Company Information

JJ Express, or Joyous Journey Express, is a bus company based in Yangon that provides new buses and a high level of service. This is a VIP bus and passengers get food, water, and entertainment on their journey.

The company started in 2011 and uses a fleet of modern buses with a 2+1 seat arrangement to increase the comfort of passengers. Buses undergo daily maintenance checks on the essentials before it departs on a journey to maximise safety and to reduce the risk of breaking down.

JJ Express drivers have a minimum of 10 years’ experience driving buses and need to take more stringent driving training before they can drive the bus. The quality and professionalism are much higher compared to other companies and the passenger’s safety is put first.

There are two types of class on JJ Express. First Class (VIP) uses a 2+1 seat arrangement whereas a cheaper option is the Business Class coaches with spacious 2+2 seats. Both classes are good for long distance travel but First Class is usually a popular choice for overnight journeys with extra leg room and more comfort.

Attendants give refreshments throughout the journey and are all trained in basic first aid. Travel insurance is also provided for passengers.

The main terminal in Yangon is Aung Mingalar Bus Station, which is on Thudhamma Road in the North Okkalarpa Township. This is about 25 kilometres from downtown Yangon and takes at least 45 minutes to reach in a taxi. Bagan Shwe Pyi Bus Station is the main terminal in Bagan located at Nyung U Kyauk Pan Taung Highway.

Routes Served by JJ Express

This operator serves several routes that connect the major cities and tourist destinations in Myanmar. Below are the most popular journeys, duration, and estimated distance:

Yangon–Mandalay

The distance from Yangon to Mandalay is around 625 kilometres and it takes buses around 9 hours to cover it.

Only two buses depart on a daily basis: one in the morning and a night bus with a one-way ticket costing USD18.50.

Yangon–Bagan

One Yangon to Bagan bus (625 kilometres) leaves at 8 pm and takes 9 hours to reach. The price is USD18.50 for a one-way ticket.

In the opposite direction from Bagan to Yangon there is also a night bus and it leaves at either 8 pm or 9 pm from Bagan Shwe Pyi Bus Station.

Yangon–Inle Lake

It is 570 kilometres from Inle Lake to Yangon and it takes at least 10 hours on a night bus. Tickets are USD25 for a seat on a VIP bus.

Yangon–Nay Pyi Taw

Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw (370 kilometres) is a more frequent route with 4 buses departing each day (8 am, 12 pm, 5 pm and 10 pm) with the journey taking around 5 hours for USD7.

Mandalay–Nay Pyi Taw

Mandalay to Nay Pyi Taw is a 4-hour journey covering over 270 kilometres and leaving at 7 am for USD6.

Pros

Comfortable seats on a new and modern bus
Entertainment is available on a personal screen attached to the seat in front on a VIP bus
Depart and arrive on time
Snacks and drinks provided
Most of the staff speaks some English and very attentive to passengers needs
Reputable company and easy to find information about tickets and routes
Toilets are available on the VIP bus
Daily maintenance before the bus leaves
Online booking is available on other platforms other than their own website

Cons

Some staff speak English with heavy accent, which travellers find hard to understand
No toilets on normal/express bus
Buses aren’t as often as other companies
Air conditioning is blasted at the lowest temperature constantly throughout the trip
Online booking on their website has limited choice of routes
The price and routes vary depending on which website the tickets are booked from

Keep in Mind

JJ express seems to be a popular choice for night travel
There may not be daily buses for the route you want
The VIP bus between Yangon and Bagan is considered to be the best route, which includes comfortable seats, a toilet, onboard Wi-Fi and refreshments.
Reservations are typically made on their Facebook page to be paid and collected 30 minutes before departure from the front desk at the bus station.
Avoid using third party websites to book with JJ Express and they often add an additional USD5 to the price.
The bus leaves Yangon from Aung Mingalar Bus Station, which is at least a 45-minute taxi ride from the city centre. You also need to collect tickets 30 minutes in advance.

Traveller Reviews

Most travellers are overwhelmingly positive after the company invested in a new fleet of modern buses.

