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Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop

Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Hop aboard the circular train in Yangon for an authentic experience of the city and its suburbs. Traveling with a knowledgeable, local guide on this commuter line gives you the chance to witness daily life in the former capital of Myanmar (Burma) as it passes through suburban districts rarely visited by tourists. Disembark to experience vibrant markets, colorful shops, and the largest cathedral in Myanmar. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a more personal experience on the circular route.
  • Half-day Yangon tour by commuter rail with a visit to St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Taste local Burmese cuisine at our favourite lunch spot and visit a local tea shop
  • Learn about Yangon’s impressive architecture, history, and heritage from your guide
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
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What's Included

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Train fare
  • Lunch with tea or coffee
  • Entrance fee of St.Mary Cathedral
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Independence Monument
    Q5F5+6QX, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

    At Independence Monument In Maha Bandula Park, Downtown Yangon

Start time

End point

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

    Yangon Central Railway Station (Kunchan Road) in Downtown Yangon

What To Expect

Life Along the Loop The 28-mile (46-km) circular train has 39 stations and the loop connects several satellite towns and suburban neighborhoods. Riding this local commuter train, the railway network for the Yangon Metropolitan Area, provides a genuine experience of Yangon. Even better, your guide can show you hidden gems that would be difficult to locate on your own while explaining unfamiliar sights and customs. Start your half-day tour in downtown Yangon and meet your guide and small-group companions.

First, visit Myanmar's largest cathedral, St. Mary's, to learn about the history of the church. Then, walk over to the Central Railway Station to board the circular train.

Begin your journey out of the city center to see an authentic slice of Yangon and its colorful urban lifestyle. Your group gets off throughout the drain ride to explore local attractions. At Insein Station Station, disembark to visit Danyingone wet market, checking out the food stalls and experiencing the rhythms of daily life. Your guide points out items that are considered essential to daily life, and you might purchase refreshments from one of the local vendors. Next up, return to the train and ride to Yangon’s downtown. Have a stop for a tasty lunch of local cuisine.

By the end of your tour, enjoy a deeper appreciation of Yangon’s rich cultural heritage, including its colonial past, impressive architecture and spiritual traditions.

Yangon Circular Train

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.

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Da Nyin Gone Market

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.

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travelers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy on our website.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The Circular Train is now being upgraded and renovated, so it's not possible to stay on the train for the entire loop.
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Excellent tour
Emily_W, Mar 2020
This was an incredible experience. Our guide, Myu, waited for us as we were late and provided knowledgeable information on the local way of life the whole journey. The train is an experience in itself so take money to enjoy the goodies offered along the way. The markets are big and varied. After arriving back in Yangon we enjoyed a delicious local meal.
Awesome insight experience
ellenwenzelmg, Feb 2020
Great experience! Our guide Peter Win did his utmost to make this tour a special one. He told us a lot about his country and his people while observing everyday life in the Circular Train and visiting the awesome Wholesale market. Highly recommended!
terrible customer service, definitely overpriced
Jacquelynn_T, Dec 2019
I was going to be late for the tour, so I saw in the description that St Mary's Church would be toured first so went there. The description was incorrect. The tour went right to the train station. I texted, emailed and called the number on the listing. Finally someone picked up and directed me to the train station and said the guide would call me. No one called me. I got to the train station and we could not find the guide. I called several times, a recorded message in Burmese. They later said they were unable to call me at the number I gave them. The Grab drivers called me 3 times. I don't know why the tour couldn't reach me, perhaps they did not try. They offered a tour on a different day but we were leaving the next day. I wanted to call them and at least meet for the lunch but no one every answered my calls. Also, if you are thinking of taking this tour, you can ride the train for about twentyfive cents. My friend and I did ride the train when we could not find the guide. The train ride is fun, you can get off anywhere and take a cab back into the city if you get tired. I don't think I would take another Viator tour after this one. If I could give no stars, I would. I asked for a refund but they refused and stated I was a no show. I was late but I really tried to reach them AND at least get the lunch at the end of the tour.
Interesting tour & Mr. Myo was great
Tara H, Jun 2019
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.
Superb trip to do when in Yangon- particularly if you get Myo
Annette_B, Mar 2019
What a fascinating trigging on the train and experiencing a very different side of Yangon to the normal tourist areas. The trip was particularly helped by the guide Myo who was very thorough in explaining sites and life in Myanmar. He was very pleasant and professional in his approach. The tour is all the better as much is included in the price, which was very unexpected. Thank you Myo for an excellent experience of Yangon.
Semi circular train trip
Maryanne P, Dec 2018
The circle had shrunk! One half is being upgraded but the trip we did was very enjoyable. Our guide Myo was fun and knowledgeable. The vegetable market and adjacent train lines are chaotic and fascinating, as is inside the train, with selling of all kinds of fruit and food going on up and down the aisle. Crazy. The others on the tour with me were good and interesting companions.
MYO....you are more than enough guide. :)
ROMEL_S, Dec 2018
We experienced Myo as a our tour guide twice. He really did an excellent job. He would give us a lot of information and we are satisfied to all our queries. He sees to it we are all full and satidfiedin our meals and he also gave us snacks which are not part of the itinerary. I highly recommend Myo. Thanks for being so nice. :)
This was our best tour in Myanmar...
Patricia W, May 2018
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.
Great experience of travelling like...
PLK_W, Apr 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
This was a tour I was excited about...
JohnFrancis_K, Feb 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.
Very interesting tour, and although...
Wynzie C, 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.
Great trip, highly recommend it for a...
Nick G, Jan 2018
Great trip, highly recommend it for a way to see the city
The train ride itself is a full-on...
Hannah K, Dec 2017
The train ride itself is a full-on slice of life of what it means to be an average Myanmar citizen, going through rural neighbourhoods and market places. It's a must do for any visitor for Yangon. But with a flat fee of 200 kyats 15 cents US per ride for the average commuter, it's hard to justify the price tag of this tour. Visitors spend 3 hours riding on the train itself - 1.5 hours between each stop, which is too long and could've been broken up by more interesting stops. The two stops made - one to visit a market and the other to have lunch - are interesting but not fascinating. The guide is enthusiastic and friendly but didn't add much to the tour in terms of knowledge.
this is a must do , while in Yangon...
kevin m, Oct 2017
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
Great way to start exploring...
George_Y, Sept 2017
Great way to start exploring Myanmar, Guide was very good and helpful Train and Markets was an excellent experience
if you like to see the local people as...
Franco Ludwig L, Sept 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!
Myo was an excellent and caring tour...
Stefan C, Jul 2017
Myo was an excellent and caring tour guide and we both enjoyed the trip to the local market outside the center of Yangon.
Truly enjoyed the train ride as it...
Loty S, 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.
This was a great tour and the guide...
Linda E, Jun 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.
Myat was a brilliant guide. He was...
Kumar S, May 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.
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