Yangon to Mandalay
4 ways to make your own way
Distance between Mandalay and Yangon is about 644km/400mi. There are five ways that take you there within fastest 2 hours or longest 3 days. Flying is always the best option.
4 Ways - why you should fly
The fundamental transportation system is pretty laid-back in Myanmar. This is not the only problem that one faces while choosing between transportation means: road conditions, vehicle conditions, weather and cost shall all be taken into consideration. Here you are looking at 4 possibilities and we definitely suggest flight.
Option-01: Flying (one hour)
Regular services between the two biggest cities are operated by domestic airlines only. It is obviously the easiest way at a price of USD120 per person. Not neccessarily the most comfortable way, though.
- Short time, less than one hour.
- Both airports are close to the cities.
- 3 flights per day, morning/noon/afternoon
- Small and old aircrafts, limited services
- Sold out easily during peak season
Option-3: Car / Bus (at least one overnight)
If you want to explore along the way, then driving is a good way to go. There are some sleeper long-distance coaches that run at least one overnight (if not two).
- Private car is all to your own
- Public bus is fairly cheap, USD12 to 24/seat
- Multipile depature times a day
- No bathrooms on the bus (only rest stops)
- Too much time watsed on the way
- Horrible road conditions
Option-02: Cruise (3 to 14 days)
The Inland Water Transport (IWT) runs a ferry service that takes between 5 to 8 days with a change of boat in Pyay. Private cruise companies offer rides between 3 to 14 days, too.
- A good way to relax and enjoy the view
- Private cruises offer more luxury trips
- IWT boats are cheap but not so cozy
- Private cruises are pretty expensive
- Too much time, subject to water flow
Option-04: Train (15 hours)
Train is the locals' primary choice for this journey. Sleeper trains are available and seats are set aside for foreigners exclusively. Buy tickets at least 2 days ahead. Online booking via USD is possible.
- Train ride at a low price, USD18 to 24/seat
- 15 hours and save up one night's hotel
- A/C (or at least fan) and bathroom available
- Seats are too small for westerners' build
- Dated trains with non-working facilities
- At least 15 hours spent en route
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