Although not one of the oldest cities in Burma, Mandalay and the older towns around it contain a wealth of significant monuments. Visitors can easily getting to Mandalay by air, bus, train, boat and car.
Mandalay airport is located a little over 40 kilometers South of town. Air Asia has direct flights from Bangkok to Mandalay from the old Don Muang airport, which is a different airport most international tourists arrive at. The Yangon to Mandalay route is served by a number of domestic airlines including Air Bagan and Yangon Airways. A private taxi from the airport to downtown will cost around US$ 20.
The Highway Bus Station is located between 60th and 62nd street in the North end of the city. This station serves a number of destinations including Bagan, Inle Lake, Monywa and Yangon.
Mandalay central train station is located in the North end of the city between 78thand 79th street, just South of the Royal Palace. Mandalay is connected to among others Yangon, Bagan, Thazi, Maymyo, Lashio, Myitkyina, Hopin, Myingyan, Taungoo and Monywa.
There are several connections by boat from Mandalay to Bagan. See How to get to Bagan for details. From Mandalay there are ferries to the nearby cities of Mingun, Sagaing and Inwa.