Wondering whether to get the boat or bus to Mandalay from Bagan? We looked into both options and compared speed, frequency and cost.

Boat to Mandalay

Boats to Mandalay leave daily from Nyaung U and take 10 hours. Tickets include breakfast and lunch and drinking water.

The larger, more comfortable boat costs 42,000kyat, and the smaller boat costs 39,000kyat.

Bus to Mandalay (faster and cheaper)

Buses to Mandalay are much cheaper, costing just 9,000 kyat. They leave regularly at 5am, 9am and 5pm. So if you’re looking for speed, we recommend this option as it only takes 5 hours.

Ask for pick-up from your hotel and transfer you to bus station.

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