Yangon Circle Line train line

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Yangon Railway Station, Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon Circle Line train line Reviews

davejo davejo
279 reviews
A train journey to remember Feb 02, 2017
The circle line train is a great way to see the suburbs of Yangon and observe the daily life of the people. The Circle line runs for 46 kms around Yangon, stopping at 39 stations, traveling at no more than 15 kms an hour. The train leaves from platforms 6 and 7 at Yangon's Main Railway Station and 9 go in a clockwise direction and 5 in an anti clockwise direction. Times are posted on the wall of the office on the platform where you purchase the ticket which only cost 200 kyat (17 cents). Before you depart i would study your guidebook to see if there are any interesting attractions near the stations that you pass by. We got off at three different stations to look at museums, temples and markets. The first time we got off we asked when the next two trains stop at the station as we wanted to make good use of our time and not wait 30 minutes for the train to arrive. We did not buy another ticket but we did learn at the next stop that we cannot hop on and off with the same ticket, we must buy another 200 kyat ticket each time we break the journey. We did find that all the trains arrived on time, and i guess we caught the train at 8.30 am and returned to Central Yangon around 16.30., It was a a memorable day out where we met some friendly locals and saw parts of Yangon that normally one would not see. The train even went out into the countryside after the airport and bus terminal.


Maps of the route in English and Burmese are posted on the walls of each carriage. Not all stations have signs in English so you must look at both maps and try to recognise the Burmese letters at the station where you want to get off.


Not until you are on the circle line train will you realise that Yangon has a huge problem with their garbage, particularly plastic bags as there are many areas by the tracks that are just covered with garbage. I am told that 800 tonnes of garbage was generated in Yangon back in 1985 and there was a system where someone rang a bell when the garbage truck came round, but there were very few places to dump this garbage. It seems that there is still a lot of garbage dumped everywhere and i never once saw a garbage truck all the time i was in Myanmar. Apparently there are two private companies about to take over the garbage collection, a local one who will generate electricity from the landfills, and also a Korean Company. From all the countries that i have visited in Asia i think Myanmar is even worse than India and Cambodia.
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sepilokfui sepilokf…
47 reviews
To see the real Myanmar Jul 20, 2012
The Yangon Circle Line train ride costs USD1. From the Yangon Railway Station, the train makes a big circular loop around Yangon. In around 4hrs, the train will take you back to where it started.

This ride might give you a shock in your life. But it is the real Myanmar, the Myanmar that trapped in the time capsule of 60 years ago and never progress! It is difficult to see after you visited the Big4 because tourist area is always nicer presented. It is not about the things that have been done by the people nor the government, but it is about the things had not been done!

There is a reason why the capital is move to another place which is nicely built with beautiful building and modern highway. When you take this train ride, you will find out the reason as any foreign dignitaries will not see these pictures as they are going to the new capital now.
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veiss says:
can we get off at certain place and get back with another train?
Posted on: Dec 13, 2015

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