Yangon Circular Train

One of the unique experiences for the traveller to Yangon, is a ride on the Yangon Circle Line. At just US$1, you will get to see another aspect of local life and the countryside.

Yangon Circle Train 07 - Countryside View

Just be prepared that it is probably not as rustic as the older online posts make it out to be (not all trains have open air windows and live chickens tied up on the floorboard…)

Yangon Central Station

If you are starting off from Yangon Central station (a lovely & large colonial style building), enter through the metal gates on the left side, look for the flight of steps on the left and make your way up and across the bridge to platform 9¾ (I’m kidding!! But wouldn’t that be cool??).

Once you reach the other side, look for the booth to puchase your ticket. The price is 1,000kyats for tourists from here. Check the train schedule posted in front of the booth for the next departure time.

The train we boarded was an old train from Japan, complete with Japanese warning signs, old Japanese advertisements, and multi-directional swivelling seats.

Yangon Circle Train 01 - Old Japanese Train with ads

Yangon Circle Train 02 - Old Japanese Train with warning signs

Trundling along with the locals.

Yangon Circle Train 03 - On Board

Even with air-conditioning, it gets stuffy and warm (I was also staring suspiciously at the black mold forming around the air-conditioning vent). Best to take a nap.

Yangon Circle Train 04 - Sleeping

Now our real journey starts. Spotting local markets and the smaller station stops.

Yangon Circle Train 09 - Market Day

Yangon Circle Train 10 -Small Station

Vendors also peddle food and newspapers aboard the trains. The passengers next to us bought boiled quails eggs (very sulpherous smelling) and steamed corn.

Yangon Circle Train 06 - Vendor with hard boiled quails eggs

Yangon Circle Train 05 - Lots of snacking going on

Something that I couldn’t get used to is the lack of consideration for fellow passsengers from the littering of food onto the seats and floor of the train, and wiping of hands on cushion seats after eating 😦

The entire journey takes 3 hours to complete although the circle is 46km (I’m sure the fastest marathoner could actually beat the train).  Throughout the journey you can see a mix of new housing vs slump type dwellings, ongoing projects vs a rural duck pond and padi fields.

If you don’t want to complete the whole circle, just get off at a reasonably busy station to grab a cab back. We got tired after 2 hours and hopped off at a busier station to head off for lunch.

Yangon Circle Train 11 - Choo Choo Train

Choo! Choo!!


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