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    How to get from Yangon Airport to Downtown – by Shuttle Bus, Train, Taxi

    Yangon is the city from where your backpacking Myanmar adventure will begin. Getting in Yangon is easy as the airport is well connected to other south east Asian cities such as Bangkok.

    Cheapest way to get to Yangon downtown from Yangon Airport is by public bus. However, the easiest and quickest way is by taking the YBS shuttle bus from the airport. Getting the public bus to Downtown from Yangon Airport is little tricky, and involves bit of walk. In this blog I will explain how you can smoothly travel from Yangon airport to city center.

    Yangon International Airport (also known as Mingladon) (IATA: RGN) lies on the north from Yangon downtown. Sule pagoda or simply Sule is considered the center of the downtown Yangon. The Sule Pagoda is located in a big circle, on the intersection of some of the most busy roads in Yangon.

    Both Yangon international and domestic terminals are next to each other and you can simply walk between them. Incidentally, Sule Pagoda is located on a circle and all the public transport begins and end near to it. The distance between Yangon airport and Yangon city center, Sule, is about 18 km via Pyay Road.

    How to go from Yangon airport to Downtown

    If you are traveling from Yangon international airport to city center, there are multiple options available to you. You can either take a cab, take a train or take a local bus. Choose the one which fits your budget, convenience and timelines.

    Yangon Airport to Downtown by Shuttle Bus

    The easiest way to get to the downtown from Yangon International airport is by taking the shuttle bus. The bus is quite comfortable (air conditioned), the ticket is reasonably priced and the service is quick. The bus is called YBS airport shuttle bus and is easy to spot because of it’s red/green white color.

    The bus shuttle bus fare from Yangon airport to downtown is 500 Kyat and it runs round the clock. Yes, the YBS Yangon airport shuttle bus is a 24 hours service. So, no matter when your flight arrive you will find the bus right at the exit gate of the airport. Remember to give exact change to the driver to avoid any hassle.

    The YBS shuttle bus has two routes – Pyay Road route (Green) and Kabar Aye Pagoda Road route (Red).

    Also Read: How to reach Aung Minglar Bus Station

    YBS Airport Shuttle Route – Green Route – Pyay Road
    1. Yangon International Airport
    2. 9 Miles Ocean
    3. 8 Miles Junction
    4. 7 Miles Hotel
    5. AD Junction
    6. Lotte Hotel
    7. Inya bank
    8. University of Yangon
    9. Junction Square
    10. Dagon Centre
    11. Taw Win Centre
    12. City Mall (St. John)
    13. Yangon General Hospital
    14. Junction City
    15. Yangon Railway Station
    YBS Airport Shuttle Route – Red Route – Kabar Aye Pagoda Road
    1. Yangon International Airport
    2. 8 Miles Junction
    3. Yangon Hotel
    4. Nawaday Cinema
    5. Kabar Aye Pagoda
    6. Parami
    7. Myanmar Plaza
    8. Hnin Si Gone
    9. Shwe Gone Dine
    10. Shwedagone Pagoda
    11. Zoological Garden
    12. Parkroyal Hotel
    13. Thamada Cinema
    14. Sule Square
    15. Sule Pagoda
    16. Yangon Railway Station

    Also Read: Guide to Backpacking Myanmar

    Yangon Airport to Downtown by Bus

    The cheapest possible way to reach Yangon downtown from Yangon airport is by public bus. The problem is that you have to walk about 20-30 minutes to the nearest bus station.

    How to get from yangon airport to downtown by public bus? After you exit the international terminal, take right and continue to walk past the domestic terminal. Keep walking until you hit the main road, Pyay road, turn right and you will find a bus stop at a distance of about 100 meters. The bus stop is called Sel Maing Kone (on Google map) also known as Tse Mi or Ten Miles.

    The buses to Sule are frequent, and you’ll have no problem boarding one within 5-10 minutes. Take the green bus no. 51 [၅၁ in Burmese] which drops you few blocks away from Sule. The intersection where the bus drops you is called Bo San Pat (next to 30th street) road and Merchant street, it is easily marked in Google Maps. Another landmark is that it just opposite to kbz group. From here it is only five minutes walk to Sule circle. The ticket costs 200 kyat for the journey.

    Yangon Airport to Downtown by Taxi

    How to get from Yangon airport to city? To get the bus from yangon airport to city, you need to walk a bit and wait too. If you are carrying luggage, I will suggest you to get a cab from Yangon Airport to Sule. Cab is the easiest and the quickest option to get to Yangon center from airport, given if you don’t mind spending a bit extra. If you are a backpacker on a budget, check the public transport options I have listed next.

    The cab fare from airport to Sule comes around at a fix 8000 Kyat ($10USD roughly). However, you do have an option to find someone traveling in the same direction and split the fare.

    Yangon Airport to Downtown by Train

    Getting from Yangon airport to city involves bit of planning. The nearest train station to Yangon airport is Pa Ywet Seik Kone Station, you can either walk there (2.5km!) or take a short taxi ride (about 1000-1500 Kyat). The train goes to Yangon central ralway station, from where you can get to Sule for about 200 Kyat.

    The train journey takes about 1.5 hours to cover the 25 stops. The train is quite frequent and there is one every 30 minutes. The advantage of taking the train is that circular train is considered an attraction in itself. Excellent for experiencing daily lives of the local. It costs 100 kyat to Yangon railway station, and the service starts from 7:30am.


    Getting from Yangon airport to City can be a little workout when you are looking for cheapest public transportation. Taking a public bus from from Yangon airport to downtown requires you to walk for half a mile, which can be an issue if you are carrying luggage. In this blog I will strongly recommend you to take the YBS shuttle bus as it cheap and quick.


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