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From Aung Mingalar to Bagan by bus

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From Yangon Central to Bagan by train

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From Yangon Airport to Bagan by flight

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Yangon any hotel to Bagan Schedule

Yangon any hotel to Bagan Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Mandalar Minn Express Economy 45 07:30 – 17:30MMK 26,991
Myanmar National Airlines Economy #UB28106:55 – 08:15MMK 166,375
Air Thanlwin Economy #YH90907:00 – 08:20MMK 163,293
Air KBZ Economy #K724207:00 – 08:20MMK 196,282
Myanmar Airways Intl Economy #8M412407:00 – 08:20MMK 179,957
Bagan Min Tha Express 08:00 – 18:00MMK 19,824
Air Thanlwin Economy #YH74115:30 – 16:50MMK 163,293
Myanmar Railways Sleeper 16:00 – 09:30MMK 26,991
Bagan Min Tha Express 19:00 – 05:00MMK 19,824
JJ Express VIP 20:00 – 06:00MMK 31,489
Elite Express Business 20:30 – 06:30MMK 32,389
Bagan Min Tha VIP 21:00 – 06:00MMK 26,991

How to get from Yangon to Bagan

One of the undeniable highlights to any trip to Burma, Bagan lies 620 km north of Yangon. No wonder that the route between Yangon and Bagan is well travelled. You can either fly or opt for an overland trip depending on your budget and overall preferences. Buses, trains and planes allow you to take your time, save a couple of bucks in your pocket and put up with a long journey and bumpy road or travel fast and part with some USD100+ and get closer to the mysterious temples of Bagan is just one hour. Whichever way you choose, it is always an adventure in Burma.

From Yangon to Bagan by train

A direct railway line links Yangon to Bagan. Departing from Yangon, it is the same line which heads straight north up to Mandalay, and Bagan-bound line branches off south of Pyinmana, turning southwest to Lewe and then northwest to Taungdwingyi and Kyaukpadaung before reaching Bagan Railway Station which is actually located 3 km south of Nyaung U. The railway route meandering through the countryside with occasional golden stupas dotting it here and there is quite scenic but also longer than the bus route. It takes 17 hours to get from Yangon to Bagan by train.

There is only one daily train #61 from Yangon to Bagan leaving at 4pm and reaching the train station at Nyaung U by 10am the next morning. The trains offer carriages of all classes available in Burma: the cheapest hard seats in ordinary class; slightly more comfy second class seats, soft reclining upper class seats and the local luxury, berths in a sleeping car. Prices fluctuate significantly, from MMK5,500/USD4 for a hard seat if you buy it in person at the station to MMK80,000/USD60 for a berth in a sleeping car when purchasing in advance from outside of Burma.

Sleeping cars are undoubtedly the most comfortable and enjoyable way to travel over such a long route, especially if you travel as a group of friends or a family and can get the whole compartment all for yourself. Otherwise consider upper class seats – they are less expensive than berths and more expensive than second class seats but a far way more comfortable than the latter.

Note There is no air-conditioning in carriages. Some have ceiling fans and others get their portion of fresh air from the open windows but generally it is not a problem even if travelling during the hottest months (April and May). It also pays to have some warm clothes at hand as it can get rather chilly at night.

Tip During low season train #61 offers no sleeping cars; your choice is restricted to different kinds of seats only.

Yangon Central Railway Station is located in Kun Chan Road, opposite the stadium.

Bagan Railway station lies 500 m south of the Highway bus station and about 3 km past the airport – a way from Nyaung U. Taxis are available for destinations within Nyaung U, New & Old Bagan at more or less the same price (MMK8,000/USD8). Inquire with your hotel if they provide free pick up from the train station – some of them do it for airport arrivals but you can always negotiate. Shared taxis normally ask MMK2,000 per seat for Nyaung-U. If prices offered by taxi drivers at the railway station look too high, just walk 150 m to the highway and get your ride at a cheaper rate.

From Yangon to Bagan by bus

There are several bus stations in Yangon, but the main one for Bagan-bound buses is Highway Bus Station, aka Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal. It is located well out of the city, 500 m east off Aung Mingalar Highway, between Sat Hmu Street and Sa Gaing Street; further 7 km northeast from Yangon International airport.

