Train Street in Hanoi: Complete Guide by Locals 2024

Train Street in Hanoi: Complete Guide by Locals 2024

Hanoi Train Street, or renamed “Hanoi Train Street” for foreign travelers, is considered a unique and must-visit place for those who wish to experience “an authentic Vietnamese capital”. Marking the beauty of time through the years, it is the sign of the history of the capital of Vietnam but also one of the most photogenic places in the city. 
What is the address of Train Street in Hanoi? What are the train times in 2024? Has Hanoi Train Street opened yet? In the article below you will find 2024 updated information about this street.

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Written by Thu Giang (Local Expert) Updated on 03-06-2024
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1. Where is Hanoi Train Street? Your Address Guide

Hanoi Train Street runs from Long Bien Station to Hanoi Central Station passing through the residential areas located on Phung Hung, Dien Bien Phu and Le Duan streets.

However, if you want the best experience and great photos, you need to take turns where the train turns dramatically without disturbing the houses on either side too much. 

The entrance to Train Street is located at the intersection of Tran Phu Street and Phung Hung Street.
The entrance to Train Street is located at the intersection of Tran Phu Street and Phung Hung Street

You need to go to the intersection where Dien Bien Phu and Ton That Thiep streets intersect. Then follow the track to go to Tran Phu Street, Phung Hung Street to reach Train Street. It is in the old quarter of Hanoi. It's easy to get there by walking along the walls without Google.

After exploring the train street, you can stop at Phung Hung street. There are some very special murals here that you shouldn't miss. It is called “Phung Hung Mural Street”.

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2. Why You Should Visit Hanoi Train Street: A Must-See for Every Traveler

Train street in Hanoi - Beauty of the capital's time

Coming back to the history of Hanoi Railway Street, the single-track railway that runs through the streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter has existed since the 20th century, during the French colonial period. For many years, the railway has been running through the capital, quietly blending into the rhythm of this place. 

The trains cross very narrow streets.
The trains cross very narrow streets.

What attracts travelers is that this railway line is in the middle and passes through residential neighborhoods. More surprisingly, the passage between the track and the houses is really narrow, only a few steps away. It's so close that it looks like it could swallow the surrounding houses. 

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This part of Hanoi has fascinating architecture with a mix of new and old houses. It designates a beautiful image with different colors, creating a “vintage” atmosphere on every street corner.

Adding to the allure of Train Street's narrow passageways and vintage charm, many visitors are drawn to the area not only for its unique urban landscape but also for its proximity to some of the top museums in Hanoi, which showcase the rich history and vibrant culture of Vietnam's capital.

The good life on both sides of Hanoi Train Street

There are more than 10 trains passing every day while Hanoi's railway tracks are only about 1-2 m away from houses and people. Travel is therefore difficult because the streets of this “railway village” are only wide enough for pedestrians or motorcycles. Cars cannot access it.

Residents travel by bike and motorbike. Source: Scott Pocock/Culture Trip
Residents travel by bike and motorbike. Source: Scott Pocock/Culture Trip

Residents have spent their entire lives on Hanoi Train Street, everything from the confined space with the noise and vibration of passing trains had become familiar. In the absence of trains, residents carry out tasks such as drying clothes, washing dishes, cooking or chatting with neighbors... mainly outside and on the train tracks. 

Residents of Train Street
Daily life of residents of Train Street

However, they know the train times by heart. The train siren sounds, and instantly life withdraws from the rails to let the convoy pass, brushing against passers-by and houses. That's why, even though it seems to be very dangerous, the number of train street accidents in Hanoi is low.

For those who were lucky enough to stroll along Hanoi Railway Street, they could spot local elderly people playing chess, women preparing vegetables for their meals, children running or chatting with locals here to listen to their life stories.

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3. Hanoi Train Street Schedule: Catch the Train Crossing the Neighborhoods!

It's best to know the schedule of the train that passes through the neighborhood in order to have the best photos and experiences.

At each specific location there will be a different train schedule. However, in the Phung Hung area, the most beautiful bend, the train usually passes through in the evening at 7:00 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

If you want to visit Train Street during the day, weekend is best. Saturday and Sunday there will be more trains: 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 3:20 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

 For more details, see the table below.

Day Hour
From Monday to Friday

7 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

7:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

8:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

9:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

3:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

7:20 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

8:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

In fact, the schedule is not fixed and a delay of 15 minutes is generally expected. It is therefore better to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time to have a good view. You should arrive 30 minutes early to choose a coffee to enjoy while you wait. You can take photos of the railway and the houses before the train arrives. Care must be taken to follow the guard's instructions to ensure railway safety. 

Vietnam train street tour

4. Has Hanoi train street reopened yet? 

At the end of 2022, the Train Street cafe area has been closed due to security. Security barriers have been installed, there are checkpoints to ensure railway safety because the coffee trade makes traffic dangerous. According to the official announcement, railway cafes would temporarily close in Phung Hung and Cua Nam areas.

train street hanoi times 2024
Hanoi used to close Train Street, but now it's fully opened

As of 2024, some cafes on Train Street have reopened with a commitment to prioritize railway safety. These cafes do not encroach on the railway corridor and provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy coffee while watching tvisitors need to adherel for visitors to adhere to regulations to prevent accidents. Upon being informed by railway staff or restaurant owners of an approaching train, visitors are required to move to a safe area within the establishment and prepare to capture the passing moment on their phones.

train street hanoi times 2024
Tourists take photos after security solutions are implemented in 2023.

