Yangon-Bagan is one of the most important routes in Myanmar, connecting the largest city and former capital (Yangon) and the most attractive tourist destination (Bagan) of the Golden Temple Country. Travelers can get from Yangon to Bagan by road (bus, taxi), railway or air. Among of them, taking a Yangon to Bagan flight is the easiest and most time-saving way to travel between two sites. The following is the practical information about the airway service.
Airlines offering Yangon to Bagan flight service
There are 8 out of 11 domestic airlines operating flights from Yangon to Bagan and vice versa. They are Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Asian Wings Airways, FMI Air, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yatanarpon Airlines and Yangon Airways. In general, each of the airlines has averagely 2 flights per day in the early morning (6-7 a.m.) and in the late afternoon (4-5 p.m.).
Ticket price: $95-155, depending on the booking time and the airline
Flight time: about 1h20m for a direct flight and 1h50m for a non-direct one (via Heho airport or Mandalay airport).
Terminal: Yangon terminal is the Yangon International Airport, about 15 kilometers far from the Yangon down (30 minutes driving in normal traffic and 2 hours driving in rush hours). The Bagan terminal is Nyaung U Airport, 7 km far from New Bagan (15-20 minutes driving).
How to book a Yangon to Bagan flight
The best way to book a Yangon to Bagan flight for a Myanmar travel is via local travel agents which are omnipresent in Yangon. The agents have a close relationship with the airlines (they also play the role as passenger sales agents of the airlines). They know exactly the service policies, sales promotion programs, and flight cancellation information, and can give you useful advice. Before traveling to Yangon, it’s better for you to search some prestigious agent on the Internet, save their address and contact them if necessary. Note that the payment is commonly made in cash (US dollar). Some of the agents in Yangon include Exotic Myanmar Travels & Tours, Unique Myanmar Travels & Tours, and Myanmar Golden Image Travels & Tours.
If you spend several days at a Yangon hotel, you can ask the staff for booking the Yangon to Bagan flight. Note that they may surcharge you a small fee for this service.
We do not recommend booking the flight via the Internet as the online booking systems of some airlines operate improperly. In additions, a number of flights are canceled without updated notification sent to customers.
Note that at the peak of the high season, the ticket price is much higher and you have to book the ticket at least three days in advance for your Burma tours. The Air Bagan is probably the best airline for Yangon to Bagan flight service; they also have a quite good online booking system. However, you can choose from Air Mandalay, Mann Yatanarpon Airlines and Myanmar Airways.