Want to know how to get from Mandalay Airport? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the three ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Mandalay
Mandalay is Myanmar’s second-largest city and last royal capital. Founded by King Mindom in 1857, the city is known for its unique architecture and white pagodas. Interesting fact: More than half of the country’s monks live in Mandalay and surrounding areas!
It’s a must to visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda, the U-Bein Bridge, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, the Mandalay Palace, and the Zay Cho Market. Head up to Mandalay Hill — a pilgrimage site famous for its panoramic viewpoints — for the best views of Mandalay.
3 ways to get from Mandalay Airport
There are three ways to travel the distance of 37 km (23 miles) from Mandalay Airport: by bus (1hr 30m), taxi (55 minutes) and private transfer (1 hour). The journey takes between 55m - 1h 30m and the quickest way is by taxi. The lowest priced tickets start from $4 for the bus.
Mandalay International Airport is located 40 kilometers south of the city centre.
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.
Mandalay Airport by Taxi
Duration: 55 minutes
Starts from: $10
Duration: 55 minutes
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.
Mandalay Airport by Private Transfer
Duration: 1 hour
Starts from: $18
Duration: 1 hour
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, you will be taken directly to your destination by a professional chauffeur. Prices start from $18.
Klook is a reputable and reliable platform in Southeast Asia and this transfer service received many good reviews.
Set 500 m from The Mandalay Palace, Ostello Bello Mandalay is in a great location and also the perfect place to meet other travellers. With its rooftop, bar and restaurant fellow guests gather together after a day of exploring. Grab one of the hotel’s board games and have a fun games night!
The hostel has both dorm rooms and spacious private rooms available. And whatever you need, the staff are more than willing to help.
If you fancy more of a hotel than a hostel but are still on a budget, check out 79 Living. It’s set in a perfect location, only a 5-minute walk from Mandalay Palace.
The rooms boast a simple and traditional Myanmar design. The star of the hotel has to be the rooftop restaurant that offers incredible city views. The restaurant serves European, Thai and Chinese cuisines, plus a free breakfast every morning.
Based in Bali, Maarten’s passion for travel is undeniable. In 2016, he decided to quit his job as a stock analyst and started doing what he always dreamed of: travelling through South East Asia and helping other people plan their trips. When he is not working on Gecko Routes, you’ll find him surfing in the ocean or exploring the best gems of Indonesia.