Yangon to Mandalay

Yangon to Mandalay

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RGN Yangon Airport
1h 35m flight #8M4262 with Myanmar Airways Intl in Economy
MDL Mandalay Airport
RGN Yangon Airport
3h 55m journey in Flight. Self-connect 1 stop in HEH 2h
MDL Mandalay Airport
RGN Yangon Airport
4h 25m journey in Flight. Self-connect 1 stop in THL 1h 30m
MDL Mandalay Airport
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RGN Yangon Airport
1h 35m flight #8M4204 with Myanmar Airways Intl in Economy
MDL Mandalay Airport

Transportation from Yangon to Mandalay

Yangon to Mandalay destination reviews

train #11 Upper Class, Myanmar Railways, Mar 24, 2020
La réservation et la livraison de nos billets de train de Yangon à Mandalay à notre hôtel s’est déroulé sans faille Faite vous livrer si vous partez tôt le matin car les guichets n’ouvrent qu’à partir de 8h
Bus VIP 27, Mandalar Minn Express, Mar 23, 2020
Excellent service and care.
train #3 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Mar 11, 2020
2 berth sleeper was ok but train very noisy, rattling & shaky. Train broke down, didn’t move for 5 hours, then finally 7 hours late on arrival. No information or communication provided at all. No apology.
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Feb 16, 2020
Very comfortable large reclining seats (and blanket), snacks and drinks services. Sleep was disrupted due to a lot of harsh breaking and a 1.30am stop at a bus station where everyone was required to leave the bus for half an hour.
train #3 Upper Class, Myanmar Railways, Feb 15, 2020
So nice experience to travel slowly through Myanmar, and share this moment with burmese families, monks, and all those who pick up the train to sell some food etc. Upper class has very confortable seats.
train #3 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Feb 7, 2020
12GoAsia were very good. Efficient & prompt. The train was as previously reviewed by others : very noisy & bumpy, but a good insight into local life & scenery. At this time of year it is also quite cold at night. We were really pleased to have had the experience, but wouldn't be too inclined to repeat it soon (though the track upgrade work is visibly underway).
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Feb 4, 2020
Great trip, clean bus! Could improve by keeping some passengers quieter over night trip! It was on time however in Mandalay we were put on local bus at 5.00 in the morning (20 min journey) to the centre. This was not stated on our ticket so quite a surprise
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 30, 2020
The bus was so comfortable, with AC not too strong. Snacks provided were also tasty. They offered us a free ride to the city center, but it was difficult to find out where to get off as the bus stopped several times without any info.
train #3 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Jan 27, 2020
Blankets would be amazing
Bus Economy 45, Elite Express, Dec 25, 2019
the elite's driver drove his car safely and I could sleep the whole trip except when stop for dinner.
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Dec 24, 2019
Seat is not very comfortable for me at 6 feet tall.
Bus VIP 27, Mandalar Minn Express, Dec 21, 2019
Comfortable bus, however no toilet on the bus. Stopped twice for toilet, some of them quite disgusting... Of course not the driver's fault...
train #3 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Dec 20, 2019
Nice alternative to avoid flight. Tickets were ready to pick up two days before. Absolutely no problem. Train is loud and not really clean, not for everybody, but my children loved iti
train #3 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Nov 27, 2019
I give it 4* because our tickets were delivered to our hotel in time, the day before we travelled. Their support team had emailed before to reassure all was well, and our 2 person sleeper was probably best on the train. So 12GoAsia deserve 4*. The train probably 2*, as it was very bumpy and most of the time was dark so nothing to see either. Maybe day time train more interesting!
Bus VIP 27, Mandalar Minn Express, Nov 25, 2019
I had no choice but to book an overnight bus because the sleeper train is full. The bus is clean and the steward is very attentive, with snacks and drinks for everyone. Good experience.
train #3 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Nov 6, 2019
1. Hassled by MR porters at Yangon station who demanded large sums for minimal work. The porter was not requested or required. 2. The windows on the carriage were extremely difficult to raise or lower. 3. At dusk the carriage filled with midges, flies, mosquitoes attracted by the light. 4. The sleeper bed was extremely hard. 5. Above all not knowing if one can buy a ticket until a couple of days before ones journey is stressful. (Unable to get return ticket as all taken by others earlier on day of sale). 6. 12Go Asia agent for purchase of ticket was pitiful.
train #3 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Oct 31, 2019
You should take the train if you want to go for a slow jurney, see the countryside and just relax. Expect a bumpy ride, no AC and no punctuality, but thats part of the charm. Sleeper Class was fine. You can order food on the train and the staff is helpful. If you are on a schedule and expect a lot of comfort, you are better off flying or taking the bus. Ticket was issued and there was no problem with picking it up. Of corse you pay for the service if someone is going to stand in the line and get the ticket for you. Price was ok for me.
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How to get from Yangon to Mandalay

Travelling between Yangon and Mandalay is possible by Flight and bus. Flight guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Bus is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you MMK 513,619 if you go by flight; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere MMK 15,693.

How long does it take to get from Yangon to Mandalay?

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 10 hours to travel between Yangon and Mandalay depending on the means of transport you choose.

Flight is the fastest way to travel between Yangon and Mandalay. Flight will bring you to your destination in 1h 5m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 9h 30m to reach Mandalay.

How much does it cost to get from Yangon to Mandalay?

Travelling between Yangon and Mandalay can be as cheap as MMK 15,693 if you opt for a Elite Express bus and as expensive as MMK 513,619 if you buy a Myanmar National Airlines flight ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Yangon and Mandalay ?

  • 21 from Yangon to Mandalay starting from 08:00 Aung Mingalar until 22:30 Aung Mingalar
  • 10 from Yangon to Mandalay starting from 07:00 Yangon Airport until 18:30 Yangon Airport
  • 3 from Yangon to Mandalay starting from 05:00 Yangon Central until 15:45 Yangon Central

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Yangon to Mandalay.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Yangon to Mandalay, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as MMK 109,313.

Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.

If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.

In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.

Airlines flying between Yangon and Mandalay

Air KBZ, Air Thanlwin, Myanmar Airways Intl, Myanmar National Airlines


Travelling from Yangon to Mandalay overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Yangon and Mandalay

Boss Express, Elite Express, JJ Express, Mandalar Minn Express


Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

What is the most popular transport to get from Yangon to Mandalay?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with Bus remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 51% opted for a bus
  • 46% took a train
  • 3% decided to fly