Want to know how to get from Hpa An to Mandalay? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Mandalay
Mandalay is Myanmar’s second-largest city and last royal capital. Founded by King Mindom in 1857, the city is known for its unique architecture and white pagodas. Interesting fact: More than half of the country’s monks live in Mandalay and surrounding areas!
It’s a must to visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda, the U-Bein Bridge, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, the Mandalay Palace, and the Zay Cho Market. Head up to Mandalay Hill — a pilgrimage site famous for its panoramic viewpoints — for the best views of Mandalay.
2 ways to get from Hpa An to Mandalay
There are two ways to travel the distance of 700 km (435 miles) from Hpa An to Mandalay: by bus (15 hours) and bus + flight (8hrs 25m). The journey takes between 8h 25m - 15h and the quickest way is by bus + flight. The lowest priced tickets start from $15 for the bus.
The schedules indicated in the table above lets you leave Hpa An in the afternoon and arrive in Mandalay at a reasonable time in the morning. An advantage of this trip is that it should save you a night on accommodation.
The bus from Hpa an to Yangon arrives in Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Station. From the bus station, you need to travel 8 kilometers to Yangon Airport for your flight to Mandalay. A private taxi should only cost you about $2.
The flight from Yangon arrives at Mandalay Airport, which is located 40 kilometers south of the city centre.
To get to Mandalay city, there are buses near the baggage booth that can drop you off at your hotel for $4. Otherwise, you can take an airconditioned taxi for a fixed rate of $10. The journey should take about 1 hour to 1.5 hours.
TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.
Set 500 m from The Mandalay Palace, Ostello Bello Mandalay is in a great location and also the perfect place to meet other travellers. With its rooftop, bar and restaurant fellow guests gather together after a day of exploring. Grab one of the hotel’s board games and have a fun games night!
The hostel has both dorm rooms and spacious private rooms available. And whatever you need, the staff are more than willing to help.
If you fancy more of a hotel than a hostel but are still on a budget, check out 79 Living. It’s set in a perfect location, only a 5-minute walk from Mandalay Palace.
The rooms boast a simple and traditional Myanmar design. The star of the hotel has to be the rooftop restaurant that offers incredible city views. The restaurant serves European, Thai and Chinese cuisines, plus a free breakfast every morning.
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