Train Travel in Burma

Rail travel in Burma

Hello, there's a lot of talk about bus travel, but not about the train. Myanmar's train journeys are great because there are many ways to interact with the friendly locals. Do you have some time in your hands? Would you like to travel more slowly? Rail travel in Myanmar is a fascinating way to enjoy the countryside and interact with locals.

Rail journey in Myanmar (Burma)

Burma by train....? Myanmar is not known for the appeal of its regimes, to put it bluntly, but things are getting better. uk used to tell the tourist that they should not go to Burma at all, but it did change this council in 2012? Burma is a beautiful land, simple and secure to explore, with kind and sincere souls?

Ironically, the shortage of bulk tourists due to the Burmese regime's blacking out has saved Burma from westernization and made it one of the most interesting places to go before it's too late...... more.... Burma has less British-built railroads than others in Southeast Asia, but you will find that the train is a great way to explore the land on the surface and avoid needless internal flying and crowded coaches?

Timetables, prices & information....? How are Myanmar features? It is Myanmar or Burma? Burma is the name for Burma and has always been, even in Burma's colonies." Myanmar is and still is the name of Burma. This website first uses Myanmar characters with the well-known name in parentheses, for example Yangon (Rangoon) or Mawlamyine (Moulmein).....

To or from Burma...? Cross-country travel between Burma and India or Burma and China is hard or even impossible due to riots in frontier areas and/or areas where travel by foreign nationals is limited or not? Cross-country trips between Burma and Thailand are now possible at several frontier crossing points......

Click here for more information on how to travel between Bangkok and Burma..... Burmese Railways has no website, and this page is kept up to date through traveler comment. Should the timetables or rates have altered from those shown on this page, a picture of the fares and timetables at the train stations would be very welcome!

Railroad operators: We do NOT accept payment by bank card or traveller's cheque in Burma. Intercity, Burmese type..... From Rangoon to Mandalay, the high-speed train is a fairly convenient and indeed relatively quick and timely way to travel between these citys. Indeed, the train journey is a very recommendable adventure on the old British railroad.

In 2006, when the Chinese authorities relocated the main train from Rangoon-Mandalay to Naypyitaw, most of the Rangoon-Mandalay train services were converted to daily service, but changed back to accommodation in January 2012. Ticket number: How to buy a ticket at the train stop. Pre-order your ticket now. They run all these coaches every single train.

This roadmap was launched in 2014 and is still in effect in 2016, be careful of travel agencies sites with obsolete time. Yangon to Mandalay is 622 km (388 miles). Yangon to Naypyitaw is 372 km (233 miles) long. Yangon to Thazi is 493 km (308 miles). The train 5/6 consists of new china wagons that were shipped in January 2016, although there is no sleeping car in this train.

The train 9/10 goes from/to Kalaw & Shwenyaung and becomes train 143/144, see below. It is a slower train and is not always shown on the timetables of the stations. Pull number: andalay is leaving: to Yangon (Rangoon): Trains 5/6 now use new China buses that were shipped in January 2016 in this particular green-blue color pattern.

This new train has 9 normal and 3 top of the range carriages, all with pneumatic springs for a better journey, but there is no sleeping car. Top-of-the-range automobiles on a Rangoon-Mandalay train are actually quite convenient, the absence of climate control is almost an asset, as the window opens for a cold wind and an incomparable view of the Myanmar landscape.

When you want a sleeping person, you must use turn 3 or 4, see the pictures of the sleepers with kind permission of Lindsay Stubbs. Supercharged train seating 5/6..... Usual school places on the train 5/6..... Kids under 3 years travel free, kids under 10 years are half price. For Rangoon ticket purchases, contact the ticket sales point on Bogyoke Aung San Road, as described here.

They want the first counter on the lefthand side for Mandalay travelers. You can buy your train passes on the departing date at the train terminal. Unlike what you will find in your guide, the Rangoon to Mandalay high-speed train is a convenient, rather quick and quite timely way to travel between Rangoon and Mandalay.

In Rangoon, coaches are available in good times for getting on (usually on the platforms right in front of you when you get on the train), and they usually leave the train immediately with pipes, waving banners and a long, low scream. As the train leaves Rangoon at a speed of only 15 miles per hour, the kids try to hold on to the outside, speeding 40-45 miles per hour, passing small towns with palm-roofed houses erected on stilt walkways, and bullock trucks romping around slow on powdery streets, and occasionally passing whit or golden stupas.

Myanmar kids like waving moves, especially when they see a westerly face at the windows, and will be smiling wide when you wink back. You ride on a railroad initially constructed by the Brits - watch out for the old-fashioned Semaphor and Schein-Tudor interlockings in Bago.

Be sure to have a sweater or wool at hand when travelling over night, as it can get very chilly a few hour after the night. Travelogues..... Traveler Chris Nowakowski reported, 2017: "From Mandalay to Yangon, Platoon 4, I took the sleeping man. When I bought my tickets a few nights before the trip from an agent who first said that a driver was not sleeping, but then answered that he was actually ready to go.

" Roger Minns reports: "We took a last showers before taking our lunch stroll to the train terminal and our train to Mandalay at noon from Rangoon to Mandalay. Thirty[ this special train no longer runs]. It was a roomy car with folded but still unexpectedly comfy seating (albeit in the permanent fully inclined form), about 40 years old, but graciously with fully opening doors and a roof full of ventilators that worked!

