While a comparatively new city in the region, Mandalay is often described as chaotic and perpetually traffic-clogged city that serves as a major transport hub for travellers.
Mandalay is Myanmar’s second-largest city and considered by many to be both a cultural and commercial capital. The city is dotted with temples, pagodas, and several historical sites to be explored. Mandalay Hill is one of the city’s main attractions from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city and surrounding area.
If you want to travel from Mandalay Airport to the city center, you have 3 options: by bus, taxi, or private transfer. The bus will cost you $4, the taxi $10, and roughly $18 if you opt for a private transfer. The journey will last somewhere between 60-90 minutes.
Mandalay International Airport is located 40 kilometers south of the city center.
The cheapest option to get to Mandalay city from Mandalay Airport is by bus. When you exit the baggage terminal, there are several booths of bus companies going to the city. The going rate is about $4, and will drop you off at your hotel.
Buses do not operate on a set schedule, instead departing when they have enough passengers. The bus will make several stops so allot at least 1.5 hours to get from Mandalay Airport to your hotel.
From/to Mandalay Airport by Taxi
Duration: 55 minutes Cost: $10
Several booths for fixed-rate taxi services are available outside of the baggage claim area. Here you can buy a coupon that lets you take a taxi from Mandalay Airport to the city.
The fixed-rate is $10 for an air-conditioned taxi and it will take about 45-55 minutes to get to the city.
From/to Mandalay Airport by Private Transfer
Duration: 1 hour Cost: $18
If you prefer an easy and efficient transfer, Klook provides a convenient pick-up service from the airport to your hotel, and vice versa.
You can choose between a sedan or a van depending on the number of passengers.
Though private transfers are usually more expensive, it is hassle-free and you are taken directly to your destination by a professional chauffeur.
Klook is a reputable and reliable platform in Southeast Asia and this transfer service received many good reviews.
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