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Myanmar Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air travel is by far the best and most practical mean of moving within the country and the only allowable way of transport for self-reliant travellers; however, there is a very limited flight schedule, and a less than perfect safety record.

Air Yangon and Air Mandalay operate internal flights. Internal security can hinder ease of movement. Daily flights between most towns are provided and flights for charter are available. There are more than 60 airstrips in Myanmar. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Myanmar Travel and Tours (see Contact section).

Internal flight travel times

 From Yangon to Mandalay : 2 hours and 10 minutes
 From Yangon to Bagan (Pagan) : 1 hour and 30 minutes
 From Yangon to Heho : 1 hour and 25 minutes


The greatest mean to see the country is to travel by boat, especially between Bhamo to Mandalay and Mandalay to Bagan (Pagan). Myanmar has approximately 8,000 kilometres or 5,000 miles of navigable rivers. Journeys can only be arranged as part of a tour group; however, travellers are required to take their own food.


Myanmar Railways operate services on many routes, the main line is from Yangon to Mandalay with travel time of approximately 12 to 14 hours. Overnight trains offer sleeping cars. A pretty good service is also provided from Mandalay–Lashio–Myitkyina.

The state-run railway has 4,300 kilometres or 2,700 miles of railway line and provides services to most of the country. First class is available; however, with the exception of the Yangon to Mandalay line, services are frequently delayed owing to climatic, technical and bureaucratic problems.

Tickets can only be bought through the Myanmar Travel and Tours as part of a tour group. Regularly scheduled services are also provided from Yangon to Mandalay and from Yangon to Thazi.


Traffic moves on the right. Some modernization of Myanmar’s once out-of-date vehicles has been accomplished.

Bus: Buses are usually operated by the state-owned Road Transport Enterprise. Public bus services are not reliable or comfortable. Travellers may pay the fare in Kyat (Myanmar currency) on some specific lines only.

Because of the progressing privatization programme of the transportation industry, a group of privately operated buses are now available. The principal lines are from Yangon to Meiktila, Pyay, Mandalay and Taunggyi. Private buses have air-conditioning and accept payment in Kyat (Myanmar currency), US Dollars and FECs.

Bicycles: Bicycles are available for hire.

Documentation: An International Driving Licence is required and it must be endorsed by the police and they issue a visitor’s license.


Yangon operates a circular rail service. In addition, the outdated and overcrowded bus services are provided in all cities and there are blue government taxis with fixed prices available in Yangon. Un-metered 3 and 4-wheel taxis are provided in the cities, as are rickshaws; it is wise to arrange fares before departing.
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