Yangon in detail


Yangon has scores of competing private buses. New Chinese-made ones are slowly replacing the old wrecks, but all are packed to the rafters. Routes are confusing and there’s virtually no English, spoken or written. If you’re determined, the typical fare within central Yangon is K200 (use small bills – bus conductors don’t tend to have change). Prices often double at night, but the buses are still cheap (and still crowded).

A positive development, however, is the quasi-public Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that started in February 2016. These modern, yellow, air-conditioned buses run along two routes through downtown Yangon and to the north of the city. Pay the driver, either with the exact K300 fare or with a prepaid card (K1500 before you add credit; can be bought from ticket centres including at Botahtaung, Mayangone and Hledan). Unlike private buses, BRT buses should be boarded at the front and exited through the middle doors.