The Yangon Circular Railway is the local transport network that connects satellite cities and suburbs with the city. The 45.9-kilometer loop system with 39 stations is operated by Myanmar Railways. The loop, which lasts about three hours, is a way to see a cross section of life in Yangon. The train is heavily used by low-income commuters as it is the cheapest transportation method in Yangon.
The Yangon Circular Railway was built by the British during colonial times. The double track railway was built in 1954. The loop begins at Yangon Central Station and ends at Mingaladon Station near Yangon International Airport, via Insein in the west and Okkalapa in the east.
The ride itself has its attractions, but it is particularly interesting to get out at random stations and to take a look at the environment. By chance, you end up on the banana market on the banks of the Irrawaddy or on the coal market. There is a lot of activity at the wholesale market, which is a popular destination for many. An authentic atmosphere of everyday life can be found in the smaller and larger residential areas along the route. Just try it and you will be surprised.