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The bus station is just north of the centre but many buses heading to Yangon, Mandalay and other destinations stop on the main road, just east of the bridge. Along this road you’ll find several bus companies servicing the main destinations.

Buses from Meiktila go to Bagan (K10,000 to K12,000, five hours, 4pm), Mandalay (K4000 to K5000, three to four hours, several daily), Nay Pyi Taw (K6500, three to four hours, several daily) and Yangon (K10,000 to K13,000, eight to 10 hours, twice daily).


There’s a small train station in town, catching slow trains heading east–west. A more useful station is in Thazi, about 16 miles east, at the crossroads of the Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi lines.