Driving punctually through the suburbs of Rangoon and then through a dry farm area. Our train sometimes decelerated or halted at a train stop when a variety of suppliers - often with a variety of warm and cool dishes - appeared on the rooftop, among them a guy with cans of cool Myanmar public lager who blatantly delighted Tomâ??s.

And then, all of a sudden at 3am, our on-time arrivals at Mandalay trainhof! We' d been concerned that we'd arrive in Mandalay at 3am, hoping the place would be there. There is a buzzing train stop with lots of noise, teahouses, sleepers on the platforms and inevitable cabbies! "Yangon's Rangoon stand--

This train is leaving Rangoon..... Luxury sleeper coach near Bago..... andalay, here we come! Over a dozen train villages..... Bagan, where 800-year-old monasteries and stupa extend a vast plains as far as the eyes can see, should not be overlooked. It is a real treasure on the routes of most people. There' s a train from Rangoon to Bagan every day, which was launched in a sleeper at the beginning of 2010, see underneath.

Await a somewhat rough drive, but a true Burmese experience in a sleeping car that occasionally passes gold Stupa, with the scent of the fire blowing through your open-windows. A travel report with pictures can be found at

You can also take a fast train from Rangoon to Mandalay, go to Mandalay and then take the fast Ferry to Bagan, a great trip. These are the specifics for the train. Pull number: Pull number: Yangon (Yangon) departure: Departure Bagan (Pagan): Shweedagar (for Pyay*) arr/dep: Shweedagar (for Pyay*) arr/dep: Bagan (Pagan) arrive:

to Rangoon (Yangon): A = sleeper cars of the top category (not in the wet season); C = top category seating (not in the wet season); 2 = second category seating; D = normal category seating. Pre-order your ticket now. This is how you buy your train ticket at the train/trainstation. How are Myanmar features? The train should have a dining carriage, but sometimes not, so always take your own picknick and beers.

A number of passengers on this train reported a particular type of sleeping man, while others reported a regular asleeper. There is no train entry if it is a specific sleeping car, so make sure you bring your own picknick, drink and beers. There is an entry charge of 25,000 kyats for foreign visitors to the Bagan area. This train bypasses Pyay but goes very near it and reaches Shwedagar railway terminal, which is only 4 km from the centre of Pyay.

UPDATING IMPORTANT: For the June to October wet seasons, when there are few visitors, this train ran without sleepers and top of the range seating for a while, although some sources suggest that they added the sleepers on more than 8 reservations. At the end of October the Sweeper & Ober Klassecar should run as usual again, but newer reviews indicate that they will not add the Sweeper until more than 8 reservations have been made.

The train now seems one-of-a-kind and offers a "second class" that has never been seen on any of Burma's trains before. The second grade is similar to the normal grade, but with a little more upholstery. Kids under 3 years travel free, kids under 10 years are half price. If you want to buy your ticket in time from outside Burma, see the How do I buy it?

For Rangoon travel passes, contact the Bogyoke Aung San Road box offices, as described here. They want the first counter on the lefthand side for Bagan travelers. You can buy your train passes on the departing date at the train terminal. In order to buy your Bagan tickets:

Now you must go to the train stations unless you find a travel agent who is willing to do it for you. The Bagan Stations is a state-of-the-art marina in the heart of nowhere, about 5 km south-east of the municipality of Nyaung Oo, about 9 km from Old Bagan. A traveler reports: "Last weekend I took the train from Yangon to Bagan with my whole group.

A dining carriage should be connected to this train, but take your own provisions, just in case there are none. Traveler Andy Griffiths tells of a journey in 2018: "I was just traveling with the night-timer. And the train unrolled on schedule. The four of us had a first-class asleeper. Preordered supper with beers, supplied through the open windows at the train depot near 7th Street ý the beers were cool and the rices and chickens were high.

We rocking and rolling through the wonderful landscape. All of us got to Bagan too soon - apparently on schedule. "Yangon's Rangoon stand-- Sleepers on the train from Yangon to Bagan. Bagan-Yangon train is pushed into the Bagan platforms.

The Bagan Train. From Yangon, the train came to Bagan train yard. Antique churches line the plains of Bagan as far as the eyes can see....... Bagan is a temple that is spacious and easy to explore by bicycle..... Inle Lake with the Thazi slowly train..... Lake Inle is one of the most scenic places in Burma, and it is not astonishing that it draws many people.

There are no direct train and coach services to Nyaungshwe, but to the capital Shwenyaung, 11 km away, from where there are many taxi or coaches. To get to Inle Lake, first take an fast train from Rangoon or Mandalay to Thazi and stop for the night, then either take a 4-5 hour long shenyaung shuttle service on poor road or, as shown below,'Slow Train From Thazi'.

This train journey could be the climax of your journey! Traction â"-: Traction â"-: Leaving Yangon the morning before as train number 9 with no sleeping, see itinerary. It is better to travel with a switch in Thazi, as advised below. If you want to take it, check out this traveler Lucas Wall's diary!

