Train – Getting Around Myanmar
Myanmar maintains 550 stations and 2900 miles of 1m gauge rail tracks. Train is a comfortable and a popular travel option in Myanmar. Though a little costlier, it is a thrilling experience to sit by the train window and enjoy the scenic landscape while allowing enjoying the rhythm of the train.
There are two categories of trains – express and the general category. Express trains are far superior to the general ones. They also have reclining seats while the ordinary trains have hard upright seats which cannot be reserved. Long distance trains have dining cars. Sleeper class and first class passengers can avail the facilities of the dining car. Food served here is reasonably good and includes fried rice and noodles. At stations you will find vendors selling different varieties of food items. Bathrooms in the train are pretty basic. Sinks are available for washing and brushing the teeth.
Long journeys are comfortable on trains. Most of the travelers like to cover the 400 mile journey from Yangon to Mandalay by train. There are other adventurous train routes through the picturesque hill terrains. Trains from Mandaly to Lashio and from Yangon to Mawlamyine are two such routes.
For reservations in government run services foreigners can purchase tickets from MTT or the train station. They keep aside seat for foreigners. A days notice is usually enough to book a seat. Sleeper tickets have to be booked couple of days in advance.