When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Yangon?
October to February offers the best weather for tourism with prices for flights to Yangon increasing over Christmas and New Year’s. April to June and May to October are considered the shoulder seasons, meaning that the cost of Yangon flights is significantly reduced. The wet season lasts from June to September and can also be a good time to find last-minute flights. With Netflights, you can compare our up-to-date deals as well as see offers over an entire month, ensuring that you’ll find the best routes and rates to fit your budget.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Yangon?
Booking your flights to Yangon at least three months in advance will give you better choices for airlines, routes and rates. Myanmar’s New Year Festival (Water Festival) is one of the most popular events in Yangon, so plan your trip as early as possible if you’d like to attend.
Flying to Yangon International Airport RGN
Yangon International Airport (RGN) is located in Mingaladon, which is about 15 kilometres north of central Yangon. As Myanmar’s busiest airport, it went through major renovations in 2015. Now, it has three terminals: two international terminals (T1 and T2) and one domestic terminal (T3). There are no direct Yangon flights from the Unite Kingdom (UK) presently, but a number of airlines do offer one-stop and two-stop return flights. Depart from London Gatwick, London Heathrow or London City as well as UK-wide airports, such as Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. With Netflights, you can compare deals on return flights and last-minute flights from airlines, such as Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airlines, Korean Air Lines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
The domestic and international terminals at Yangon International Airport (RGN) are adjacent to each other; it only takes about five minutes to walk from one to the other. There are porters available on site to help carry luggage for a charge. There is a wide selection of shops and services available throughout the airport and a selection of ATMs and money exchange services in the arrivals lounge.
Getting to the City from Yangon International Airport RGN
Taxis are available from outside the arrivals hall. The journey to central Yangon can take up to an hour in heavy traffic, and the taxis don’t operate on metres, so it’s best to negotiate the fare before you start your journey. Public buses are available at a bus stop located 20 minutes away from the airport on foot or just a short taxi ride away. Situated less than two kilometres from the airport, urban trains depart from Pa Ywet Seik Kone station on a regular basis. The journey to central Yangon takes around 45 minutes.
Why Visit Yangon?
Shining stupas, the fading glory of colonial architecture, modern high-rise buildings and leafy parks all shape the vibrant city of Yangon. Life in the Burmese capital revolves around the incredible 99-metre Shwedagon Paya, which is quite possibly the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world. It’s certainly one of the most impressive. A mix of British, Chinese and Indian influences merge with ornate and jaw-dropping Buddhist architecture to make Yangon a top destination for travellers seeking exciting, new cultural experiences.
The covered Bogyoke Aung San Market is a great place to browse for traditional Burmese treasures, and the city’s sprawling street stalls are perfect for picking up interesting trinkets. The Royal Lake is a serene location to observe the Burmese skyline, while People’s Park is a great place to play with kids, and it has with unbeatable views of the western side of Shwedagon Paya to boot. Other top sites include the giant decorative Budda, Ngahtatgyi Paya and the reclining Buddhas of Chaukhtatgyi Paya and Meilamu Paya.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
Travellers with a British passport need a visa to enter Myanmar, which they can obtain online or through the Burmese Embassy or Consulate. Passports must be valid at least six months past your date of entry into the country. In general, e-visas are valid for 90 days from the date of issue and can be used for 28 days upon arrival. The Burmese kyat is the national currency, and it’s available from ATMs and money exchange services in the airport.