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Getting Around

 

By Flights (Domestic)

Costs will be between US$ 100-200 depending on the distance. Domestic flights can book online but should check with the reservation department by email to ensure that seats are confirmed. With the exception of Air Bagan which offers online booking, domestic flights are paid for on arrival in Rangoon at the airline’s office before taking the first flight. Domestic flights must be reconfirmed a day or two before departure so always ask your hotel to make the call and reconfirm. Flight schedules can sometimes change without notice. It is wise to add a final night in Yangon before flying out on an international carrier.

Yangon international airport serves all domestic flights from the old terminal building. This building is located about 200 m further on the road than the main (new) Yangon International Airport building. When taking a taxi from downtown to the airport, mention to the driver that you are on a domestic flight so you’ll not end up in the wrong terminal.  Find out more about your flights here.

 

By train

Trains are slow, noisy, often delayed, have frequent electrical blackouts, and toilets are in abysmal sanitary condition. Never assume that air-conditioners, fans, or the electrical supply itself will be operational, even if the train authorities promise so. Train stations also charge exorbitant prices from foreign travellers making buses and ferry cheaper and faster alternatives. Still, a journey on a train is a great way to see the country and meet people. The rail journey from Mandalay, up switchbacks and hairpin bends to Pyin U Lwin, and then across the mountains and the famous bridge at Gokteik, is one of the great railway journeys of the world. More in here.

 

By Car

You can hire a private car and driver at reasonable rates to tour independently at your hotel. Or you can request from us. Check more about our car rental service here.

 

By Bus & Taxi (Recommended)

We recommend you to travel with Buses if you are an independent budget traveller. Fares are reasonable but must be paid in Kyat. Many long distance buses assign seats so it is best to book seats at least a day in advance. Road travel to tourist destinations is generally safe, although some roads may be rough, and highways are often 2-lane. Check the rough guide for the bus fares below.

Destinations Fare Duration
Yangon-Mandalay US$ 12-18 10 hrs
Yangon-Bagan US$ 14-20 10 hrs
Yangon-Kyaiktiyo US$ 8-10 4 hrs
Yangon-Mawlamyaing US$ 8-12 8 hrs
Mandalay -Pyin U Lwin US$ 3- 5 2 hrs
Mandalay – Hsipaw US$ 6-10 5.5 hrs

 

Other Things to Note:

  • Bus and Taxi Fares must be negotiated all the time.
  • Bus rides are bumpy and you might consider bringing along tablets for motion sickness.
  • Avoid the rear of the bus and try to sit as far up front as you can get.
  • All taxis (and by extension all vehicles for transport of people and goods) have red/white license plates, while private vehicles have a black/white one.
 
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