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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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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.

Passenger reviews out of total 2,378 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

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.

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 19, 2019
bus VIP, Bagan Min Tha
★★★★★
The service was very good, except to the conditioner air cause it Was very ice in the evening
Mar 18, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Best overnight bus service experience as they provide snacks, entertainment device and blanket for the journey.
Mar 14, 2019
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★☆☆
The food was way too expensive.. They really make a lot of money, always ask the price before.. Other then that it's a long ride and you probably gonna be late but it's fun, you kind of have to try at least once.
Mar 12, 2019
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★★★
Great trip, friendly people, amazing atmosphere. Don’t take bus, take train!
Mar 12, 2019
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★★☆
Convenient way to get a train ticket. Of course it is relatively expensive way.
Mar 4, 2019
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★★☆
Thanks for delivering to the hotel. Trip went very well
Mar 4, 2019
bus Express, Bagan Min Tha
★★★★★
Comfortable ride, when you get off the bus at the end taxi drivers bump up the price. There should be a sign with the prices listed on how much for each city.
Mar 1, 2019
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★☆☆☆
Too long, too bumpy, very hard to sleep. I don't recommend it, vip bus is a much better option.
Feb 18, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Ótimo serviço, confortável, no horário.
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 4, 2019
bus VIP, Bagan Min Tha
★★★★★
I had a good experience traveling with the the bus.
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 22, 2019
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★☆☆
A unique experience & must do, take plenty of warm clothes and/or a blanket though coz it gets very cold over night & don’t expectalot of sleep as it’s very noisy & bumpy. Another tip, beware of the guys at Yango Stn in fluro tops wanting to take your bags, as it can prove very costly!
Jan 21, 2019
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★★★
The train ride from Yangon to Bagan would definitely be one of the highlights of our trip! The view along the way was just insanely amazing: we got to see the messier suburbs of Yangon and all the rural landscapes along the plains. It truly is a glimpse of what life is in Myanmar outside the “touristy destinations”. The train was quite bumpy and uncomfortable (especially after midnight) but we still got a decent 6 hours of sleep. A friendly guy came and collected our meal orders at the start of the ride, and by dinner/breakfast the food was delivered right to the window. This is definitely a magical experience, and although it might not be for everyone, I think it is one of the most memorable train rides I have ever taken.
Jan 9, 2019
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★★★
As a family of 4, with our own compartment and western style toilet (!) we had a great journey. We locked both doors and were uninterrupted for the entire trip. We had plenty of water and snacks as there is not much chance to get food/drinks en route - once in your compartment, there is no possible way to the rest of the train. We took blankets bought from the market in Yangon and were glad we did. Chugging through the countryside was a wonderful bird's eye view of rural life in Myanmar: pigs, poultry, oxen and ploughs, happy locals waving to the train. Lovely fun. Not much suspension and quite a rollicking journey but THE best way to travel. We picked up the 12 AsiaGo tickets at the named address in Yangon where they were very helpful.
Jan 6, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Excellent service, just be careful with the AC, it's get too cold
Jan 1, 2019
train #61 Upper Class, Myanmar Railways
★★★★☆
There was no sleeper and the food was overpriced but the ride was beautiful and the service from 12go was brilliant. An amazing experience
Dec 28, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★☆☆
The bus is slightly old, the journey feels a bit rough.
Dec 16, 2018
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★☆☆☆
Rough and long trip
Dec 15, 2018
bus VIP, Bagan Min Tha
★★★★☆
Trip was very fast (we arrived one hour earlier). Comfortable the seats and very helpful people onboard.
Dec 11, 2018
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★★★
