Tips for finding the best ways to travel to Myanmar. And once there: Planes, trains, cars or your own two feet? We’ll help you find the perfect way to get around.
Online application is available for tourist visas to Myanmar. 100 countries are eligible to apply online. In order to apply online, first check if you are eligible to do so (check here for the list of countries). Ensure your passport is valid for six months from the date of entry, have a payment method (Visa or Mastercard) handy and way to scan a passport photo for the application. The passport photo must be color and taken within the last 3 months.
The cost of a tourist visa is $50. The visa is valid for 28 days once entering Myanmar. If you receive the online e-visa, you may only enter through one of the three International Airports (Yangon, Mandalay or Nay Pyi Taw).
For more info on the e-visa, please visit: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
It is also possible to visit one of our Embassies abroad to apply for a visa. Click here for a complete list.
The easiest points of entry into Myanmar are Yangon, Naypyitaw and Mandalay. Flights to and from Yangon are most frequent from Bangkok, but others come from Singapore, Kuala Lampur, Seoul, Taipei, Doha, Hong Kong, and several other ports around China. Major carriers to Myanmar are Myanmar Airways International, Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Vietnam Airlines. Getting to Myanmar by land is also possible, but presently only through Thailand. When traveling over land to Myanmar, it is essential that you obtain your visa beforehand, as obtaining a visa on arrival at international border checkpoints is not permitted. If you already possess a visa or e-visa, you can enter and exit myanmar through these land checkpoints: Tachileik-Meisai; Myawaddy-Mesauk; Kauthaung-Yan Naung; and Hteke-Phunaron. Be sure to speak with your tour operator if you are thinking of traveling to and from Myanmar by land.
Getting around Myanmar by plane is the quickest way to move about the country. Most Myanmar airline tickets usually need to be reserved via a travel agent, of which there are many in each city. Somenational airlines are developing online booking capacity, including Golden Myanmar Airlines, Air KBZ, Air Myanmar, and Myanmar Airways International.If you are traveling with a tour operator, he or she will take care of your in-country movement. Major airports in Myanmar include: Yangon International Airport, Mandalay, Heho Airport (for access to Inle Lake), Nyaung-u Airport (Bagan), Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) and Dawei (for access to southern Myanmar).
If you wish to travel comfortably and flexibly, hiring a car and driver is a great idea. Ask your hotel or tour operator for the best suggestions. Taxis are also available throughout Myanmar’s cities; be prepared to negotiate a price with the driver.
Bus travel is less expensive than travel by plane or hired car, and has become a popular option for tourists on a budget with time flexibility. Bus tickets for longer journeys can sometimes be found upon arrival at the bus station, but it is recommended that the ticket be reserved in advance via a travel agent or online to guarantee your place. Bus tickets with air conditioning will cost a few thousand kyat more than buses without.
Traveling across Myanmar’s channel of rivers is an exciting option for travelers looking for a slower and more scenic way to move from town to town. For example, a trip from Yangon to Bagan may take several days. Speak with your tour operator or travel agent about booking boat travel. The Irrawaddy River is the country’s most important commercial waterway, and connects several of Myanmar’s major cities and towns including Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Putao.
Myanmar has a network of railways all around the country. You can find options for train travel between most major towns and cities in Myanmar, but this option may be better suited to an adventurer with time to spare. Trains often don’t have air conditioning and are not always fixed with modern conveniences. It is a great and exciting way to enjoy a scenic trip through Myanmar. Tickets are very inexpensive (around $5) and can be purchased directly at the train station. It is recommended to look up the latest travel timetables before going to the station.
Learn more about responsible tourism in Myanmar and how you can be a part of it by using Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism Dos and Don’ts.