Unique Hanoi Train Street

A fast train travels straight through a residential street in Hanoi, Vietnam, with the local name of Hanoi Train Street. All inhabitants must make sure their bikes, priceless personal goods, and wandering children are safely inside the house before the train passes because the street is so narrow. The Hanoi Old Quarter conceals a hip little neighborhood where pedestrians are no longer most at risk from motorbikes or even cars when they go outside their front doors. The Hanoi Train Street is today defined by high-speed trains that rush through the residential street only feet from people's daily life, including their dishes and laundry drying by the tracks.


When exploring this distinctive Hanoi Train Street, you will undoubtedly:

- Be taken aback by the tranquility and unassuming demeanor of the residents who live close to the railroads.

- Immerse yourself fully in Hanoi's bustling and vibrant local culture.

- Stunning photos for the journey


Where is the Train Street in Hanoi?

If you're on that train travelling south to Hue and Hoi An, be sure to keep an eye out for it because it's one of the first places it goes through. If you want to get there with your head still on, just don't put it out the window.

Through various social media channels, the train street undoubtedly piqued the interest of travelers, which is why Hanoi Tours encourage them to look for it. The street is comparable to the remainder of the Old Quarter streets in Hanoi in that it is a combination of lively, narrow lanes and towering, skinny structures. Tourists may quickly identify the discrepancies, though, since a running railway track is taking up the place where a road ought to be. Observing the inhabitants go about their daily lives is pretty strange.

Between Le Duan and Kham Thien streets in Old Quarter is Hanoi Train Street.


Accessing Hanoi Train Street

Although there are various routes in Hanoi that go to the train streets, we chose to watch the train pass from a section of the street that was closest to the Hanoi Old Quarter so that visitors could easily walk there. Between Kham Thien and Le Duan, on the lane passing by known as Ngo 224 Le Duan, is where Hanoi Train Street is located. It takes about 35 to 40 minutes to walk at a reasonable pace from the Hanoi Old Quarter. You can also try "xe om" (Grab bike) to find transportation there.


What time of day is ideal to visit Hanoi Train Street?

Two trains run along this route every day, one at 3:30 and the other at 7:30. We chose the train around 3:30 pm for the daylight in order to get the greatest picture. It is obvious that, in order to be safe, tourists should take care to select a location with a secure vantage point and a decent perspective. You can choose where to watch from because the train typically travels from the South to the North.


Hanoi Train Street Timetable

It is very vital for all of us, whether we are domestic or international visitors, to arrive at the proper moment to observe the train going by in Hanoi Train Street. Only a few times a day will the train travel through this narrow street.

Mon – Friday: 19.00; 19.45; 20.30; 22.00

Weekend: 06.00; 09.00 ; 11.20; 15.20; 17.30; 19.00; 19.45; 20.30; 22.00

A 15-minute delay is typically anticipated because the schedule is not set in stone. So if you want to secure a decent viewing place, you'd better show up at least 30 minutes early.

Enjoy the tranquility of Hanoi while strolling the streets and capture the most stunning image to preserve your Hanoi memory. Maybe while you wait, buy a coffee.


However, how does it feel when a train passes by?

We literally had to jump off the tracks and stood virtually pressed against a wall as the train sounded its horn and came rushing toward us.

Even the locals were directing us to step back more while making bizarre hand motions, which was a little unsettling. As you can see from the angle of the video I captured below, the train practically passed by within a few inches of us! "- provided by a traveler in Hanoi.


Safety of the streets in Hanoi

It should be obvious that these are real trains and shouldn't be tampered with. If you linger on the tracks past your allotted time, they WILL NOT and CANNOT stop. Don't be dumb; the photo will never be worthwhile.

Avoid standing in the middle of the track for an extended period of time like some foolish tourists we witnessed by choosing a position along the side of the track where it won't endanger anyone.


The best activities in Hanoi Train Street

Eat and drink on the Tracks.

For those who are feeling thirsty, The Railway Cafe, which is situated on the side of the railroad tracks, is open for business. The ideal place to see the train is from a few chairs outside where you can chat with other onlookers. Along with the cafe, the train street features a few restaurants and fast food joints. As a result, you may quickly grab something to eat or drink while still watching the train.

Try some Vietnamese coffee on Hanoi Train Street.

It would be unfortunate if you went to Hanoi and didn't drink Vietnamese or Hanoi coffee. Coming to Hanoi Train Street will give you the chance to observe locals going about their everyday lives while also enjoying the famed Vietnamese coffee in a unique setting with a great view of the railroad.

Along with the well-known coffee shops, the street has a few gift shops. You can purchase adorable handcrafted goods or traditional and typical Vietnamese clothing here. Some are for gifts, while others are just for preserving the memory of this unique location.


Seek the best pictures you can of this unique "playground."

Even though a train passing by inches from the doorway is a common occurrence for locals, it is a novelty for all foreign tourists. Both locals and tourists from other countries who are looking for inspiration love to take pictures in this distinctive Hanoi rail street.

In many respects, street photography is always difficult. Most of the time, you can't predict what will happen next, but occasionally you can picture a particular scene in your mind and wait for it to unfold.

On the other hand, you frequently need to act quickly to snap a photo before a momentous occasion has already passed and you've missed the greatest opportunity for a spectacular shot.


Discover local life and culture

Living next to the railroad tracks is similar for locals. While trains are "noisy guys," the railway becomes their hushed companion. The fact that these Hanoians must live in such a risky area may seem like a misfortune, but as they have grown accustomed to it, this street has become quite special to them and even plays a significant role in their daily lives. Talk to them, spend time with them, and you'll always remember these special times.

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