Arrival in Yangon the next morning after departure from Shwenyaung as train number 10 and without sleeper. It is better to switch at Thazi, as advised below. The distance from Thazi to Kalaw is 197km (123 miles), from Thazi to Shwenyaung 247km (154 miles). Every train shown here runs every morning. If you are arriving from Yangon, you have several possibilities.

The 9/143 train travels as shown above directly from Rangoon to Kalaw & Shwenyaung, but it is a very sluggish train and has no sleeper coach, only top of the range recliners. It is better to get off Rangoon at 06:00 by train no. 11 to arrive in Thazi early in the evenings, spend the next two nights at the Moonlight Guest House in Thazi and then take the next day at 05:00 by train no. 143 to Kalaw & Shwenyaung, a beautiful trip on the Thazi train from there.

From Mandalay: Take an afternoons or evenings train from Mandalay to Thazi (trains 6 or 4), see Rangoon-Mandalay schedule above. Sleep in Thazi, Moonlight Guesthouse is 15 minutes walking distance from the good, easy and tasty cuisine. The next morning take train 143 to Kalaw or Shwenyaung, a beautiful trip on the Thazi Slovene Train.....

Moonlight Guesthouse in Thazi is neat & easy with great dining, single room with ventilator $10, double room $15. It is a 15 minute stroll or a brief (horse) cab journey along the street from the train stations to the city, and you will usually find rooms without prior notice. You are used to getting to the train early and can make a morning pouch for you.

Once at Shwenyaung train stop, it takes 15 min (or take a 1,000 kyaat taxi) along the highway to the Tuk Tuk stop in Nyaungshwe. One tuk tuk tuk directly from the train stop to any of the hotels in Nyaungshwe city centre is 8,000 kyats per vehicle. Kids under 3 years travel free, kids under 10 years are half price.

The coaches are quicker, but Thazi's low speed train is a great ride not to be missed. Just take a look around. Get yourself some sparkling wine and beers, then lie down in your upper-class chair (you may not have a chance - the reclining system is broken) and look through widely opened window onto the beautiful landscape, which passes by at only 15-20mbar.

Having crossed the plains from Thazi, the train goes up the mountains and rises on a row of serpentines up a precipitous mountain side, driving backwards several time and up the hillside to increase in heigth. The train winds around in several places and duplicates itself again. Watch out for the very Anglo-Saxon Mock-Tudor Stations at the old UK top terminal of Kalaw.

Yangon or Mandalay to Inle Lake: From Rangoon to Thazi by fast train, see Rangoon - Mandalay train schedule above. A possibility is to travel the previous morning and spend the overnight in Thazi, there are guest houses at the end of the train entrance on the highroad. It is unlikely that you will have trouble purchasing a speed train tickets to Shwenyaung at the checkout in Thazi when you arrive.

At Thazi, the Red Star Restuarant, where the train and bus stations connect, is a good place to have a lunch while changing to. There is also a luxurious lounge for expatriates available at Thazi train stations for $1 per group. From Inle Lake to Rangoon or Mandalay: There are many travel agents in Nyaungshwe that can organize almost anything, except train touring!

Don't be afraid - just pass Shwenyaung train terminal 30-40 min before slowly train to Thazi leaves and you won't have much trouble getting an upper grade train to Thazi. From Thazi to Rangoon or Mandalay see Rangoon - Mandalay train schedule above.

Passengers can buy a train pass for one of the Yangon fast trains when they get to Thazi. Shwenyaung - Thazi train will probably reach Thazi on schedule or 15 min earlier (!). When you switch to an overnight train, this is your top of the list, so you will either be arriving in Yangon on schedule or maybe 20-75 min later.

At Thazi, the Red Star Restuarant, where the train and bus stations connect, is a good place to have a lunch while changing to. There is a luxurious foreign errands available at Thazi train stop for $1 per group. Superior quality seating..... Shenyaung Thazi train. After Thazi the slowly train meanders through the hill.

Short stop of the Shwenyaung-Thazi train at the villages train-ends..... Fantastic landscape on the low road from Thazi to Kalaw & Inle See..... On the way to Thazi..... Illusory Tudor ward in Kalaw..... By train to Kipling's Moulmein..... Rudyard Ki-pling made his way to Mandalay, but Moulmein was the only town in Burma he actually went to, and the major pageant on the mountain crest above the town is the backdrop for his Burma Girl poet.

Cross-country trips between Dawei & Kanchanaburi & Bangkok in Thailand, see here. Pull number: By train: If you travel to or from Dawei, you have to change at Ye. In the past, Moatama was served by a boat across the Thanlwin to Moulmein, but the new viaduct and train terminal in Moulmein were opened on 18 April 2006.

From Yangon, a train now crosses the new viaduct directly to and from Moulmein itself and continues to Ye and Dawei as shown. There is a new stop behind the crest with the pagoda. Site plan of the Moulmein stop. Yangon to Moulmein is 281 km (176 miles). Every day except for the one with *, all here shown moves.

That' the price of train 35/36. Others are 4,500 kyats. Kids under 3 years travel free, kids under 10 years are half price. It follows the Rangoon-Mandalay line to Bago, where it forks off and travels across the plain to the wide Sittung River, which it traverses over a vast and severely protected road/rail link.

