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Comprehensively refurbished in 2015, Mandalay International meets the latest international cash dispensers and Visa and Mastercard ATMs at the International Airports. There are three Mandalay coach stations: Situated 10km southeast of the city centre, the busses leave from here to the main locations in Mandalay's southern region, which include Yangon, Bagan, Kalaw and Inle Lake.
From the city center it is about 45 min by cab and K6000. The Pyi Gyi Myat Shin Coach Terminal is located southeast of the city center (60th and37th Street corners) and services Pyin U Lwin, Kyaukme, Hsipaw and Lashio. A 15-minute trip by cab will cost K 2000.
The Thiri Mandala Coach Terminal is located just westwards of the city centre (at the end of Street 23) and services Monywa and Shwebo. It is accessible from the city centre, although you may want to take a fast cab if you don't want to carry your pack. Pyin U Lwin - the trip to Pyin U Lwin is 2 hour and K5000.
Alternatively, there is a collective taxicab or pick-up service. Loikaw - The trip lasts 16h. Lon Ton Village (Indawgyi Lake) - 14 hour drive and cost K25000. For more information about coach trips, take a coach through Myanmar. The Mandalay main train terminal is easily accessible in the city centre, only a few minutes' walk from the Palast and many inns.
Towards Shwenyaung Junction (for Inle Lake) and Kalaw - you have to transfer from the Mandalay to the Yangon main line in Thazi and stay therevernight. For more information about rail journeys, take the Myanmar rail. Boat departure is from Gawein Jetty (at the west end of Street 35th); from the city centre you can take a cab or tuk-tuk, which costs around K 2000.
The fastest and most convenient way to get from Mandalay to Bagan is by quick tour cruisers, and free breakfasts and lunches are provided. Mandalay Bagan5:30 AM6:00 PM$53Mon, Wed, Fr Oct-Apr. with visit of the riverbank town. Besides the quick boots there is a two times a week a slower boot to Bagan.
It will take about 15 hrs (upstream/northern more slowly than downstream/south). Sluggish vessels sometimes get bogged down on sand banks (more likely in the drought ), which can lead to considerable delay. It is a very simple, old-fashioned shuttle; usually you get foreigner seats, but you often have to find your own place.
Low-speed travel costs $10 (cannot be purchased online). Low-speed craft shown in the chart below have en-suite beds. Every day there are quick ferries to Katha, which take 12 to 15 hrs of time. Ticket costs 25.000 K for foreigner; be ready for a strenuous trip! You can only book Katha slowly here on-line.
Low-speed craft shown in the chart below have en-suite beds. You can also take a quick ferry to Katha (see above), discover the city and switch to a quick ferry to Bhamo.