The trip is worth the price. A very unique experience. The biggest part of the trip was the view, which was, to say the least, insanely good. We got a close up view of the simple life of many Burmese people living in the rural regions, especially farmers who were caring for their crops. We also saw many animals and children who waved to us. The scenery was also impressive and varied, changing as we crossed different regions. We also got very nice photos. Moving on to the logistical front (read on for the important details), best to arrive early at the train station. We arrived at 3 pm just in case, but the train arrived at about 3.30 pm and left sharply at 4 pm. The train does sway from side to side occasionally, and it can get bumpy sometimes. However it is pretty manageable (just need to be careful when you stand up) and we did have nice naps. There is a restaurant car (but not sure if every train comes with it, our train is #61) and a friendly young man came to collect our orders for dinner before the train departed yangon central station. The food comes at 7 pm when the train stops for 2 minutes. The train is an express train and only stops to pick up/drop off passengers at certain points during the trip. However it does stop about every 45 minutes, presumably waiting for signals to make sure the track ahead is clear. Each time the stops are only about a minute or two so there is very little time to get off to take photos. During the day we kept all the windows open and the breeze was cooling. However when night came it became colder and colder (we went in early December which is the colder season - however do note that during the way the sun shines hot and it will be hot). However we made the mistake of not bringing a blanket and not wearing multiple layers which was a terrible mistake as it got extremely cold at midnight and those who were more cold-sensitive amongst us could not sleep well, so we had to wake up and wear long pants and jackets,and not just that, but also close all the windows, and turn off the fan. Only then could we sleep. However we did in the end get at least 6 hours of sleep as the train ride is long and at night there is not much to do. As for entertainment, we tried watching a movie on a laptop but the train's noise was too loud for us to hear the lines, even with a Bluetooth speaker. However we could play music on the speaker fine at a higher volume. There is also a lot of space so you can walk around a bit if you feel claustrophobic. Overall it is a worthy experience that is worth the price and slight inconvenience. Lastly, there were 5 of us and each cabin only holds 4. We assumed that the cabins are connected. They are not. Meaning our 5th member has to be on the other cabin all the time or with us all the time. However, we decided to squeeze all five of us in and it did work out ok, just that one of us had to sleep on the floor, but that was entirely out of preference as it is possible to squeeze 2 in a bed as the bed is quite spacious.
Dec 10, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
This was the best bus I've been on so far. It was sooo comfortable. Each seat had a tv screen wirh movies, music and games. You could recline the seat way back so you could sleep comfortably. They provide snacks and water onboard, as well as a blanket which you'll need because it gets pretty cold inside the bus. I enjoyed the bus so much I'm looking forward to the ride back to Yangon!
Nov 29, 2018
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★★★
Easy ticket booking & collection. Yangon - Bagan train ride is great.
Nov 19, 2018
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★★★
Tickets arrived as promised at our hotel. The train trip was so much fun! Yes, it was bumpy and rocky at times, but so fun! Beds were comfy and I slept like a rock. My daughter and I preordered food, which was delivered to us, and very good. Everyone very helpful. A great experience, and a must for all train lovers!
Nov 9, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Excellent. Nice crew. Clean bus. Safe driver.
Nov 5, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★☆
Busride was fine, everyone was very nice and Bus on time. We didn’t like the seats, they were huge but somehow still uncomfortable and they turned on the big lights for a stop at 2:30 in the night when everyone just wanted to sleep. Besides seat and light we can recommend this trip
Oct 28, 2018
bus VIP, Bagan Min Tha
★★★★★
Air co not do cold, cola, water and snack provided. After 2 hours there was a stop for food and drink.
Oct 6, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Very comfortable trip!
Oct 4, 2018
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★★☆
Little bit bumpy but a interesting journey from Yangon to Bagan
Oct 3, 2018
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★★☆
A really bumpie ride in an old train, but very punctual, on time and offered a great view!
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 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 5, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Good service! Left and arrived on time. Would have greatly appreciated if they can transfer from the terminal to the hotels cause it was very early in the morning
Aug 4, 2018
bus VIP, Bagan Min Tha
★★★★★
Nice trip :)
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 3, 2018
train #61 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways
★★★★★
The staff at 12goasia could not have been more kind, friendly and helpful! Highly recommend ????
Jun 29, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Amazing
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 9, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
Nice and smooth sailing trip! Thanks JJ!
Mar 31, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
★★★★★
It was a smooth and comfortable trip! Wouldn't change a thing. They gave us snacks, seats were airplane 1st class style, tv w movies and games, too bad the trip was so short! Highly recommended

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