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:
Train arrival schedule
Things to see
Hanoi train street history
During the French colonial period, the North-South railway including Hanoi train station was built.
For many years, the railway runs around the capital quietly mixing with the rhythm of this place. The train streets start from Long Bien station to the end of Le Duan street, Hanoi.
Notably, in the last part of the intersection between Kham Lien street with Le Duan street, there is a residential area surrounded by two tracks creating a unique roadside village in the capital.
Although the whole neighborhood is only about 500 meters long, there are quite a lot of households that live here for many generations. There are children born and raised with rails and trains.
This neighborhood is a melting pot of culture between Hanoian 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 the mixture between the new and the 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 from all over the world daily.
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 that are located right on the railway track from Dien Bien Phu Street to Phung Hung attract a large number of tourists.
Watching life on the tracks is also an enjoyable experience. It’s impressive to see how the locals adapt to live while the train tracks are just right in front of their doors.
Experience the thrilling moment
Back to the train coffee shops, people are enjoying coffee peacefully until they know that the train is coming.
Everything changes drastically with the shop owners try to grab the tables and chairs out of the tracks and tourists run to two sides of the tracks.
And train cames!
Tourists come to Hanoi train street to experience the thrill and to save the moment the train passed right by them. But, it is also the place where death is only a short distance away.