Getting around Yangon using public buses
If you’re as broke as me, you certainly don’t want to get aroung Yangon by taxis! Even though Lonely Planet says that they are the cheapest taxis in all Asia, it adds up really fast if you take them all the time! Public buses are pretty easy to use in Yangon, and they come very often!
So I travelled only by local buses, which cost 200 Kyats wherever you go (sometimes 300 when they see your tourist face, but well, it’s still more than 20 times cheaper than a taxi).
Going to Aung Mingala bus station:
Nothing easier if you live around Sule Paya! You need to take bus 43 (see on the picture below how “43″ is writen in burmese!), which will take you all the way up to Aung Mingala Bus station, which is where all the buses for the north (Mandalay, Bagan, Inle) go from.
The bus stop is situated 50m north of Sule Pagoda. Easy to find!
But be careful, they are many different 43 buses!! The red one, the blue one, the white one, the green one….
You have to take the BLUE bus 43! (see picture)
Early morning the ride from Sule Paya to Aung Mingala takes about 45 minutes. In day time if there is traffic it can take up to 1h30! So if you don’t want to miss your bus leave 2 hours before! Plus once you’re at the bus station it can take you a while to find your bus! Just ask the men with hats, they are here to help your way around the bus station (which is more like a town with loads of streets!)
Going to Shwedagon Pagoda:
You can take this same bus 43 (towards the north), they’ll drop you off about 10 minutes walk from the pagoda, but you can see it in the disctance so it’s easy to find!
You can also take bus 204 which will drop you closer to Shwedagon Pagoda, but the bus stop is a different one and I don’t know where it is (still around Sule – in the south). Ask around!
If you have time Shwedagon Pagoda is also walking distance from the city center!
Going to the other bus station (Buses to Ngwe Saung Beach for example):
From Sule Pagoda you have to take bus 333. It took us 1 hour and half, but it could take more as it’s pretty far away!! The fare is still 200 Kyats, instead of around 10 000 for a taxi! Up to you!
You can also reach this bus station from Aung Mingala bus station if you take the MINIBUS 43. (be careful, not the big bus!)
Minibus 43 takes an hour and half. Ask around where it goes from, people will be happy to help you!
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