Located on the West side of Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi train street is a unique attraction where you can experience the “death-defying” moment when the train passes about 0.4 m away.
How to get to Hanoi train street and what to do here?
Below is a comprehensive Hanoi train street travel guide, including insider tips to make the most of your visit to this fascinating attraction.
This article includes the following sections about the train streets in Hanoi:
- The history
- The location
- Train arrival schedule
- Things to see
Hanoi train street history
The North-South railway, including the Hanoi train station, was built during the French colonial period.
Notably, in the last part of the intersection between Kham Lien street and Le Duan Street, a residential area is surrounded by two tracks, creating a unique roadside village in the capital.
Although the whole neighborhood is only about 500 meters long, many households have lived here for many generations. There are children born and raised with rails and trains.
This neighborhood is a melting pot of culture between Hanoians and people from different parts of Vietnam who come to the capital to work and live.
This part of Hanoi also has an impressive architecture with a mixture of new and old houses. It paints a beautiful picture with different colors, creating a vintage vibe on every corner of the street.
Thanks to the features in the newspapers, Hanoi train street has become well-known and attracted many visitors worldwide.
Read more: Train travel in Vietnam.
Where to find Hanoi train street
Although you can find the train street in many corners of Hanoi, the best place to watch the trains is at the end of Le Duan street.
Hanoi train street schedule
The train runs at night and dawn on weekdays, so this place is deserted during the daytime. However, the train passes these roads on the weekends during the middle of the day.
Tips: If you’d like better photos, you should better wait until Saturday and Sunday to watch the train come.
Train arrival time:
Weekdays: 6 am, 7:10 pm, 7:40 pm, 9 pm, and 10 pm.
Weekend: 8:46 am, 9:17 am, 11:25 am, 3:20 pm, 4:20 pm, 6:15 pm, 7:10 pm, and 9:10 pm.
Note: The train arrival time may be changed under certain circumstances.
Things to see at Hanoi train street
Enjoying the adventurous coffee on the rails is one of the unique experiences in Hanoi.
You can choose to sit either inside the coffee shop or on the side of the street, or even on the train tracks. Sipping an egg coffee while enjoying the characteristics of small neighbors is a fantastic experience.
Besides coffee, you can also try some delicious dishes at the coffee shops.
The coffee shops located right on the railway track from Dien Bien Phu Street to Phung Hung attract many tourists.
Watching life on the tracks is also an enjoyable experience. It’s impressive to see how the locals adapt to life while the train tracks are just right in front of their doors.
Experience the thrilling moment
Back to the train coffee shops, people enjoy coffee peacefully until they know that the train is coming.
Everything changes drastically with the shop owners trying to grab the tables and chairs out of the tracks, and tourists run to two sides of the tracks.
And train comes!
Tourists come to Hanoi train street to experience the thrill and to save the moment the train passes right by them. But, it is also where death is only a short distance away.
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