For those who visit Da Lat for the first time, the Da Lat railway station is a place to be. This landmark is the most beautiful railway station in Vietnam and is 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.
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 three peaks, like the majestic LangBiang mountain. 66.5m long, 11.4m wide, 11m high.
Currently, the station owns many outstanding records. It 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.
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.
Dalat Railway Station was designed by French architects Moncet and Revéron, featuring the 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 and the soft curves of the porch.
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 the station in advance to see if there are enough people on the date and time you want to go.
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.
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
Dalat – Trai Mat train schedule
There are five 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.