How do I get from

Mandalay to Bagan

  • Save time, explore more

    Book online with local operators to secure your seat and to enjoy a smooth journey

  • We’re here 24/7

    Reach out to us for anything you need to ensure a stress-free trip

  • By travelers, for travelers

    Learn from the experiences of travelers like you. Real reviews, real photos, real people

Bagan at a glance

High season

March - May
Place you can't miss
Ananda Temple
Local currency
K
MMK
Good to know
Bagan is nothing less than impressive, as it is decorated with tens of ancient, golden pagodas and temples. As you look up, it may seem as though they touch the vivid blue skies. Myanmar may feel like it’s kaleidoscopic in color, and Bagan is a wonderful place to absorb the hues, especially in a marketplace like the Nyaung U market. See the Bagan Plains and walk from one terracota pagoda to the next, and enter the Dhammayangyi Temple. There, a feeling of complete understanding in history may hit you square in the face as the Buddha statues sit with their eyes closed in prayer.
Loading...

Your questions, our answers

Are there any stops during this ride?
Should I take food and water with me?
Can I take my bicycle / motorbike on board with me?
Is there a flexible cancellation policy?
What is the distance between Mandalay to Bagan?
What is the cheapest transport option from Mandalay and Bagan?
What is the frequency of departures per day?
Can I choose my pickup / drop-off location?
What is the luggage policy?
Can I book a ticket for the same day?
What is the most popular transportation service from Mandalay to Bagan?
What is the fastest transportation service from Mandalay to Bagan?
Who are the service providers on this route?

Top reviews

L
L
Very comfortable and we arrived early!
The bus was very comfortable: recliner seats, air conditioning ec. We left on time, only stopped once for bathroom breaks, and arrived 1h30 earlier than expected!
L
L
Excellent service
Easy to use site and a very reliable company. I would use them again any time.

About the journey from Mandalay to Bagan

From the stunning and spiritual city of Mandalay, your journey in Myanmar (Burma) would not be complete without a stay in the city of Bagan. You are assured the chance to embrace the culture fully in this traditional city, where UNESCO have recently begun work on restoring a few of the pagodas and monasteries. Bagan is also a city of great tranquility. Its hazy desert planes dotted with incredible buildings are almost otherworldly, while walks along the slow flowing river will let your mind be at peace. 

The 146-kilometer (91 mile) trip from Mandalay to Bagan can be done in many ways. Travel options include by ferry, bus, car, and minivan. Each mode of transport has a few operators providing the service, so you can shop around for what suits you best in terms of price, comfort, and convenience. 

An entrance fee is sometimes required when entering the region of Bagan at booths or by individual collectors, so it is recommended to have cash on you. The fee is not always well implemented and is possible to be avoided, but with some travel options you will be required to pay it.

From Mandalay to Bagan, the incredible religious architecture paired with the dramatic mountainous backdrop of both cities is almost otherworldly. As you explore Bagan you will experience the essence of this spiritually conscious culture.

 

 

What to see when traveling from Mandalay to Bagan

Traveling from Mandalay to Bagan is a great chance to see some beautiful sights of this riverside region. Whether you are traveling by ferry or on the road, you will always be near the Irrawaddy River that winds lazily through the landscape. On the river you can spot fisherman, and the small fishing communities that rely so heavily on this water source. Surrounding the river and the roads, you will always be sure to spot the monasteries and pagodas that are such an iconic part of the manmade landscape.

 

 

What is the fastest way to travel from Mandalay to Bagan?

The fastest option for traveling from Mandalay to Bagan is with the Standard car service operated by Ahh Hman. The journey takes approximately 3.5 hours.

 

 

What is the cheapest way to travel from Mandalay to Bagan?

A cheap option for traveling from Mandalay to Bagan is with the Economy bus by Moe Thout Tun with prices starting at $6.

 

 

What is the most popular way to travel from Mandalay to Bagan?

The most popular option with Bookaway customers for travel from Mandalay to Bagan is with the Standard bus by Hello Express.

 

 

How to get from Mandalay to Bagan

Taking a ferry from Mandalay to Bagan

Ferry travel from Mandalay to Bagan is a slow and scenic river cruise which lets you relax and enjoy the views. Some ferry operators will also stop midway through the journey so you can hop off the boat for a tour or cultural activity. Ferry trips are a unique way to see the region and offer seats above and below deck as well as a free meal so you can sit and dine comfortably while watching the magnificent scenery go by.

 

 

Ferry ports that take you from Mandalay to Bagan

Departing from:

  • MGRG Jetty - Pioneer cruises, Chanayethazan
  • RV Nmai Hka Jetty

 

 

Arriving at:

  • MGRG Jetty Station, Nyaungu
  • River NMAI HKA travel Bagan Mandalay Ferry

 

 

Taking a bus from Mandalay to Bagan

Bus travel from Mandalay to Bagan is a cheap and comfortable option. Some bus operators provide little extras such as hotel pickups, free water, and blankets. If you don’t like being stuck on public transport for hours on end, buses take rest and toilet stops so you can stretch your legs, buy snacks and refresh yourself. You may also find that some buses stop to pick up additional passengers throughout the journey. 

 

 

Bus stations that take you from Mandalay to Bagan

Departing from:

  • Chan Mya Shwe Pyi Highway Station
  • OK Express Bus, 25th Street,
  • Hotel of choice

 

 

Arriving at:

  • Bagan Shwe Pyi Highway Bus Terminal

 

 

Taking a minivan from Mandalay to Bagan

There are lots of minivan operators to choose from and are great for convenient hotel pickups and drop offs. Depending on the operator, minivans can take 8-14 passengers, making it a tempting option for large groups. If you aren’t traveling in a large group, you may find minivans stop for more passengers to fill up the seats, which can lead to a slower and more cramped journey. Most minivan journeys from Mandalay to Bagan take around 4 hours.

 

Minivan stops that take you from Mandalay to Bagan

Departing from:

  • Hotel of choice
  • Chan Mya Shwe Pyi Highway Station
  • Apex Express Mandalay

 

 

Arriving at:

  • Hotel of choice
  • Bagan Shwe Pyi Highway Bus Terminal

 

 

Taking a car from Mandalay to Bagan

Car travel from Mandalay to Bagan is a good option for small groups of up to 3 people who want to ensure a private journey. You can choose your pickup and drop off destinations for any time you choose. Car travel is a quick option, with the journey taking 3.5 – 4 hours. You can request toilet and rest stops along the way.  

 

 

Car pickup stops that take you from Mandalay to Bagan

Departing from: 

  • Hotel of choice

 

 

Arriving at:

  • Hotel of choice

 

 

Which operators can I book with for a ride from Mandalay to Bagan?

Ferry operators from Mandalay to Bagan

  • MGRG Express
  • RV NMAI HKA

 

 

Bus operators from Mandalay to Bagan

  • OK Express
  • Hello Express
  • Moe Thout Tun
  • JJ Express

 

 

Minivan operators from Mandalay to Bagan

  • Flymya
  • Ahh Hman
  • Apex Express

 

 

Car operators from Mandalay to Bagan

  • Ahh Hman

 

 

How many departures are there from Mandalay to Bagan each day?

There are approximately 30 departures per day from Mandalay to Bagan, as well as the option to choose your own departure time if traveling by car or minivan.

 

 

What is the best time of year to visit Mandalay?

The best time to visit Mandalay is between November and February during the dry season when temperatures don’t get uncomfortably hot and rainfall is at a minimum.

 

 

What is the best time of year to visit Bagan?

Between November and February are the best times to visit Bagan. If you visit during a full moon, there is also a chance you can take part in a local festival that often occurs during this time.