From a historical perspective, the railroad from Rangoon ended in Moatama (Martaban), the port for ferryboats across the Thanlwin River to Moulmein itself. The construction of a new route+rail viaduct opened to the public in February 2005 and to the public in April 2006. The train now rumbles slow over the viaduct into a brandnew stop behind the moulmein-mountain.

Brickyard, seen from the train..... From Moulmein train- see card. If you are traveling between Moulmein & Dawei, you have to change in Ye, although it is a train..... Dawn seen from early dawn Dawei to Ye train. Pull number: Number of train: Yangon Central Train Departure:

to Yangon Central Station: The 63/64 & 75/76 take Yangon Kyemyindine Railway not Yangon Central Railway Stations, which are a few stations north west of Yangon Central Railway Stations. The timetable for these moves is not validated and a survey indicates that only 71 and 72 are on.

Yangon to Pyay is 257 km (161 miles). Every train shown here runs every morning. Kids under 3 years travel free, kids under 10 years are half price. Buying a ticket. How are Myanmar features? Travelogue..... Traveler Daniel Byrne reports: "At Pyay Central Station, near the Aung San State.

It was only upper and lower school. Train got in around 11:00 and left at 11:30. When we purchased the train tickets, we were informed that the train would be arriving at Yangon Central Station at 8am, and that was almost on time (between 8am and 8:30am). An early train journey from Mandalay to the mountains in the early hours of the day is a great adventure, see below.

To the south of Hsipaw, the train passes the Gokteik Bridge, a historical symbol. Pull number: Pull number: 1 = Chairs of first category O = Chairs of normal category. South-East Asia train connections The train leaves every day. The distance from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin is 67 km (42 miles).

The Mandalay to Hsipaw is 206km (129 miles). The Mandalay to Lashio is 280 km (175 miles). Kids under 3 years travel free, kids under 10 years are half price. It is an early departure from Mandalay, but this train trip is the best way to get to the old Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) mountain railway terminus and the Shan state cities of Hsipaw (Thibaw) and Lashio.

From Mandalay to the north-east the train soon turns over the plain. It was still cloudy at this point, but merchants with flares and fire streamed to the train when he called the train station along the way. In the morning the train enters the bottom of the mountain and begins to climb. Shortly after arriving at the platform, the train will reach Pyin Oo Lwin.

The train winds through beautiful landscapes after Pyin Oo Lwin to the climax of the journey, traversing a spectral gorge on the Gokteik Drama-Viadukt, shortly after Gokteik railway siding. You will see the Viadukt on the lefthand side of the train when you exit Gokteik railway terminal, then the train turns to your Lefts.

As the Burmese consider the train crosses at a stride, you may be hindered from taking pictures. As one makes a daily excursion of Mandalay over the well-known Gokteik viaduct: The Gokteik train is located on the Mandalay side of the Gokteik-Viadukts, i.e. from Mandalay or Pyin Oo Lwin, the train reaches the Gokteik train stop before it crosses the Viadukt.

When crossing the bridge by train and wanting to go back immediately to the southwest, you should buy a train ride to the train terminal behind Gokteik, a small town named Nawngpeng, see the above itinerary. Here the train passes north and southwards on one line, so that you can travel from Mandalay or Pyin Oo Lwin to the Viadukt and back in one working days.

Ensure that you are prepared to leap from the north train to the south train, as if the north train is too slow and the south train is already awaiting as soon as the north train reaches it and it receives it "immediately". At Nawngpeng train stop you don't have much of a moment to buy a train pass, just get on the train back to Pyin Oo Lwin or Mandalay and check in.

Morning in the train. After leaving Mandalay in the dark, the day's rays are gradually rising, a magic voyage..... Merchants stream to the train - some stops on this line seem to specialize in the production of clean-flower! One more stop at the roadside......wooden seat in the normal group. Railway Pyin Oo Lwin train stop..... Public transportation from the train stop to your lodging.....

Those are top of the range seating..... Above a look at the Viadukt seen from the north runway, shortly after it exits the Gokteik railway terminal on the way to the railway carriage. The Gokteik railway terminus is a few moments before the south side of the overpass. Nawngpeng & Gokteik pictures are kindly provided by Vincent Ho.

The Nawnpeng railway yard, behind the bridge on the northern side. The northern and southern train intersect here, when you make a daily excursion from Mandalay, you change the train and come back here to the souths. Southwardbound train that crosses the Gokteik Bridge in early 2018. Travelogues..... Jerome Luepkes reports: "From Hsipaw to Pyin Oo Lwin, I took the train down the Lashio line, an exciting 7-hour voyage through some of Burma's most beautiful landscapes.

Have a cozy breakfasts in the hotels and then board the train to enjoy a full working days. Usually the train is quite timely, but actually nobody expected everything to be perfect on schedule, a common feature of Burmese people.

I was 40-minute late for my train, so I had enough free to try the delicious meals of the locals at the train stop. As the train came, there was enough to sit down and get settled. These are old China cars that have been constructed for a different track width than the ones in Burma.

As the train speeds out of the train stop and through the hill, this leads to an impressive lateral motion. The" Upper Class" seat is the smoothest and broadest in the train, but that's the big deal, because the whole train is quite old and soiled.

