Sleeping in Airports

Mandalay Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Mandalay Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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MDL Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Mandalay International Airport.

What to Expect

mandalay airport guideMandalay Airport (code: MDL) has a small but modern pagoda-shaped terminal that is rarely busy. Travellers report relaxed security procedures. You will find 12 restaurants/cafes to choose from with options available both Landside and Airside, as well as decent amount of shops (including Duty Free) to pass the time. WiFi is available to pass the time. An airport lounge is available.  See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night.  If you’ve visited recently, write a review to help future travellers!  For uninterrupted sleep, the closest hotels are in the Mandalay city center, 40 minutes away. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Mandalay Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Mandalay Airport does not appeal to you, you will need to head back to the city:

  • Hotel Ever – (25 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Myat Nan Taw Win Hotel – (30 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Mandalay Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

CIP Lounge – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor, between gates 7 and 8. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Mandalay Airport for 2 hours.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: Arrival and Departure Levels.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the baggage claim area and the departure lobby. Rates: unknown.

Currency Exchange – Yes.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available as well as a decent selection of shops. The Grab & Go Convenience Shop may be a good spot for last minute drink and snack needs. Location: Airside, Gate 9 & 10.

Food & Drinks – There are 12 restaurants/cafes to choose from with Landside and Airside each having 6. All restaurants operate from 6:00AM – 8:00PM.

Information Desk – Departure Level, Lobby. Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Location: Departure Lobby. Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Rates: 2/3/5,000 MMK per day for Hand/Small/Large Luggage.

Medical Services – Location: Departure Lobby and Immigration Area of Arrivals. Hours: 6:00AM – 8:00PM.

Mobile Charging – A review (Sept 2019) mentioned there are outlets available for charging but there are not enough to meet the requirements. If you have more information, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated areas throughout the airport including at every gate.

Airport Hours

As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Mandalay airport is served by the following airlines: 9 Air • Air China • Air KBZ • Bangkok AirwaysChina Eastern Airlines • China Express • Donghai Airlines • Golden Myanmar Airlines • Hainan Airlines • JC Cambodia Airlines • Juneyao Airlines • Loong Air Airlines • Mann Yandanapon Airlines • Myanmar National • Qingdao Airlines • Ruili Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • Thai Air Asia • West Air Airlines • Yangon Airways.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


MDL airport is connected to the city centre via a bus. The trip takes approximately 1 hour. At the time of this update, we do not know the rates.


Fixed-rate private and shared taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Pro-Tip: A traveller tells us “don’t go to the rank! The rank is run by the guys at the booth by the currency exchange. They seems like terrible touts but they are the official taxi booth.”

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.