Yangon Circular Train
Facts of Yangon Circular Train
Taking the Yangon Circular Train is one of the must-do activity if you are traveling in Myanmar. It offers a good chance to meet friendly local people, experience their daily life and capture the polymorphic views of Yangon city and surroundings. Though the trip is loud, crowded, busy and hot, there is no better way to experience the laid back life style of authentic Yangon.
Yangon Circular Rail Line was put into use in 1954, built by the British during the colonial times. It connects the city’s economic hub to rural towns, covering a railway track loop of 45.9 kilometers. The Yangon Circular Train stops at 39 stations, almost every station of Yangon, being the most popular transportation mode for locals and making it very convenient to get around the city. The circular trains run every 30 minutes in both directions during the daytime, and the whole trip takes about 3.5 hours. Both clockwise (Right) and counter-clockwise (Left) trains are available daily along the railway loop. It’s easy to buy a ticket on circular train from the ticket office on platform 6/7 at Rangoon Main Station. Some trains run the whole circle trip, while some end their journey in the half way, this time you need to switch to another train to continue your trip.
Stops & Schedules of Yangon Circular Train
The Yangon Circular Train stops at the following stations:
Yangon Railway Station, Pagoda Road, Lanmadaw, Pyay Road, Shan Road, Ahlone Road, Panhlaing Road, Kemmendine, Hanthawaddy, Hletaw, Kamayut, Thiri Myaing, Okkyin, Thamaing, Thamaing Myothit, Gyogon, Insein, Ywama, Phawkan, Aung San Myo, Danyingon, Golf Course, Kyaikkale, Mingaladon Bazaar, Mingaladon, Waibage, Okkalapa, Paywetseikkon, Kyaukyedwin, Tadagale, Yegu, Payame, Kanbe, Bauktaw, Tamwe, Myitta Nyunt, Mahlwagon, Pazundaung.
Yangon Circular Train Schedule
Clockwise (Right): 6:10am → 8:20am → 9:30am → 10:10am → 11:30am → 11:50am → 1:05pm → 2:25pm → 3:30pm → 5.10pm
Counter-clockwise (Left): 6:10am → 8:35am → 10:45am → 12:25pm → 1:40pm → 4:40pm
How to take the Yangon Circular Train and is it worth?
Yangon, being the most populous city and important economic center of Myanmar, is a significant stop for travelers to Myanmar. It served as the capital of Myanmar until 2006. Due to relocation of the administrative functions, the capital is changed to Naypyidaw. Ridding on the Yangon Circular Train can be regarded as one of the Best Things to Do in Yangon.
If you have a spare day in Yangon, traveling on the circular train is an interesting ride. You can board the train at Yangon central railway station, only five minutes walking distance from the famous Bogyoke Aung San Market. Please do not worry about getting lost in the station, as there are always plenty of English speaking staff who can give you some guidance. However, you are suggested to get to the station as early as possible since your train may leave several minutes early or you need to struggle in the crowds of passengers on the platforms and then get onboard to secure your seats. If you are unlucky to miss the train, you can wait for the next one as the trains run daily at regular intervals before 5:00pm.
It is free to get on and off the train at any station to explore the local areas. However, we recommend travelers ride and enjoy the entire 3-hour trip, which you can travel across the crowded residential zones to the peaceful farming areas. You can take in plenty of interesting things and beautiful landscapes along the trip. Besides, please don’t forget to take pictures of the most picturesque sceneries. Be prepared for this challenging travel on the shaky and slow train, but it’s surely a memorable journey in your lifetime.
- Last updated on Nov. 11, 2022 by Brenda Lian -