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Mandalay to Bagan - Bus Train or Ferry ?

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Mandalay to Bagan - Bus Train or Ferry ?

We are planning to go from Mandalay to Bagan at the end of January and can't decide which method of transport to use. We definitely don't want to fly. The ferry sounds romantic. What are peoples recent experiences of these different methods

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1. Re: Mandalay to Bagan - Bus Train or Ferry ?

Have not done the train, Mandalay 07:20 to Bagan (Nyaung Oo) arrive: 18:45.

So nearly 12 hours if on time.

Bus takes about 5 hours.

Boat about 8-9 hours but quite expensive now.

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2. Re: Mandalay to Bagan - Bus Train or Ferry ?

We loved the boat (we took it yesterday). It cost $42 including lunch plus a pricey taxi on arrival. It moves slowly. After Sagaing, there's not too much to see. But it was wonderful.

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3. Re: Mandalay to Bagan - Bus Train or Ferry ?

I too enjoyed the boat. Relaxing on my seat or on the rail watching the other boats, the temples, whatever.

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4. Re: Mandalay to Bagan - Bus Train or Ferry ?

Another vote for the boat...

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5. Re: Mandalay to Bagan - Bus Train or Ferry ?

took the boat down,took the train back

loved both trips

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6. Re: Mandalay to Bagan - Bus Train or Ferry ?

The boat would be a relaxing trip but the bus would be the fastest.

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7. Re: Mandalay to Bagan - Bus Train or Ferry ?

I prefer boat.

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8. Re: Mandalay to Bagan - Bus Train or Ferry ?

bus mandalay-bagan 5 hours, morning time, 8 to 13 pm, maybe 10 dollars, best option,

train 10pm , arrive 3am, 2 dollars, very inconvenient time, all hotels closed, unless you have booked, pickup bus from trainstation around 4 am, also motorbikes,

boat takes all day, morning to evening, most expensive and most slowly, not much to see.

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10. Re: Mandalay to Bagan - Bus Train or Ferry ?

HeinRich there is a morning train as I posted above. I have arrived in Bagan early morning adn got a room, they were used to people on buses arriving around 3am but that was a few years ago now. Boat was good first few hours and then I agree not much to see.

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