The South-Central Coasts and Highlands Travel Guide

The South-Central Coasts and Highlands Sights

Crémaillère Railway (Ga Da Lat)

  • 1 Quang Trung Map It
  • Dalat
  • Building/Architectural Site

Published 07/20/2009

Fodor's Review

In 1933, 30 years after work started, a 105-km (65-mile) cog railway line was completed, linking Dalat to Nha Trang and Saigon. The line was closed in 1969 bomb attacks during the war, and the track ripped up sometime after the war ended in 1975. Twenty years later, a 7-km (4-mile) section of the track was restored and the wonderful art deco railway station renovated. Now it's possible to take the train (which now uses diesel traction) to the village of Trai Mat, home to the Linh Phuoc Pagoda. The round-trip takes two hours, although actually catching the train can prove tricky. It only departs once 25 people have bought tickets so it's best to get your hotel to call ahead to check the state of play. The railway station itself is architecturally interesting, with the three roofs representing the peaks of Lang Biang mountain while also paying tribute to the high pointed roofs of traditional Central Highlands communal houses. Vietnam's last steam locomotive sits at the station, serving as a basic coffee shop. The station and the locomotive are popular with wedding photographers, especially during the wedding "season" that runs from November to January.

Sight Information

Address:

1 Quang Trung, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

Map It

Phone:

263-3834–409

Sight Details:

  • 5,000d to enter train station. Train tickets are 110,000d for nonresidents

Published 07/20/2009

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