Dalat Railway Station is the train station of Dalat City. The railway station is considered as one of the most famous landmarks of Dalat and a very popular tourist attraction in Dalat city center attracting numerous tourists to visit it each year. Here is everything you need to know about Dalat Railway Station.
Dalat Railway Station was built by the French from 1932 to 1938, when this fascinating building was completed. The station has a unique architectural style characterized by the roof shaped like three pyramids.
Information about Dalat Railway Station
Address: No. 1 Quang Trung Street, Ward 10, Dalat City
Entrance fee: 5,000 VND per person
Opening hours: 8:00 - 16:00
The best time to visit Dalat train station is in the morning when the sun is mild and the sky is clear.
The records held by Dalat Railway Station:
- The oldest railway station in Vietnam (together with Hai Phong railway station)
- The highest railway station in Vietnam at an altitude of 1500 m above sea level
- The only railway station with steam locomotives in Vietnam
- The most unique railway station in Vietnam
Experience of Visiting Dalat Railway Station
Upon entering the premises of the train station, you will come across a security guard booth where you need to pay for an entrance ticket. During our visit, Dalat Railway Station entrance ticket cost just 5,000 VND (~0.21 USD) per person.
Then you just walk a little bit to find yourself right in front of the railway station building, boasting its unique architecture and long history. It is said that Dalat Railway Station is designed similar to those in southern France. The work is shaped in three spires similar to the three peaks of the legendary Langbiang Mountain. The combination of French architecture and local characteristics has created a distinctive beauty for the place.
Inside the building, there is a ticket counter and waiting lounge. If you wish to take a train, you can buy a train ticket from Dalat Railway Station to Trai Mai Railway.
Once you walk pass this area, just keep moving towards the platform. You will see an ancient train and a steam locomotive. The train is just parked here as an attraction. Inside the train, there is a very unique café but it was closed when we were there.
Around the area, there are fields of hydrangeas in a variety of colors. These famous flowers are grown in many places both in the city center and suburbs so you can include visiting some of the most beautiful hydrangea flower gardens in Dalat.
After spending some time taking photos at scenic spots of the station, we just stopped by at Choco café, which is found right at the platform of the train station and is a great place to sip a cup of coffee while admiring the view.
Dalat is popular for its themed cafes with cool concept so every coffee lover should visit at least several of the most unique themed cafes in Dalat. If you want to capture some picturesque spots for your feed, check out this list of the top Instagrammable cafes in Dalat.
Tourist Train Route Dalat - Trai Mat
Currently, Dalat Railway Station is no longer used for transportation purposes as before. The only route served by the railway station is the 7 km long route Dalat City - Trai Mat which takes visitors to explore the surroundings of Dalat and the mountain town in Trai Mat.
Taking this train is an attractive experience. You will be seated in old-fashioned wagons, passing through vegetable gardens of the countryside farms. During the blooming season, you will see beautiful scenery and colorful flowers along the way.
After reaching Trai Mat Railway Station, you can also visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda which is one of the most unique temples in Dalat. Linh Phuoc Pagoda is located only about 400 m from the station, so you can easily walk to this temple with a distinctive architecture.
Dalat Railway Station Train Schedule
There are normally scheduled 12 trips departing from Dalat to Trai Mat and vice versa (6 trips each way).
Train Schedule from Dalat Railway Station to Trai Mat Railway Station:
- DL1: 05:40 - 06:10
- DL3: 07:45 - 08:15
- DL5: 09:50 - 10:20
- DL7: 11:55 - 12:25
- DL9: 14:00 - 14:30
- DL11: 16:05 - 16:35
Train Schedule from Trai Mat Railway Station to Dalat Railway Station:
- DL2: 06:40 - 07:10
- DL4: 08:45 - 09:15
- DL6: 10:50 - 11:20
- DL8: 12:55 - 13:25
- DL10: 15:00 - 15:30
- DL12: 17:05 - 17:35
Ticket price of train route Dalat - Trai Mat
Round trip ticket:
- Hard Seat: 108,000 VND per person
- Soft Seat: 126,000 VND per person
- VIP2: 135,000 VND per person
- VIP1: 150,000 VND per person
- Hard Seat: 72,000 VND per person
- Soft Seat: 84,000 VND per person
- VIP2: 90,000 VND per person
- VIP1: 100,000 VND per person
Note that the train only runs when a minimum of 20 people have bought tickets so you might wait for another train on the less busy day.
In addition, Dalat Railway Station also might offer a special price for large groups, so you should contact the station directly for the best price when traveling in a large group.
Hotels near Dalat Railway Station
Dalat Railway Station is ideally located in the central yet quiet area, and is just within a walking distance to many attractions. Staying at one of hotels near Dalat Railway Station can be a really good idea and some of the best places to stay nearby are:
Tourist Attractions near Dalat Railway Station
Due to its proximity to the city center, you can combine a visit Dalat Railway Station with exploration of the following attractions:
Flower Garden: There are many flower gardens in Dalat and the nearest to Dalat Railway Station is the City Flower Garden which is located north of Xuan Huong Lake. The garden is growing many blooming flowers all year round.
Dalat Pedagogy College: This is another interesting place located just 800 meters away from the train station. Dalat Pedagogy College is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of architecture in Vietnam that you shouldn’t miss.
Bao Dai 1 Palace: This is a resting place for the last king of the ancient Nguyen dynasty. The palace is located on a 1,550 m high hilltop, just 2km from Dalat Railway Station and is surrounded by picturesque pine forests.
Xuan Huong Lake: If Hoan Kiem Lake is the soul of Hanoi, Xuan Huong Lake is the heart of Dalat. Xuan Huong Lake is surrounded by flower gardens and pine forests creating romantic scenery, especially beautiful during sunrise or sunset.
Lam Vien Square: This is one of the most attractive places in Dalat with two impressive architectural works, the Anemone Flower and the Artichoke Bud. Lam Vien Square attracts many people who come to visit and take photos or just take a walk and relax.
Still cafe: This is one of the best cafes in Dalat that many people have been flocking to for taking photos. The cafe is located under the slope opposite to Dalat Railway Station.
Dalat Cable Car: A great way to travel from Robin Mountain to Truc Lam Zen Monastery and enjoy the cool air during the journey.
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