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How much does it cost to travel to Mongolia?

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How much money will you need for your trip to Mongolia? You should plan to spend around ₮71,036 ($20) per day on your vacation in Mongolia, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ₮22,233 ($6.38) on meals for one day and ₮7,932 ($2.28) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Mongolia for a couple is ₮59,352 ($17). So, a trip to Mongolia for two people for one week costs on average ₮994,505 ($285). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Mongolia for one week usually costs around ₮497,252 for one person. So, a trip to Mongolia for two people costs around ₮994,505 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ₮1,989,010 in Mongolia. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Mongolia can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Mongolia? How much money do I need for Mongolia?

How much does a trip to Mongolia cost? Is Mongolia expensive? The average Mongolia trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Mongolia prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Mongolia
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Mongolia is ₮29,676. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Mongolia is ₮59,352.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in Mongolia

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What did other people spend on Accommodation?

Typical prices for Accommodation in Mongolia are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Accommodation prices in Mongolia, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

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Transportation Budget in Mongolia
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Mongolia is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ₮7,932 per person, per day, on local transportation in Mongolia.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Intercity Transportation Budget in Mongolia
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  • Transportation between cities and towns in Mongolia costs an average of ₮84,982. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.

  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities

Flights to Mongolia
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Rental Cars in Mongolia
The price of renting a car in Mongolia will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Mongolia
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  • While meal prices in Mongolia can vary, the average cost of food in Mongolia is ₮22,233 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Mongolia should cost around ₮8,893 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mongolia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Mongolia
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  • Entertainment and activities in Mongolia typically cost an average of ₮11,376 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Mongolia
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Mongolia is ₮8,662 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Mongolia is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Mongolia
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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Mongolia is ₮1,000.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Mongolia
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  • The average person spends about ₮10,733 on alcoholic beverages in Mongolia per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Mongolia
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  • On average, people spend ₮2,326 on bottled water in Mongolia per day. The public water in Mongolia is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Mongolia On a Budget
Mongolia Camping in Mongolia
Mongolia is best described as the world's largest campground. It's low population density, nomadic culture, and lack of infrastructure mean it offers a unique experience that is centered around outdoor living and breathtaking scenery. It's a surprisingly diverse country with landscapes that range from the desert to the steppe and the lake regions in the north. Mongolia has an untouched, pristine feel that gives you the impression that you've stepped into a country untouched by modern technology. The people are incredibly welcoming, proud, and impressive in their adaptability. One night you can experience sleeping in a Ger (or Yurt) with a local family while you sip some camel milk tea. The next night you'll sleep under the open sky with more stars than you ever imagined possible. Winter months are incredibly cold and harsh, so it's best to visit during the short summer months. You could also time your visit to overlap with the annual Nadam Festival. The Nadam Festival is a national event that includes games, sports, and activities. The largest component is held in the capital city of Ulaan Batar, but smaller towns also host their own versions throughout the country. If you do plan to visit during the Nadam Festival, it's important to make reservations in advance. This is easily the most popular time to visit Mongolia, and the crowds will be at a peak. While very few tourists actually visit Mongolia, those that do almost always come during the warmer summer months. You'll likely find a concentration of travelers in Ulaan Batar either planning their trip or recently returning from their trip.

The people of Mongolia are some of the most lovely and welcoming people you are likely to encounter. Despite living a subsistence life, they are incredibly proud and accomplished people. Get to Mongolia now, because it won't be long before it's no longer an undiscovered destination.

Mongolia is generally a very cheap destination. You essentially need to do a tour as there is almost no internal transportation infrastructure. This means independent travel is virtually impossible unless you provide your own vehicle and know where to go without roads. Public transportation is extremely minimal, also. Tours vary in price depending on the length of the trip, the number of people, the comfort level, and the tour company you book through. It's easy to join a tour once you arrive in the country. This is the best way to ensure your costs are reasonable. It does require some flexibility as you need to find a group going to the places you hope to see in the same time frame you're hoping to take. Every hotel, hostel, and guest house in Mongolia will either organize their own tours or hook you up with a tour company. You need not look very far to find one.
At A Glance
  • It is almost essential that you do a tour while you're in Mongolia. There is almost no public transportation and roads in many parts of the country are little more than tire tracks. You can organize your tour after you arrive in Ulaan Batar. Hostels in the capital city are usually the best place to organize everything. If you're in the country during the summer months then you likely won't have any trouble finding people to join your trip.

  • Tours through Mongolia can range dramatically in length. Most people choose to do a 7 to 10 day tour as this allows enough time to get outside of the immediate vicinity around Ulaan Batar, but is still not too time consuming. If you're hoping to see more of the country you'll need at least two or three weeks. It may be more challenging to find others to join your tour if you go for this longer time period, but it will be well worth the effort as you will see so much more. Here is an overview of the tour we took with all of our fantastic experiences.

  • Before leaving for your tour it is a good idea to stock up on snack food. Most guides prepare food for travelers and although the food can be quite good, it can sometimes become monotonous. You'll appreciate having snacks with you during your time outside of the city.

  • It's not necessary to bring any camping equipment with you as most travel agencies will provide it free of charge. Do check the quality of the equipment prior to your departure though to make sure no parts are missing.

  • Be prepared to camp. Even though you may spend several nights in ger camps, these are still little more than tents with cots. (Here's what it's like to stay in a Ger Camp.) Weather conditions vary dramatically throughout Mongolia so be prepared for almost anything. That's likely what you'll get.

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Top Tourist Attractions
Erdene Zuu Khiid: This is the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. It is located in Kharkhorin (the 2nd largest town) and has between 60 and 100 temples on its complex. It also has about 300 gers inside its walls where monks reside. At its peak it housed about 1000 monks. It's a great place to visit if you want to learn more about religion in Mongolia.

Khovsgol Nuur: This beautiful lake is surrounded by breathtaking mountains. It's located in the north of Mongolia and is the largest lake in the country. It's also the third largest lake in the area. It's an absolutely beautiful, although difficult, place to visit.

Mandshir Khiid: Just an hour outside of Ulaan Batar, this famous monastery is in a beautiful setting. It provides a home to 350 monks and is a pleasant place to visit. It's easily accessible and is a good stop off while you're in the country.

Popular Foods
People generally don't visit Mongolia for its cuisine. The traditional dishes are usually meat and potato based and there is very little seasoning added. In Ulaan Batar you'll find plenty of western style restaurants that serve all different types of food. When you're out in the countryside you'll more likely be dining on stew like dishes that are made with lamb, potatoes and tomatoes.

Buuz: These are the Mongolian version of steamed dumplings. They are filled with meat, most often lamb and flavored with seasoning. They're often prepared for celebrations or during the Nadam Festival. They're a favorite around the country and one of the most delicious Mongolian dishes available.

Guriltai Shol: This is a noodle, meat, and vegetable stew that is common throughout the country. It makes for a hearty and filling meal. It is often well cooked and seasoned with garlic and onions.

Airag: This national drink is made from fermented mare's milk. It has a very distinct flavor and should be sipped with caution. It's usually offered to visitors after arrival in a Ger. Although alcoholic in nature, do not attempt to get drunk off of this drink as it does not have enough alcohol and your bowels will not be happy about it.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Mongolia Tours

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Mongolia is one of the most difficult countries to get around. The most realistic way to fully experience the country is to take a tour. Most tours include a driver, vehicle and a guide who also serves as your cook. Book your tour once you're in the country, so you can join other travelers and be picky about your itinerary.

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