Transport in Myanmar

Detailed information on transport in Myanmar. Find out how to get into the country and how to get around whether by land, sea or air.

Getting around

Bus: Buses are usually quicker and cheaper than trains and generally the best way to travel on a budget. There are lots of different bus companies and most are privately run. Most long-distance buses are reasonably comfortable, especially on the intercity routes. Do make sure you bring warm clothes as they tend to turn the air-conditioning up pretty high. It’s also a good idea to book at least a day or two ahead for the busier routes (Bagan–Nyaungshwe and Yangon-Madalay).

Train: Myanmar’s rail system is outdated, slow and generally uncomfortable. On most routes a bus is faster and more reliable. It is not unusual for intercity trains to be delayed by several hours and local train services are even worse.

Air: Domestic air travel is relatively cheap in Myanmar for western travellers. Given the long journey times overland, travelling by plane can be a good option for visitors.

In addition to the state-owned Myanmar Airways, there are several private airlines available. Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Air Bagan, Asian Wings, Yangon Airways and Golden Myanmar Airlines are some of the best options operating on domestic routes. All have offices in the major towns and cities.

Cycling: We booked G Adventures’ 13-day Cycle Myanmar tour, priced from €2,499 ($2,730 USD) per person. The price includes all accommodation, 12 breakfasts, four lunches, one dinner, bike hire (including helmets and water bottles), domestic flights, transport, a fantastic chief experience officer throughout and additional support staff including experienced tour guides, mechanics and drivers. For more information or to book, call 0344 272 2040 or visit gadventures.co.uk.

If you’re considering a cycle tour anywhere, read our five tips for cycling travellers.

Disclosure: We travelled to Myanmar with support from G Adventures. All publications say this, but we really don’t guarantee positive coverage. We say what we think – good and bad – so you can make informed decisions with honest advice.

Getting there

There are no direct flights from the UK. However, several airlines offer one-stop flights from London Heathrow via Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Bangkok to Yangon. Book via skyscanner.net.