In the past, the city has pioneered solutions such as increasing guards around the neighborhood to guide and assist visitors as well as locals. Also install electronic boards with timetables and safety instructions so that tourists can enjoy this interesting experience, in complete safety. 

5. Some Hanoi train cafes that we recommend

  • Spot 09 - No. 09 Duong Tau Street, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Coffee Waitrans 74 - No. 74 Duong Tau Street, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Café Ga Đông Dương -  No 5A. Tran Phu Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Railway Cafe - No 5. Tran Phu Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • 30 Train Coffee - No. 159 Duong Tau Street, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • MER café - No. 48 Duong Tau Street, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Laika Cafe - 18 Hang Cot Street, Hang Ma, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Hảo Hảo Coffee - No. 80 Duong Tau Street, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Tourists waiting for the train to come by
Tourists waiting for the train to come by 

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Cafe Ga Đông Dương
Cafe Ga Đông Dương with affordable prices for drinkwares

5. Where to Eat Like a Local: Street Food by Hanoi Train Street? 

Hanoi Train Street is a bustling hotspot known for offering a unique experience to tourists. But if you're hungry, don't worry! The neighbors also serve the most delectable and affordable Vietnamese Street Food. Check out our infographic - your guide to the best street food you won't want to miss! 

Building on the lively atmosphere and authentic street food offerings along Hanoi Train Street, for those looking to elevate their culinary journey, the city is also home to some of the best restaurants in Hanoi.

Where to eat in Hanoi Old Quarter

6. Tips and Advice for Visiting Hanoi Train Street in 2024

Safety First:

  • Always prioritize safety. Obey all instructions from railway staff and cafe owners.
  • Move to designated safe areas when a train approaches.
  • Never stand on the tracks or get too close to the oncoming train.
  • Mind your children closely and keep them away from the tracks.

Planning Your Visit:

  • Check the train schedule before you go. While the schedule isn't fixed, weekends generally have more trains (see our guide above for details).
  • Arrive early (30 minutes is recommended) to secure a good viewing spot, especially on weekends or during peak tourist hours.
  • Consider visiting during the day for better lighting for photos.
  • Weekdays offer a quieter experience if you prefer less crowded situations.

Hanoi Train Street Tips

Enjoying the Experience:

  • Respect the local residents. Keep noise levels down and be mindful of their privacy.
  • Choose a cafe with a good view of the tracks if you want to relax and wait for the train.
  • Bring cash for any drinks or snacks you might purchase at the cafes.
  • Take photos responsibly. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid blocking others' views.

Additional Tips:

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Bring a hat and sunscreen if visiting during the daytime, especially during the hot summer months.
  • Light clothing is ideal for Hanoi's warm climate.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.

Bonus Tip:

  • Explore the surrounding area! The Hanoi Old Quarter offers a variety of shops, cafes, and historical landmarks to discover after your Train Street visit.
Our tourist in Hanoi Train Street
Our customers posing for pictures in the heart of Hanoi Train Street

One last word

In short, the “Hanoi train street” is a must-see site when you visit the capital of Hanoi thanks to its rustic but also modern beauty. Above all, the government of Vietnam is doing everything possible to build an interesting and safe place for those who want great experiences here. When taking this tour, travelers must respect safety instructions in order to have a peaceful trip. So, if you plan to enrich your visit to Hanoi, put this attractive destination on your list. 

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Heather10 Jun 2024
I'm heading to Hanoi for just a day, and I've got my sights set on checking out Train Street. But, I've been hearing all these stories about dodgy stuff happening there, like fake cops pulling people over or the real deal giving folks grief about going to the street. Can anyone guide me on how to safely access the train street? Would love to sit in one of the cafés for lunch/evening snacks as well. I have also heard that I need to be invited by the cafe in order to access train street. Also, what else do I explore in Hanoi if I am there for a day?
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Kampá Tour10 Jun 2024

Hello Heather! There aren't any disguised police anymore, but you'll still see many of them patrolling around. Just to be sure, it's a good idea to ask them. Additionally, although Train Street might seem dangerous because of its narrow streets, it's not as risky as you might think. Locals have a trick: they remove their personal belongings before the train passes. Visitors can safely enjoy the view from outdoor seating areas at local cafes. Cafe owners will move their chairs closer to the wall and advise customers to do the same when the train approaches.

Best cafes for Train Pass viewing:

  • Hanoi in the 1990s
  • Nam Vy Coffee
  • Coffee 40

Other must-see places in Hanoi (for a day):

  • Hoan Kiem Lake: Take a stroll around this beautiful lake.
  • Temple of Literature: Explore Vietnam's first university.
  • Church of St. Joseph: Admire its neo-gothic architecture.
  • Old Town: Get lost in its bustling streets and markets.

Also, if you want to find more activities, you can refer to our article 'Hanoi Travel Guide.' Wishing you a fantastic day in Hanoi! 🌆 If you have any more questions, feel free to ask! 

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