Whichever way you travel it is slow going to travel the 179 km from Mandalay to Bagan. The journey takes 8 hours by train, 6 hours 30 minutes by bus and 6 hours by minivan. The advantage of travelling by train is that it is comfortable than a bus and you access to a restaurant car and a toilet. The scenery is also better from the train than the road. Bagan Shwe Pyi Bus Station and Bagan Railway station are very close to each other so it not necessarily any more or less convenient in terms of onward travel whether you arrive at the bus station or the train station.
Train Times Mandalay to Bagan
There is only one direct train a day from Bagan to Mandalay, Train #120.
|21:00||05:00||120||8 hrs 00 m|
- Sleeper: $ 13
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Location of Mandalay Station
Location of Bagan Station
New Bagan and the Nyaung Oo areas are not too interesting for foreign visits. The major draw is Old Bagan where around 2,200 temples and stupas cover an area of approximately 20 km by 20 km. Old Bagan’s archaeological zone is massive, you need some kind of transport both to get there from the bus station, the train station or the airport, as well as transport to get around the site itself. Please note the new entry tax (2017) of either $20 USD, € 20 EUR or 25,000 Myanmar Kyat, which means that it is slightly cheaper to pay in Myanmar Kyat than it is in Euros or US Dollars.
There is a lot to see in Old Bagan and it makes sense to either have a guide of some kind or do some research before you go so that you visit so that you get the most out of your time in Bagan, although this said if you simply wander around without a plan you still see some pretty good stuff although you are likely to get lost at some point. We recommend making use of local transport, a horse and cart or a taxi, and asking the driver to take you around the most popular parts of the archaeological zone:
- Ananda Temple: Dating back to 1,091 AD this is the temple with the four Buddhas facing in each of the 4 directions on a compass.
- Thatbyinnyu Temple: The tallest temple in Bagan.
- Shwesandaw Temple: Temple with upper levels reached by long staircase that get very narrow near the top. This is a popular place to come and see the sunset.
- Gawdaw Palin Temple: Mix and Myanmar and Indian architectural style and a great courtyard.
- Shwezigon Temple: The first temple built in a classic Myanmar architectural style subsequently replicated across Myanmar.