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Flights to Mandalay

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.

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Washington Ronald Reagan
from $1026.00
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Mandalay

Getting around by air

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.

International

Mandalay's international connections are likely to grow in coming years. Currently you can fly to the following:

  • Kunming at least daily on China Eastern
  • Bangkok with Air Asia, Thai Smile and Bangkok Airways. Note that Air Asia uses Bangkok's old Don Mueang Airport – don't underestimate connection times if you have to swap Bangkok airports. ThaiSmile flights can be combined with a Thai Airways longhaul flights.
  • Gaya (India) thrice weekly November to April using government-run MAI on flights primarily used by Buddhist pilgrims.
  • Singapore ($195) on Golden Myanmar via Yangon, but note that the direct flight is outbound only. Returning you'll spend a night in Yangon.

* 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.

Domestic

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.

Domestic Airlines

Air Mandalay

Asian Wings

Air Bagan

Golden Myanmar

Air KBZ

Myanma Airways

Yangon Airways

Mandalay Air Routes

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).

Destination

Price ($) Frequency Airlines
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
Khamti 75 Wed, Sat MA
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)
Tachileik 145 daily YH
Yangon 75-135 several daily AB, AM, AW, GM, K7, MA, YA

Mandalay International Airport

Transport Options

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.