She gave me the opportunity to speak to the local people, see other travelers and have a truly Myanmar adventure. Any door on the train can be opened at any moment, and prospective photographs were taken from the wagons all the way.

The arrival in Pyin Oo Lwin was both a relaxation after a physical exhausting voyage and the end of an epoxy and very pleasant train ride. "Number one: The Pull number: andalay is leaving: I have Mandalay coming: Each train runs for one and a half nights. Subcategory O = normal category O = luxury category O = normal category O = luxury category.

Zug 41 has a bunk, but it is not 100% safe, so it' s estimated feed back. Myitkyina Mandalay is 539 km (337 miles). The Hopin is the stop for the Indawgyi Sea, pick-up is by train to Longton on the shore (2-5 hrs, 4,000 kyat).

The Naba is the train terminal for Katha, mini-vans hit train and bring you to Katha. Kids under 3 years travel free, kids under 10 years are half price. View of Train 33 from Mandalay to Kawlin & Myitkyina. The Myitkyina railway yard. Travelogues..... Alistair Weaver traveled in 2015: "At Mandalay train terminal the morning before our trip we reserved our Upper Class Sleeper ticket to Hopin and had no problem.

The price was 17.900kyat per capita for Upper Class Sleeper. It was 2 hrs too slow and although it was sleepy and carried, it was clear and we had the 4 to 3 cab. This trip is a momentous one, but sometimes the trip can be very lively, but it is a great way to see parts of Burma that you would never see.

It was worrying that we would have an early departure as we would be in Hopin at 03:00, but the train arrived at 08:30 belated. Southward train leaves at 12:00, which is 4-5 hrs to Hopin. So we bought our ticket during the afternoon and got reserved places in Ordinary Class, which was more than adequate for the shorter trips.

There' s a speedboat from Katha to Mandalay, which lasts about 14 hrs and leaves at 5 am. There' s also a slower vessel run by the state IWT (Inland Water Transport). One berth in a double cab (you can travel as a single traveller) is $45 (you also agree to Kyat), while one berth on decks is $9. We made the voyage in May, which is the end of the drought, so we assume that it was when the stream is deepest and the vessels areslower.

It took 43h to Mandalay and arrived at 12:00. When it is dusk the vessel does not travel, at least in the drought, to avoid going aground, so that you can have a good night's rest. The ISTC website says that returning for the Mandalay works at 06:00 on Monday, Thursday and Friday, but it is probably best to travel with the flu.

It is the train connection between Mandalay and the temple of Bagan, although you may wish to take the Mandalay-Bagan fast ferry. However, you can also take the Mandalay-Bagan train. The Mandalay to Bagan is only 179 km long, which makes this train very sluggish, although the line was only constructed in 1996! The Mandalay Bagan Fast Cruise is your preferred option for this trip, especially in the Mandalay Bagan area, as the train travels over night but has no sleeper and the boat travels with ( rather than against) the currents.

Pull number: Pull number: andalay is leaving: Departure Bagan (Nyaung Oo): to Bagan (Nyaung Oo): I have Mandalay coming: 1 = First Grade How do I buy a ticket How are Myanmar coaches? The 117/118 train is made up of carriages fitted with banks and used by peasants to carry their products.

The Bagan Base is a state-of-the-art marina located in the heart of nowhere, about 5 km south-east of the municipality of Nyaung Oo, 9 km from Old Bagan. However, the train stations have a roomy, albeit sparse, "tourist lounge" in which you can sit and relax. The Mandalay to Bagan is 179 km (112 miles). Kids under 3 years travel free, kids under 10 years are half price.

Platoon 119, 07:00 to Mandalay is leaving Bagan train terminal. In contrast to other Burma train sets, this is an ex-Japanese DMU. The fast train service from Rangoon to Mandalay is relatively clear, convenient and even relatively fast. Don't wait for foreign standard on other lines, because train travel in Burma is an adventurous experience!

Coaches are often beautifully sluggish, dirty and fixtures such as lighting and seating are usually not in the best condition. Best of all, the window panels and metallic shops above the window are usually cleared so you have a clear and unimpeded look at the landscape and towns of "real" Burma as it passes and nothing lies between you and him!

There are three grades of train in Burma: Superior, First Grade and Regular Grade. Furthermore, there are several sleeper carriages running on multiple lines from Rangoon to Mandalay, on the night train from Rangoon to Bagan and on some lines from Mandalay to Myitkyina, in two different models, regular and custom sills. See below for detail.

Rangoon-Mandalay's best train has dining carts with 4-person desks that serve food, drink and snack. top-of-the-range The luxury segment has comfy recliners, sometimes with two legs on each side of the corridor, sometimes with one leg on one side and two legs on the other side of the corridor. Normally all of them are aligned in the driving directions, but can be turned against each other if necessary (e.g. to form a group of 4 seats).

Rangoon - Mandalay's top-of-the-range major features are relatively neat and comfy, with new upholstery and drapes on the windows. The top of the range in the side cars is much dirtier, but still quite comfy, although you will find your car in various repairs..... Top-of-the-range seating on fast passenger services, such as the Rangoon Mandalay and Rangoon Bagan railroad.

