From Mandalay Central to Bagan by Trains

Myanmar Railways
Refundable Recommended
Mandalay Central
8h ride in train #120

From Mandalay OK to Bagan by Taxis+Buses

OK Minibus
Recommended Fastest
Mandalay OK
6h journey in Taxi+Bus. All connections guaranteed
Bagan Shwe Pyi
OK Minibus
Recommended Fastest
Mandalay OK
6h journey in Taxi+Bus. All connections guaranteed
Bagan Shwe Pyi
OK Minibus
Mandalay OK
6h journey in Taxi+Bus. All connections guaranteed
Bagan Shwe Pyi

Mandalay to Bagan Schedule

Mandalay to Bagan Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
OK Minibus Minivan 08:00 - 14:00MMK 18,419
OK Minibus Minivan 10:00 - 16:00MMK 18,419
OK Minibus Minivan 17:00 - 23:00MMK 18,419
Myanmar Railways Upper Class 21:00 - 05:00MMK 12,893

Mandalay to Bagan destination reviews

82 customer reviews
62% of 82 travelers were happy with this destination
bus Minivan, OK Minibus, Aug 25, 2019
The Bus is small and makes stops to pick up locals and packages. However since is a small trip (5h) you have to embrace the circumstances and make ir part of rhw experience.
bus Minivan, OK Minibus, Aug 20, 2019
Transfer desde Mandalay hasta Bagan salio perfecto. Hora de salida 10am y 15 minutos antes pasaron por mi hotel. El viaje total demoro como 4hrs y media, lo cual es bastante bueno considerando que hace varias paradas. The transfer went perfectly. The hotel pick up was at 10am and 15 minutes earlier the driver was there. In total the trip took 4 1/2 hours considering several stops. Highly recommended!
train #120 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Aug 3, 2019
12GoAsia service was excellent. The tickets were delivered to our hotel without the need to go before to the station or the local office. But, the trip was terrifying: is difficult ti sleep even 5 minutes.
bus Minivan, OK Minibus, Jul 18, 2019
They picked me up quite late. As mentioned in other reviews, they stop a lot of times to let passengers in. I was lucky to have a seat on the right side so I was sitting alone. It's definitely not the most comfortable ride, but you get to your destination. We had a short washroom break. We arrived early around 12pm, that was a plus. But be aware of the taxi guys at the bus station. They will rip you of like crazy since you've no options. It's better to ask your hostel/hotel to tell them where you want to be dropped of. To give an idea of a 'normal' price, from Nanda restaurant to the bus station is 6.000 kyatt.
train #120 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Jun 27, 2019
not too bad, but no communication from train staff make it difficult to understand where you are.
bus Minivan, OK Minibus, May 27, 2019
Overall it’s a fine trip. In case it’s not clear, this is a local bus that deal seeking back packers can make use of. I’m 6’2” and had just enough leg space to make it work. What surprised me was the drive from Mandalay to Bagan takes about 2.5 hours. The actual drive took 4.5 because of frequent stops, picking people up (locals on the side of the road) and going well south out of the way. Overall it was still 1.5 hours short than expected (the listing said 6 hours). So not that bad. Download a movie on Netflix and relax. Bring some snacks. Go to the bathroom before hand since we only had two long stops (10 minutes for gas 20 minutes later on for food at an outdoor restaurant. The food I wouldn’t advise eating. Maybe it’s fine but not worth the risk to me. You only come to bagan once so I didn’t want to get sick. The air conditioning worked. I’ve heard it’s supposed to be very cold and bundle up. It wasn’t. So better advice is to have layers available and come in short and a t shirt. As far as 12goasia, the communication was quick and easy and they’re customer support emails have been very responsive for other rides I’ve taken when needed.
train #120 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, May 6, 2019
12GoAsia service was excellent. The 3 (sleeper) tickets for the Mandalay-Bagan night train were delivered to our hotel on the day we arrived. The 8h journey was extremely tiring. The trains and tracks are very old, which is why the journey takes so long. Myanmar would do well to modernise its infrastructure - with the help of the international community - as train should be a faster, safer, cleaner (i.e. environmentally friendly) and more pleasant way to travel.
train #120 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Mar 12, 2019
1. The online price is much difference to the local office. 2. The train is not to good which shake too much. You can’t sleep during your trip. 3. I prefer to use bus next time rather than taking this train. 4. The train is very old school; dirty and some insects. Conclusion, It’s good to explore something new, but for the next time i will take a night bus. It
train #120 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Feb 25, 2019
Everybody was really Nice and helpful. From the 12go helpcentre, lady who gave us the tickets and the personal on the platform and the train. The train was clean and we slept okey.
train #120 Upper Class, Myanmar Railways, Feb 4, 2019
