Renting a car in Myanmar comes with a long list of benefits, especially bearing in mind that you’ll have a local driver with you who knows the terrain and the fastest routes to popular tourist destinations. Navigating the local bus and train systems can be confusing for foreigners, and getting around smaller towns outside of Yangon and Mandalay using these methods can be impossible.
Because of the natural landscape of Myanmar, many of the attractions lie outside of the major cities. For driving directly to off-the-beaten-track destinations like the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda or Mount Popa, it’s advised to rent a truck or an SUV that is equipped with four-wheel drive. For simple intercity travel, renting a small car will be enough to get you where you’re going comfortably.
There are no established laws for traveling with children regarding safety seats, booster seats, sitting in the front seat or the use of seatbelts. However, if you’re traveling with a child and prefer that they ride in a car seat, you’ll have to bring your own when you make your car reservation.
Exiting the country and visiting the bordering Thailand, China, Laos or India isn’t likely to be possible with a rented car, due to heavily regulated over-land border crossings. When you rent a car in Myanmar, you’ll be limited to traveling throughout the various destinations within the country. International destinations are accessible mainly by short, regional flights and, in some cases, by international bus.
25% of our users found rental cars in Myanmar for $85 or less
Economy rental cars in Myanmar are around 37% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Myanmar
Economy (Volkswagen Polo or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Myanmar.
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Myanmar are Yangon (84% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Myanmar), Mandalay (12%) and Nay Pyi Taw (4%).
On average a rental car in Myanmar costs $769 per week ($110 per day).
On average a rental car in Myanmar costs $3,294 per month ($110 per day).
Unless you’re bringing a car from outside the country, it’s not likely that you’ll be doing much driving in Myanmar, due to the special government permissions required to drive in the country. Instead, when you rent a car in Myanmar, you’ll also be required to hire a driver and cover his or her meals and accommodation if you plan to rent a car overnight.
The rules regarding age are more relaxed when it comes to renting a car, due to the fact that you probably won’t be the one behind the wheel. To rent a car in Myanmar, you must be over the age of 18. Luckily for younger travelers, there are no surcharges for those under the age of 25, like there are in many other countries.
In addition to covering your driver’s expenses, you’ll also have to fill up from time to time when you rent a car in Myanmar. However, gas prices in Myanmar are often similar to those in the US. While a gallon of fuel will cost you an average of around 2.50 USD in the States, it will run you an average of about 3,700 MMR (2.40 USD) in Myanmar.
The speed limits in Myanmar are strictly enforced within the cities, and violating them too many times can come with dire consequences, including imprisonment. The speed limit within cities in Myanmar is 48 km/h (30 mph), and expressway speed limits can range from 60 km/h (37 mph) to 80 km/h (50mph). When traveling between cities—for example, Mandalay and Yangon—speed limits are not as strictly enforced.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.