Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and it is the central trade spot of the country.
It takes about one hour and thirty minutes by air from Yangon. There are daily flights during the tourist season from October to May. The new International Airport project of Mandalay is under construction. Express trains are running which take about 14 hours. Yangon-Mandalay highway is over 700 km and overland travellers are advised to break journey at Taungoo (280 km) or at Meiktila (540 km) where there are hotels for overnight stay. The government and private express buses are also running everyday. Visitors are advised to check with Tourist Information Services for flight / train / express bus schedules.
There are daily flights from Yangon to Mandalay via Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, and Myanmar Air. Mandalay now has an International Airport, so there are also flights from other countries directly landing to Mandalay.
Mandalay has a new Yadanarbon Central Railway Station in downtown area. It is a seven-storey complex, including two floors devoted to a hotel. The old station is on the further south of the new one. There are daily schedules from Yangon to Mandalay.
By Bus and Express
There are daily local express from Yangon to Mandalay and many other parts of the country.