Hundred years old train tracks running through the heart of Hanoi’s old town have recently become an interesting attractions – Hanoi train street, for travelers to Hanoi, especially foreigners. Sitting at a cafe in line with the railway, watching the lives of local people, though potentially dangerous, still makes many curious visitors want to experience.
Unfortunately when you read this, the Train Street and all cafe next to the railway were closed by the local administrator for the visitors’ safety! But if you come there on your own for some nice pictures, it’s NO problem at all!
The special thing that attracts tourists is the residential area along the two sides of Hanoi Train Street, right next to the railway on the doorstep. The streets are so narrow that all residents have to ensure their pets, vehicles and things safety every time the train passes while keeping their daily lives normal on both sides of the road. While discovering this unique train street Hanoi, you will be surprised by the peace, normal attitude of locals here living next to the railways; deeply immersed yourself in the local side of busy and exciting Hanoi. The most active activity here is definitely taking photos of people and the living space by the train street of Hanoi people.
Where is Hanoi train street?
The railway running through the heart of Hanoi through many streets such as Phung Hung, Dien Bien Phu, Le Duan… visitors can start visiting the train street from the alley 224 on Le Duan street, or at 5 on Tran Phu street however the section through Phung Hung street is the most crowded and attractive.
The train street certainly came into tourists’ curiosity via many social network channels, that is the reason urging tourists on their Hanoi tours to hunt for it. The street is similar to the majority of the streets in Hanoi’s old quarter which are mixed from the slim, tall buildings with the bustling and narrow streets. If you are staying in the old quarter Hanoi, it’s easy to get to the railway street in walking distance, make your way to Phung Hung street intersecting with Tran Phu Street. Or take a cab/bike to a narrow street between Kham Thien and Le Duan street, exactly the lane passing along called Ngo 224 Le Duan.
You can visit the train street at these addresses:
- Ngõ 224 Lê Duẩn, Khâm Thiên, Đống Đa, Hà Nội and
- 5 Trần Phú, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
- Along Phung Hung street
If you wish to go the right time to see the train passing by, here’s the time schedules which the train passes through this tiny train street.
- Mon – Friday: 7 pm; 7.45 pm; 8.30 pm; 10 pm
- Weekend: 6 am; 9 am ; 11.20 am; 3.20 pm; 5.30 pm; 6 pm; 7 pm; 7.45 pm; 8.30 pm; 9 pm; 11 pm
The time might not be fixed and a 15-minute delay is usually expected. So you better arrive at least 30 minutes before the expected schedule to get a good viewing spot.