Inle Lake to Mandalay

Inle Lake to Mandalay

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Inle Lake to Mandalay destination reviews

Bus VIP, JJ Express, Feb 3, 2020
It was a good and comfortable ride. Bus arrived on time, and the service was great. Travellers were well taken care of from the station and throughout the trip. I would not hesitate to use and recommend to go with JJ Express and 12 Go again. Temperature was a bit cold at times. Suggestion to circulate fresh air instead of running AC as much. All in all was a good trip. Snacks and meals were great.
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 12, 2020
Really comfortable bus with big space to put feet and great service. I would totally recommend and use their services again
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 30, 2019
Very good servise
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 8, 2019
Old car not much convenient , have to change to anothet small bus go inside the destination.
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 1, 2019
Air conditioning needs to be lower. Other than that perfect.
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Nov 16, 2019
Exemplary. I've ridden many busse/trains etc in SE Asia and JJ express have been the most comfortable journeys I've been on, despite the state of the roads in Myanmar! Fully regret going with OK express on one of the journeys. Cheers JJ!
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Oct 29, 2019
Comfy seats.. The service is very good.. im very satisfied w the trip!! Highly recommended!
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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 Bus. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Flight 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 198,557. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as MMK 19,616.

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 111 miles (178 km). The flying distance is 86 miles (137 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 8 to 17 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: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as MMK 19,616 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 198,557.

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

  • Bus tickets - MMK 19,616 to MMK 19,616;
  • Plane tickets - MMK 166,998 to MMK 198,557;

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 166,998.

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
Myanmar National Airlines


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:

  • 91% decided to go for a bus.
  • 9% users took a plane.