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From Nyaung Shwe Odyssey JJ to Mandalay by bus

Nyaung Shwe Odyssey JJ, Inle Lake
Chan Mya Shwe Pyi, Mandalay

From Heho Airport to Mandalay by flight

HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
Mandalay International Airport
HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
Mandalay International Airport

Passenger reviews out of total 301 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Feb 3, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
A few power outlets do not work. Please fix them so the next passengers can charge their electronic devices. Thanks.
Jan 21, 2019
bus VIP, JJ Express
▪Bus ok ▪Staff friendly but very bad english - no recent information
Dec 24, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
Hostess didn't speak english at All and couldn't support us in any way
Nov 19, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
There was a lot of confusion at the start of my trip. I was told to get on the yellow bus to go to Mandalay. Got on the bus only to have to get off the bus and get on a different one with people going to Bagan. With the operators not speaking a lot of English myself and the other 3 people were very confused. Instead of a direct bus to Mandalay we had to change busses about an hour after our start. Then a stop about an hour later for 30 minutes for dinner and you cannot stay on the bus and sleep. The roads make it difficult to sleep on the bus as they are very rough, so if you are prone to motion sickness bring something with you to help. The second bus hostess was great. She asked where we were staying had us change busses and this bus dropped me off a block away from my hostel.
Jun 25, 2018
bus VIP, JJ Express
I accidentally left my expensive water bottle at the bus station in Nyaung Shwe, and they shipped it to mandalay with the very next bus that came and were very helpful and accommodating the entire time- they were so kind!

Popular Routes in Myanmar

How to get from Inle Lake to Mandalay

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

  • Flight
  • Bus

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. 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 flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about MMK 127,529. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as MMK 22,036.

How far is Inle Lake from Mandalay?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Inle Lake to Mandalay. Your trip will be a total of 249 miles (400 km). The flying distance is 107 miles (172 km).

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

The travel time from Inle Lake to Mandalay can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 1 to 8 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Inle Lake to Mandalay varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is JJ Express (JJ Express): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as MMK 22,036 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as MMK 127,529.

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

  • Bus tickets - MMK 22,036 to MMK 22,036;
  • Plane tickets - MMK 127,529 to MMK 127,529;

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

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

  • Flights from Inle Lake to Mandalay depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 20:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 20:00. There are 1 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 Inle Lake to Mandalay. 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 MMK 127,529.

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 Inle Lake to Mandalay


Taking a bus from Inle Lake to Mandalay 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.

The most popular transport from Inle Lake to Mandalay

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Inle Lake to Mandalay? 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:

  • 977 decided to go for a bus.
  • 23 users took a plane.