There are no direct options to travel the 490km distance from Hpa An to Inle Lake. First, you should take a 7-hour bus ride to Yangon and from there you can continue with another bus (9-10 hours) or flight (70 minutes) to Inle Lake.
Travelling both routes by bus can be as cheap as $21, while including a flight in your itinerary will likely raise the cost to +$100.
There are no direct buses going from Hpa An to Inle Lake. Your only option is to take a bus to Yangon first and then another separate bus from Yangon to Inle Lake. Tickets are booked separately and cost at least $21.
See here two recommend trip itineraries for this route:
The schedules indicated on the table above lets you leave Hpa An in the afternoon and arrive in Inle Lake at a reasonable time in the morning. The journey between these 3 towns takes about 16 hours.
An advantage of the itineraries above is that you will also save a night on accommodation as you will be travelling during the night.
Important to note that all international tourists are required to pay $10 Inle Zone fee.
Hpa An to Inle Lake via Yangon by Bus + Flight
Duration: 8 hours 10 minutes Cost: $100
Since there are no direct flights from Hpa An to Inle Lake, the fastest option to reach Inle Lake is to take a 7-hour bus ride from Hpa An to Yangon and then a quick 1-hour and 10-minute flight from Yangon to Inle Lake.
We recommend taking one of the following schedules below:
Bus + Flight schedule from Hpa An to Inle Lake via Yangon
The bus from Hpa An to Yangon arrives in Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Station located 8 kilometers from Downtown Yangon. From the bus station, you need to make your way to Yangon International Airport for your flight to Inle Lake, which will only cost about $2.
The flight from Yangon lands in Heho Airport, about one hour drive to Nyaungshwe, the main town in the Inle Lake area. To get to the town center, you can take a taxi for $20.
BaobaBed Hostel is located in Nyaung Shwe, just a 15-minute boat ride from Inle Lake. The hostel offers free bicycle rentals, a rooftop spa bath, a restaurant, and a bar. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the staff is known to be extremely friendly and welcoming. You will feel right at home here!
Offering an on-site restaurant, bar, and garden, Inle Inn is located in Nyaung Shwe, just a short boat ride from Inle Lake. All rooms have a private bathroom and air conditioning. Breakfast is included with your stay and can be eaten in the restaurant or delivered to your room.
Set along the river in Nyaung Shwe, which links to Inle Lake, Thousand Island Hotel Inle Lake features large comfortable rooms. The hotel offers bicycle rentals, daily cleaning services, and 24-hour front desk. You can enjoy a snack at the riverfront café or a cold drink at their rooftop bar.