Inle Lake to Mandalay

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How to get from Inle Lake to Mandalay

There are 2 options to get from Inle Lake to Mandalay: by bus or flight. The cheapest option is by taking a bus for $11 with a travel time of 9 hours. Otherwise, you can take a 35-minute flight for $48.

2 ways to get from Inle Lake to Mandalay

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus9 hours$11Check Bus Tickets
Flight35 minutes$48Check Flights

Inle Lake to Mandalay by Bus

Duration: 9 hours
Cost: $11
Duration: 9 hours
Cost: $11

There are only two bus companies operating from Inle Lake to Mandalay. See the schedules below:

Bus Schedule from Inle Lake to Mandalay

Bus companyScheduleCosts
Ok Express07:00-16:00
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JJ Express10:00-16:00
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Travel time and ticket cost depends on the bus company and the type of bus. The cheapest ticket you can get is from OK Express company which costs $11. The journey from Inle Lake to Mandalay should take about 9 hours.

If you go with JJ Express, a reputable bus company, you take a VIP bus for $12. It is merely a $1 difference from OK Express but travel time only takes 6 hours.

OK Express

  • Departs from Famous Express located about 10 kilometers from Inle Lake
  • Hotel pickup is available
  • Arrives at OK Express Bus Stop between 86th & 87th Street, Mandalay

JJ Express (VIP bus)

  • Departs from Odyssey JJ Express located about 10 kilometers from Inle Lake
  • Arrives at Chan Mya Shwe Pyi Highway Station just 5 kilometers from the centre of Mandalay

Inle Lake to Mandalay by Flight

Duration: 35 minutes
Cost: $48
Duration: 35 minutes
Cost: $48

The fastest option to travel from Inle Lake to Mandalay is by taking a quick 35-minute flight from Heho Airport, the closest airport to Inle Lake, to Mandalay International Airport.

To reach Heho airport, you can take a taxi from Nyaungshwe (main town in the Inle Lake area) for $20.

Myanmar National Airlines, Mann Yadanarpon Airlines, Air KBZ, and Myanmar Airways International operate up to 5 direct Heho-Mandalay flights daily with decent departure times. A one-way ticket starts at $48.

When you land at Mandalay airport, you can take a bus to the city centre for $4. Otherwise, taxis are also available for $10.

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Our favourite places to stay in Mandalay

Royal Yadanarbon Hotel

Royal Yadanarbon Hotel is located centrally within walking distance of restaurants, bars, shops, and sights. Free WiFi access is available throughout the hotel. Other facilities offered at the property include a tour desk, bicycle rental, and luggage storage. The property offers free parking.

  • Super friendly staff
  • Restaurant
  • Clean and comfortable facilities
  • Excellent location

Private rooms start at $15 per night

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Ostello Bello Mandalay

Set 500 m from The Mandalay Palace, the Ostello Bello Mandalay features a bar and restaurant. Guests can enjoy the music and great views from the rooftop lounge. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. The location is excellent and the staff is extremely friendly. 

  • Fantastic location
  • Amazing rooftop bar
  • Spacious and clean rooms
  • Good food

Private rooms start at $29 per night 

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Thiri Thitsar Hotel

Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and terrace, the Thiri Thitsar Hotel is a great choice for travelers. The hotel offers an on-site restaurant, 24-hour front desk, room service, and free WiFi. The property provides a concierge service, ticket service and luggage storage for guests. 

  • Very friendly staff
  • Swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spacious rooms and clean bathrooms

Private rooms start at $41 per night

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