Hanoi Train Street is one of the most unique things to do in Hanoi. This residential street has an active train track running straight through it, with only a meter gap between the houses. If you visit at the right time, you’ll get to experience the train speed past you while it blasts its horn.
How to get to Hanoi Train Street
We walked to the Hanoi train street from our accommodation in the Old Quarter. If you’re not located walking distance then the best option would be to catch a taxi. We found taxis the most effective way to get around Hanoi city. You’ll be able to find this exact spot by typing “Train Street” into your GPS and it will drop you right at the entrance. Once you’ve arrived, you can follow the train track as far as you want to explore.
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Where to stay in Hanoi
Hanoi is a very large city, although you’ll find most tourist accommodation in one area called the Old Quarter. A popular hostel located right in the Old Quarter is Little Charm Hanoi Hostel. It even has its own pool and looks more like a hotel than a budget hostel. A popular mid range option is Hanoi Buddy Inn & Travel which is also close by.
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What to expect
Hanoi Train Street is one of the most unique things to do while in Hanoi. What makes this place so different is that everyday a train speeds through this small residential alleyway. The path is so narrow that you’ll have to stand right against the wall to get out of the way of the train. The street is filled with Vietnamese flags and locals going about their daily routines like hanging out the laundry.
If you visit at the right time, you’ll be able to experience this for yourself! The train usually runs twice a day, one at 3.30pm and one at 7.30pm. However, we visited just before 9am and were lucky enough to experience the train speed by which we didn’t expect to see. The train doesn’t slow down for anyone so be sure to stay clear of the path. You won’t miss it as you can hear its horn from very far away.
If you plan on visiting Hanoi, definitely head down to train street for a very unique experience! For some of the best views of the city, be sure to check out Lotte Observation Deck Hanoi.