Getting around Myanmar

Travelling in Myanmar

Most people travel to Myanmar by plane and bus; you can of course combine different means of transport during your trip, depending on the individual trip you are taking. Don't be surprised by uneven roads and challenges on your way through Myanmar. Use these tips from our travel safety expert to plan in advance to make the journey from A to B an enjoyable experience. A survey of the journey to, from and around Burma (Myanmar).

Journey to the temples of Bagan and the city of Mandalay on your journey to Myanmar.

Guidebook for transport & travel in Myanmar

Don't overestimate long journeys and linguistic obstacles in Myanmar - here you will find the best transportation that suits you and your budgets. Locals are always very kind and helpful, but the distance can be very long - and if you travel on a reasonable price, you may be restricted to commuter and backpacking.

Coaches are probably the most convenient way to travel around Myanmar. You will have air-conditioning, deck chairs, a place to recharge your telephone and the tickets include a cushion, a cover, a snack bag and a bottled canteen. When you can, I strongly suggest the payment of the additional few dollar (as is usually only two or three dollar difference), and long-haul travel with VIP coach unlike the need for them.

I' ve tried to spare a few dollars when I travelled from Mrauk U to Bagan, and it really started backwards. Sitting in a coach without a recliner, AC or leg room, I drove 11 hrs on a rough country lane through the Arakan Mountains! There is no reason to torment yourself just to rescue a few people.

Trains are a good way to get around. Pyin Oo Lwin's railway to Hsipaw has an unbelievable landscape when you pass the highest viaduct in Myanmar, the Gotheik Viaduct. There are mooring places for only a few extra bucks for the tickets. They do not get the same down-to-earth feeling you get in, but it is definitely the better choice for really long trips.

Local busses are ideal for discovering towns like Yangon, and they are dirty and inexpensive. When you are wise, it is simple to visit Myanmar on a small budge. On a 50-minute shuttle I took a 50-minute shuttle from the Aung Mingalar coach terminal to Yangon city centre for only 200kyats. When you can find out the best way to get around the system of transportation, you will be saving your transportation costs enormously!

Cabs are relatively inexpensive in Myanmar, but travellers are often cheated, especially in touristic hotspots like Bagan. Myanmar's southernmost way to get around is by motorcycle. You' re told to return the bicycles at dark, but if you inquire and say you're interested in your astronomy photography, you can usually get someone to approve a 24-hour fare so that you can ride your bicycle into the outdoors!

All other means of transportation, such as boat, are only available in high seasons. On the way to Myanmar? Take our free Insider's Guide and explore the best of Myanmar with our free advice!

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