Yangon and Bagan are 2 out of 4 most typical tourist destinations of Myanmar. The former is the largest city and the latter is the most important archaeological sites of the country. Most international visitors spend several days in Yangon and its surroundings and then travel to Bagan on their Myanmar tour. How to get to Bagan from Yangon? It depends on your budget, timing and also your adventure mind. Here is useful information for transportation from Yangon to Bagan.

1. Overnight Bus from Yangon to Bagan

Normally the overnight bus will take around 9 – 10 hours to complete the 611-kilometer journey between Yangon and Bagan. The road condition is quite good and the quality of overnight buses is better than you imagine or hear about transportation services in Burma.
Traveling by overnight bus from Yangon to Burma can help you save money quite a lot (it costs 15,000 – 18,000 kyat for a ticket bus and you can also save 1-night hotel). It is a very good choice if you don’t suffer from motion sickness and can sleep in noises as the driver turns on Burmese music very loud until midnight.
The bus normally leaves the downtown Yangon at 6.00pm each evening and arrives in Bagan around 4.00am (the next day). So make sure to book your hotels in Bagan in advance and prepare for the transfer from bus station to your hotel. If not, you may have to stand around with the cockerels and cows for several hours until a more sociable hour!

2. Local Train from Yangon to Bagan

During Myanmar travel, the journey from Yangon to Bagan by train is very time-consuming (15-17 hours) and mostly unpleasant. The train is noisy and hot, and your bed in the cabin is quite hard to sleep. In addition, the speed is incredible slow.
It’s a little odd that you can not buy train tickets at the train station. Instead, you have to buy them from some travel agents in Yangon center. It will cost 16,500 (17 USD) kyat for an upper-class sleeper ticket, 12,000 (12 USD) kyat for an upper-class seat ticket. If you must travel as cheap as possible, an ordinary class seat ticket of 4,500 kyats (4 USD) may be an economical choice. However, remember that it will not be a particularly enjoyable journey. Food and drink is served throughout the journey, but they are not included in ticket price. Trains normally leave Yangon station at 4.00pm, and arrive in Bagan around 10.00am (the next day).

3. Short Flight from Yangon to Bagan

For Burma tours, a Bagan-Yangon flight is an easiest and most time-saving way to travel between two sites. The Air Bagan is probably the best airline flying the route of International Yangon Airport and Nyuang U Airport (the closest airport to Bagan), but you can also choose from Air Mandalay and Myanmar Airways.
Flying from Yangon to Bagan will cost you around 95 – 155USD/ ticket, depending on which airway company you choose and booking time. Note that Nyuang U Airport is 7 km far from Bagan, so check to see if your hostel or hotel will pick you up.

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Myanmar has gradually opens its door to the outside world; therefore, it will be much easier to travel to this Golden Temple country. Myanmar has all kinds of destinations that can satisfies your hunger to explore from pristine beaches to majestic Buddha statues, they are all awaiting you. Here is a list of all things to do in Myanmar and places that you should visit when you travel to Myanmar.


This is a must-see place in Myanmar with palm fringed white sands and crystal clear waters. This is the perfect place to lay back and chill out for a while. Even though Ngapali beach is the most popular beach area in Myanmar, it still has a laid back fishing village vibe.


With a population of over 6 million, it is the lagest city and the main commercial centre in Myanmar though the former military government moved the capital to Naypyidaw in 2005. Yangon is not the world’s prettiest city but what it lacks in looks it makes up in character.

You only need a few days here to visit the main sights and love wandering around the centre taking in all the sights and sounds.

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Shwedagon Paya

The Shwedagon Paya is a gilded stupa bang in the centre of Yangon. It is the most sacred Buddhist site in all Myanmar and is a hive of activity every night. It is suggested that you should arrive just before sunset to take photos both in daylight and evening. There is a lovely energy about the place with locals chatting, praying, and playing.

