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From Yangon to Bagan and Mandalay by bus. How to get to Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal and map of the super huge labyrinth

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Hello everyone, this is Takagi in Myanmar. I’ve just decided that the soul food of Myanmar is curry.

 

Well, today I’m going to do a big feature on Aung Mingalar Express Bus Station, the hub of traveling in Myanmar.

 

You can find a lot of information about this Aung Mingalar Express Bus Station on the Internet, but it’s a bit of a makeshift diary and not very diverting or comprehensive.

 

So, I decided to take a leap of faith and share all the information about the Aung Mingalar Bus Station as well as the Cubao Bus Station in the Philippines for the future.

 

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From Aung Mingalar Bus Station to major cities

This is a map of Yangon that you can find at White Bay, a money exchange place where you can exchange Japanese yen for Myanmar kyat.

 

The following is a list of buses that depart from Aung Mingalar to major cities.

 

Mandalay / Nay Pyi Taw

  • BOSS(09-250-428-827)
  • ELite(09-977-838-311)
  • GI Group(09-421-012 001〜2)
  • JJ(09-731-235-71〜74)
  • MANDALAR MINN(09-502-0181)
  • Myat Mandalar Tun(09 205-0919)
  • Shwe Mandarar(09 504-2644)

 

Bagan / Nyanwu

  • Famous(09-788-006-611)
  • JJ(09-731-235-71〜74)
  • MANDALAR MINN(09-502-0181)
  • Shwe Mandarar(09 504-2644)

 

Kalaw/Inle/Taunggyi

  • ELite(09-977-838-311)
  • Famous(09-788-006-611)
  • JJ(09-731-235-71〜74)
  • MANDALAR MINN(09-502-0181)
  • Shwe Mandarar(09 504-2644)
  • Shwe Nan Daw(01-637-667)

 

Kyaik Htee Yoe/Mawlamyine

Map of Kyaik Htee Yoe

  • Thein Tan Kyaw(09-420-041-345)
  • WIN(09-777-444-095〜6)
  • Yo Yo Lay(09-732-25087)

 

Pyay

Map of Pyay

  • Asia(09-420-091-978)
  • New Generation(Myo Sat Tit(09-801-7129)

 

The only way to get to Aung Mingalar to take the express bus is by local bus.

There are several ways to get to the bus terminal, but cabs are just too expensive and shared vans are uncomfortably crowded, so taking a local bus is cheaper and more comfortable.

 

Cab, Grab

It costs 7,000 to 10,000 kyat to go from downtown Yangon to Aung Mingalar by cab or Grab.

 

Shared vans and buses only stop at certain places within the Aung Mingalar compound, but cabs and grabs will take you right in front of the bus company you are going to take. You will need to pay an entrance fee of 200 kyat.

 

Carpool vans (stops, maps)

When it comes to travel, a van is a carpool. That’s how well vans and carpooling go together. Here in Yangon, too, there are shared vans that take you to the express bus station.

 

sharing a van

Map of shared van

The van is parked on the north side of the Srei Pagoda, next to the city hall, as shown in the photo. There are hawkers calling out the destination, so it’s best to ask, “Bus station?”.

 

There is no specific departure time. The train departs when the seats are full. The fare is 1000 kyat. You will be jammed into the car, so prepare your luggage and clothes on the assumption that you will not be able to move.

 

Bus routes (bus stops, maps)

bus stop

Bus No. 36 leaves from the north side of the Sule Pagoda, which will take you to the express bus stop. In the center of the photo, you can see the Sule Pagoda and several buses waiting for passengers. On the left side of the photo is the aforementioned van waiting for passengers.

 

bus drop-off point

Route bus stop

The fee is 200 kyat. The journey takes 40 minutes to 2 hours. It is best to arrive early because the roads are busy during the night bus departures. After arriving at Aung Mingalar, you will need to find your own bus to take.

 

Bus stop of JJ, a very popular bus company among Japanese people.

Looking at the Internet, I found that the bus company that many Japanese people use when taking the express bus from Aung Mingalar is JJ.

 

JJ's bus stop

The red line shows the route from Yangon City to the JJ bus station by car, and the blue line shows the route after getting off the local bus or shared van.

 

JJ's bus stop

Check out the signs on the top of the building.

JJ Home Page: https://www.jjexpress.net/

 

Other bus company stops

ELite

ELite bus stop

Map of ELite

The Elite are popular here and there. The bus stop is a bit secluded and the road is built at an angle, so it may be a challenge to get to the bus stop.

