How To Get From Inle Lake to Bagan?
There are 2 options to get from Inle Lake to Bagan: by bus or flight. The cheapest option is to travel by bus which costs about $9 and takes about 9 hours. The second option is to take a 40-minute flight to Bagan for around $65.
Schedule from Inle Lake to Bagan
|Bus||9h||$11||Check bus tickets|
Inle Lake to Bagan by Bus
Duration: 9 hours
If you prefer a more affordable (but slower) option, there are several bus companies operating the Inle Lake to Bagan route. See the schedules below:
|Bagan Min Thar||02:00-12:00|
A standard minivan ticket starts around $11, while higher class buses with soft reclining seats and air conditioning systems can go as high as $13. Travel times range from 8 to 10 hours.
OK Express (Standard Minivan)
- Departs from Famous Express located in the town of Nyaungshwe
- Hotel pick up is available
- Arrives at OK Express Bus Stop located 12 kilometers from Old Bagan
OK Express provides a shared 16-seat air-conditioned minivan for its passengers and provides amenities like water and a towel.
Bagan Min Thar Bus Service
- Departs from Bagan Min Thar Bus Station in Yone Gyi Street in the town of Nyaungshwe
- Arrives at Bagan Shwe Pyi Highway Bus Terminal located 10 kilometers from New Bagan
Bagan Min Thar provides a 29 seater VIP bus service for its passengers. They also offer free amenities like tooth-paste, toothbrush, drinking water, and a blanket to all passengers.
Take note that all international tourists are required to pay $16 Bagan Zone Fee. The pass is valid for 3 days and can be bought from any of the many checkpoints leading into Bagan.
Inle Lake to Bagan by Flight
Duration: 40 minutes
If you are looking for the fastest option, you can take a quick 40-minute flight from Heho Airport to Bagan Nyaung-U Airport.
To get to Heho Airport from Inle Lake, you can take a taxi from Nyaungshwe, located at the Northern end of Inle Lake, for $20.
Several airline companies operate at least 4 flights daily from Heho to Bagan. The first flight leaves at 08:40 and the last one leaves at 16:40. A one-way ticket starts at $65.
When you land in Bagan Nyaung-U Airport , it is a 20-minute ride going to New Bagan. A private taxi ride should set you back $5.
My favourite places to stay in Bagan
Ideally situated in central Bagan, Shwe Nadi Guest House is within walking distance to the Nyaung U Market and plenty of restaurants and shops. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property. The Guesthouse also offers e-bike rentals.
- Friendly and welcoming staff
- Excellent breakfast
- E-bikes rentals
- Fantastic location
Private rooms start at $16 per night
Ostello Bello Bagan is set in an ideal location, within walking distance of many restaurants, sights, and amenities. The on-site bar is great for having a cold drink and relaxing. The on-site restaurant is open early and serves both local and Western dishes. Snacks, coffee, tea, and water can also be found at the shared lounge throughout the day.
- Cozy and clean rooms
- Great food
- Friendly and helpful staff
- Convenient location
Private rooms start at $29 per night
The Bagan Wynn Hotel is set in a quiet, peaceful location not too far from the sights. The hotel offers a restaurant, free private parking, a bar, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. The property provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
- Accommodating staff
- Restaurant and bar
- Peaceful location
- Spacious rooms
Private rooms start at $33 per night
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