3 Best Ways to Travel from Yangon to Bagan
Yangon and Bagan are the must-see destinations of Myanmar. We guarantee that these places are different from all the cities you have travelled in your life.
As Yangon is the country’s busiest international airport and most of you will arrive in Yangon on the first day, so few nights in Yangon will help you to have brief introduction about Myanmar. And the next destination we highly recommend you to visit is Bagan, which is recently recognized as UNESCO World Heritage with more than 3000 ancient temples constructed in the 11th -13th century.
So, how can you travel from Yangon to Bagan? Depending on your time, budget and also your travel style, you will find a suitable way for yourself.
Here below is our information for transportation from Yangon to Bagan. You can choose a prefect option, but keep in mind that, all of these journeys will bring you unforgettable experiences about a fantastic holiday in Myanmar.
1. Overnight Bus from Yangon to Bagan
Bagan is 611km far from Yangon. Normally the overnight bus will take around 9 – 10 hours. The road condition is good and the overnight bus quality is better than you imagine about transportation services in Myanmar.
Traveling with overnight bus can save you quite a lot of money (the bus ticket is around 20USD/person for a VIP bus with air conditioned, plus you can save 1 night hotel). It is a very good choice if you are not car sick and can sleep on the bus as it is quite noisy if you travel with local people and the driver turn on Burmese music.
The bus normally leaves Yangon at 6.00pm and arrives in Bagan around 4.00am (the next day). So if you choose an overnight bus, make sure to book your hotels in Bagan in advance and prepare for the transfer from bus station to your hotel.
2. Local Train from Yangon to Bagan
The local train standard in Myanmar is not as great as other countries in Asia such as Vietnam or Thailand, etc. The speed is incredible slow, the train is noisy and your bed in the cabin is quite hard to sleep. If you are looking for a beautiful scenic when traveling by train, don’t be let down as we will warn you in advance, the scenery isn’t all beautiful. You will pass many local villages which may be some of the lowest living conditions you’ve seen in your travel. But the most memorable feelings about transferring by local train from Yangon to Bagan is 15-17 hours on the bumpy ride.
The train ticket cannot be bought at the train station and you must to buy train ticket from some travel agents in Yangon center. The tickets are from 35 to 50USD/ soft sleeper/ ticket. No food or drink is included in the ticket fare so you should prepare some snack or drink for your long journey to Bagan. Or you can buy snack on the train.
The train normally leaves at 4.00pm from Yangon train station and arrives Bagan around 10.00am (the next day).
3. Short Flight from Yangon to Bagan
Flight is the easiest way to travel from Yangon to Bagan. If you do not have much time and you do not want to spend a long time on an overnight bus/ train, you absolutely should take a plane. Air Bagan is probably the best airline flying the route, but you can also choose from Myanmar Airways, and Air Mandalay.
The air fare is quite high: from 95 – 155USD/ ticket depending on booking time and airway company. If you choose this option, you should book the hotel in Bagan in advance and also airport transfer from Bagan’s Nyaung-U Airport to your hotel.
» Note: You are required to buy Bagan Archaeological ticket of 25,000 MMK ($22USD) when leaving the terminal. Bagan airport does not have ATMs or exchange services so make sure you have enough Myanmar kyat for your trip here.
» Apart from that, river cruises are also an interesting way to get from Yangon to Bagan with a lot of good experiences, take a look at Yangon Bagan Cruises and find your best trip with us!
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