Last updated: Mar 19, 2020

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How To Get From Mandalay to Hpa An?

Mandalay, situated on the Irrawaddy River, is upper Myanmar’s major cultural and commercial center. On one hand, Hpa An is a city in Kayin State inhabited by people from the Karen ethnic group. Hpa An is an evolving tourist destination for those who want to enjoy laidback Myanmar culture. Here you will get to experience the local life, explore several caves, see the rice fields, and visit the biggest reclining Buddha in the world.

To travel the 700km distance from Mandalay to Hpa An, you have 2 options: The cheapest option is to take a bus via Yangon ($36) for 15 hours. Alternatively, you can take a quick 85-minute flight ($100) to Yangon and then continue with a 7-hour bus ride ($5) to Hpa An.

Schedule from Mandalay to Hpa An

TransportDurationCostsAvailability
Bus to Yangon
Bus to Hpa An
8h 30m
6h 30m
$23
$13
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Flight to Yangon
Bus to Hpa An
1h 25m
7h
$100
$5
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Mandalay to Hpa An via Yangon by Bus


Duration: 15 hours
Costs: $36

At present, there are no direct buses going from Mandalay to Hpa An. You will need to take a bus from Mandalay to Yangon first and then another bus from Yangon to Hpa An.

The journey is quite long as travel time between these 3 cities is 15 hours. The total cost of the journey by bus starts from $36 for standard seats and $40 for VIP seats.

We recommend the following schedules below:

Bus companyScheduleDurationCosts
Mandalar Minn Express
(Mandalay - Yangon)

Mandalar Minn Express
(Yangon - Hpa An)
09:00-17:30


20:30-03:00
8h 30m


6h 30m
$23


$13
Elite Express (Business Bus)
(Mandalay - Yangon)

Mandalar Minn Express (VIP Bus)
(Yangon - Hpa An)
09:30-18:30


21:00-03:30
9h


6h 30m
$22


$18

All buses going to Yangon will depart in Chan Mya Shwe Pyi Bus Station located at Tharyarwaddy Mingyi Road in Mandalay.

To get to the bus station from the city center, taxis are available for $5. For a cheaper option, several motorbike taxis will be more than happy to give you a lift for $2.

The first bus shall arrive in Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Station in Yangon, the same location where buses going to Hpa An will depart. Arrival is at Hpa An Clock Tower in the center of the town.

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Mandalay to Hpa An via Yangon by Flight + Bus


Duration: 8 hours 25 minutes
Costs: $100

The fastest way to travel from Mandalay to Hpa An is by taking a 1 hour and 25-minute flight from Mandalay to Yangon and then a 7-hour bus ride from Yangon to Hpa An.

Step 1: Mandalay to Yangon by Flight

Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes
Costs: $105

Several airline companies operate more than 10 flights daily from Mandalay International Airport to Yangon Airport. To get to Mandalay Airport from the town center, taxis are available for $10.

A one way ticket to Yangon starts at $100 and travel time is only 1 hour and 25 minutes.

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Step 2: Yangon to Hpa An by Bus

Duration: 7 hours
Costs: $5

From Yangon International Airport, you will have to make your way to Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Station to take the bus to Hpa An. The distance from the airport to the bus station is 8 kilometers and a taxi ride costs around $2.

Travel time from Yangon to Hpa An is 7 hours and a one way ticket starts at $5.

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  Hotel

My favourite places to stay in Hpa An


Hotel Champion 

Hotel Champion is located in central Hpa-an and features a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel offers a continental or buffet breakfast.

  • Great location
  • Helpful concierge 
  • Family-friendly
  • Breakfast included

Private rooms start at $19 per night

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Hpa An Boutique Inn

Hpa An Boutique Inn offers rooms with air conditioning and private bathrooms. The property provides free private parking and free WiFi. A continental breakfast is available each morning. The staff are known to be very friendly and welcoming.

  • Amazing staff
  • Very good breakfast included
  • Clean and comfortable rooms
  • Good location

Private rooms start at $28 per night

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Hotel Perfect Hpa-An

Hotel Perfect Hpa-An is centrally located near amenities and sights. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. There is an on-site restaurant, 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. A buffet breakfast is included with your stay.

  • Breakfast included
  • Close to attractions
  • Large and comfortable rooms
  • Amazing staff

Private rooms start at $42 per night

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