Yangon and Bagan are two of the must-visit places in Myanmar. Yangon is once the capital of Myanmar and is home to Shwedagon Pagoda or the Golden Pagoda, one of the most visited attractions in the city. Bagan, on the other hand, boasts of its thousand pagodas. (Read: Weather Spoon’s Restaurant A Must-Try Resto in Bagan)
Yangon is the main gateway to Myanmar as most international flights are arriving in the city. The airport is around 20 minutes away from downtown Yangon. Taxis are available to take you to the city proper or to the bus station. The bus station to Bagan and the city proper are relatively far from each other.
How you can travel from Yangon to Bagan? Well, it really depends on a lot of things like your budget, time constraints
We’ve included three methods of transportation from Yangon to Bagan. Whatever option you choose, we are pretty sure you’ll have an unforgettable experience in Myanmar.
TRAVEL GUIDE CONTENTS
1. Overnight Bus from Yangon to Bagan
There are several bus stations in Yangon, but the main one for Bagan-bound buses is Highway Bus Station, also known as Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal. It is located outside of the city proper, about 7 km northeast from Yangon International airport.
To get to the bus terminal, expect to pay around MMK1,000 for a seat in a shared taxi or MMK6,000/USD5 for a whole cab.
Bus tickets can be purchased in the city or you can go directly to Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal. Some buses also have their own terminals so you have many options and they are just within walking distance from each other. Buses usually leave between 6PM and 9PM and a morning bus at 9AM. Travel time is around 9 hours from Yangon to Bagan.
We suggest you take the VIP coaches / buses as they are more comfortable. Blankets and snacks are also provided during the bus trip. VIP coaches cost around MMK26,000/USD19
Tickets sell fast so make sure to either book days in advance or go directly to Aung Mingalar once you arrive in
Note that buses leaving Yangon in the evening arrive
Bus schedule from Yangon to Bagan
Bus schedule from Bagan to Yangon
2. Local Train from Yangon to Bagan
A direct railway line links Yangon to Bagan. There are quite a lot of mixed reviews online and we
There is only one daily train #61 from Yangon to Bagan leaving at
During low season train, #61 offers no sleeping cars; your choice is restricted to different kinds of seats only.
3. Short Flight from Yangon to Bagan
Taking a flight is the most convenient way to travel from Yangon to Bagan. If money isn’t an issue then I suggest you take this option. A number of airlines offer direct daily flights between Yangon and Bagan.
Where to stay in Myanmar?
- Backpacker Bed & Breakfast
- Taw Win Garden Hotel
- ParkRoyal Yangon Hotel
- Clover City Center Plus Hotel
- Yangon Airport Inn
- Hotel Accord
- 20th Street Hostel
Recommended hotels to stay in Bagan. Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.