Some travellers mention that they had low expectations after reading a few negative reviews about the company but were pleasantly surprised when they embarked onto the bus. Highlights mentioned by many include the comfortable seats, leg cushions, and a personal screen for entertainment. If you are lucky, your hostesses will speak both Burmese and English. Blankets are normally clean blankets, snacks and water provided.

Regardless the route, travellers are generally happy with the service though some feel somewhat uncomfortable because announcements are always in Burmese without translation into English. Another great point is that the food served on board is never too spicy and is ok for a western palate.

There have been some reviews though about huge delays, especially on Mandalay–Yangon route with journey taking almost 13 hours in total to reach Yangon. Note that this is quite possible if the road is under repair or due to heavy rains, so to be on the safe side before buying your ticket ask about the road condition at present.

Opposite to many travellers’ experience with other bus companies, we have never heard about lights being left on at night or too high volume on entertainment system with JJ Express.

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Bagan - Inle Lake
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09:00, 22:00
Bagan - Kalaw
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09:00, 22:00
Bagan - Yangon
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20:00, 21:00
Inle Lake - Bagan
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20:00
Inle Lake - Mandalay
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20:00
Inle Lake - Yangon
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18:00
Mandalay - Inle Lake
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Bus Express XL
22:00
Bus VIP 32
22:00
Mandalay - Yangon
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Bus Express XL
09:00, 21:00
Bus VIP 32
09:00, 21:30
Yangon - Bagan
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20:00
Yangon - Inle Lake
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18:00
Yangon - Kalaw
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18:00
Yangon - Mandalay
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Bus Express XL
09:00, 21:00
Bus VIP 32
09:00, 21:30
Yangon - Naypyitaw
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08:00, 12:00, 17:00, 22:00

JJ Express Company Reviews

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99.7% of 7,299 travelers were presumably happy with JJ Express as they left good or no review
JM
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 18, 2020
very good travel option. with food, sockets, blankets, water and good English-speaking attendant.
JM
2
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 18, 2020
The bus was in very good condition and the driving was also good (only that the roads are really in bad condition). No sockets, just a USB port that charges your phone very slow. English of the conductor/ driver is bad that it confuses the passengers.
JV
4
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 17, 2020
For the best communication on the way, if the driver assistant would have a white board or something where written in English how long the time for the stop. Thank you for travel snack and water, good device!
MZ
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 12, 2020
Really comfortable bus with big space to put feet and great service. I would totally recommend and use their services again
MD
4
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 8, 2020
The driver was driving very fast. Way too fast.
KD
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 6, 2020
Comfortable trip. Helpful and attentive staff.
SI
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 3, 2020
Pleasant journey. I have a good night sleep
TN
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 30, 2019
Very good servise
RG
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 26, 2019
Excellent
FB
3
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 24, 2019
Seat is not very comfortable for me at 6 feet tall.
MS
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 22, 2019
highly recommend. comfortable trip
RS
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 20, 2019
Great ride, and great service!
NH
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 18, 2019
The crew was a bit irked
IM
4
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 16, 2019
Seamless booking and collection of bus tickets. Comfy and safe journey throughout. However, bus terminal at Yangon was far from city, recommend to grab and buffer more time as traffic can be quite bad.
IM
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 16, 2019
Seamless and safe journey back from Bagan to Yangon. Complimentary transfer bus pickup directly from hotel to bus terminal, and bus to Yangon city area too. Good stopovers/toilet break and in-bus snack & water.
NV
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 15, 2019
Very good services
WL
4
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 15, 2019
the ride from Mandalay to Inle was comfortable.. the air conditioners on the side were abit too powerful. entertainment was switched off after the 1st rest stop
SJ
3
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 8, 2019
Old car not much convenient , have to change to anothet small bus go inside the destination.
MS
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 3, 2019
Wonderful bus service. Seats are extremely comfortable. The staff is very well taking care of you through the journey. Highly recommended.
DG
5
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 1, 2019
Air conditioning needs to be lower. Other than that perfect.

JJ Express Stations

Bagan Shwe Pyi Aung Mingalar Winner Hotel Bagan Shwe Pyi Bawgathiri Highway Station Nyaung Shwe Odyssey JJ Chan Mya Shwe Pyi