Intra-city Transportation in Myanmar
Myanmar in Southeast Asia is quite unlike other tourist destinations. Much of it remains unexplored. Myanmar still retains the old world charm and the same is reflected in its intra-city transportation. From traditional horse cart to the most modern vehicles, all kinds of transport are available to go around the city. With the changing political scenario and loosening visa rules, Myanmar is the most sought after tourist destination in Southeast Asia. Foreigners from different parts of the world flock to experience the natural beauty of Myanmar. Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pi Taw are the major cities in Myanmar. Before visiting Myanmar, it is always better for travelers to get an idea about the intra-city transportation.
Not all cities in Myanmar have local bus, but local bus networks have their presence in larger cities like Yangon and Mandalay. These buses may be very crowded and uncomfortable for tourists. But when they are not crowded they may be fun and a cheap way to go around the city. Locals will help you in understanding routes and visitor signs as they are mostly written in Myanmar script. Journeys in buses will not cost you more than K300 (US$ 0.30).
Taxis in Myanmar are mostly used for moving in and around the city. Taxis in Myanmar come in the shape of Japanese saloons or estate cars. Originally they were all imported from Japan and some of them are very old. In recent times a lot of modern vehicles ply the roads of Myanmar cities. Turning on the air-conditioning may require additional charges. In most of the towns and cities in Myanmar, taxis are available all day and night. They can be hailed from the street corners and shopping districts.
With the growing influx of tourists a private taxi association has opened up in Nay pi Taw. It serves passengers travelling from the airport to the main city. For sharing a taxi, a passenger may have to pay approximately K2500 (US$ 2.54) for one way journey between the airport and Nay Pyi Taw. It is not normal or expected to tip a taxi driver in Myanmar.
Short distances can be covered by Trishaws, or cycle rickshaws. These are called ‘saiq-ka’ in Burmese. Rickshaws are less expensive than taxis and can be found readily in street corners. Motorized rickshaws are also available but are more costly than the manual ones. Tourists may be overcharged, but these three wheelers still remain one of the cheapest and the common mode of moving around.
Horse and the cart also remains a popular way of moving around in small cities like Bagan and Pyin U Lwin. They form the basic transport system but the cost is at par with the taxis. A long guided tour in a horse and cart is a wonderful experience.
This is a list of the few private-owned taxi companies in major cities like Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw.
Asia Guiding Star Services Co, Ltd
5, Aung Theikdi Avenue, Shwe Sabei Street,
3rd Qtr., Mayangone Township, Yangon
Phone no: 662133, 09-5020106
Golden Swallow Transport
Yangon Int’l Airport (Arrival),
In front of Seasons Hotel,
Mingalardon Township, Yangon
Khing Khing Soe Taxi Services
9/11, Rm# 2, 18th Street,
Latha Township, Yangon
26, Khayay Pin St.,
Lanmadaw Township, Yangon
Parami Taxi Services
Parami Rd, South Okkalapa Township,
Yangon 560885, 400435
Trade Express 9
Yaw Min Gyi Road,
Dagon Township, Yangon
Win & S.P.A.M
Reportedly the nicest taxi’s you’ll find in Yangon.
No.87, Pyay Road, Mayangong Township, Yangon
Yangon City Aircon Cab
7, Myintawtha St., Thaketa Tsp. Yangon
Mandalay Airport taxi services are either a private or a shared service to Mandalay. They are fixed to town and coupons may be purchased from the taxi counter inside the Arrivals Hall prior to proceeding outside to your Mandalay Airport taxi.
Shwe Myanmar Taxi Services
60, 79th St., Bet. 27th & 28th Street, Mandalay
(02) 72325, 72326
27th Street, Cor. of 82nd Street, Mandalay
Mandalay Limousine & Cab
429 Poinsettia Ave
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Neighborhood: Clearwater Beach
Nay Pyi Taw
Nay Pyi Taw taxi & car rental services (run by government and affiliated by Max Myanmar group)
West South Building, Thabyay Gone Market, – Naypyidaw
Naypyidaw – Ayarwady Division (12488)
Phone no: +95 67 414 994
+95 9 4921 0613