Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop

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Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop
from USD $40.70
Travel beyond the Yangon city center as you ride the rails with an informative local guide! Aboard the circular train, a commuter rail network that loops around the entire metropolitan area, you’ll discover suburban neighborhoods and satellite towns rarely seen by tourists. Experience colorful markets, fascinating shops and spiritual sites along the 39-station route, including the Largest Cathedral in Myanmar. Numbers are limited to 12 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group.
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In Brief

Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar (Burma)
6 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Yangon Circular Train, Central Station, Yangon (Rangoon) Myanmar

Circular train ride - total 2.5 hour - Ride the rails with a local guide on this Yangon tour which takes you out of the city centre, into neighbourhoods not often seen by tourists.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Da Nyin Gone Market, Khayae Pin Road, Yangon (Rangoon) Myanmar

Wandering through the stalls, meeting vendors, and observing the local way of life in Yangon. You’ll learn about the commodities that are basic necessities for life here, and perhaps grab a coffee or tea from one of the local shops.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Saint Mary Catholic Church, Corner of Bo Gyoke Rd, Bo Aung Kyaw St, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Visiting St. Mary’s Cathedral to see how it differs from the other churches in the city.

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Train fare
  • Lunch with tea or coffee
  • Entrance fee of St.Mary Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Yangon Circular Train
  • Entry/Admission - Saint Mary Catholic Church


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

Independence Monument, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Returns To

