Access to Bagan is evolving day by day. Air, bus, train, boat, every transportation has been improving their network, equipment and service. You can find suitable way to Bagan according to your schedule and budget.
Nyaung-U, the gate town to Bagan, has an airport which handles many domestic flights. Many turboprop aircrafts have been put into operation.
Airlines are operating circular routes around the central Myanmar. Early morning flights from Yangon move forward in order such as Yangon - Nyaung-U - Mandalay - Heho - Yangon, while evening flights from Yangon go forward in contrary order, Yangon- Heho - Mandalay - Nyaung-U - Yangon.
For example, fright time from Yangon to Nyaung-U in the morning is about only 1 hour, while it will be about 3 hours in the afternoon due to the counter-clockwise operation. Therefore, if you travel to Bagan from Yangon, it is convenient to go by early morning flight and return by evening flight.
You can book and get the ticket through airline’s websites.
The Bagan Shwe Pyi Highway Bus Terminal is the main gateway for long-distance coach service, located on the outskirts of Bagan.
In the past, almost all coaches were non air-con, but now fleet of coaches was renewed with new air-conditioned models, so you can enjoy comfortable trip. Luxury coaches have 3 seats in a row. It takes about 10 hours from Yangon to Bagan including short breaks on the way.
In Yangon, The Aung Mingala bus terminal is located very far from city center, so you should be careful not to miss the your coach. It takes more than an hour from downtown to the terminal by taxi during the rush hour.
You can get tickets through ticket sales counters at the Aung San stadium in downtown, or alternatively you can get it from online sites.
Through train trip in Myanmar, you may feel a rare experience, continuous shaking as train seems to derail, due to old facilities and poor maintenance. The operation of train service is delayed frequently, but, if you have plenty of time, you can enjoy a slow train journey with the unique taste.
You can get the official time table and tickets from railway stations. Tickets will be released at counters three days before departure, but it is often sold out quickly for a sleeper or during the holiday season.
Train ticket office in Yangon is located at Bo Gyoke Rd. on the opposite side of the Sakura Tower.
Several companies are operating riverboat services between Mandalay and Bagan. Usually riverboat departs from Mandalay in early morning and arrives at Bagan in the evening.