To get to the bus terminal, expect to pay MMK1,000 for a seat in a shared taxi or MMK6,000/USD5 for a whole vehicle.

Bus tickets can be purchased in the city from counters by the stadium, north of Yangon Central Railway Station. You will surely enjoy the process – normally nobody uses computer systems and when you need a ticket there are at least several people involved to discuss, to phone each other, to make a note in a notebook. But somehow it all functions quite ok – if you get your ticket, you will get a seat, too; do not worry.

There are several night buses from Yangon to Bagan leaving between 6pm and 9pm and one morning bus at 9am. They take about nine hours to get to Bagan, which is obviously much faster than trains do. But there are a couple of things to note before you take a bus to Bagan, though.

  • It can get freezing cold inside buses. As in many other hot countries, the Burmese tend to use excessive air-conditioning in buses. Do have some warm clothes at hand as even if blankets are provided, they are usually not enough.
  • Tickets sell quickly enough – book your ticket at least a couple of days in advance.
  • There are different classes of buses – from the very spartan and cheapest regular buses (from MMK15,000/USD11) to more comfortable VIP coaches (MMK26,000/USD19). You are unlikely to be able to have a nap in a regular bus as wooden benches instead of normal seats are not a rare case.
  • Buses usually make at least one stop en route for dinner. Expect locals to get out and eat with great appetite any time of night, be it midnight or small hours: meals are crucial!

Note that buses leaving Yangon in the evening arrive to Bagan early in the morning, between 3am and 5am. Try to buy a ticket for a bus leaving as late as possible to get to your destination at a more reasonable hour.

The new Highway bus station sits close to Bagan railway station, some 2.5 km past the airport. Shared taxis to Nyaung U are available for under MMK2,000, but you can as well walk 100m to the highway and flag down passing by transport. All the arriving buses are met by taxi drivers ‘Burma-style’ shouting out their prices and pushing you to get a ride with them. Prices offered tend to be ridiculously inflated. As in case with the airport and the railway station, your host can help to organize transfer at a better rate (about MMK5.000/USD5 per Nyaung U, a bit higher for New and Old Bagan).

Flights from Yangon to Bagan

A handful of airline companies offer direct daily flights between Yangon and Bagan. Airfare is far from being cheap: tickets cost from USD110 and up for a one-hour flight. In low season, you can grab promotion fares offered by some travel agents (Yangon-Bagan for about USD80). Flying saves you a cheap bumpy bus trip or a devastatingly long train journey though.

Tip Views of the Bagan temples from above during landing (or taking off naturally) are amazing. It is really a good idea to ask for a window seat.

In Yangon, Yangon International airport lies 17 km north from the Central Railway Station. It is not served by public transport – to get there you have to take a taxi (MMK8,000/USD8). You still can cover the major part of the distance between the city and the airport by public bus – look for any bus heading to Sel Maing Kone or Maha Si (ask locals, otherwise you are unlikely to figure out which bus is ok for you) and then walk up Yangon Airport Road – it is 2.5 km to the terminal building. A taxi from the stop should cost you about USD1.

Bagan airport is located in Nyaung U, east of New and Old Bagan. The airport facilities are limited and do not include ATMs or exchange service – ensure you have enough local currency at hand. Taxi drivers at the airport ask between MMK5,000 and MMK8,000 for destinations in Nyaung U, New & Old Bagan. If you book your accommodation with one of the midrange or top hotels, check if they provide free transfer from the airport – many of them do.

Note You have to pay the entrance fee to Bagan Archaeological Zone right at the airport. You will not be let out of the terminal building without your Bagan ticket. Ticket costs MMK25,000/USD22. If by some chance you do exit without paying, you will be asked to pay at your hotel or guesthouse as the owners register ticket numbers at check-in.

Onward travel from Bagan

Buses to Mandalay take 5 hours and cost MMK10,000/USD9. Train to Mandalay takes 7½ hours and departs daily at 7am. A much more scenic way to get to Mandalay from Bagan is to take a ferry going upstream along Irrawaddy River. Ferryboats take longer – from nine hours up – but let you avoid a bumpy bus ride. Note that there are different types of boats – from very slow ones (USD10) to more luxurious and speedy options (USD50). Opinions vary: some travellers rave about this boat journey between Bagan and Mandalay, others consider it too expensive, not so spectacular and boring.

