There are many coaches/express buses that will take you to the unique places in Myanmar. Usually, the passengers have to go to first Aung Mingalar Highway Bus terminal to start the journey to go anywhere. In this article, we highlight top three companies in terms of comfort and reach.
The first is Elite. The company has routes to Naypyitaw, Tatkone, Mandalay, Monywar, Taunggyi and Bagan. Elite buses have economy, executive and business classes. All their buses are Swedish Scania buses. The interior of the Elite bus is clean with decent legroom. Drivers are well trained by the company. A young bus attendant lady accompanies the passengers and provides food, beverages and other amenities during the journey. Each passenger is provided with free refreshments in the form of a snack box and cold drink or a cup of coffee. He or she can also get a blanket, toothbrush, toothpaste, wet towel, and a bottle of water. Each seat also has an interactive entertainment system with an LCD TV. Finally as facilities, Laptop and phone power points are available. Passengers for executive and business class can request for pick up service from Mindama Road to bus terminal. Tickets can also be bought through an online booking system.
Elite also has a chartering service with reasonable prices. For the chartering service, they categorized the buses into two as: Economy Class (40, 43, 45 Seats) and Business Class (30, 35 Seats).
Secondly, with its motto “The Way, The Truth, The Life”, Joyous Journey (JJ) also provides superior services to passengers. JJ has routes to Naypyitaw, Mandalay, Bagan and Taunggyi with normal and VIP class buses. Passengers can travel with international standard brand new Higer buses that are controlled and run by ECAS (Electronic Control Air Suspension). Drivers are trained by Higer company and they have on average over 10 years experience. JJ emphasizes on safety, putting fire extinguishers, emergency exit, safety belt, safety hammer and first-aid boxes on all its buses. In addition, its bus attendants have received flight attendant training and first-aid training. JJ also supplies each passenger free refreshments in the form of a snack box and cold drink or a cup of coffee or green tea. JJ bus tickets can be bought in hotels, convenience stores and via face book (www.facebook.com/jjexpressbus). Just as other coach companies, JJ insured life insurance for passengers, laptops and phones chargers on board and passengers can request for pick up service from Sule downtown.
Finally, Mandalar Min coaches have routes to Mawlamyine, Mudon, Thanphyuzayat, Naypyitaw, Tatkone, Myeikhtilar, Bagan, Myingyan, Magway, Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin with normal and VIP classes. They also provide the same level of service and life insurance as others. All their buses are also Swedish Scania made. Drivers are well trained by the company and have many years of driving experience. A young bus attendant lady accompanies the passengers and provides food, beverages and other amenities during the journey. Each seat also has an entertainment system and Mandalar Minn goes further by providing a customized tablet. If the passenger has Mandalar Minn member card, he/ she will also get a 2% discount.
Sample Buses Fare (All from Yangon)