Getting Around

Public Transport: Public transport in Yangon is limited. British colonists installed a modern rail system in 1904, but it hasn’t been updated since. Buses crisscross the city, but unless you enjoy hair-raising commutes, it’s probably best to stick to taxis. Be sure to settle on a price with your driver before getting into the taxi, as they do not use fare meters. Fares should be relatively cheap, with trips normally costing between 1,500 and 6,000 kyats, or about $1.50 to $6.00 USD. Be sure to have a map of your destination(s) in Burmese handy, since drivers rarely speak any English.

Taxis: You will most easily be able to hail one of the taxis that queue outside the larger hotels, on Sule Pagoda Road and by the southern entrance of the Shwedagon Pagoda. If you are in a less popular township or if it is late at night and no taxis are available on the street, you can arrange for one by calling one of the many taxi services. If you want a private driver for the day, most taxis will agree to negotiate for a daily ($40-50) or hourly rate.

Yangon Getting Around - Zoomdojo

Walking: Traveling on foot is another option as long as you are assertive, observant, and perseverant. Sidewalks are crowded and you will have to put up with constantly bumping into your neighbors and navigating through the throngs of street vendors in the city center. Be careful of footpaths, especially at night, as they are riddled with potholes and uncovered drains. Most locals walk on the very edges of the roads, which have been paved more recently. Traffic lights are few and far between, and even when they are working, many drivers choose to ignore them. When crossing the street, take caution and try to cross with a large crowd, if you can.