A guide to Hanoi’s train street
If you’re heading to Vietnam or more specifically the north of Vietnam then chances are you’re stopping in Hanoi, Vietnam’s busy Capital. Amongst the hustle and bustle of this ancient city you’ll find influences of French and Chinese architecture scattered around the narrow streets. In the midst of these streets is the popular ‘Insta famous’ train street, a must visit spot if you’re visiting the capital.
Why you should visit train street
How many times have you seen a train travel high speed through a tiny street where people live? Chances are not likely. Visiting train straight is a surreal experience. Although it’s not such a hidden gem now, thanks to Instagram, it still has a unique feel about it. As you stroll though the narrow street you’ll find locals going about their normal day to day lives. Little cafes and coffee shops line the streets, children play whilst the grown ups peg out their laundry and the odd scooter passes by. It really is the perfect spot to sit and people watch. And, of course watch the train go by.
How to get there
Train street is situated in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and located between Le Duan and Kham Tien Street. It’s a short walk from Hanoi central train station. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to get here from Hoan Kiem Lake by walking. This is the address- Ngo 224 Le Duan. Here’s a screenshot from Maps.me with the pinned locations Train Street (star), Hanoi Station and 4 Pizza P’s (top right corner) if you fancy food after wandering around.
The train travels through the street several times a day. When planning your trip ensure you leave in plenty of time and try to get here 15-20 minutes early as the train times may differ from the times advertise.
Monday to Friday – 6am, 7pm
Saturday & Sunday- 9:15am, 11:30am, 3:20pm, 5:45pm & 7pm
Please note that these train times were correct at the time of Jan 2019. These are only estimated times that they pass through the street. I advise you to hang out there for an hour or two around the estimated train times to avoid disappointment.
Here comes the train
Once you arrive at this unique spot go explore the narrow streets and immerse yourself in culture. Before the train is due to arrive you will see the locals pack everything up off the tracks, they’ll hurry you off to the side and before you know it you’ll hear the sounding of the trains horn. Find yourself a spot at one of the local coffee shops, pull up a chair to sit and watch the train pass by with some of the best coffee in the world.
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