Ride from Mandalay to Bagan was very uncomfortable, our seat cushion had an issue where it could not stay out. I keep having to readjust it every 1 - 2 hours or so. We even switch the cushion that was slightly better but don’t expect too much with the “upper class” ticket. Train was dirty and dusty. We had to wipe down the arm rest since that was so sticky and our wet nap turned brown, no joke. It was much worse with the loud kids in our train laughing and talking loudly all night. Sadly there are no quiet hours even though our train was 2100 - 0500 arrival. On the way back to Mandalay from Bagan we booked a private driver, trust me it will be your better choice if it’s within your budget
bus Minivan, OK Minibus, Feb 2, 2019
The bus driver did the job of delivering you to the Bagan bus terminal (yes, not to your hotel as you need to pay extra or hire private taxi for that, it was clear from the tickets). But there were no regular toilet breaks/stops , when asked, the driver was quite unwilling to stop for pessengers' pee time, except for lunch time where the driver and his staff needed to have lunch, where there were 3 toilets next to the road side restaurant. The food wasn't as bad / unclean as most described, I've eaten at these sort of places for the past 3 days and I'm still in one piece. Being seated at the back has the disadvantage of getting out as corridor is filled with passengers' luggages (there was no special compartments for luggages apparently). Also, our hotel located on the 78th street in Mandalay, the bus came at 10:40 (for a scheduled 10:00 bus time), even the hotel staff told us they're regularly late and it is "normal". We sat at the hotel lobby for to hours due to the scare on its terms & conditions that they'd leave if they do not find us there when the bus arrives. Other than the lack of toilet stops and little space in bus, I'd say the company did its job, although journey was bumpy and the driver drove hellish, but yeah, for that price, what else could I ask for. I'm still alive to be able to write this review.
bus Minivan, OK Minibus, Jan 16, 2019
We did not eat our lunch at the bus stop bec. We felt that the food is not clean & the restaurant missy and dirty, hopefully this will improve for the safety of your costumers. Also the driver and his relatives are so noisy in the bus talking with a loud voice we cannot sleep in the bus
train #120 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Dec 30, 2018
Thank you so much for your assistance. The ticket for a sleeping car from Mandalay to Bagan was delivered to my hotel by the time promised and the travel was completed with no problem. Excellent quality of service.
train #120 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Dec 25, 2018
The train should seriously be cleaned (sleepers wagon). The washroom facilities aren’t convenient. Missing a mirror and a wider space to wash.
train #120 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Dec 25, 2018
Probably better to take a day train for sightseeing. The night train departs at 21:00 and arrives in Bagan very early at 5 a.m. Also very cold during the night. Can't sleep well.
bus Minivan, OK Minibus, Nov 6, 2018
Bus, quite snall. Made too many stops in order to get locsls in so they csn sit on small plasic chairs in the aisle. My bag and athers bags were also put n the aisle.
train #120 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Nov 5, 2018
Service from is great. But the train condition is really bad
bus Minivan, OK Minibus, Oct 30, 2018
Driver was driving like crazy and would be considered illegal in other countries... also on halfway of the trip they did business with local people to probably earn some side income and people will try to sell you stuff while youre in the bus..
train #120 Sleeper, Myanmar Railways, Oct 8, 2018
Manager informed me with new adress in the last email, but before adress was wrong. Train was okay.
bus Minivan, OK Minibus, Oct 6, 2018
Will arrive before estimated time. Minivan isn’t a Transit, it’s a minibus, but everything in order!! Great people like all Myanmar.

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How to get from Mandalay to Bagan

Travelling between Mandalay and Bagan is possible by Bus, train and taxi. Taxi+bus guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Train is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you MMK 20,094 if you go by train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere MMK 12,768.

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

It can take you anywhere between 6 and 8 hours to travel between Mandalay and Bagan depending on the means of transport you choose.

Taxi+bus is the fastest way to travel between Mandalay and Bagan. Taxi+bus will bring you to your destination in 6h. Train does a much slower job and take about 8h to reach Bagan.

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

Travelling between Mandalay and Bagan can be as cheap as MMK 12,768 if you opt for a Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways) train and as expensive as MMK 20,094 if you buy a Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways) train 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 Mandalay and Bagan ?

  • 3 by charter+bus from Mandalay to Bagan starting from 08:00 Mandalay OK until 17:00 Mandalay OK
  • 2 from Mandalay to Bagan starting from 21:00 Mandalay Central until 21:00 Mandalay Central

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

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


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 Mandalay to Bagan?

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

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 996 took a train
  • 4 chosen charter+bus