Elite Home Page: https://www.eliteexpressmyanmar.com/en/

 

FamousTraveler

Famous Traveller Bus Stop

Famous Traveler bus stop map

A bus company located right next to the Elite. The large building gives it a different feel from other bus companies.

Famous Home Page: https://famoustravellerinternational.com/

 

Myat Mandalar Tun

On the Yangon Navigation Map, it was “Myat Mandalar Htun”, but on Google Maps, it is “Myat Mandalar Tun”.

 

Myat Mandalar Tun bus stop

Myat Mandalar Tun bus stop map

It is also located further back, but only a short distance south down and a bit east from the drop-off point for the local buses and transit vans. It is near Elite and Famous.

Myat Mandalar Tun Homepage: http://myatmandalartun.com/

 

Shwe Mandalar Express

Shwe Mandalar Express Bus

Map of Shwe Mandalar Express bus stop

It is also located in a very secluded area. Elite, Famous neighborhood.

Shwe Mandalar Homepage: http://shwemandalarexpress.com/

 

BAGAN MINN THAR

BAGAN MINN THAR bus stop map

BAGAN MINN THAR EXPRESS Homepage: http://baganminthar.com/

 

GI Group

GI Group Bus Stop

Map of GI Group Bus Stops

This is the bus company that takes you to Mandalay and Naypyitaw.

 

Asia Express

Asia Express Bus

Map of Asia Express Bus Stop

A bus company located near a gas station. The main service is to Pyay.

 

WIN EXPRESS

WIN Express Bus Stop

WIN Express Bus Stop Map

The bus company used to go to Golden Rock. Note that it is located in a different area from the other bus companies.

 

How to buy express bus tickets to various areas in Myanmar

There are several ways to book express bus tickets from Yangon to Mandalay, Naypyitaw, Bagan (three major Buddhist sites) and Chaityaw (Golden Rock).

 

Make a reservation at the accommodation

It may come as a surprise to you, but you can make a reservation at the reception desk of the inn, which is not a travel agency, and you can pay and receive your ticket at the same time.

 

Bus Company List

When I told the innkeeper that I was going to Bagan, he said, “You can book your ticket here.” There was the usual list of departure times and travel times for each destination.

 

Bus Company List

There is of course a return flight.

 

Appearance of the bus

To make sure you don’t get lost at the Aung Mingalar Express Bus Terminal, they also show you a picture of what the bus looks like.

 

Photo of the inside of the bus

There are also pictures of bus types, such as 2+1 and 2+2, which refer to the arrangement of seats: 2+1 means two seats in parallel on one side, 1 seat on one side, and 2+2 means two seats in parallel on both sides.

 

There is also 1+1+1, but I don’t see it in the list of lodgings.

 

How do you receive your ticket? is usually a question, but the innkeeper will write a handwritten one and give it to you.

 

Make a reservation online

There is also a way to book an express bus online. This is recommended for those who want to do everything by themselves, since the destination and destination are clear and payment is by credit card. Basically, the process is to go to the website of each bus company.

 

List of major bus company websites

Personally, I don’t like to use an agency, so I recommend booking online because it is easier and faster.

 

Make a reservation at the ticket counter of the bus company.

JJ has a ticket counter at Yangon Central Station, so you can book tickets in person without going to the Aung Mingalar bus station.

 

Purchase at Aung Mingalar bus station

You can book a bus on the day of the trip or in advance at the bus company counter at the Aung Mingalar bus station. The disadvantage is that there is a risk that the bus will be full on the day of the trip and that you have to go all the way to Aung Mingalar to make a reservation the day before.

 

I recommend waiting at KFC.

Although it is not well known to Japanese people, there is a KFC as the only fast food restaurant at Aung Mingalar Bus Station.

 

KFC Information Board

There is a humble guide plate for KFC.

 

KFC exterior

KFC Map

Arriving before the bus departure time with enough time to spare is fine, but if you arrive too early, you will have to wait for a long time in the hot and humid bus company waiting room without air conditioning.

 

However, if you are at KFC, you can wait comfortably because the air conditioning is working.

 

KFC Power Supply

Moreover, there is only one power outlet available. I hope that by publishing this article, Japanese people will not fight each other for it (laughs).

 

KFC Menu

The menu is small, but the prices are normal. The egg tarts and chocolate egg tarts were delicious.

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