Yangon Central Railway Station, Kun Chan Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Dress in Myanmar is conservative, so lightweight, long-sleeved clothing is appropriate. Skirts, dresses, and shorts should be knee-length or lower. Wear comfortable walking shoes and check the weather before you leave
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a raincoat if necessary
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Very interesting way to see and experience everyday life. The Circular Train is now being upgraded and renovated, so it's not possible to stay on the train for the entire loop. Our guide Mr. Myo took us from Yangon to Insein and through the wholesale vegetable market. Mr. Myo was a fantastic guide, navigating us through the city, watching out for us in the extreme heat (it was May), translating, and answering our many questions. Highly recommend you request Mr. Myo through Yangon Urban Adventures.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was our best tour in Myanmar! Our guide was excellent. We were the only non-locals on the train and enjoyed the opportunity to meet our fellow travelers. We stopped to tour a large market, where the guide explained about local foods and customs. We also visited a small cafe for refreshments. On re-boarding the train, we found it was packed with locals and their large sacks and baskets of purchases. The carriage was crammed and many had to stand. I offered my seat to an old lady, who we chatted to with the help of our guide, who translated, and discovered she was actually considerably younger than me! Everyone was good natured and friendly, even though they could not speak with us. We made a second stop to visit the cathedral, which was interesting.
• Submitted 04 May 2018
Great experience of travelling like a local, meeting the locals and tasting local food. Myet was very knowledgeable about Yangon and ensured he provided us information along the way. The market was packed with vendors selling an array of colourful fruits and vegetables. Would highly recommend
• Submitted 07 Apr 2018
This was a tour I was excited about from the first time i saw it. I was not disappointed. If experiencing local culture and lives are important to you, i’d highly commend this tour. One of the more fascinating we’ve ever taken.
• Submitted 13 Feb 2018
Very interesting tour, and although you can do the circular train yourself it's much more interesting with the knowledgeable guide that can answer so many questions about day-to-day life in Yangon.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2018
Great trip, highly recommend it for a way to see the city
• Submitted 24 Jan 2018
this is a must do , while in Yangon there were only two off us on this day and are guide was peter win who was a excellent guide after meeting peter at are meeting point , we took a short walk to the train station , as we were going past all off the different stations , peter was pointing things out to us and explain what they were , while travelling on the train , loads of local vendors were walking though the train selling there local produce , we stopped halfway and was taken around a local market , before continuing on the train at the end of the train journey we were then taken to a local restaurant to try the local food I would definitely recommend doing this tour if you want to see local Yangon life
• Submitted 08 Oct 2017
Great way to start exploring Myanmar, Guide was very good and helpful Train and Markets was an excellent experience
• Submitted 27 Sep 2017
Great way to start exploring Myanmar, Guide was very good and helpful Train and Markets was an excellent experience
• Submitted 27 Sep 2017
if you like to see the local people as they really are, this is the trip. yangon unfolds before your eyes and ears at the comfort of your own seat- in the train. our guide myo is professional, knowledgable and expert to give you bits and pieces that makes you understand more myanmar people and their uniqueness. the lunch after was simple but very delicious! if local life is your thing, this is a dont miss!
• Submitted 24 Sep 2017
Myo was an excellent and caring tour guide and we both enjoyed the trip to the local market outside the center of Yangon.
• Submitted 09 Jul 2017
Truly enjoyed the train ride as it allowed us to see more of the city, outside of the touristy paths/landmarks, as well as to witness daily life in the train. The visit to the market in Danyingon was particularly fascinating, a place bustling with activity and vendors selling every possible type of fruits, vegetables and spices. Our guide Myat with Yangon Urban Adventure was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly, and made this a memorable experience.
• Submitted 05 Jul 2017
This was a great tour and the guide was knowledgeable and very enjoyable. You really get to see how people live and how hard they work. On the way back from the market, the train is loaded with people and produce.
• Submitted 27 Jun 2017
Myat was a brilliant guide. He was always full of energy and kept us going during the heat. Good to see another side of Yangon and Myanmar. Myat spoke great English as well and very knowledgeable. The tea shop at the end had great food - good curry and bread. Noodles and other dishes looked good too. Myat was very helpful and trustworthy to order the food.
• Submitted 22 May 2017
This was a magnificent trip. The train is ancient with narrow gauge bogeys under standard gauge carriages which make the movement of the train interesting to say the least. It travels at snails pace but you get to see life in the community as it is. Food and drink vendors move through the train at regular intervals. We got off at the wholesale/retail market and the sights and smells here were somewhat confronting but our local guide Myo explained everything to us as we went along. He was a local who was well known and was most attentive to make sure we had a great experience. The locals collected their purchases on the railway line until the train was about to arrive then moved back so they could throw their large bundles through the open windows or the doorways for the onward journey. The women who had purchased goods at wholesale proceeded to repack them on the return journey to retail size packages. The food vendors jealously guard their territory and this proved to be entertaining. On departing the train we were taken to a local restaurant where we were provided with a huge delicious lunch then returned to the hotel. Myo was a fantastic guide and I would recommend this as a wonderful way to see how the community around Yangon lives.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2017
This was great fun and great value for money, of course it is alway possible to do this on your own but our guide was brillant and his interaction with the locals on the train and in the market made the trip special. They are building a new market so reccomend doing this before they move it to the new buildings. Be prepared for a very hot and dusty day.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2017
Apart from how difficult it is to actually write the review, only good things to say. The train ride is a real look into life of the locals, their commerce and their homes. The market we visited was fascinating. We went to a restaurant we would Never have found on our own and enjoyed the food.
• Submitted 10 Feb 2017
Taking the circular train was a wonderful introduction to Myanmar. My guide Myat was wonderful, He pointed out interesting things, explained what people were doing and so helpful. just getting the right train was worth going with a guide. There was only myself and one other, so it was like a private tour, I didn't feel like a mass of tourists taking up the train . It was a weekend when I went, so the morning train was less crowded, in the afternoon there were different commuters . So spending the 3 hours and going on the complete trip was worthwhile as you will see different sites. we stopped for lunch, which was in the cost. It was lovely and very generous, unfortunately I couldn't eat much as I was still jet lagged and too hot. Make sure you have your water with you. I liked the old rattly Chinese train over the newer Japanese trains, and getting off at the market was a good idea, I loved saying Hi and seeing what was for sale.
• Submitted 08 Jan 2017
Excellent tour and Myo was great. Got to interact with local folk in the train ride. Market was amazing. Lunch and bird ride on trickshaw was also fun. Not a cushy tourist ride. Train is not air- conditioned and market is bustling. So happy to have found this tour!
• Submitted 25 Dec 2016
We had a great time the guide was terrific! We had a great lunch in a tea house after the trip was an eye opener! Throughly recommend.was interesting to see the markets and identify what we had been eating
• Submitted 22 Dec 2016
A fantastic way to spend a day checking out how the locals travel and live.
• Submitted 13 Dec 2016
Fantastic cultural experience- especially the market stop which was amazing.. Our guide was always trying to meet our needs and made sure we had an outstanding experience.
• Submitted 25 Nov 2016
cheap way of seeing the ordinary life of Burmese at ground level using train for daily commuting, farming activities, school going children, fresh product in the morning market, hawkers , office workers and etc.
• Submitted 09 Nov 2016
Fabulous day on Circle Train tour. Our guide, Thura, was awesome and knowledgable. Lunch was very good and the visit to rural food market was so interesting. Really loved the train ride. Had a very good time and would highly recommend this company and guide. Fantastic!
• Submitted 15 Oct 2016

In Brief

Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar (Burma)
6 hours