Travelling from Bagan to Mandalay by Bus


Hi, this is Alex!

We travelled from Bagan, home of the Bagan ruins to Mandalay by bus. This article is all about how to buy tickets and how to get to the bus stop.
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A. How to Buy Tickets

There are many tour companies in New Bagan throughout the city that sell bus tickets. The departure times and prices are slightly different, so it’s a good idea to shop around and compare. The map below shows where we bought our tickets.
There are electric scooters in front of the store available for rent and a sign with the bus times.
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B. How to Get to the Bus Stop

The bus departs from the same place as incoming buses to Bagan. It’s close to the airport, and pretty far from Bagan City, so the best option may be a taxi.
Price: 8000 kyat (600USD)
The bus ride to Mandalay takes about 4.5 hours. Depending on the time of day, it’s safer to travel during the day than by night bus so it’s not dark when you get to Mandalay.
Travel time: 4 hours 30 minutes

C. Arriving at Mandalay Bus and Onward Travel

Also in Mandalay, the long-distance bus station is a little further from the city, so you’ll have to take a taxi or a shared bus. We used a shared bus!
Market price: 4,000 kyat (about 3USD)


Bus travel is cheap and quick. Don’t forget to take care of your luggage and double-check your luggage is securely packed in the luggage compartment of the bus before you board.