Bagan to Inle Lake

Bagan to Inle Lake

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Transportation from Bagan to Inle Lake

Bagan to Inle Lake Destination Reviews

Was supposed to be picked up at our hotel, but somehow there was a very last minute miscommunication and we had to take a taxi to the bus depot (additional $15). They couldn’t give us a clear answer why we didn’t get picked up, even though we had the confirmation email. Seats were comfortable. Extremely bumpy ride which made it hard to sleep. Overall, not the best experience.
Bus VIP, JJ Express (JJ Express), Feb 23, 2020
The bus was great. It’s new, clean and VERY convenient. They also give water and food. The bus arrived 20 min ahead of schedule. Greatest travelling experience!
Bus VIP, JJ Express (JJ Express), Feb 14, 2020
Vert good trip through numerous hairpins in thé mountains. Would appreciate getting warned of coming stops and the unexpected stopto pay the 15000K Inle Lake fee.
Bus VIP, JJ Express (JJ Express), Feb 12, 2020
Super trip
Bus VIP, JJ Express (JJ Express), Feb 4, 2020
Excellent bus ! I recommend every tourist to choose this company(VIP JJ Express) and book ahead through this website. :)
Bus VIP, JJ Express (JJ Express), Feb 3, 2020
The bus ride was great, comfortable and on time. Temperature was just right. Staffs made sure everyone is taken care of. They provide bottle water, snacks and wipes. Seats are wide and comfortable. Only complain is the buspad was not working so i could not watch movies. Bus shuttle was on time.
Bus VIP, JJ Express (JJ Express), Feb 1, 2020
Great trip Comfortable boat Staff were helpful
Bus VIP, JJ Express (JJ Express), Jan 29, 2020
Everything was OK, except the temperature on the bus. Why is it so cold on the bus (AC cool) and why the driver not switch on heating if the temperature at night is 10 degrees outside?
Bus VIP, JJ Express (JJ Express), Jan 28, 2020
very good travel option. with food, sockets, blankets, water and good English-speaking attendant.
Bus VIP, JJ Express (JJ Express), Jan 18, 2020
Very good overnight ride. I was actually able to sleep. The only thing I would add is a small snack. The driver was safe.
Bus VIP, Bagan Min Tha, Dec 27, 2019
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How to get from Bagan to Inle Lake

When you want to get from Bagan to Inle Lake, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus
  • Van

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Bus. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Bus ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A Bus ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 19.00. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 19.00.

How far is Bagan from Inle Lake?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Bagan to Inle Lake. Your trip will be a total of 234 miles (375 km). The flying distance is 234 miles (375 km).

How long does it take to get from Bagan to Inle Lake?

The travel time from Bagan to Inle Lake can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 8 to 8 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Bagan to Inle Lake?

The cost of the trip from Bagan to Inle Lake varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is JJ Express: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 19.00 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a Bus - a one-way Bus ticket can cost as much as USD 19.00.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Bagan to Inle Lake:

  • Van price : USD 10.00;
  • Bus tickets - USD 19.00 to USD 19.00;
  • Plane tickets - USD 212.00 to USD 212.00;

How many trips per day are there between Bagan and Inle Lake?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Buses start plying the route from 09:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 22:00. There are 2 available bus trips every day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Bagan to Inle Lake. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is USD 212.00.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Bagan to Inle Lake

Myanmar National Airlines


Taking a bus from Bagan to Inle Lake is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.


A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Bagan to Inle Lake. As far as travel time is concerned, it’s basically equal to a taxi ride, while price-wise it’s way more affordable. The majority of tourists book a van online in advance.

Sometimes, when trains or buses aren’t available, a van is your only way to get from Bagan to Inle Lake.

Things to remember: while traveling by van, you might not have as much space for luggage as you would on a train or a plane. It’s a good idea to pack only the most useful things for a van trip and put them in a backpack that will be easy to carry around.

The most popular transport from Bagan to Inle Lake

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Bagan to Inle Lake? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 61% opted for a van.
  • 39% decided to go for a bus.