Travel by rail in Myanmar any chance you get! Share the journey with locals & enjoy the green countryside – for a short taste of what it’s like, come aboard with us on the train from Bago to Yangon!

Train from Bago to Yangon

The afternoon train from Bago to Yangon departs at around 3pm & takes approximately 1.5hrs.

The price is 600 kyats / $0.60 in 2014.

Bago train station

Bago train station

For us here at DIY Travel HQ the 78km journey was positively bullet-train like, in comparison to our previous journey on Myanmar’s slowest train from Dawei to Mawlamyine!

Once again, the ride is thoroughly pleasurable.

From a window seat in the aftermath of recent rainfall, cool air rushes by, wind-blown hair over eyes contemplating the passing wet, green countryside.

Green countryside views on train

In the rainy season, the whole countryside is lush & green

Approaching Yangon, the landscapes transforms from verdant village views to a monetariy-meagre metropolitan mise-en-scene.

People waiting on train tracks

More people along the tracks as the train begins to pull into Yangon

Train tracks in Yangon

The tracks leading into Yangon

Riding in ordinary class (this time) bears witness to a camaraderie between passengers that characterizes so much of local travel and transport in developing countries, a reflection of the wider society as a whole.

Food and fruit are flung around freely, seats are shared, greetings are genuinely and generous granted, conversations carried without care.

To a foreigner, the ease of exchanges, physical and emotional, between strangers never fails to enlighten and energize.

Bridge crossing on train

A bridge crossing on the train from Bago to Yango

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Bago to Yangon Train in Ordinary Class

 

*** The Final Word – The train from Yangon to Bago is a good taster before preparing yourself for one of Myanmar’s longest rail journeys! *** 

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Visited in June 2014