How To Get From Yangon To Bagan?
How to get from Yangon to Bagan? The answer is very easy and common: by air, by bus, by train and even by taxi. However, the answer like that is too general and little useful for you. Here we provide you with the details about each option so that you can have the best choice for the itinerary of your Myanmar tour.
Get from Yangon to Bagan by train
Yangon terminal: Yangon Center Railway station, located in the Yangon downtown, 3 km from the Shwedagonn Pagoda.
Bagan terminal: Bagan Railway Station, located in Nyaung-U, 10 km from New Bagan
Service provider(s): Myanmar Railways
Train time: 15-17 hours (even 18 or 19 hours)
Ticket price: 16,500 (17 USD) kyat for upper class sleeper and 4,500 kyat (4 USD) for ordinary class seat.
Ticket booking/purchase: at local travel agents
A train journey from Yangon to Bagan is usually described to be “incredibly slow” and “terrible”. You will have to cope with noise and shakings due to the poor conditions of the Myanmar railway. It’s better for you to prepare warm clothes as the temperature may be much reduced at night. Food and drink are served through the journey but not included in the ticket price. Trains normally leave Yangon station at 4.00pm, and arrive in Bagan around 10.00am (the next day).
Get from Yangon to Bagan by bus
Yangon terminal: Aung Mingalar Bus Station
Aung Mingalar bus station is the main bus station in Yangon and located at Thudhamma Road, North Okkalarpa Township, Yangon, Myanmar. It is about 13 miles (about 50 minutes by car in normal traffic) from downtown and about 5 miles (about 30 mins by car) from the airport.
Bagan terminal: Bagan Terminal: Bagan Shwe Pyi Bus Station
Bagan Shwe Pyi is a new Bus station in Bagan and it is now one and only bus station in Bagan since the old one is not used now. It is located at Nyung U- Kyauk Pan Taung Highway road and you can ask hotel reception or local taxi driver how to get there.
Service provider(s): Khine Mandalay Express, Famous Express, Elite, Shwe Mandalar Bus, Mandalar Min Express, Bagan Min Thar, JJ Express Bus
Bus time: 9-10 hours
Ticket price: US $11-15.5 for normal class and US $18.5-20 for first class (VIP bus)
Ticket booking/purchase: at local agents, bus company offices and bus stations
There are both day and night buses from Yangon to Bagan. Night buses are preferred by the travelers. In general, the bus journey is relatively pleasant thanks to quite good road condition and quality of the bus itself (all buses are air-conditioned). However, it’s a little noisy, especially the normal bus, as the driver turns on movies and Burmese traditional music loud until midnight.
JJ Express is considered the best bus service provider for the route. Their VIP bus has WC, free wifi; every seat has a blanket, pillow, and sockets. Passengers are also provided with a drink, a snack, and toothbrush with toothpaste.
Note that the night bus normally leaves the downtown Yangon at 7.00pm and arrives in Bagan around 5.00am (the next day). So make sure to book your hotels in Bagan in advance and prepare for the transfer from bus station to your hotel.
Get from Yangon to Bagan by air
Yangon terminal: Yangon International Airport
Yangon International Airport (Mingladon) is approximately 30min north of city center. Allow 2 hours during the rush hours. It will cost about $7-10 to travel from the airport to the city center.
Bagan terminal: Nyaung U Airport
Nyaung U Airport is located in Nyaung-U (or Nyaung Oo), a town in the Mandalay Region, Burma (Myanmar), 7 kilometers from New Bagan. It will take about 15–20 minutes by car and cost 7,000 – 10,000 kyat to travel from the airport to New Bagan.
Service provider(s): Air Bagan, Mann Yadanarpon Airlines, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Asian Wings Airways, Air KBZ, FMI Air, Myanmar National Airlines, Yangon Airways
Flight time: 1h20m for direct flights and 1h50m for non-direct flights (via Heho Airport and Mandalay Airport)
Ticket price: $95-120 (economy class, one-way, low season)
Ticket booking/purchase: at local travel agents or booking online via the websites of the airlines
Taking a domestic fight is the easiest and quickest way to travel from Yangon to Bagan. In high season (November to February), the ticket price is normally $10 than that in low season. Air Bagan is probably the best airline flying the route, but you can also choose from Air KBZ, Mann Yadanarpon Airlines and some of the others.
Above is the answer for the question,” How to get from Yangon to Bagan?” It’s totally up to you to choose one of three options, which depends on your budget, timing and even your adventure spirit.