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.

Buy JJ Express Tickets

Bus Express XL
09:00, 21:00
Bus VIP 32
09:00, 21:30
Bus Express XL
09:00, 21:00
Bus VIP 32
09:00, 21:30
08:00, 12:00, 17:00, 22:00

JJ Express Company Reviews

4.3
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99.6% of 1,274 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.

Sep 8, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
The station staffs at Yangon was helpful, they waited for me when my grab driver called to inform I was running late for 5 mins. The journey was pleasant, the seat was a little uncomfortable at leg room area. It comes with warm blanket. I chose to shut down the cool aircon blower but I still feel its cold inside the bus cabin. The driver made few quick stop when he needs a stretch, which I don't mind as I rather not having the driver risk driving when tired. We made 2-3 toilet stop & still able to arrive Bagan station within the 10hours. The taxi drivers at Bagan station are very persistent. One way to Nyaung U cost 10k, one way to Old Bagan cost 12k while one way to New Bagan cost 15k.
Aug 30, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Great service. Keep it up!
Aug 29, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Excellent!
Aug 21, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Superb. Recommend to all.
Aug 13, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
The Bus was great and almost like a plan with onboard movies and huge seats. AC was okay and we stopped once for 30 min where we’ve been asked to wait at the food court of that weigh station. The bus was locked for this time and the cold air stayed inside and the mosquitos outside - a big plus! The bus drive itself was quiet and the next annoying thing were the taxi drivers at the Bagan bus station. We got a taxi for 12.000 mmk to New Bagan and the Hotel Provider a free shuttle back to the bus station when we left for Inle Lake. So don’t get ripped of by those taxi guys! Better get an e-bike for 5.000 mmk a day ;-)
Aug 12, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Very good service.
Aug 5, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Picked me up at my hotel, left the terminal on time, arrived in Yangon early and transferred me to the airport. Seamless service. Highly recommended
Aug 1, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Nice travel!
Jul 24, 2018
bus Express, JJ Express
★★★★★
Very comfortable bus seats with good airconditioning and entertainment device. Staff are helpful.
Jul 19, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
JJ Express is the best service available in Myanmar and put other western operators in the shade. The seats recline almost fully, a blanket, a screen with movies, a box of pastries and a bottle of water, and there are rest stops. The air conditioning is as cold as they say, but very little reason to complain.
Jul 2, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Very comvenient trip and well organised. Seats and service in the bus are great! Even including an entertainment sytem with games, films and music. It was not clear to is that we had a free pick-up at our hotel but the reception staff knew. Further it was unclear which stop we had to leave the bus. The staff in the bus hardly speak English. Communication can be improved about those issues as well the msg that we were booked on a later bus. Further I’ll recommend this busservice for this trip from Bagan to Yangon
Jun 29, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Amazing
Jun 25, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
I accidentally left my expensive water bottle at the bus station in Nyaung Shwe, and they shipped it to mandalay with the very next bus that came and were very helpful and accommodating the entire time- they were so kind!
Jun 23, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Overall great. A few things: 1) Curtains don't close properly. 2) Lights come on too strong - perhaps a dimmer function. 3) Coffee could be better.
Jun 14, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Great, very comfortable, got some snacks and drinks for the way. Stopped for a restroom approximately every two hours. Arrived 30 minutes earlier :)
Jun 13, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
We really enjoyed it. We were pleseantly suprised by the service provided on the board. We would recommend to everyone
May 12, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Everything was perfect, but the dinner could be better quality.
Apr 11, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Company provided a free hotel pick up. Comfy seats and free snack box. Left and arrived on time
Apr 8, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Very comfy and a great service.
Mar 15, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Comfortable ride with powerpoint, entertainment and some food provided. Will recommend to my friends
Feb 10, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
The bus itself was very comfortable but I’d say definitely wrap up warm because it gets pretty freezing with the air con. Loved the free snacks and water too. The route I took was incredibly bumpy so I did find it hard to sleep. However I can’t fault the lovely staff and the bus itself! Would definitely recommend JJ to others and travel with them again.
Feb 5, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★☆☆
The bus was fine - very cold, but just wear winter clothes. The seats are uncomfortable, and it's hard to sleep. We stopped very close to where we were supposed to be, and someone tried to tell us that if we wanted to go somewhere else then we should get on another bus. It took 30 minutes (literally) to figure out what he was saying because it was lost in translation - no one spoke English, so most of the bus was very confused. Eventually though, we got to the right spot.
Jan 27, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Very satisfied with our journey! Left in time and arrived a bit earlier than expected, bus was very comfortable, and we were given complementary water bottle, snacks and blanket. Will definitely be using JJ express again when we’re traveling through Myanmar by bus.
Jan 27, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
JJ Express were extremely good. Collected from our hotel and taken to the bus terminal in Bagan. Staff were very helpful.
Jan 3, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
JJ Express, the best night Bus company in Myanmar for a reason. We tried others and JJ are the best. Water and blanket for everyone, enough space, a bottle of water and entertainment system on board. Even the temperature of the aircon was OK and not so freezing as in other buses. Unfortunately the road between Mandalay and Inle is horrible. So we couldn't enjoy the comfort of the bus that much.
Jan 3, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★☆☆☆
Very old Bus, the seats were already partly broken. Not every row has the same leg room. Luckily we could swap row with someone so they could sit together as a family. Otherwise it would have been an even worse and more uncomfortable experience. It's true the bus was very cold, even the driver was freezing. But it felt as if the bus simply hadn't had a heating system and it was freezing cold outside. We arrived in time and we had water and a soft drink and a thin blanket. We took JJ express on a different route and the difference was huge. I recommend to always take JJ!
Jan 1, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Bonnes prestations. Pas de problème
Dec 28, 2017
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
The trip was superb. Excellent service and was able to sleep!!! I definitely recommend JJ.
Dec 17, 2017
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Comfortable, quiet, spacious. Great service.
Dec 2, 2017
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
The bus kindly picked up up at our hotel (on the main road). On time, good value for money and easy to book on line. Fairly comfortable seats with ample space for two very tall people. Snack, water and lemonade much appreciated. Very cold for the first half of the journey. I asked the driver if he could turn the air con down which he did. The second half was much more pleasant. Thank you.
Oct 6, 2017
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Great service!
Oct 2, 2017
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
The trip was punctual and very comfortable. We greatly enjoyed the snack, water and blankets. Time passed quickly. We definitely will recommend JJ to friends who visit Myanmar. Even booking on internet went hassle free.

JJ Express Stations

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