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“Seems fun but only got to the station.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Yangon Circular Train

Yangon Circular Train
Central Station, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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“Seems fun but only got to the station.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I can only tell you about the station as I did not have time to take the circular train. There is one route clockwise and one anticlockwise.

Times as follows anticlockwise.

08.40; 10.45; 11.15;13.40 ns16.40 hours.

Clockwise.

08.20; 10.20; 11.20;13.05 and 14.30 hours.

I was told the trip takes about 3 hours and and if you have the time read the other trip advisor reviews as to what to investigate and where to disembark the train.

There were all sorts of Anglo/Burmese (anglo-indian) malapropisms and I photographed them, they made me chuckle. I saw time tables, itineraries classifications. You can travel ordinary class/first class and upper class!

I photographed the rolling stock, walked the platforms and actually saw the engine driver to a mainline train eating his lunch in the cab. Great clocks (analogue ..... Harry Potter)!

The main line seems to be around metre gauge and the circular train about 600 mm. My guess it does not get above 30 MPH! .

Now in the entrance yard to the station I saw no cars so you have to park somewhere else and I have no details to give you.

This is reputedly a good way to see some country life and you know the pace will be just right to absorb the detail and takes some good pictures.

However this trip is one only for railway enthusiasts (not fanatics).

The station is possibly walkable being about 20 minutes from the town centre but I had a taxi for the day and spent a delightful 20 minutes wandering the platform.

You will only be allowed onto the platforms if you seek the station masters consent. So go to the main entrance to the platforms then go left and look along the wall. You should see a an opening with a shabby door beyond. Knock and show your camera, say OK and gesticulate in the directions whilst smiling. Then go back to the platform entrance and get onto the platforms. I took the classic platform shots.


For sure there are no toilets on the train and I did not use them on the concourse but they will be there. Just expect them to be in the classic 50's style.

Would someone who travels this route advise us all of the price per head.

Have fun you trainees. By the way a good place to eat a packed lunch but make sure you have some cushions to sit on as it is 3 hours!

By the way I did not see a food court. at the station so do take your own food.

Be blessed as always.

Chris & Anna.
PS Mums a tight rein on the little one as they can walk off whilst the train is in motion. Wheelchair users no chance on this one. Sorry about that as I know you enjoy a good view whilst journeying.

Visited August 2013
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“The real Yangon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

If you want to experience the real Yangon and its people and culture, take the three hour long ride on the Yangon Circular train- you won't be disappointed. It costs only 1 USD but leaves you with priceless memories!

To truly appreciate and love a city is to explore, understand and accept its dirty and unpretentious side. There are shanties and shops lined up on either side of the track at regular intervals, people busy with day-to-day chores, yet another day for them. It feels great to be a part of the regular hustle-bustle and time passes real quickly chatting up with fellow passengers in broken Burmese, exchanging smiles with a few shy ones, observing vendors selling variety of snacks and household items at various stations and admiring the lush green landscape. I sat in the tourist coach and vendors do not enter this coach and prefer to make a quick sale through the windows. The regular coaches, I realised later, have more action going on, but if you want a mix of local flavour and some quite to ruminate, then the tourist coach is the best option.

The coach has wide open windows which allows you to take a good look out of the train and take pictures along the way. A less than a minute halt at most stations leaves you wanting for more. One is tempted to get off the train and look around, but I suggest that you don't take that risk, for if you miss your train the next one will be a long wait away.

Visited August 2013
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“A very good choice if you have time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

It only cost 1 USD for the 3 hrs journey. It lets you experience the lives of the local people and local culture. Thought I don't think it is really special, it is still a good experience if you have time in Yangon.

Visited July 2013
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“local life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

this local train, take 3 hours for one big round, is well and good way to see how locals life. it is che ap and cost USD1, buy ticket at platform a special counter, and wait at platform 6. during my trip, there are morning market at one of station and suprisingly see locals vendors bring all their goods (vegetables ) and start packing in the cabin, and can jump off the train when reach destination. really amazing. strongly recommend , but if you got lack of time, just take the short one, it is usd1 too but only consume around 50 minits.

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“Well worth it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

A pleasant 3-hour ride around the suburbs of Yangon.
You really get to see the city and its surrounds and everyday life as you travel along on this slow train ride.

Visited July 2013
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