple. This place is made from broken dishes and bottles with a variety of colors and shapes.

 

More things to do in Da Lat railway station

Pose and smile!

Da Lat train station is a very photogenic place, and you can take so many photos here. We love the cabins and the flower garden. 

Da Lat train Vietnam

Try chocolate

We had a great time at The Choco. We could sample different types of chocolates, and our favorite was Matcha chocolate. 

 

How to get to Da Lat train station

From the city center, you can follow Ho Xuan Huong street to Lam Vien Square, and go straight to Yersin street.

About 2km up the small slope near the pine forest, you will see the station on the right.

 

Places to visit near Da Lat train station

  • Linh Phuoc Pagoda is the final stop of Dalat train station, Trai Mat station. This station is only 300m from Linh Phuoc Pagoda.
  • Cam Tu Cau flower garden: it’s a beautiful area with vast flower fields
  • Trai Mat area: This place is famous for its small wooden houses and green vegetable gardens on the hillside.
  • Cau Dat tea hill: it’s a must-visit on your trip to Da Lat. Check this article for more information. 

Cau Dat tea hill Da Lat Vietnam

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