Yangon Circular Train – Train Trip to Yangon Colourful Life
» About Yangon Circular Train
Yangon Circular Train is a local vehicle running along the loops of Yangon Circular Railway, the commuter rail network that serves the Yangon metropolitan area. Operated by Myanmar Railways, the 45.9-kilometre (28.5 mi) 39-station loop system connects satellite towns and suburban areas to the city.
This particular Yangon train runs 20 times on railway consisting of about 200 coaches with 100,000 to 150,000 train tickets sold daily. Travelling by train, especially by this one, is a delightful way to discover a cross section of life in Yangon. Together with buses, the railway is heavily utilized by lower-income commuters because it’s the cheapest transportation in Yangon.
» History of Yangon Circular Train
Yangon Circular Train and Railway system was built during colonial time by the British. The double track railway was built in 1954.
In July 2011, the Ministry of Rail Transportation announced it intended to privatize the Yangon Circular Railway, since the government-run system operates at a loss for the government. The monthly operating costs about 260 kyats (US$325,000) and monthly revenues about 42 million kyats (US$52,500). The tickets prices have been kept low because of ministry subsidies, which makes favourable condition for tourists to experience the national trains in their Yangon travel.
In December 2012, Japan International Cooperation Agency began its collaboration with Development Committee of Yangon City to develop a master plan for Greater Yangon region, including the issue of public transport. Since then, the train journeys are more available for local people.
» Stations Where Yangon Circular Train Stops
The loop network consists of 39 train stations linking many parts of Yangon in train routes. Yangon map from train is shown to the right with approximate location of stations.
Loops usually begins from Yangon Central Railway Station to Railway Station near Yangon International Airport, via Insein to the west and Okkalapa in the east.
Some major stations of Yangon circular train are as following.
- Yangon Central
- Dagon University
- University of Computer
- Studies, Yangon
» Useful Information about Yangon Circular Train for Travelers
If you intend to travel by train in Yangon, don’t forget to take notes all of this:
Yangon circular train serves from 6:10 am to 5:10 pm daily and cost about 2$/pax. Train ticket can be bought at all stations. In Yangon central railway Platform 7, you can buy ticket at a little ticket office on the platform.
The timetable for departure at Yangon Raiway Station is shown to the right (highly recommended because several comments on the Internet about departure is inaccurate). Or you can see the following picture:
Notation “R” indicates eastbound at Yangon railway station, thus in anticlockwise direction, and “L” is the opposite direction.
» How to Get to Station of Yangon Circular Train?
The highly-recommended place to board is at Yangon’s downtown train station of Pansodan and Bogyoke Aung San Roads. For the circle train, you may have to buy tickets from person (or via a travel agency) on platform 7. Enter via the east entrance, at the peak of Pansodan Bridge and head straight down the stairs through the gates, and onto the platform. The very friendly train station manager awaiting in his small booth can speak decent English, show him your ticket and then receive his accurate instructions on how to board.
Hope that the post will be an useful travel handbook for you to enjoy a nice Yangon Circular Train tour!
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