Top-of-the-range off-road seating is dirtier and in poorer condition, but still comfy. That is the top of the range in the Shwenyaung ( "Inle Lake") to Thazi slowly train. Top of the line..... The first grade is almost the same as the normal grade, with simple wood seating, but with an upholstered imitation leather floor.

One wonders whether the wood seat of the usual classes would be less hot and less soaked..... The first grade is only available on certain combinations. Top-notch coach, Mandalay-Lashio train. Quite chic first classeats on a Rangoon-Mandalay-Express..... Grub beer first grade in the train Mandalay - Lashio..... Common grade.....

Common grade has simple wood seating and is quite reasonable for many trips like Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin or Hsipaw. There is a number on the back (in Myanmar numerals) and each of the passengers has a particular seating number on their tickets so there is no crowding or scratch for them.

Mandalay Lashio train, regular grade..... Regular lessons in the train Mandalay - Lashio. Superior classmates..... Luxury coaches run on Rangoon to Bagan on the 3rd and 4th and on some Mandalay-Myitkyina coaches. As a rule, there is only one coaches per train. There are two types of berth, the normal sill with a traditional side aisle and a four-bed and two-bed compartment, and the less widespread sill with several completely separated, continuous sections, each with four long bunk beds, a bathroom and an entry gate, but without board.

Rangoon -Bagan train has the default threshold types, Rangoon-Mandalay trains 5 and 6 sometimes have them. Trains 3 & 4 have the default model. It is a loud and rough journey, so you will be slumbering rather than sleeping, but it is good to be able to lay down on a shallow berth in a securely closed cabin on the great train journey through Burma.

As used in the Rangoon-Bagan night train and the Rangoon-Mandalay 3 & 4 train, the regular sleeper has four large 4-bed cabins and two smaller 2-bed cabins that open from a hallway that runs along the side of the train and provides entry to the remainder of the train. Luxury sleeper in train 4 from Mandalay to Rangoon, regular model with 2-berth & 4-berth cabins opening a side aisle.

Top lefthand 4-bed cabin with 2 top and 2 bottom bunks. 2-bed cabins have an upstairs and a downstairs bed. These' special' thresholds are running in Train 5 & 6 Rangoon-Mandalay, although the feedbacks suggest that sometimes, or instead of the specific thresholds, the train uses default thresholds, and the latest feedbacks show that Train 5/6 may no longer be carrying a sleeper at all, so more feedbacks would be welcome.

There' s no hallway and no entrance between or from your cabin to the remainder of the train, so passengers in specific sleeping cars cannot use the dining coaches. This seat contracts into a broad lower bed at nigh. Top bunks are secured above the seat.

From Rangoon to Mandalay. At the top right a 4-bed sleeping quarters in train 5; when he swivels the body to the right, you see the other top bunk and the seat on the lefthand side of the cab. The reflection of the one on the right can be seen here. There is no entrance to the remainder of the train or carriage, neither through the front panel in the photograph's back, nor through the rear panel behind the photographed vehicle, except through the entrance to the bathroom.

In the picture on the lefthand side another picture of a specific sleeping area can be seen: The two opposite berths contract and make up the lower one. Slightly tilting the body to the right shows the other couple of seating with an overhead bunk, a reflection of the seating and the overhead bunk.

It was taken in the cabin entrance hall with a view of the back of the train, the entrance to the train to the right and the entrance to the small bathroom behind the film. There is an empty mural, no passage or entrance to the remainder of the train.

There is another behind the cameras with a storage cabinet and a gate to a lavatory, but also no train-indoor. You take your bags on the train, you put them on the carriers or at the end of the coaches. The most long-distance traffic coaches can take bikes with them, which are included in the trolley for an surcharge.

Simply ask at the train/trainstation. Astrid Traveller reports: "and we had our bikes with us. The bikes got a trailer and as soon as the train came, the boys from the train stations shoved our bikes into the luggage room. There were other travelers we could meet who did the same for longer trips without any problems.

By 2014, foreign nationals had to cover higher rail rates than Myanmarians. That makes train travel even more affordable, although it wasn't previously high. Kids under 3 years travel free, kids under 10 years are half price. Normally it is simple enough to shop in the train stations when you arrive in Burma.

Reservations can only be made a few calendar weeks before departures and your ticket is handwritten - Myanmar Railways does not even have a website! It has now become easier for Asia to order Burma train ticket prices on-line. When you are sure of your data, they are the best way to order train seats, especially if you want a sleeping car, as these can be scarce.

Updated: It has recently been announced that during the high seasons an agent has bought units of sleeping places on a train leaving Rangoon for resale. If you are waiting for the ward to be purchased, Asia may be the smartest way to dock.

We are a trusted travel agent with the goal of simplifying the on-line booking of train, bus, ferry and airplane bookings throughout Southeast Asia. They' ve included the most favourite train lines, but not every town or line as they've just begun to sell seats in Burma. The Myanmar Railways have no computer system, they are issuing handwritten hardcopy train passes and making a reservation just a few day before depart.

You can easily place an order on-line in advanced and have your ticket secured through a floor agents once the reservation is open a few nights before your travel date, then they will either ship it to your accommodation or you can pick it up. You can also order your ticket in advanced through one of these travel agencies:

Myanmar Exotic Tours, Myanmar has exotic travel agencies in Rangoon, Bagan, Mandalay & Inle Lake, so you can order your travel passes at any of these places. They can, for example, get an upmarket Rangoon to Bagan or Mandalay or the other way round for a $25 fee. Burma Tour East, - can organize travel from Rangoon.

