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Transport in Myanmar

Thanlwin Bridge in Hpa An.
DF 2082 train passenger in Myanmar.

The government of Myanmar (earlier known as Burma) has two ministries controlling transportation, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Rail Transport.


Truck-bus in Mandalay.
Traffic on Anawrahta road, Yangon.
Express buses parked at Hpa-an bus station

total: 27,000 km (16,777 mi)
paved: 3,200 km (1,988 mi)
unpaved: 23,800 km (14,789 mi) (2006)

The main highways are as follows:

There is one expressway in the country, which features double carriageway and four lanes on its entire length:

The other highways are as follows:

In 2017, Yangon launched a bus network system that would reduce traffic and commute time of some two million commuters in the city.[1]


The trains are relatively slow in Myanmar. The railway trip from Bagan to Mandalay takes about 7.5 hours (111 miles; 179 km).

As of February 2008, Myanmar had 5,099 km (3,168 mi) of railways, all 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in) gauge. There are currently no rail links to adjacent countries.


Ayeyarwady River ferries in Bagan.
Ferries in Myanmar

12,800 km (7,954 mi); 3,200 km (1,988 mi) navigable by large commercial vessels. (2008)

Belmond Ltd operates on the Ayeyarwady River by the name Road to Mandalay River Cruise. Irrawaddy Flotilla Company was also in service along the Ayeyarwady River in the 20th century, until 1942, when the fleet was destroyed to prevent invading Japanese forces from making use of it. The IFC has since been revived as Pandaw, named for a salvaged original IFC ship, and is now one of the leading river cruise companies in the country.

Merchant marine

total: 24 ships (with a volume of 1,000 gross tonnage (GT) or over) totalling 472,284 GT/716,533 tonnes deadweight (DWT)
Ships by type: bulk carrier 1, cargo ship 17, passenger ship 2, passenger/cargo 3, specialised tanker 1 (2008)
note: a flag of convenience registry; includes ships of 3 countries: Cyprus 1, Germany 1, Japan 1

Ports and harbours

  • Yangon
  • Sittwe (Akyab)
  • Dawei – railhead – new deepwater port under construction 2005


Yangon International Airport.
Mandalay International Airport.


In July 2010, the country had 69 airports. Only 11 of them had runways over 2 miles (3250 meters). Of the 11, only Yangon International , Mandalay International and Naypyidaw International had adequate facilities to handle larger jets.[2]
total: 69
over 3,047 metres (3333 yards): 11
1524 to 3,047 metres (1666 yards to 3333 yards): 27
Under 1524 metres (1666 yards): 31




See also


  1. ^ Reuters Editorial. "In a first, Myanmar's largest city launches bus network impacting..." U.S. Retrieved 26 March 2018. ((cite news)): |author= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ "Myanmar Has 11 Airports with over 3250 meters Runways". Bi-Weekly Eleven (in Burmese). 3 (18). Yangon: 7. 30 July 2010.
  3. ^ The Weekly Telegraph 23 January 2008 p17

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from The World Factbook. CIA.

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