Around Myanmar By Train

The British-built railways are less developed than others in Southeast Asia. However travelling by train can give you one of the wonderful moments to get around and experience the country at the ground level. The train ride can be an adventure just as the country itself. Train conditions on Yangon to Mandalay routes are better than other lines. Trains in more remote part of Myanmar are usually slower and less reliable due to many reasons such as flooded tracks and mechanical problems.


(1) Booking long-distance journeys online cost from US$ 10 to US$ 35

(2) Buying tickets at the stations usually cost between K 1,000 and K 10,000


Class – Remark

Ordinary Class – Cheapest, simple wooden seats and crowded. Available on any train.

First Class – Usually wooden seats with cushioned bottoms. Available on certain trains.

Upper Class – Comfortable, large seats but not totally clean and poor facilities. Available on all trains.

Standard Sleeper – Four-berth and two-berth lockable compartments with bedclothes provided. Washbasin and toilets at the end of each carriage. Available on Yangon to Mandalay, Yangon to Bagan and Mandalay to Myitkyina routes.

Special Sleeper – Self-contained compartments (maximum 4 people), with separate entrace, toilet, sitting and sleeping areas but no access to the rest of the train. Water and fresh bedclothes provided. Usually available on Yangon to Mandalay route.

Below are the main Railway Journeys for foreigners:
From To
Yangon Bago – Naypyitaw – Thazi – Mandalay
Yangon Bago – Kyaikto – Mawlamyine – Ye – Dawei
Yangon Thazi – Kalaw – Shwenyaung (for Inle Lake)
Yangon Bagan
Yangon Pyay
Mandalay Bagan
Mandalay PyinOoLwin – Gokteik – Hsipaw – Lashio
Mandalay Kawlin – Myitkyina
Mandalay Kalaw – Shwenyaung (for Inle Lake)
Mandalay Bagan – Pyay – Yangon