JJ Express

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 - Kalaw
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08:30, 22:00
Bagan - Yangon
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20:00, 21:00
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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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

4.4
237 / 3,588
5 136
4 69
3 22
2 3
1 7
99.7% of 3,588 travelers were presumably happy with JJ Express as they left good or no review

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

May 24, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
We used JJ Express VIP. It was great reclined chairs, water, and food provided, entertainment system in the back of the chair. Could not have asked for more. We could actually sleep for most of the journey.
May 18, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
I love it. Highly recommended
May 16, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
It was very convenient!
May 13, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Early pickup but really good experience.
May 12, 2019
bus Express, JJ Express
★★★★★
Jj express is kind enough to deliver us to Yangon’s downtown zone freely. That’s the good point
Apr 25, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Good seats, but when person in front of you reclines leaves you with very little room and hard to watch screen. A couple of breaks, but they say 10 minutes, but the staff return after 45? Staff were helpful. Got dropped off for downtown, then taxi for 10,000 into downtown.
Apr 20, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Only issue is no toilet on board
Apr 3, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
We were late 20 min but called ahead of time to let them know. They waited. The entire drive was good. The 2 rest stops for 9 hours trip was appropriate. Snacks, blankets were provided.
Mar 29, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★☆☆
The bus was clean and the seats were reasonably comfortable. However it was really difficult to sleep because of how bumpy the road was. Also because the bus has no toilet the toilet stops woke me up every time I went to sleep. About three stops through the night. The AC was freezing! If possible I would find an alternative mode of transport that allowed for more sleep and comfortable ride if travelling through the night
Mar 25, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Felt like in a aircraft with snacks, water, hostess a nd announcement .Smooth ride started on time and reached 1 hr before time.Stopped twice at good location for food and WC. Excellent liedown seats had good sleep without pain in neck or back ,what I feared!
Mar 25, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Comfy bus journey!was surprised to be served dinner as well. Bus managed to arrive before stipulated time
Mar 25, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
The bus journey was comfy with blanket provided.would recommend it to my friends!
Mar 18, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Best overnight bus service experience as they provide snacks, entertainment device and blanket for the journey.
Mar 11, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Clean and confortable
Mar 10, 2019
bus Express, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Comfortable ride, with washroom/meal stops every 2-3 hours. Arrived on time, and made sure that the non-Burmese-speaking passengers know about the free bus transfer downtown. Good value and good service.
Feb 22, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Aprovado, muito bom.
Feb 22, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★☆☆
Need to improve the communication skill in English
Feb 18, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Ótimo serviço, confortável, no horário.
Feb 18, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Great bus service, I would definitely recommend. Really comfy seats and cosy blankets. Drink and a snack provided which was great, and the staff were really helpful and attentive.
Feb 11, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Great service
Feb 11, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Good Customer Service when we arrived at JJ bus counter & has proceed us to VIP lounge for waiting the bus come.
Feb 9, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Very smooth transport. Dinner is included and two helpers on board the bus. 12 hours went very fast, even with two kids at 3 and 5. Only drawback is that the end station in Yangon is very far north in town. Close to airport though.
Feb 9, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Perfect!
Feb 5, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
It was ours best travel by bus ever. Very spacious, excellent seats, enterteiment system with good movies, we were feeling like in the best airlines, like Qatar Airways. Your personel is absolutly polite. And pickup from hotel, absolutly excellent journey. And at least we were in Yangon before time. So absolutly first class. Thank You.
Feb 5, 2019
bus Express, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Too cold
Feb 3, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
A few power outlets do not work. Please fix them so the next passengers can charge their electronic devices. Thanks.
Feb 1, 2019
bus Express, JJ Express
★★★★★
Comfortable bus. Good food at the lunch stop.
Jan 31, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Very comfortable. Hostess very helpful when my daughter was sick coming down the mountains.
Jan 30, 2019
bus Express, JJ Express
★★★★★
Very nice bus. Will take it again! (I'm from the USA)
Jan 24, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Probably the most comfortable long distance bus trip I have ever had. However the bus manager never got back to me as he promised when I noted half the seat belt was missing. He notified the bus driver but of course what could he do. And of course I didn't really expect either of them to be able to do anything.
Jan 21, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★☆☆
▪Bus ok ▪Staff friendly but very bad english - no recent information
Jan 21, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
More comfortable than an aeroplane, stopped for delicious pre ordered meal en route, bumpy road, safe driver
Jan 17, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Seat was comfortable and good service. Only downside was the bus made a few stops to alight passengers during midnight that was quite disturbing.
Jan 17, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Comfortable bus. Good pick up arrangements at Bagan. Drop off at Yangon could have been better as the ride is long from Aung Mingalar to downtown and standing with luggage is tough.
Jan 17, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Better than AirAsia... Given food, drink and a water bottle, a blanket. Reasonably comfortable reclining seats. Pleasant service.
Jan 7, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
The bus is comfortable, big chairs and screen. Good and cheap way to have a long trip and save one night. We’ve done one stop to eat at a local restaurant on the road. Part on the road is across a mountain, if you are someone who get car sick bring with you some pills and do not eat dinner!
Jan 6, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
The bus left as stated in voucher. the seats were comfortable (especially compared to other forms of night buses my son used in other places). Everything went smoothly and we even arrived before scheduled time. reliable company.
Jan 6, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
The bus left at the exact time in my order voucher. the seats were comfortable and the meal tasty. Being cooped for so many hours in one place is a trial at best but having a smily team and a comfortable seat certainly makes it bearable.
Jan 6, 2019
bus Express, JJ Express
★★★★☆
A very comfortable bus. The driver/s and their assistants were all very helpful. My only complaint would be that we weren’t advised there was no toilet on the bus. So I had to ask the diver to stop for a quick loo break on the side of the road for both myself and my son. Traveller tip ~ don’t drink beer before getting on the bus!
Jan 6, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Excellent service, just be careful with the AC, it's get too cold

JJ Express Stations

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