Alternatively, try for Rangoon and up. Swe Myan Star Travels & Tours, for Rangoon travel. com. They will buy your ticket in your name and have it shipped to your accommodation for a small surcharge. Neither of the two agents I used myself, but Exotic Myanmar Travels & Tours has received some very good feedback so far.

Optional 3, Buy your train stations ticketing..... It is very simple to buy your train passes in the train stations cash desk. The booking is not computerized but on the basis of handwritten booking sheets so that you can only make your booking at the train stations where your trip begins, not for trips that start from another location.

Each central railway terminal has a clear information panel showing the train timetables in English and sometimes also the tariff. Superior classes can be booked 3 nights in advanced. Normal classes can only be booked one full workingday before the event. It is not possible to buy your seats until the reservations are open. Aside from train hours and prices, there are relatively few English language tags, but don't be worried - just ask at the first available counter and as a non-national you will usually be asked to come to the cash register (!) and be asked to take a seat while someone is being phoned to help you.

These are handwritten outlines. I would suggest that you buy your pass at least the morning before your trip, if you can, but it is usually not hard for a non-resident to get a place in the upper or normal classes on the date of depart. There is only one sleeper per train on the Rangoon to Mandalay line, so make reservations one or two days in advance if you can, or order in advanced.

However, it is unlikely that you will have any problems with the train from Rangoon to Bagan on the date of your depart. If you want to buy train ticket in Rangoon on the travel date, go to the train/cabin. Train passes for departing on the same train are available at the train stations.

Grab your pass and go into the train terminal at the right front door and for Mandalay or Bagan travel cards, look for the first counter on the lefthand side. There is a coin change machine and several cash machines at the train stations, as well as a kiosk and a café.

For train ticket purchases in Rangoon 1-3 nights prior to departure, please contact the advance booking office. Grab your pass and go to the ticket office, which is not in the train terminal itself, but on Bogyoke Aung San St. on the southern side of the track, opposite Sakura Tower & Street No.33rd and across from Traders Hotel.

This is the first one on the lefthand side for train bookings from Rangoon to Mandalay. It is also possible to reserve train passes through your accommodation. At Mandalay, to buy train passes, go to the box offices on the first level of the train terminal, above the railway lines. Yangon Railway Park.

Amazingly, Rangoon's imposing railway terminal is located on the extreme (northern) side of the track from the center of the town. Do not go there to buy your ticket! Entry to Rangoon ticket sales point on Bogyoke Aung San Road, on the south side (city center) of the route. Within Rangoon's ticket sales point on Bogyoke Aung San Road.

On the far lefthand side is the ticket to Mandalay or Bagan. Bangkok train ticket in Burma is handwritten! Cruising the Irrawaddy by steamboat is perhaps the best way between Mandalay and Bagan. Mandalay-Bagan fast shuttle is a beautiful way to travel that reveals Burma's lives on and along the Rivers.

There is a two times a week fast local passenger service, the initial fast day tourist service operated by the local people, the competitor MGRG fast passenger service and an intermittent fast Malikha service. For the Orient Expres 4 nights deluxe options, see the Mandalay Road section below. Mandalay-Bagan Expressway Line = Shwewe Keinnery Boat Line, very recommendable, price US$35 if purchased directly, US$40 purchased through your resort.

For MGRG = MGRG Expresferry, price $45 per passenger, also recommend At Mandalay this boat uses the MGRG pier, see its location. The Malikha Expressferry (not shown here) = Mandalay-Bagan Expressfähre Malikha, price $43, operates on certain schedules, which are announced one months in advance at Inland Water Transport (IWT) low speed domestic water transport with staterooms, Mandalay-Bagan 18,000k yat (about $18) per capita, please review the schedule and time when you are in Burma, estimated feed back.

Buying tickets: You can book your ticket for any of these crossings through your hotels or travel agents, or through MTT agencies in the larger cities (there is an MTT agent at Mandalay train stations or in Rangoon near Sule Paya) or at Inland Water Transport (IWT) agencies.

The IWT offices in Mandalay are situated on 34th Street, a few hundred meters from the riverbank on the lefthand side overlooking the rivers. Preferably you buy a pre-arrival pass the previous evening, but it is possible to buy a pre-arrival pass on the early afternoon of your departures, make sure you get there before 5:00 am to make sure you find a place.

Please send me an e-mail if you have any comments about traveling on these boats. The Shwekeinnery Mandalay-Bagan Expressferry..... Mandalay-Bagan, the fast passenger liner. There' s a café and café on the top floor. The Mandalay Bagan slowly takes a trip aboard the Mandalay-Bagan to..... 5 day Mandalay to Bagan or 9 day Rangoon to Bagan on a luxurious cruiser.....

The Irrawaddy is connected by a luxurious cruise liner between Mandalay and Bagan and offers 3 or 4 overnight stays in one direction and 7 nights drive back between Mandalay and Bagan. It is managed by Belmond, who also operates the renowned Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Eastern & Oriental Express. Mandalay road also occasionally performs 11 overnight drives via Bhamo in the north.

