The best price found from United States to Mandalay is on December 23rd, 2016, travelling with China Eastern. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.
All flights use Mandalay International Airport (www.mandalayairport.com), which is just over 20 miles south of the city. The more central Chanmyathazi Airport is essentially mothballed and has no scheduled commercial flights.
Mandalay's international connections are likely to grow in coming years. Currently you can fly to the following:
* Imphal (Manipur, northeast India) – in November 2013 Golden Myanmar operated a one-off Mandalay–Imphal flight. If this route becomes regular it could become a game-changer in offering a whole new route between Myanmar and northeastern India.
The government-run Myanma Airways has a lacklustre reputation and sells its own tickets directly, sometimes only at short notice. For other domestic flights, we have often found that travel agencies offer prices that are competitive or even better than buying direct from airline offices, so do compare. However, Golden Myanmar does offer online pre-booking discounts to Yangon ($36 to $85). See table for other fares.
These are sample fares with peak-season schedules. Abbreviations: AM (Air Mandalay); AW (Asian Wings); AB (Air Bagan); GM (Golden Myanmar); K7 (Air KBZ); MA (Myanma Airways); YH (Yangon Airways).
|Bhamo||115-130 (54)||Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun||AB, AW, (MA)|
|Heho||56-64||several daily||AB, AM, AW, K7, YH|
|Homalin||155 (89)||Sat (Tue, Thu)||AW (MA)|
|Kalaymyo||105-118||Mon, Wed, Sat||AB|
|Kyaingtong||145||Wed, Sun (via Tachileik)||YH|
|Lashio||77-83||Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun||AW, YH|
|Myitkyina||126-135 (66)||Sun, Fri (Tue, Fri)||AB, AW (MA)|
|Nay Pyi Taw||76||Wed, Fri||AW|
|Nyaung U (Bagan)||56-64||twice daily||AB, AM, AW, YH, K7|
|Putao||135-149||Tue, Fri, Sun||AB (permits required)|
|Yangon||75-135||several daily||AB, AM, AW, GM, K7, MA, YA|
Much of the one-hour drive into town from Mandalay Airport is through fields and scrubland swaying with mango trees and palmyra palms and liberally dotted with gilded pagodas. If you're arriving in Myanmar for the first time it's a great first taste.
There are free shuttle buses for Air Asia customers (9am from 79th St, 26/28) and Golden Myanmar customers (5.30am from Sedona Hotel, picking up at Hotel Mandalay 5.45am). Otherwise there's no airport bus.
Several taxi companies with booths in the arrivals area offer shared taxis at K12,000/4000 per vehicle/seat. These include Shwe Myanmar, Great Taxi, Bardo and Seven Diamond Express. Even if you choose the K4000 'shared' option you'll still be collected/dropped at your hotel as long as it's reasonably central. Coming from town, book one day ahead if possible. Cheaper guesthouses will order you an airport car for about the same price as a shared taxi but big hotels ask far more. Taxis on the street typically want double, as they’ll find it hard to get a return ride.