Travel Budget for Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar Hot, Mongolia

How much does it cost to travel to Ulaanbaatar?

How much money will you need in Ulaanbaatar? ₮53,932 ($20) is the average daily price for traveling in Ulaanbaatar. The average price of meals in Ulaanbaatar for one day is ₮21,584 ($8.12). The average price of a hotel in Ulaanbaatar for a couple is ₮43,660 ($16). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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How expensive is Ulaanbaatar?

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

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
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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.

Ulaanbaatar sits at about 1,350 meters above sea level. The higher elevation and high latitude make it the coldest national capital in the world. The summers are short and warm while the winters are cold and dry. The lows in January can drop to -40 degrees Celsius. Rain is most common between June and September. The average annual temperature is 31 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you have a few days in Ulaanbaatar, there are some interesting sights worth visiting. Head to the Gandan Monastery, or Choijin Lama Monastery. Gandan Monastery is the main monastery in the city and about 5,000 monks live here. There are services at 10:00 every morning. Choijin Lama Monastery has a museum that has religious art on display. It's really quite impressive. Also make sure you check out Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, Zaisan Memorial, the International Intellectural Museum, and the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts.
As a tourist, you're likely to stay on or around Peace Avenue. This is the city's main street that passes through the center of town. There's plenty of shopping along the street, as well as many restaurants. Chinggis Square is at the center of the city. This is where you'll find the tourist information office and several famous statues including a seated statue of Chinggis Khaan and his sons and generals.

There are a small handful of hostels in Ulaanbaatar that are quite affordable. Most will arrange tours of the country for you, but do read reviews ahead of time. You'll find it challenging to find a mid range hotel, but there are some more high end, western chain hotels around town as well. During peak season you should definitely make reservations in advance.

Naadam is the largest festival in Mongolia. The event takes place between July 10th and 12th and includes the three traditional Mongolian sports of wrestling, horse racing, and archery.

Also make sure you see a cultural show, which is quite interesting with its music and very impressive contortionists.

A hike in the Bogd Khaan Uul Strictly Protected Area is also enjoyable. The area is just south of Ulaanbatar.

If you're looking for souvenirs to purchase, head to Peace Avenue and the Circus area. The State Department Store has a few interesting paintings, but this is the best place to stock up on supplies for your tour. If possible, it is best to pick up some fresh fruit and snacks before you head out, as the food provided on the tours is highly variable.
Food and Dining
Mongolia isn't really a foodie's destination, but the capital city does have a range for local and international restaurants. Most restaurants are reasonably priced and you can get a pizza for about US$3. It's worth eating some good food before you head out on your tour, as food options in the countryside are quite limited.

Most restaurants around town are either Korean or Chinese, but western restaurants are also easy to find. If you're on a tight budget, head to a local Mongolian eatery or cafeteria. Meals are cheap and the food is good and filling.

For shorter routes to and from Ulaanbaatar, it is recommended to book ahead. The best prices for buses and trains in Mongolia can be found on 12Go. They let you search across all bus, train, and airline routes throughout Asia.

Your main options for getting around Ulaanbaatar are by bus, taxi, or on foot. When you first arrive, particularly if you reach the city by train, a taxi is the best option to find your hotel. You'll likely be tired, as most trains are overnight, and while you may believe that you can walk to your hotel, you really can't. Take a taxi. Buses are convenient as well, particularly after you've had some time to orient yourself with the city.


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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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Travel Tips

Traditional Music

By Bryan in Entertainment
Make sure you check out one of the traditional music shows, they are really good! They take you through the history and different tribal groups of Mongolia with their music, and in the end they showcase more modern styles, including the special horse head fiddle that only has 3 strings (or something like that).

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