Yangon to Mandalay is approx 650kms. There are overnight Air-Con Busses which cover the distance in about 8-10 Hrs and for 10000 Kyats (10 USD). The busses are of really good quality and comfortable. The road connecting 2 cities is really well maintained and the night journey is smooth; without any hassle.
Mandalay is a planned city. Roads are beautiful. There are motor bike taxis available which are very cheap especially for solo travellers.
We hired a bike for whole day to roam within Mandalay and 3 towns out of Mandalay. We hired it for as low as 25USD for whole day. Again, Bargain Hard.
The Mandalay Hill is worth the climb. Start early. The route is beautiful.
Do visit the Gold-Leaf making unit. The traditional ways of gold leaf making are still prevailing.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Mandalay is from December to March