How To Get From Mandalay to Yangon?
When travelling the 630km’s from Mandalay to Yangon you have 3 options, you can take a bus for 8.5 hours, board a train for the 16.5 hour journey, or hop on a plane and arrive in just 1.5 hours. To save some money, we suggest taking the bus with ticket prices starting at just $9.
Schedule from Mandalay to Yangon
|Bus||8h 30m||$9||Check bus tickets|
|Train||16h 30m||$17||Check train tickets|
|Flight||1h 25m||$100||Check flights|
Mandalay to Yangon by Bus
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
There are several bus companies operating daily from Mandalay to Yangon. See the schedules below:
|Boss Express||20:30-05:00||8h 30m||$9|
|Man Shwe Pyi||20:00-04:00||8h||$10|
|Gi Group Express||21:00-06:00||9h||$12|
We suggest booking with a well-known bus company such as; Boss Express, Man Shwe Pyi, Gi Group Express, or JJ Express. These companies have all received fairly good reviews from passengers and are well known in Myanmar for providing good services at affordable prices.
You also have the option of choosing a standard bus or a VIP Bus. The VIP buses will offer more comfortable seats and legroom, although they do cost a little extra. You can expect to pay somewhere between $9-$21 depending on which you choose.
The first departure of the day leaves at 09:00 and the final departure leaves at 21:30, the journey will take about 9 hours. We recommend taking a night bus to catch up on some rest and save a few dollars on accommodations for the night.
Departure and arrival
All buses depart from the Chan Mya Shwe Pyi Highway Station (also known as the Highway Bus Station), located 4 kilometers from central Mandalay. A taxi ride to the bus station will cost about $4.
Buses all arrive at the Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Station which is 15 kilometers from downtown Yangon. From the bus station to the city center, you can take a taxi for about $5 – $7. There is also a shuttle van going to the Sule Pagoda in the center of Yangon which costs just $1. For a cheaper option, you can take Local Bus Line 36 for only $0.10.
Mandalay to Yangon by Train
Duration: 16 hours 30 minutes
For a truly Burmese experience, you can take the train for the 16.5 hour journey. Traveling by train is a great way to see the country and interact with the locals along the way. It may not the quickest option, but it will surely be a very unique adventure.
The journey takes 16.5 hours and the schedules are quite reliable so you can expect to arrive at your destination by the time indicated in your ticket.
Currently, there are 3 daily trains from Mandalay to Yangon. See the schedules below:
Upper-class seats cost $17 and upper-class sleeping carriages cost $22. We suggest spending the few extra dollars to book a sleeping carriage. This is a very long journey and you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible.
The 2 final departures of the day are the best options as they travel through the night. This will allow you to rest and save a few dollars on accommodation. By taking the night train, you will arrive in Yangon in the morning, ready to drop your bags at your accommodation and start exploring the city!
All trains depart from the Mandalay Central Railway Station located along 78th Street in downtown Mandalay. Arrival is at the Yangon Central Railway Station located along Kun Chan Road in downtown Yangon.
Mandalay to Yangon by Flight
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes
The quickest way to travel from Mandalay to Yangon is by takin a 1.5 hr during flight. Flights are much more expensive than the other two options, with prices starting at $100, but it will save you hours of travel time.
Mandalay International Airport (MDL) is located 40 kilometers outside of the city center. Unfortunately, there is no public transport going to the airport so your only option is to take a taxi. Taxi prices are a flat rate of $10 or $4 per person if there are 3 or more passengers.
There are several airlines operating along this route to choose from; Golden Myanmar Airlines, Myanmar Airways International, Myanmar National Airlines, or Air KBZ. Ticket prices start at about $100 for the one-way journey.
When you arrive at the Yangon International Airport (RGN), you can take a taxi to downtown Yangon for about $10. There are also YBS airport shuttle buses that run from the airport to the center of Yangon, these red-colored buses run 24/7 and charge just $0.30 per passenger.
My favourite places to stay in Yangon
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- Fantastic location
- Restaurant and bar
- Modern designed rooms
- Great rooftop view
Private rooms start at $35 per night
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