Monywa, half way between Bagan and Mandalay, can also be reached by direct bus or via Pakokku.

There are buses to Kalaw and Taunggyi (for Inle Lake) from Bagan, too (from MMK12,000/USD10). The ride is extremely bumpy and winds its way through mountainous area in certain parts. If your bus has a lot of locals on board, do not be surprised to find half of your fellow passengers vomiting constantly. At the stop you will then find them dining with great appetite, though. ...And vomiting again afterwards! If you can afford flying, taking a plane is your best bet for travelling between Bagan and Inle Lake.

There are no direct buses for Sittwe or Mrauk U: you have to change at Magwe.

Yangon any hotel to Bagan destination reviews

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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.
PD
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train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Nov 26, 2019
We are seasoned travellers in our very early 60’s and love to experience all forms of transport in the countries we visit. My main concern after booking the tickets was that they could not be confirmed until a few days before travel which could have caused a problem for the rest of our trip. However this is not the fault of 12goasia and their communication via email on questions I asked could not be faulted. Picking the ticket up was an interesting experience as although we had a full address, buildings were not easily identifiable. Of course we could have paid $10 to get tickets delivered to our office but their emails about ticket pick up were very detailed concerning office hours etc. The first class train was definitely not to same standard as those we have used in Thailand or Vietnam. I was glad I had booked all 4 beds in our carriage so we could relax and spread out. The trip took 19 hours in the end from Yangon to Bagan. Very bumpy journey but I must have slept more than I realised. Food we bought on the train was actually very tasty with dinner and breakfast delivered to us, which was just as well as we could not move from our carriage! Not for the faint hearted but a great way to see the countryside and relatively cheap dinner, bed and breakfast with transport included!
SS
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Bus Express, Bagan Min Tha, Nov 12, 2019
The bus was very narrow and a lot of passenger. Next to me was a family (daddy, mom and kid), late night the kid cried and made I unable to sleep. However, Staff of bus operators really nice and kind.
RT
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train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Nov 12, 2019
Really rough ride. Took about 20 hours. Nice to be able to lie flat (unlike on airplane), but still tired and sticky upon arrival. Compartment was spacious enough for 3 people, and seats/beds and toilet functional. No air conditioning, but open windows provided nice breeze and good view of countryside and people and activities in villages and fields. Compartment completely isolated from rest of train. No food or water available except for few hawkers at occasional stations( very brief stops)- glad we brought our own water, peanuts and crackers. Interesting cultural experience, but wouldn’t choose to do again.
JF
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train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Nov 11, 2019
Previous comments regarding this trip are factual. The train trip is a long (19 hours in our case), grubby and jolting journey but we have no regrets. It was truly memorable and provided a reality check regarding train travel from days gone by plus an opportunity to see rural living. Make sure you take plenty of water and other provisions even though some items can be purchased along the way. Useful to have a longyi/blanket and insecticide as carriage is fully airconditioned (open windows!) Another suggestion is don’t wear white. Collection of tickets from Pegu has already been accurately described.
TH
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Bus VIP, JJ Express, Nov 4, 2019
Location is a bit out from the yangon City centre. Service is good.
JA
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train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Nov 3, 2019
Travelers should be aware though that, oddly enough for a travel agency, Pegu Travels, the ticket-distributing affiliate in Yangon, closes on Saturday at 12:30, all day on Sunday and on public holidays. Pegu Travel will not give any information until it has tickets in hand three days before departure, and the office will leave tickets to be retrieved from a lockbox in their office building basement if travelers are not able to retrieve tickets during opening hours. Finding Pegu Travel can get complicated, but these clues can help. Pegu Offices are located in the Grand Nawaday Condominium on Nawaday Street. The Grand Nawaday is not to be confused with the Nawaday Condominium a few doors down, nor is it to be confused with Fantastic Condominium, the only building with a Pegu Travel sign and through whose basement I sloshed in three inches of water with no sight of a lockbox! Rather, the Grand Nawaday Condominium is indeed the El Dorado of Mayanmar golden train tickets. To find its hidden location, head west from the eastern end of Nawaday Street. The Grand Nawaday is tucked back in an alley on the left a few buildings from the eastern end of Nawaday Street. There is a “Grand Nawaday Condiminium” sign over the alley, but it cannot be seen from the same side of the street. Head into the alley and down the ramp into the garage. On the left by the lift, there is a lockbox in which you will find your ticket. Security had not been informed that I would be coming, so there was a bit of an awkward moment as I struggled without my glasses to dial the correct code into the combination lock. But lo-and-behold! the elusive tickets appeared after a 90-minute treasure hunt! And what a treasure traveling on the Yangon to Bagan Line is!
