In this blog post we will tell you how to get from Yangon airport to city center by bus, grab and taxi. Yangon International Airport is located in Mingaladon also called Mingaladon AIrport for locals. It’s the busiest airport in Myanmar and it’s located 15 kilometers far from city center. There are many ways to reach Yangon city center from the airport.
We chose the cheapest option from Yangon airport to city center by bus. The most comfortable will be by Grab and taxi to reach the city center. We will also write about ATM’s and exchange rates in the airport.
How to get to Yangon
There are a few flight companies going to Yangon from the most popular destinations in Asia like Bangkok, Bali and Kuala Lumpur. It can be direct flight or with a stopover as ours from Bali to Kuala Lumpur with Malindo Air.
We have to say it was our first time flying with Malindo Air and we liked it so much since they gave us a full meal in both flights from Bali to Kuala Lumnpur and from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon.
How to get to Yangon City Center from the airport
It’s really easy to get to Yangon from the airport and it will take 30-50 minutes to reach city center depending on the traffic. We will describe all of them step by step.
How to get from Yangon airport to City by Grab and Taxi
If you are getting to Yangon by plane obviously the most comfortable from Yangon airport to city center is getting a taxi or Grab. Yes guys Grab works great in Yangon and expect to pay around 6000 Kyats to get to Sule Pagoda which is downtown.
You need internet to order Grab and download the app. It will not be a problem since you can get free wifi in Yangon International Airport.
Taxi Yangon airport to downtown
If you decide to take a taxi from Yangon airport to downtown. You will have to agree the price since the taxi driver don’t have taximeter in Yangon. Expect to pay 15 000 Kyats to reach Sule Pagoda area. You can get down or higher that price depending on your negotiation skills.
How to get from Yangon airport to City by bus
The cheapest way to get from Yangon airport to city is by bus. It will cost you only 500 Kyats which means 0.33 cents of USD. The bus trip will take around 40 minutes if there is no traffic. And little bit longer if it’s peak hour. The waiting time for the bus is around 15-30 minutes.
We got to Yangon International Airport at 11 pm and there are buses running to city center from the airport 24 hours. Our waiting time was around 20 minutes at midnight.
There are two buses going to the city Blue and Red from Omni Focus. They will tell you the stops in English and Burmese language and you have to bring the exact money since they don’t have change. It’s very clear the route and buses are so comfortable. So if you are on a budget we totally recommend you to do this as we did.
Where to find the public bus stop at Yangon International Airport?
You just need to go outside and turn on the left. You will pass by taxis offering their services and at the end you will find the bus stopping there. Blue and Red you can read the stops and ask them which one works better for you or just look at the map.
Currency Exchange in the airport
If you are traveling to Myanmar and you get by plane. If you are bringing cash you can check the exchange rates on May 2019. We don’t usually recommend to exchange money in the airport since the rates are usually lower than in the city. But in Yangon there is almost no difference and you will get almost the same exchange rate than in the city. $1 USD = 1500 Kyats. Click here to know the exact exchange rate in Myanmar.
ATM’s in the Yangon International Airport
There are ATM’s in the airport and also around the city so you will not have to worry about this. The commission from the ATM is high in Myanmar so if you are bringing cash you will save a few USD. It’s usually around 5 USD commission per withdrawal. Plus if you get any charge commission from your bank.
SIM Card in the airport
We didn’t buy the Sim Card in the airport since we got wifi enough to get to the bus stop and from our hotel. These are the plans that you can get with Telenor $1 USD is 1500 Kyats so you can get 6 GB for $4 USD and you iwll have load in calls 500 Kyats and messages. The connection in Myanmar will almost reach 4 GB following touristic places like Inle Lake, Yangon, Bagan and on the way to Thailand Bago, Golden Roch and Pha An.
We got surprised that internet in Myanmar works better than in the Philippines. But not so good as Digital Nomads hubs like Thailand and Bali.
How to get from Aung Mingalar Bus Station to City Center
In Yangon the bus station is 15 kilometers far away from city center in the North near the airport. It’s called Aung Mingalar Bus Station. You can get to Aung Mingalar Bus Station by public bus from city center only for 200 Kyats in bus number 36 yellow color. Also you can get a shared taxi from Sule Pagoda for 1000 Kyats.
For more comfort you can go by Grab and taxi and prices will go around 10000-15000 Kyats. By bus from city center can take 1 hour and 30 minutes and they are usually crowded. We decided to go by bus since it was cheaper than Grab and Taxi. It depends on your comfort and budget your choice!
Best time to visit Yangon
When you are visiting Myanmar, you should know about the weather. The weather is really hot in Myanmar. There are two seasons in Myanmar for the weather, dry and wet season. Dry season is from October to May, being November and December the coldest months in Myanmar.
And wet season from May to early October, being May and June the hottest months in Myanmar. It means the best time to visit Yangon is from October to February when the weather is nicer and not rainy.
Wifi and Internet Connection in Yangon
We found Wifi connection strong in Yangon. Plus data was working in 4 GB most of the time. In hotels and coffee shops connection works great inside the city.
What to do in Yangon
We will write a travel guide to Yangon soon. Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar. In Yangon you can find the most sacred Pagoda in Myanmar Shwedagon Pagoda. It’s really big and it’s full of gold everywhere always crowded anytime of the day. If you visit around sunset time you will be able to see during day light and after sunset with the night lights which is so beautiful.
You can’t miss street markets during the day and at night time. There is a huge market in Chinatown where you can find Burmese food, fruits and even insects to eat. Prices are really cheap,. You can find food for less than a dollar. There are beer stations where Burmese people go for a beer. Prices are from 1-3 USD.
Daily Travel Budget in Yangon
You can find cafes serving less than $1 USD and you can also eat local food like Noodles and rice and vegetables with curry for $1-2. You can also enjoy some juices and local tea for less than $1. Everything’s really affordable if you are traveling on a budget, you won’t have any problem at all. There are also beer stations where you can grab a beer for only $1-2 USD.
Transportation to move around Yangon is quite cheap and buses cost 200 Kyats which is 20 cents of USD. Taxis you have to negotiate or you can also use Grab as we mentioned before in Yangon for affordable prices.
For accommodation, you can find accommodation prices starting from $15-20 USD in a local guesthouse depending on how much you want to stretch your budget. Until luxury hotels in Yangon that can cost $100-300 USD for a room if you wish more comfort when visiting Yangon. Click here to get the best deals via Booking and Agoda
You can also try AirBnB in Yangon with prices starting from $20 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!
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