Take a train journey

Train journey is a great way to see life in Yangon as the journey loops around surrounding satellite towns. Don’t be surprised if your carriage is full of fruit and vegetables as the train passes through many markets. Amazingly, 150,000 tickets are sold daily for the train.

Go to a tea shop

Teashops are very popular in Yangon and you should really visit once because of its wonderful experience. The shops are often very bustling and it seems like half Yangon was popping in for a cup of coffee and pastry. It is truly one of the best things to do in Myanmar.

The Golden Rock Pagoda

The Pagoda sits on the top of a giant boulder which is covered in gold leaf pasted on by Buddhist devotees. The rock sits precariously on a boulder seemingly defying gravity. Legend has it that the rock is sitting on a strand of Buddha’s hair, hence why it doesn’t fall.


The jewel in Myanmar’s crown, Bagan is one of the most spectacular places in Myanmar. Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay region. In its heyday there were 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries built. Now there is 2,200 for you to explore. On the larger temples, you can clamber up to the top to watch sunrise or sunset. You won’t be alone but watching the sun shine over hundreds of temples below you is pretty magical no matter how many people are around you.

In general, Myanmar offers a handful places for you to explore. Let’s have your own Myanmar travel and discover the best of the country.

Choosing how to effectively spend your Burma time can be challenging because it is such a large country – in fact it is almost three times the size of the UK. Whilst much of the country is still off limits to tourists there is still so much to see and do that you could spend two months here and not see everything.

However, we know that most of you probably have two weeks – not two months – and we can help craft the perfect itinerary to decide how best to use your time.

If you have two weeks we would recommend seeing the following highlights:

Bagan is the ancient settlement that has really put Myanmar (Burma) on the map. With more than 2,000 historic stupas, temples and pagodas spread over an enormous area, you really have to see it to believe it.

Yangon is where many start or finish their tour so it’s easy to build in a day or two. You can see the colonial architecture of a time gone by and visit the remarkable Shwedagon Pagoda, which can be seen sparkling from almost anywhere in Yangon.

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Inle Lake is an impressive freshwater lake, more than 13 miles long and resembles a vast silver sheet, reflecting the sky like a mirror. Wait until you see the local fishermen who use unique fishing techniques with baskets and row with their legs!

Ngapali Beach is one of our favorite beaches in south-east Asia, a big sweeping bay with stunning boutique hotels that blend into the palms trees behind. Bliss.

Once you’ve got these staples into your tour you will have time to build in some wonderful extra destinations – you may wish to visit Mandalay in the north, which has some wonderful sites around it including the iconic U-Bein Bridge as well as being close to Hsipaw, which offers tremendous trekking. Perhaps you’d like to do some trekking in Kalaw near Inle Lake where you can also wash and feed retired elephants that have been rescued from the timber trade? Or head down south to one of our favorite areas and go kayaking through magical karst-like scenery and explore some of Myanmar’s most impressive caves.


Now is the time to visit this extraordinary land of golden spires, majestic temples and barely-touched Myanmar beaches. Expect to see wandering monks (who are the A-list celebrities here), water buffaloes grazing in beautiful scenic landscapes and a local population that still dresses traditionally, yet to be exposed to western ways.


Myanmar, or Burma as it was previously called, has only recently opened its doors to tourism after the political situation shifted in 2010. The result? A wonderfully unadulterated country with some of the friendliest people in the world who are still a little surprised to see tourists visiting their land. Of course it won’t be like this forever, but for now it might just be the last undiscovered jewel of South-East Asia.

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You can spend months travelling Myanmar and have sampled everything on offer; from cruises on the Ayeyarwady River to luxurious, boutique beach hotels and basic rooms off the beaten track. Or you can watch the sunset over Bagan from the lesser-known temples, eat a freshly cooked Burmese lunch in a family home on stilts over Inle Lake and take the best of the rickety, rocking train journeys which cut through Myanmar's most scenic countryside. So come and enjoy your time in Burma.