Da Lat Railway Station – One of the most beautiful stations in Vietnam

Da Lat Railway Station is about 3km from the city center in the direction of Yersin Park, this is the oldest station in Vietnam with quite special architecture.

The station was built more than 80 years ago with the rare serrated railway in the world, designed by architect Revéron with the new Anglo – Normand architecture form and influenced by modern architecture.

Da Lat Railway Station

Started in 1935 and completed in 1938, this is the first time that people bring artistic elements of architecture and works into the construction of works of high art.

The station is located at 01 Quang Trung, Ward 10, Da Lat city, Lam Dong, this place is always bustling because the number of visitors every day is quite crowded. If you are planning to come to Da Lat, do not forget to visit this place!

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The architecture of Da Lat Railway Station

Dalat Old Station has a shape like the majestic Lang Biang Mountain, 66.5 in length, 11.4 meters in width, and 11 meters in height; with the same architectural model as the station of the provinces in France which the upper roof has a curved arch.

Da Lat Railway Station viewed from above

If viewed from the front, looking horizontally in the direction of the roof, there are 3 pointed roofs protruding at the feet but vertically; from the front, the station has three triangular spiers representing three Lang Biang mountain peaks; the tiled roofs at the base of the triangle are like a ridge.

Steam locomotive in Da Lat Railway Station
Steam locomotive in Da Lat Railway Station

This is an architectural work that is both charming and unique, is a combination of western architecture combined with the architecture of the communal house in the Central Highlands.

Serrated Railway

Da Lat Railway Station is now one of two state-recognized national monument train stations that need to be preserved. As the oldest station in Indochina today and only in Vietnam.

The total length of the railway is 84 km long and through 5 very steep tunnels, so it is necessary to use a serrated locomotive railway system of 16 km long.

Da Lat Railway Station in 1939
Da Lat Railway Station in 1939

When coming here, not many people noticed that the train to Da Lat was a unique and rare serrated railway; because in the world there are only two countries with serrated rail tracks, Vietnam and Sweden.

This type of train system has an additional serrated center track, which aligns with the wheels of the tractor’s head with specially made teeth that are not present on conventional trains; used to pull trains uphill and to keep them from slipping quickly down the slope.

In 1972, due to the influence of war, the railway was stopped working, since then Da Lat serrated railway was removed in the regret of many people.

After 1975, the railway from Dalat – Phan Rang was restored briefly before being completely demolished in the mid-1980s.

After that, the Swiss railway industry immediately offered to buy all the locomotives that run the remaining serrated railway in Vietnam; Their proposal was approved and a plan to “repatriate” the locomotive was launched in 1990.

Now people know Da Lat with one of the most beautiful railway stations in Southeast Asia, featuring an Arab-Deco building architecture – an architectural style that is very popular in Europe and the world in the 20th century.

Nowadays, the railway only runs to Trai Mat station and then returns and becomes an attractive tourist destination of Da Lat for many domestic and foreign tourists.

How to get to Da Lat Railway Station from the city center?

Many people mistakenly think that Da Lat Railway Station is located far from the city, but no, it is only 2.5km from the center of Da Lat at the address at 1 Quang Trung Street, Ward 10, Dalat city.

Like other Dalat tourist destinations located near the center, going to this old station is quite easy. Just follow these instructions:

From Dalat market you follow the following roads to arrive.

  • Go across Ong Dao bridge => Tran Quoc Toan street, facing Lam Vien Square => Dalat Railway Station
  • To Yersin street => Nguyen Trai Street => Quang Trung street => Dalat Railway Station

Opening hours

Dalat Railway Station opens at 7:00 am and does not welcome visitors after 17:00. So you should pay attention not to be late after 17 o’clock, to come and go again.

The best time to visit during the day is between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Train schedule

Many people thought that today’s Dalat Railway Station was no longer active. It is also true that it no longer goes to any other stations in Vietnam. That only works a short 7km to serve tourists Da Lat.

In a day, there will be 5 trips departing from Dalat to Trai Mat

First train: 7:15 => 9:15
2nd train: 9.20am => 11:20
3rd train: 11:55 => 13:25
4th trip: 14h => 15h30
Last train: 16h5 => 17:35

Ticket price

Tickets to Da Lat Railway Station are now 10,000 VND / person. Is a very low cost of sightseeing, right? This fee is for Da Lat station to repair and maintain the works for visitors.

If you want to buy tickets to Dalat station, you buy tickets directly at Da Lat station, children under 1m are free. Prices do not change during the Tet holiday season.

Ticket price for Vietnamese guests

The ticket price to visit Da Lat station is very cheap at only 5,000 VND / person. And if you want to buy a train ticket to the cool camp. To visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda, you must book a ticket in the train car. This ticket price is listed and does not change on public holidays or New Year.

For children under 1 meter, they get a free ticket from the station upon boarding. For Vietnamese guests, the round trip fare is 108,000 VND / person to 150,000 VND / person. A one-way ticket is 72,000 VND / person.

Ticket price for foreigners

Station fares for foreign tourists are often more expensive than domestic tourists. The ticket price for foreign visitors is 170,000 VND / person for round-trip tickets. For those who buy one-way tickets, the price is 150,000 VND.

Tourists note: for groups of 10 people or more, one-way tickets can be applied. In addition, the Da Lat station tourist area also supports large groups.

For one-way tickets only for groups of 10 or more, you should call the station’s phone number for more details.

Because it only works on one route. For tourist purposes, the train runs very slowly. In order for visitors to feel all the beauty of Dalat; Especially in the season when the wildflowers bloom and the cherry blossoms run smoothly and smoothly, when you arrive at the train station in Trai Mat, you can visit the pagoda.

Note: Dalat Railway Station only operates on a single route. That is the route from Dalat to Trai Mat. In addition, visitors can go to Trai Mat by road.

Contact information

Telephone: If you have any questions about the station, you can contact 02633834409.

Attractions Near Da Lat Railway Station

Below we have summarized some tourist attractions near the station. Visitors can refer to below. Choose for yourself an ideal tourist destination.

  • Lam Vien Square Dalat
  • Xuan Huong lake
  • Than Tho Lake
  • Thai Phien Hoa Village
  • The Mo To Bag Caphe Restaurant
  • Dalat College of Education
  • Dalat University
  • Linh Phuoc Pagoda, Dalat
  • Garden of hydrangeas
  • Trai Mat
  • Cau Dat Dalat tea hill

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