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  • Unfortunately there is no city train station near tourist spot
  • When using the city train, I felt like a train ride in 1960ies because they are diesel-powered, some without air conditioning system, hard seats, and very jiggling
  • Set the fare in advance, and you do not have to bother of traffic jams or taking the wrong direction
  • I did not do that but I noticed a couple aircrews were riding the train at this station
  • Some traffic jams occur in Yangon, but they are not very bad because motorcycles are banned in this city


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    Mainly there are three kinds of public transport in Yangon. They are city bus, taxi, and city train. Buses go to almost every corner in Yangon, and the fare is also very cheap. You can go within Yangon just for 200 or 300 kyat (around 20 cents). It is obviously the cheapest way to get to downtown from Aung Mingalar station if you come to Yangon by bus from other cities. The travel time may be two hours in peak times. But it is normally very crowded with passengers and is not suitable for non Burmese-speaking tourists.

    The second way to commute in Yangon is by the city train. The path is somewhat circular from Yangon Central Railway Station near Sule Pagoda Road, both westward and eastward through 38 stations and back to the Central Railway station. The whole journey is completed in three hours. The fare is only as low as 200 kyat per person and is independent on travel distance you make. Unfortunately there is no city train station near tourist spot. As an example, from Central Station to Sule Pagoda is about 1.8 km, and from Ahlone Station to Shwedagon Pagoda is about 2.5 km. The city train is extensively used by the locals for their activities, but is not suitable for tourists unless the city train itself is used as a tourist destination. When using the city train, I felt like a train ride in 1960ies because they are diesel-powered, some without air conditioning system, hard seats, and very jiggling.

    The third way is using taxi cabs. All taxis in Yangon are non-metered ones. Prepare your destination in written so the driver will understand quickly. I used google map and copied it into my smart phone and showed it to the driver. This way normally works well. Set the fare in advance, and you do not have to bother of traffic jams or taking the wrong direction. A typical taxi fare is between 2,000 and 3,000 kyat for a travel up to 3 km.

    If you leave Yangon by air, then the normal taxi fare to the airport is 8,000 kyat from downtown area, or 10,000 kyat should you use a hotel car. But you can save a lot of money if you have much spare time and do not mind walking. Take the city train and alight at Pa Ywet Seik Kone Station and continue on foot for another 2 km to the international terminal. I did not do that but I noticed a couple aircrews were riding the train at this station.

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  • City Bus in Yangon is the cheapest way to travel, but not suitable for non-Burmese speaking tourists as there is no English version for the routes, destinations, etc.

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  • Traffic jams do occur and quite frequent due to the number of cars and traffic lights. But since motorbikes are banned in Yangon, the traffic does not need to wait very long to flow.

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  • Yangon Central Railway Station. Commuter trains are used extensively by the locals for their business including farmers bringing raw vegetables to markets, street vendors offering phone cards or foods to passengers, etc. I took this train not to commute by instead to experience how the locals do with it.

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  • Taxis in front of Shwedagon east entrance. Normally taxi drivers can speak basic English making me easy to explain the destination by showing him the electronic map on my mobile. Prepare 2,000 to 3,000 kyat for short distance within the city.

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  • Taxi in front of Sule Pagoda. Hailing a taxi on the street works better compared to approaching a parking taxi. Taxis those park on a street side are probably waiting for their passengers who are shopping. As you may have noticed, that in all pictures I am uploading there is no motorbikes because they are banned in Yangon.

    Taxi is obviously the best for foreign tourists and is faster than any other transportation modes in Yangon. Some traffic jams occur in Yangon, but they are not very bad because motorcycles are banned in this city.



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