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.
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.
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 center of Mandalay
Inle Lake to Mandalay by Flight
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 center for $4. Otherwise, taxis are also available for $10.
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