A standard minivan ticket from Inle Lake to Bagan costs from $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 for the Inle Lake to Bagan route. It 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 Cost: $65
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.
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.
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.
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.