By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Mandalay?

Do you need a car in Mandalay > Should you rent a car in Mandalay Burma > Mandalay ( MDL )

The Burmese city of Mandalay might be immortalising Roger yard Kipling’s poem, which mentions the “Road to Mandalay”. This is actually talking about a spiritual journey by river, not a literal road trip.

Do you need a car in Mandalay? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Mandalay?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Mandalay?

Mandalay Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




Free parking score

Total 118 - of which 108 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • Few reasons to hire a car here on a self drive basis.

Why not? Visiting Mandalay without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Mandalay public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Mandalay. 


Situated deep inside the Burmese jungle, there are few roads leading in and out of Mandalay, so there isn’t really a great deal of point in getting a hire car here. All of the main temples and palaces in the city can be found within a very tightly defined square, and hotels and accommodation are a usually just a short walk from this. Although a larger and more distant replacement is planned, the current airport in Mandalay is situated within the city’s main urban area, and easy transfers are available by bus or taxi.

Although there are a number of excursions which can be undertaken from Mandalay, these are probably easier to do by taking an organised bus tour, especially as car hire options at Mandalay International airport are limited anyway.


Car rental in - Mandalay Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Mandalay?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Mandalay?

  • Based on value for money?

Should you rent a car in Mandalay?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Mandalay if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Mandalay if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Mandalay if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



What is our final score for Mandalay on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Do you need a car in Mandalay? No!

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