Yangon in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

Yangon International Airport

Yangon International Airport is Myanmar's main international gateway and hub for domestic flights.

Airlines here include Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yadanarpon Airlines, Myanmar National Airlines and Yangon Airways.

Transport Options

Taxi drivers cluster just outside the departures area of the airport terminal. The fare to downtown Yangon (12 miles) is K8000, although some drivers will ask for K10,000. The journey can take up to an hour, or more if traffic is heavy.

Boat

There are several jetties along the Yangon River, but those interested in travelling by boat only need to be familiar with four – all other departure points are for cargo or routes that don’t allow foreign passengers.

Pansodan St Jetty The jumping-off base for ferries to Dalah.

Lan Thit Jetty From here, IWT runs ferries to the delta towns of Labutta, Myaungmya and Hpayapon. Check here for the schedule and to buy tickets.

Sin Oh Dan Jetty Used by private ferry boats to delta towns including Bogalay.

A few privately owned companies operate luxury cruises between Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay.

Myanma Five Star Line Check with this company about whether it's possible to hop on one of its cargo ships heading to other ports around Myanmar.

Shwe Pyi Tan Express Runs daily express boats to Bogalay from Yangon's Phone Gyi Jetty.

Bus

Two major bus terminals service Yangon:

Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal In the city's northeast and for bus lines leaving for the northern part of Myanmar, as well as for Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock), Mawlamyine (Moulmein) and destinations to the south. A taxi here from downtown Yangon costs K7000 and takes around 45 minutes to one hour outside rush hour. If the traffic is bad, it can take almost two hours; allow plenty of time to get here.

Hlaing Thar Yar Bus Terminal For travel to Ayeyarwady Division and destinations west of Yangon including Chaung Tha Beach, Ngwe Saung Beach and Pathein. By taxi (K8000) the terminal is 45 minutes to one hour west of the city centre across the Hlaing River in normal traffic conditions.

Most signs at the bus terminals are in Burmese; however, English-speaking touts anxious to steer you in the right direction are in abundance. To avoid the hassle and attention, make sure your taxi driver knows where you want to go and, even better, the name of the specific bus company. Showing the driver your ticket will do; if you don’t have a ticket, ask a Burmese speaker to write the information on a slip of paper.

Keep in mind that journey times can differ immensely from estimates, and depend on road conditions and the health of your bus.

Most hotels and travel agencies can book tickets for you, and several agents and bus companies have offices alongside Bogyoke Aung San Stadium; expect to pay K1000 commission, but that's still a lot cheaper and less time-consuming than trekking out to the bus stations to buy your tickets in advance.

Bus companies with offices at the Bogyoke Aung San Stadium:

Elite Express Runs high-quality air-con buses to Bagan, Mandalay, Monywa, Nay Pyi Taw and Taunggyi.

Mandalar Minn Departures for Bagan, Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin.

Shwe Mandalar Departures for Bagan, Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin.

Teht Lann Express Departures for Lashio, Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin.

Car

Rates for hiring a car and driver and including petrol can be as low as US$19.50 (four hours) or US$32.50 (eight hours) around Yangon with an online agency such as Flymya or Oway. Cars and drivers can also be arranged through a travel agent or hotel front desk.

Train

Yangon train station is a short walk north of Sule Paya; advance tickets should be purchased at the adjacent Myanmar Railways Booking Office, where you can also check the latest timetables.

Major destinations that can be reached by daily departures from Yangon include Bagan, Bago, Kyaikto, Mandalay, Mawlamyine, Nay Pyi Taw, Pyay, Taungoo and Thazi.

Though inexpensive, trains are slow, uncomfortable and almost always delayed, often by hours.

Yangon Transport Connections

The following table shows travel costs and times between Yangon and Myanmar’s main destinations.

DestinationBusTrainAir
BagoK1000, 2½hrordinary/upper class K1200/2400, 2hrN/A
Chaung Tha BeachK10,000, 7hrN/AN/A
Daweiordinary/VIP K15,300-23,500, 16hrordinary/upper class K5000/10,000, 24hrUS$110, 1hr 5min
Heho (for Inle Lake & Kalaw)N/AN/AUS$95, 1hr 10min
Hpa-anK8000, 7-8hrN/AN/A
Hsipawordinary/VIP K15,000/21,500, 15hrN/AUS$145 (to Lashio), 1hr 45min
Kalawordinary/VIP K15,000/18,500, 10-12hrN/AUS$95 (to Heho), 1hr 10min
KyaiktoK8000, 5hrordinary/upper class K1200/2400, 4-5hrN/A
Lashioordinary/VIP K15,000/20,300, 15hrN/AUS$145, 1hr 45min
LoikawK13,300, 15hrN/A$95, 50min
Mandalayordinary/VIP K11,000/20,500, 9hrordinary/upper class/sleeper K4650/9300/12,750, 15½hrUS$100, 1hr
Mawlamyineordinary/VIP K6000/10,000, 7hrordinary/upper class K2200/4200, 9-11hrUS$93, 40min
Myitkyinaordinary/VIP K38,000/48,000, 22hrN/AUS$140, 1½hr
Nay Pyi Tawordinary/VIP K5000/8000, 5-6hrordinary/upper class/sleeper K2800/5600/7700, 9hrUS$106, 50min
Ngwe Saung BeachK11,000, 6hrN/AN/A
Nyaung U (for Bagan)ordinary/VIP K13,000/23,000, 10hrordinary/upper class/sleeper K4500/6000/16,500, 16hrUS$105, 70min
PatheinK7000, 4hrN/AN/A
PyayK5500, 6hrordinary K1950, 7-8hrN/A
SittweK20,500, 24hrN/AUS$95, 50min
Taunggyi (for Inle Lake)ordinary/VIP K14,000/17,500, 12hrN/AUS$95 (to Heho), 1hr 10min
TaungooK4500, 6hrordinary/upper class/sleeper K2000/4000/12,750, 7hrN/A
Thandwe (for Ngapali)K15,000, 12hrN/AUS$85, 50min