Since early July, there is a new alternative for air passengers to and from Yangon Airport with a shuttle bus service linking the airport to the rail station.
The service was launched early July with shuttle buses running between Yangon International Airport and Yangon Central Railway Station starting on Friday. Some 30 bus rides are offered between Yangon International Airport Terminal 1 along Pyay Road, passing through the Kabaraye Pagoda Road on to the Yangon Central Railway Station. Price for one ride is extremely cheap at only K500 (US$0.36) for each passenger.
The service was due to start last year but the bus company running the service faced difficulties to find a parking location in the vicinity of Yangon airport.“About 5 buses will be on standby at Terminal 1 for passengers at any time. Our buses will park near to the airport and we will not park at Central Station,” explained a spokesman of the bus company to the newspaper.
Rides between Yangon and the Rail Station are not direct as the bus stops en route at 16 different stations, including hotels, shopping malls as well as some of Yangon most popular sightseeing. The ride lasts one hour to 90 minutes depending on the time of the day as Yangon is now turning notorious for traffic gridlocks. The government currently works at giving a concession for the construction of a 47-km elevated ring road across Yangon including the airport but that will take another couple of years before being completed and significantly reduce traffic jam in the metropolis.
Busses depart every five to ten minutes from both the rail station and the airport and run every day from 5am to 10pm.
The new service is a welcome alternative for travellers as airport taxis or normal taxis are often charging exorbitant rates to passengers. They are also planning to add new routes to other destinations in the city centre of Myanmar former capital city.
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