Bago is the first major stop on the train line from Yangon to Mandalay. Travel by train is the best way to get way from Yangon to Bago. The railway line takes a more direct route than the road by following the course of the Bago river which runs from Bago to Yangon. Travel by train takes around 1 hour 45 minutes, by bus the same journey takes around 30 to 40 minutes longer and the scenery is not as good.
Train Times: Yangon to Bago
There are 5 direct train services a day from Yangon to Bago.
|05:00||07:30||11||2 hr 30 m|
|06:30||09:00||89||2 hr 30 m|
|15:45||18:00||3||2 hr 15 m|
|18:00||20:25||175||2 hr 25 m|
- Upper Class Seats: $ 9 to $10 booked online
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Location of Yangon Station
Location of Bago Station
About Trains to Bago
Bago Railway Station is conveniently located in Bago Town just 2.6 km walking distance Shwemawdaw Pagoda and 2.8 km from the Shwegugale Pagoda. The main bus station on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway is only 1.2 km from Bago Railway Station. You can visit most of the attractions in Bago in a day on foot if you don’t mind walking a couple of kilometres between the temples. However, if it is a hot day or you are with people who difficulty walking that distance then there are plenty of tuk-tuks and motorbike taxi near the station or on the main highway. Look to pay 200 kyat for a short journey, however, this being Myanmar expect attempts to try and charge you a lot more than this and be sure to make a clear agreement on the price before you set off.
Bago is an interesting town with plenty of history and historic buildings. Bago is definitely worse visiting although not as major a tourist attraction as Bagan or Mandalay. Unfortunately, Bago’s historical buildings have been hit hard by earthquakes over the years, the worst of which was in 1930. Both the Kalyani Ordination Hall and the Mahazedi Pagoda pretty much collapsed during the earthquake of 1930 and what you can see now are recent reconstructions featuring artefacts from the original buildings. The Kalyani Ordination Hall, originally constructed in 1476 features sandstone pillar with inscriptions in the holy language of Pali telling the early history of Theravada Buddhism. Other sites worth visiting are the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which features Myanmar’s tallest pagoda (114 metres high), and the Shwethalyaung Buddha (which may be up to 1,000 years old) which is a reclining Buddha statue 55 metres long and 16 metres tall. Possibly the best architecture in Bago is the Kanbawzathadi Palace, which is fantastic reconstruction of the original place which burnt down in 1599. The Kanbawzathadi Palace features large teak wood pillars and is set with fantastic gardens.