A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Alexandria vs. Ulaanbaatar for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Alexandria or Ulaanbaatar?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Alexandria and Ulaanbaatar can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Alexandria or Ulaanbaatar?


There are few cities in the world with a history as rich, deep, tragic and fascinating than Alexandria, Egypt. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Egypt's second largest city has seen the most extreme ups and extreme downs. The city watched the beautiful and iconic Alexandria Lighthouse crumble to the ground after several natural disasters. The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground. These structures may be physically gone, but the history remains. Alexandria is a city with an ancient allure that draws in visitors from all over the world. Alexandria is a survivor city ready for a comeback.


Ulaanbaatar is Mongolia's capital city. It has a population of slightly over two million people, or about sixty percent of the country's entire population. You are likely to arrive in Ulaanbaatar either by train, coming from China or Russia, or by plane. Many people use Ulaanbaatar as a stop off while doing the Transsiberian Railway. The city is a great place to organize a tour of the surrounding countryside. It's also good city to relax, so make sure you allow yourself a few days to recover from your tour, enjoy some of the great food options, and see some of the fascinating cultural sights around town.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Egypt, The Best Budget Tours to Egypt, The Best Adventure Tours to Mongolia, and The Best Luxury Tours to Mongolia.

Which place is cheaper, Ulaanbaatar or Alexandria?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Alexandria is $17, while the average daily cost in Ulaanbaatar is $25. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Alexandria and Ulaanbaatar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Alexandria $7.96
    Ulaanbaatar $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Alexandria $16
    Ulaanbaatar $24
Compare Hotels in Alexandria and Ulaanbaatar

Looking for a hotel in Alexandria or Ulaanbaatar? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Alexandria

Hotels in Ulaanbaatar

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Alexandria Hotel Prices and Ulaanbaatar Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Alexandria $2.48
    Ulaanbaatar $2.91
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Alexandria

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Alexandria:

  • Taxi to Train Station

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alexandria

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Alexandria:

  • Alexandria Airport Arrival Transfer: $24
  • Borg El Arab Arrival & Departure Transfers: $40
  • From Private One-Way Transfer to Cairo: $75
  • From Private Transfer to Luxor: $251
  • Private Airport Transfer in Alexandria: $22
  • Private One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Cairo and Giza Hotels: $68
  • Private Pick Up Transfers From Alexandria To Cairo: $130
  • Private Pickup Transfer From A Hotel In Alexandria To Borg Al Arab Airport: $50
  • Private Transfer around El Nouzha Airport (ALY) in Alexandria: $63
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Airport (HBE) to Alexandria: $26
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Airport (HBE) to Alexandria Port: $16
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Port to Alexandria Airport (HBE): $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ulaanbaatar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ulaanbaatar:

  • 2024 Ulaanbaatar Airport Transfer & Taxi Shuttle Service - Best!: $19
  • Airport - Ulaanbaatar transfer service: $40
  • Airport transfer service: $50
  • Mongolia Airport Transfer & Taxi Service -BEST!: $1,819
  • Private Departure Transfer: Ulaanbaatar Airport: $40
  • Private Transfer Ulaanbaatar Airport ULN to Ulaanbaatar City : $28
  • Private Transfer from Chinggis Khaan Airport to Ulaanbaatar: $37
  • Private Transfer from Ulaanbaatar Airport: $75
  • Private Transfer to Ulaanbaatar Airport ULN by Business Vehicle: $28
  • Transfer service to Terelj national park : $51

Is it cheaper to fly into Alexandria or Ulaanbaatar?

Prices for flights to both Ulaanbaatar and Alexandria change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Alexandria $6.43
    Ulaanbaatar $8.94

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alexandria

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Alexandria.

  • Half-Day Food Tour in Alexandria, Egypt: $35
  • Alexandria Food Tour: $50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ulaanbaatar

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Ulaanbaatar.

  • Cooking Class in a Traditional Ger Home in Ulaanbaatar Suburbs: $100
  • Farm to Table: Organic Farm Visit and Mongolian Cooking Class: $160

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Alexandria $3.48
    Ulaanbaatar $4.42

Tours and Activities in Alexandria

Here are a few actual costs in Alexandria for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • The Ancient Roman Theater Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • Alexandria Library Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • Citadel of Qaitbay Entry Ticket : $3.80
  • Alexandria Library Entry Tickets With Pickup and Drop Off: $3.80
  • Pompey's Pillar Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Entry Tickets: $4.37
  • Skip The Line Entry Ticket to Pompey's Pillar in Alexandria: $4.37
  • Entry Ticket To The Citadel of Qaitbay: $4.37
  • Catacomb Of Kom El-Shoqafa Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Alexandria Library Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Qaitbay Citadel Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Skip the Line Tickets for The Roman Theater in Alexandria: $6.37

Tours and Activities in Ulaanbaatar

Here are a few actual costs in Ulaanbaatar for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Arvaitour Guesthouse in Mongolia: $20
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $47
  • Genghis Statue & Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Tour : $48
  • Genghis Khan Statue Tour: 3-Hour Ticket Included: $50
  • Genghis Khan Statue Tour: 3-Hour Ticket Included: $50
  • Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex and Sain Nomun Monastery Tour : $50
  • Traditional Music and Dance Performance Ticket: $69
  • Day Coach Tour of Aglag Buteel Monastery and Meditation Center Including Lunch : $72
  • Genghis Khan Statue One Day Tour +Bonus Terelj National Park And Aryabal Temple: $79
  • Genghis Khan Statue Tour + Bonus Gorkhi-Terelj National Park One Day tour: $79
  • Ancient Fine Arts with Honored Masters - UB City Experience: $82
  • 1 Day Coach Tour of Terelj National Park Including Lunch And Free Camel Ride: $83

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Alexandria $1.34
    Ulaanbaatar $3.83

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Alexandria and Ulaanbaatar, we can see that Ulaanbaatar is more expensive. And not only is Alexandria much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Alexandria is in Africa and Ulaanbaatar is in Asia, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Alexandria would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Alexandria and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Ulaanbaatar would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ulaanbaatar than you might in Alexandria.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Alexandria Expensive? and Is Ulaanbaatar Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Alexandria or Ulaanbaatar?

Alexandria has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Ulaanbaatar. When comparing the sizes of Alexandria and Ulaanbaatar, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.