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Yangon to Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)

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3 ways to get from Yangon to Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)

Taking a bus from Yangon to Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)Duration: 1h
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There are 5 operators that run from Yangon to Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe), with 1 departure per day. If you decide to take a bus, you can take the VIP, Business, Standard, and Tourist options.

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Taking a car from Yangon to Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)Duration: 12h
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There is 1 operator that run from Yangon to Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe). If you decide to take a car, you can take the Standard option.

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Taking a minivan from Yangon to Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)
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There are 2 operators that run from Yangon to Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe). If you decide to take a minivan, you can take the Standard option.

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About the ride from Yangon to Inle Lake

Traveling from Yangon to Inle Lake carries you to the heart of Myanmar’s most alluring and attractive cultural experience. A sprawling lake of almost 100 square miles, it’s the most iconic destination in the entire country.

Here, leg-rowing traditional fisherman weave their way between tribal markets, stilt-legged houses and small watery settlements. For a fascinating insight into an unusual but traditional way of life, this is Myanmar’s most exciting destination.

Traveling directly from Yangon to Inle Lake is the best way to experience the area’s waterways. While Inle Lake is steeped in tradition, stubbornly preserving an ancient way of life, Yangon is quickly leaving behind its traditional roots. Once a stoic and poor city of underdevelopment, Yangon is now beginning to thrive, and is rapidly emerging as an exciting city for all types of travelers and expats.

If you travel from Yangon to Inle Lake, you arrive in Nyaung Shwe, the biggest and most popular access point for reaching the lake. It’s a great place to spend a few days, full of quaint and cosy guest houses which offer warm welcomes to travelers of all descriptions.

While the journey from Yangon to Inle Lake is a long one, it’s one of the most popular travel routes throughout Myanmar, and lots of travelers take the trip every single day.

For the approximately 640 km (398 mile) journey to Inle Lake from Yangon, you have three options:

  • Bus from Yangon to Inle Lake - typically around 10.5 hours
  • Car from Yangon to Inle Lake - typically around 12 hours
  • Minivan from Yangon to Inle Lake - typically around 12 hours

What to see when traveling from Yangon to Inle Lake

If you travel from Yangon to Inle Lake on a night bus, you of course won’t see much during your journey. And in lots of ways, this is a great choice, as it allows you to make your way to Inle Lake while you snooze and slumber.

If you travel from Yangon to Inle Lake during the day, some of the views are fantastic. While the first stretch of the journey is via a well-maintained but largely unspectacular highway, the last section has some fantastic panoramas. You’ll hit small mountain passes and winding vertiginous roads as hills both nearby and distant mark your passage towards more rural territory.

You’ll pass beyond small farms, dusty one-street villages and misty mountains, your bus likely stopping for small herds of animals which seem to gleefully revel in blocking the roads.

For the final stretch of your journey, you’ll likely drive along the road from Kalaw to Inle Lake, a route which some intrepid travelers tackle by foot.

 

How to get from Yangon to Inle Lake

Taking a bus 

Taking a bus to Inle Lake from Yangon is comfortable, popular and very affordable, and it’s the option most travelers choose. It’s particularly popular among budget backpackers looking to travel Myanmar affordably.

While some buses to Inle Lake from Yangon are pretty basic, others offer luxuries such as food, drinks, blankets, electric sockets and TVs. All buses from Yangon to Inle Lake offer AC.

Taking a car 

If you decide to take a car from Yangon to Inle Lake, you pay a fee for the entire vehicle rather than buying an individual ticket for an individual seat. Though this is expensive, it offers space for up to five passengers, so it’s not too pricey if you’re traveling in a large party.

This option also offers lots of luxury and convenience, as you can choose your own departure point, arrival point and departure time.

Taking a minivan 

Taking a minivan from Yangon to Inle Lake works the same way as hiring a car from Yangon to Inle Lake. The only difference is that - with some minivans - there’s space for up to 9 passengers, so it’s a great choice if you’re traveling in a very large group

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Reviews of the ride from Yangon to Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)

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Based on 29 reviews from Bookaway users who traveled from Yangon to Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)

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    J
    Professionelle Bus trip
  • K
    K
    We got the night bus from Inle Lake to Yangon. It was comfortable, clean and efficient. We stopped at for breaks with a 30 min break at midnight. This Bus was comparable to the JJ Express vip, however the announcements were never in English which made it difficult to understand what was happening and how long some breaks were.
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    G
    Il viaggio è lungo e turbolento, ma questo si sa, l’aria condizionata un po’ forte, ma anche a questo ero preparata, però nel complesso è stato un viaggio confortevole. I sedili sono ampi, comodi e ben reclinabili, lo staff cordiale e le fermate frequenti. Consigliato!
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Bookaway's customers prefer VIP bus by JJ Express

Standard bus by Shwe Lun Pyan starting at US$7.

98 Km (Air)

BUSJJ Express | Elite Express | Lumbini Express | Shwe Lun Pyan | Mandalar Minn Express

CARZar Ya Nee

MINIVANZar Ya Nee | Mahar Thanlwin