Exploring Hanoi Train Street: A Detailed Guide for Indian Tourists in 2024

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If you ask any Indian traveler who has visited Vietnam about the must-do activities in Hanoi, then Hanoi Train Street will surely be mentioned. This place is truly iconic and the most favored spot by our Indian customers thanks to its vibrant beauty, bustling atmosphere, and the unique thrilling experience of sipping unique egg coffee while watching the train pass by.

In this blog, we will give you a full guide during your visit time to Hanoi Train Street, as well as suggest some attractive activities you can do here. Right now, let’s dive into our blog post for an ultimate Hanoi adventure!

Overview of Hanoi Train Street

Hanoi Train Street is one of the most renowned and adventurous tourist spots in Hanoi favored by many Indian and foreign visitors. It will be ideal to enjoy morning coffee on sidewalks and take some stunning pictures of the lives of local people. Currently, the Vietnamese Government released restrictions on tourism in this area. However, some cafés still open and you can drop in here for interesting experiences, as long as you follow our full guide and safety tips.

Hanoi Train Street was constructed during the French colonial period, roughly in the early years of the 20th century. It is only about a 100-meter-long path, surrounded by tightly tall and narrowed Hanoi houses. Some hot spots have attracted a lot of travelers, such as Dien Bien Phu, Phung Hung, and Le Duan railway sections. When visiting here, you will immerse yourself in the thrilling, a bit low-faced feeling, which is a unique experience for your trip.

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Location

The train street runs along 4 main streets, including Le Duan, Tran Phu, Dien Bien Phu, and Phung Hung, which is nearly 1.5 kilometers from the center of Hanoi. To have a good spot to view Hanoi Train Street’s beauty, you can visit one of the 3 addresses below:

  • Along Phung Hung Street (highly recommended)
  • 05 Tran Phu Street, Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • 224 Le Duan Street, Kham Thien, Dong Da, Hanoi

If you are in Hanoi Old Quarter, you can get to the railway street on foot by following Phung Hung Street. However, you can also book a car or drive your rented motorbike on a narrow path between Le Duan and Kham Thien Street called “Alley 224”.

The Train Schedule

If you want to enjoy the thrilling experience of watching the train pass by, let’s check the Hanoi Train Street timings for the train (recorded by a local cafe) below:

  • From Monday to Friday: 7 PM; 7.45 PM, 8.30 PM, and 10 PM
  • On Weekends: 6 AM; 9 AM; 11.20 AM; 3.20 PM; 5.30 PM; 6 PM; 7 PM; 8.30 PM; 9 PM and 11 PM.

The train schedule is not fixed, ranging from early or late for 15 minutes. That is why we recommend you come here for at least 30 minutes to catch sight of a stunning view. On some days, the train will not arrive/ pass by Hanoi Train Street due to some reasons. If so, you should ask the locals for detailed information.

Safety Tips When Visiting Hanoi Train Street

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Due to lying beside the railway, Hanoi Train Street is sometimes dangerous to discover and take photos to save memories. Thus, you must always prioritize your safety during your time here. Understand that, we have just listed safety tips below:

  • Don’t gather a crowd
  • Don’t wander, stand, sit, or even take pictures on railroad tracks
  • Don’t display chairs, or tables on and along railroad tracks
  • Don’t come across/ pass by railroad tracks
  • Don’t enjoy coffee or dishes on railroad tracks

Fun Things To Do At Hanoi Train Street

Stroll along the track, take the most Instagram-worthy pictures

Wandering along the railway, you will explore the unique beauty of the daily lives of locals. A range of houses were built next to each other, designed in ancient architecture and color (mainly yellow). This will bring a special feeling as living in Vietnam society during the 19th – 20th century.

Hanoi Train Street used to be a favorite destination of a lot of selfie-takers, including Vietnamese and foreign visitors. On summer days, you can easily catch sight of stunning views for your pictures, with impressive lighting and colors.

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Have a sip and Watch the train pass by

When coming to Hanoi Train Street, you can see a lot of coffee shops with different styles. Dropping into these cafes, ordering a cup of Vietnamese coffee, and watching the train pass by will bring you one unforgettable experience. Additionally, you can bring a camera to record the magnificent beauty of trains, as well as the lively life of locals.

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Train Street Cafes To Visit

Railway Cafe (Blocking area of trains)

  • Location: 112 Tran Phu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Opening time: 7.30 AM – 12 AM
  • Price range: 1.5 – 4 USD/pax

1977 Station Cafe

  • Location: 06 Train Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Opening time: Open 24 hours
  • Price range: 1.5 – 4 USD/pax

>> Read more: Explore 10 Best Cafes in Hanoi For Vietnamese Coffee Taste In 2024

Try Local Food Nearby

Nearby Hanoi Train Street, there is a well-known street called Phung Hung Street. The area has many restaurants or food stalls for visitors to try famous local cuisines. Below are some eateries you should consider for your trip:

  • Banh Da Cua Hai Phong: No. 6A, Phung Hung Street, Hoan Kiem District
  • Bun Moc: No. 18, Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District
  • Banh Canh Cua 36: No. 11, Phung Hung Street, Hoan Kiem District

If you are following a veggie diet, please don’t worry. There are some excellent vegan restaurants in the area of Hanoi Train Street such as Vegan Banh Mi, VeJO – The Vege Journey, and GREEN INN. It is a great chance for you to experience Vietnamese special dishes from vegan materials like mushrooms, vegetables, beans, and soy sauces.

Having a wonderful view of the adventurous and unique train track, Hanoi Train Street is considered one of the must-visit destinations during your trip to Hanoi. To discover more about this land, you can refer to our blog about things to do in Hanoi to have the best timetable.

To easily move when visiting famous attractions in Hanoi, as well as Vietnam, we recommend you have a tour booked. With this service, you will get a full guide and good preparation during your holiday to Vietnam. If so, don’t forget to contact us for Vietnam tour packages for further information.

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