SJ
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train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Nov 2, 2019
Excellent service, sleeper train tickets to bagan we’re waiting in our hostel the day before departure.
KF
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Bus Express, Bagan Min Tha, Sep 4, 2019
Clean, the air conditioner is functioning properly, departs on time and arrives earlier than expected. Every passenger will get one bottle of mineral water, one neck pillow and blanket. Bus will stop for lunch for 30 minutes.
LY
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Bus VIP, JJ Express, Sep 1, 2019
Great journey. Beside drinking water their do serve with some bread and biscuit.
AA
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Bus VIP, JJ Express, Aug 31, 2019
Their reception has very good english & communication skill. After we gave them a phone call - they waited for us for 5 mins while we were stuck in the jam. ++6 for overall experience and star facilities.
JT
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Bus VIP, JJ Express, Aug 8, 2019
Bus was on time, aircon was cold but not to cold, seats comfy, we even reached early. Overall a very pleasant journey
NA
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Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jul 31, 2019
Everything was amazing. The cleanliness of the bus, the staff on the bus, the timeliness. Can’t complain.
YD
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Bus VIP 31, Mandalar Minn Express, Jul 17, 2019
Not a sleeping bus as advertised. Just a recliner seat. So disappointed.
RB
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Bus VIP, Bagan Min Tha, Jul 3, 2019
As the description says, Quite freezing is right! The thin blankets weren't enough, wear long pants! The bus is comfortable but it was hard to sleep with cold/bumps/constant tooting of the horn. The 'VIP' package included a can of coke, a banana cake thing a wet wipe and curiously a toothbrush and toothpaste (but no apparent way/time to use it) At the other end we were ripped off by the taxis charging several times what a 5 minute journey should cost. My advice is to leave bus terminal and talk to toktok drivers
DJ
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Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jun 25, 2019
No se porque, nos cambiaron de bus en una parada. Los asientos comodos pero no eran los que aparecen en la foto.
XJ
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Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jun 25, 2019
We had to change bus after a while due to a fault. But first class service with snacks, drinks and blankets provided
BK
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Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jun 20, 2019
The reclining seat was good. I slept throughout the journey. However, I felt that there was not enough space at mt legs area. I felt the seat infront of me was literally on top of my legs. And also, the staff woke me up to give me some snacks. Although it was out of goodwill, i suggest that the staff can just slot the snacks at netted thing infront of my seat next time. Dont have to wake up the customer who are fast asleep. Overall, my journey was good. I really cant complain too much! I would definitely choose JJ Express in my next trip to Myanmar. :)
MR
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train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Jun 9, 2019
Long slow, noisy journey on terrible trains but an amazing and unforgettable experience! Upper class sleepers are large but don't expect luxury. No air conditioning - just open windows! Booking with 12Go went smoothly and support was good.
BM
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Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jun 6, 2019
I booked my bus from yangoon to bagan via 12go.asia, there's alot of 3rd party agents that sell bus ticket but i choose 12goasia, bcoz of reviews. And im very satisfied with the JJ express VIP bus. They have free coffee unlimited while you wait for bus, blanket in bus bcoz aircon quite high, free snack, they have small tv that you can choose from movies to music just use your headset, have big space to recline youur seat to sleep. Very comfortable. Have 3 stop over to eat and take toilet. Safe driving. I have wonderful experience in VIP couch express for 10 hours travel worth your money! Keep it up

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