Travel from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin

Its a relatively short journey from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin taking only 4 hours, but the scenery is great with the train travelling though the mountains and over the famous Goteik Viaduct bridge before arriving at the former British colonial hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin. If you only ever take one train journey in Myanmar then this is the one you should take.

Train Times to Pyin Oo Lwin

There is a single train per day on the line from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin. The same train continues onto Lashio, which is a further 11 hours 35 minutes down the line.

MandalayPyin Oo Lwin TrainJourney
04:0008:001314 hr 00 m
  • Upper Class Seats: $ 9

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Location of Mandalay Station

Location of Pyin Oo Lwin Station

About Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin itself is as much of a delight as the journey by train which traverses the 689 metre long Goteik Viaduct bridge, which is supported by 15 towers and at points is over 100 metres above ground level. Pyin Oo Lwin is located at an altitude of 1,070 metres above sea level which means it has a cooler climate than Mandalay and farming is an important industry here with vegetables, flowers and fruits such as strawberries and chrysanthemum grown commercially in the area. The town also has an unique architecture blending British colonial buildings with Myanmar, Chinese, Indian and Nepali design styles. A large number of Indian and Nepali people settled here after the British left, and the position of the town near to the Chinese border has meant that there is a large contingent of people with Chinese heritage who are also living in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Travel by train in Myanmar is an adventure
Travel by train in Myanmar is an adventure

Pyin Oo Lwin is a charming small town where you can spend a few relaxed days away from the bustle of Mandalay and Yangon. The town has lots of buildings dating back to the time of British rule to visit, such as the Purcell Tower, the Candacraig building (a colonial style mansion which is now the Thiri Myaing Hotel) and mock Tudor houses near to the National Kandawgyi Gardens, which were established by the British in 1905 as the Maymyo Botanical Gardens. A popular way to travel around Pyin Oo Lwin is in highly decorated horse drawn carriages much the same style as the carriages those once used by the British colonial administrators and senior military personnel. Aside from the colonial connection and the obvious similarities to Shimla and Darjeeling, there are also other local places places of interest for visitors. Popular excursions from Pyin Oo Lwin include visiting the Anisakan and Pwe Kauk Waterfalls, or trekking to the traditional Shan villages of Ye Negye, Yechando and Mogyopit. Pyin Oo Lwin is a popular place for both Myanmar nationals and foreign tourists to visit so be sure to book your train tickets in advance as there is only one train per day.

Next read about Train Travel from Mandalay to Bagan

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