Last updated on August 7th, 2022 at 01:08 pm
Traveling in Inle Lake both of us for the first time in our Myanmar trip we didn’t know what to expect. Inle Lake is considered touristy, for Myanmar standards. We will tell you how to get from Bagan to Inle Lake by bus, flight, van and private car. Keep reading below to find what’s best way to go from Bagan to Inle Lake for you.
BEST TIME TO VISIT INLE LAKE
When you are visiting Myanmar you should know about the weather. The weather is really hot in Myanmar. There are two seasons in Myanmar for the weather, dry and wet season. Dry season is from October to May being November and December the coldest months in Myanmar.
And wet season from May to early October being May and June the hottest months in Myanmar. It means the best time to visit Inle Lake is from October to February when the weather is nicer and not rainy.
How to get from Bagan to Lake
HOW TO GET FROM BAGAN TO INLE LAKE FLIGHT
If you want to get from Bagan to Inle Lake by flight. It will be the most comfortable way. There are flights from Bagan to Inle Lake to Heho Airport just 45 kilometers North from Inle Lake.
You can get a flight from Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon. The flight tickect costs around $70-120 USD. And the taxi will take around one hour to reach Inle Lake from the airport. Expect to pay for the taxi from Heho Airport to Inle Lake around $50 USD.
HOW TO GET INLE LAKE FROM BAGAN BY BUS
Most of the travelers prefer going from Bagan to Inle Lake by bus. There are night buses leaving from the bus station in Bagan which is a few kilometers outside the city.
The bus fare Bagan to Inle Lake is around $15 USD. The travel time Bagan to Inle Lake by bus is around 8-9 hours. The schedule of the buses is around 8 pm to 10 pm. But there are also buses during the day. Check the link below to know more about the schedule and prices
When traveling by bus from Bagan to Inle Lake make sure that you are bringing a blanket or warm clothes sometimes the air conditioned is too high. The buses usually provide a bottle of water and they do a stop half of the way. But be ready with water and snacks just in case!
The bus coming from Bagan to Inle Lake will get to Nyaung Shwe where most of the hotels are. It’s just 5 kilometers distance to the lake. If you decide to stay as we did around the lake you will have to get a taxi and drive 15-20 minutes.
We totally recommend you to stay around the lake since is so peaceful. It will be more expensive but it will not break your budget.
From Bagan to Bus Station
Bagan to Bus Station by Taxi
It’s 20 minutes taxi ride from Old Bagan to bus station and little bit less to New Bagan and Nyaung U. Prices to go there by taxi are 9500 Kyats from Old Bagan. 8500 Kyats from New Bagan and 6000 Kyats if you are staying in Nyaung U where are the most of the hostels and cheap accommodation in Bagan.
Free Bus from Bagan to Bus Station
There is a small bus driving you to the bus station from hotel and hostels in Bagan. It’s included in your bus ticket both of them VIP or local bus!
How to get from Bagan to Inle Lake by Van
If you want to get from Bagan to Inle Lake by van. There are mini vans going from Bagan to Inle Lake. Prices are starting from 15000-30000 Kyats depending if you are traveling by minivan, local bus or VIP bus.
The problem that we find with the van is less comfortable than the bus and price is similar. But it can be a good option if buses are full. Maybe it will be available vans.
Bagan to Inle Lake Distance
How to get from Bagan to Inle Lake by Car
If you want to go from Bagan to Inle Lake by car, You should know Bagan to Inle Lake distance is 340 kilometers. And it will take 7-8 hours to get there. You can rent a car with a private driver. This option can be great if you are traveling in a group or with a lot of luggage.
Price from Bagan to Inle Lake by car can be starting from $100-120 USD.
WHERE TO STAY IN INLE LAKE
For accommodation, you can find accommodation prices starting from $15-20 USD in a local guesthouse in Nyaung Shwe depending on how much you want to stretch your budget. Luxury hotels in Inle Lake can cost $50-300 USD for a room if you wish more comfort when visiting Inle Lake. Click here to get the best deals with Agoda and Booking.
You can also try AirBnB in Inle Lake with prices starting from $20 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!
We stayed at Serenity Inle Resort in the Lake 30 minutes by car from Nyaung U and we really loved it our staying. We spent 3 amazing days, peaceful place, nice staff and lovely sunsets! Check out pictures below of our staying in Serenity Inle Resort.
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