Hanoi train street - Open or closed ?

Last updated - May 17, 2023
Hanoi train street - Open or closed ?

Hanoi Train Street is a new attraction in the Hanoi Old Quarter in recent years. It features a narrow street lined with hundreds of local houses, cafés, and train tracks in the middle.

Hanoi Train Street is home to a historic railroad, over a century old, originating from the French colonial era. The act of eagerly awaiting the train's passage through the narrow passage between houses has emerged as one of Hanoi's most renowned attractions. Visitors are captivated by the astonishingly tight space, with a mere 4 to 5 meters separating the two rows of houses, allowing just enough clearance for the locomotive to pass through.

Hanoi Train Street has quickly become a must-visit destination for those seeking a truly unique and unconventional experience. This street offers a captivating glimpse into the daily lives of its residents, while also providing a fantastic opportunity to indulge in delicious food and a special cup of coffee while watching the train passing by.

Where is the new Hanoi train street ?

The Hanoi train street is located in Phung Hung Street and Tran Phu Street. It is a hundred meter train track that has many coffee shops on both sides.

From the city center ( Hoan Kiem Lake) visitors could walk along Hang Gai to Hang Bong street and turn right to Phung Hung Street. Walkabout hundred meters to the Hanoi train street.
Please have a look at the maps for better navigation.

Map of Hanoi train street

Is the Hanoi train street open ?

Despite the prohibition, the Cafe shops by the Hanoi train street are still open for tourists. Tour companies and tour guides are not allowed to take tourists there. Tourists could go and explore by themselves. That would not be a problem.

When to visit the Hanoi train street ?

We understand that tourists go to the Hanoi train street to explore a unique place with a train  track, not only for coffee. So to see the train passing by while enjoying coffee. The train schedule to this place is set in stone and there may be some delays.

Enjoy a visit to Hanoi train street

However, basically, this is the time schedule that tourists will see the train:
From Monday to Friday: 7:00 PM; 7:45 PM; 8:30 PM; and 10:00 PM
From Saturday to Sunday: 6:00 AM; 9:00 AM; 11:20 AM; 3:20 PM; 5:30 PM; 6:00 PM; 7:00 PM; 7:45 PM; 8:30 PM; 9:00 PM; 11:00 PM

As the train schedule may vary, it is advisable to anticipate a potential 15-minute delay. To secure a prime viewing spot, it is recommended to arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of the expected schedule.

What to do at the Hanoi train street?

Some interesting things to do when visiting the Hanoi train street:

Watch the train

This will be an amazing experience. Watching the train pass along the narrow street, just inches away from residences and stores, is a captivating highlight of Hanoi Railway Street.

Waiting for the train coming and take photos, videos

Visitors can comfortably sit and enjoy this unique spectacle from one of the many cafes located alongside the railway tracks.

Nice photos for your Facebook and Instagram posts

Hanoi train street is also the ideal place for photographers. The train traversing the narrow passageway presents numerous opportunities for capturing extraordinary and breathtaking shots.

Posing for photo at Hanoi train street

Tourists can relish the experience of strolling along the lane, photographing the passing train, observing and capturing the local life. Post in your facebook or instagram and wait for the thousand of likes.

Enjoy local foods and coffee

Along the Hanoi train street, there are some local cuisines and cafes shops. By visiting this place, you'll not only get a glimpse into the everyday lives of local citizens but also have the opportunity to savor Vietnam's renowned coffee in a unique setting with a fantastic view of the railway.

Enjoy coffee at Hanoi train street

Another Hanoi train street ?

Yes, it is located in Kham Thien Street ( right down south of Hanoi railway station) A little further from the Hanoi Old Quarter. However, in this train street, it is open and tourists can go in easily.

It will take about 30 minutes to walk from Hoan Kiem Lake to this new train street. Please see the map for directions and the location.

Another Hanoi train street

Two trains run along this route daily: one at 3:30 pm and another at 7:30 pm. For optimal photography, we recommend choosing the 3:30 pm train to capture daylight conditions.

Another Hanoi train street in Kham Thien street and Le Duan street.

It's important for travelers to carefully observe and select a safe and scenic spot to watch from. As the train typically travels from the South to the North, you have the freedom to decide where to position yourself for viewing.

Note for safe when visiting Hanoi train street

Safe for visiting Hanoi train street

  • Check the train schedule right after you arrive at the cafe shops at Hanoi train street.
  • No headphone
  • No loud music
  • Do not stand on the train track to take photos when the train is coming or a sign of the train coming.
  • The trains do not always run on time, please watch the train.
  • Following the instructions of the Cafe’s owner.

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