Yangon International Airport was originally built in 1947 on a former World War II airfield. At one time it was regarded as one of the best airports in Southeast Asia however, over the years, it fell into disrepair and became rundown.
The new international terminal was opened in 2007, and the old terminal is used for domestic flights. The airport is located in Mingaladon Township, about 15km (9.3 mi) north of downtown Yangon. To get to town there are many waiting taxis (and touts for taxis) at the arrival terminal.
The fare to town should be about 4,000 to 6,000 Kyat. However, beware of anyone who offers to take you to your destination, and who will ‘show you the way’. Do not share a taxi with someone you don’t know.
There is no direct bus service to Yangon International Airport however a local bus does stop in front of the airport. Note that these busses can become very crowded making it extremely difficult if you have heavy luggage.
The best option is to hire a taxi to take you on the 15km journey into Yangon and vice versa.
Eating & Drinking
There is only one café in the international departures area located on the second floor. The café serves local and some foreign dishes, as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks. Comfortable sofa seating is interspersed with leafy green plants for a relaxing environment. Be sure to visit the café before you enter the departure gate lounge.