Initially constructed in 1964 as Nederland, it travelled through the Rhine Valley for 30 years before being sent to Burma in 1995, where it was re-named The Road to Mandalay after Rudyard Kipling's poetry. The 3-night Mandalay to Bagan luxurious tour will cost approximately 1,640 per passenger, includes en-suite cabins, restaurants, tours and transfer.

She is now accompanied by a second ship, the Orcaella, which undertakes cruise ships in both direction between Rangoon and Bagan and travels north for 9 days/8 evenings of about 3,600 pounds per passenger...... Mandalay Road, seen from the Shwekeinnery Reg ular Shwekeinnery Expressferry between Mandalay & Bagan..... This is an interesting trip if you have a free time in Rangoon.....

A lot of people take a trip along Rangoon's circular line, a shaky train that gives a great impression of a subway. From the small Yangon Central Railway Terminal on track 6/7, you can buy a 200-kat ( £0.14 or $0.20) train every 30 min. in broad daylight time.

While some moves make the whole course, others end before they close the loop, so you have to change moves. There is now at least one air-conditioned train on the circumference for which a higher price of 300k yat is calculated, but you can't tell when or if this train is coming!

Recent reportedly, foreign nationals are being routed to a dedicated newsstand at Rangoon train stations to buy 1,200 kyats ($1.20) for a circuit line pass, while local residents are paying 100 kyats. to/from Burma via India or China..... Burma has no scheduled cruises, and cross-country cruises between Burma and India or China are either hard or not.

Burma to/from Burma over land..... You can now travel between Thailand and Burma by land bus and train. It is a true adventurous trip, although more remote parts of Thailand and Burma are usually not touristic. I' m very thankful for the help of the traveler Alistair Weaver in putting this section together and sharing his experiences.

Three important Thai-Myanmar crossing points are open to visitors, do not need permits and allow travel to all other parts of Myanmar. Before traveling you must apply for a Myanmar travel visas, it cannot be purchased at the Myanmar frontier - you can order an e-visa on-line, which is now acceptable at three Thai frontiers, at

Variant 1 via Mae Sot (Thailand) and Myawaddy (Burma). Same as above for Moulmein - Rangoon train. Optional 2, via Ban Phunamron (Thailand) and Htee Kee (Burma). Please find below the itinerary in detail, with the kind permission of traveler Alistair Weaver. From Dawei the journey is slower, so this is less well known.

From Kawthaung to the northern part of the island you can continue by ferry or coach. Stage 1, travel from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by train on the notorious death train, see the bridge on the river Kwai page for train schedules, rates & how to buy them. They can simply show up and buy a train for 100 Bahts a train, it can't be sold out.

Even mini-vans often depart from Bangkok and need 2 hrs, although it is much more beautiful and historic to take the train. From Kanchanaburi to Ban Phunamron: Buses and minibuses depart from Kanchanaburi Central Railway Terminal. Stage 5, for moves between Dawei, Moulmein, Kyaikto, Bago & Rangoon, see section above.

Stage 1, for moves between Rangoon, Bago, Kyaikto, Moulmein & Dawei, see section above. Stage 2, from Dawei to Htee Kee: Minivans depart from the Dawei mini van stop just behind the city' s main school. Leaving the immigrant camp, a far away street on the far right leads up a mound that looks like a gas filling plant with a leafy canopy.

You leave at 06:00, 07:20, 11:00 and 14:30 o'clock, last one hours and costs 100 Ba. Stage 5, for Kanchanaburi to Bangkok train see the page Bridge by the Kwai River for train schedules, ticket prices and ticket purchases. 10:30 am from Kanchanburi to Ban Phunamron, at Kan'buri main sta.

Travelogues..... Alistair Weaver reports: It' been recognized as the world's premier comparison site for the World Travel Awards and I strongly suggest both finding properties in the smallest locations and checking if another merchant doesn't sell the same property at a lower cost. wwww. reservation. com is my favorite site for making reservations, and if HotelsCombined has no big difference in prices, I suggest making my reservations here in one place.

As a rule, you can cancel your reservation free of charge - so you can validate your reservation without any risks before the train depart. Rangoon's celebrated and marvelous beach hotel is Rangoon's counterpart to Singapore's sweepstakes, just as historical and almost as pricey, but actually even more beautiful.

The Thamada Hotel is very close to the train stations for a more down-to-earth rate and within a short walk of the entire Yangon downtown, from about $85 per overnight, although there are many other good options. Bagan Thande Hotel has beautiful riverfront cottages and is within walk of Old Bagan's attractions, from about $70 per room per day for a two-bedroom.

You need a good guide to Burma, and the Lonely Planet range is the best there is. Very recommendable, even if you consider that things are rapidly shifting in Burma at the present time. Get a proper travel policy, it is important..... Do not travel abroad without travel health insurances from a reputable travel agent, with at least 1m or preferentially 5m pounds of health insurement.

When in the USA, try Travel Guard USA. Obtain a replacement credential for travel with no change & low or no ATM charges..... Keeping it in another part of your baggage to avoid being abandoned if your purse is lost is additional travel insuran.

Moreover, some international travel payment methods are significantly better than others.

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