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How much money will you need for your trip to Ulaanbaatar? You should plan to spend around ₮86,501 ($25) per day on your vacation in Ulaanbaatar, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ₮30,818 ($8.88) on meals for one day and ₮10,029 ($2.89) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Ulaanbaatar for a couple is ₮81,335 ($23). So, a trip to Ulaanbaatar for two people for one week costs on average ₮1,211,016 ($349). 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 Ulaanbaatar for one week usually costs around ₮605,508 for one person. So, a trip to Ulaanbaatar for two people costs around ₮1,211,016 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ₮2,422,032 in Ulaanbaatar. 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 Ulaanbaatar can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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

How much does a trip to Ulaanbaatar cost? Is Ulaanbaatar cheap or 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 to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Ulaanbaatar
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Ulaanbaatar is ₮40,667. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Ulaanbaatar is ₮81,335. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

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

Hotel Prices in Ulaanbaatar

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Transportation Budget in Ulaanbaatar
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Ulaanbaatar is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ₮10,029 per person, per day, on local transportation in Ulaanbaatar.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Ulaanbaatar
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Rental Cars in Ulaanbaatar
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Food Budget in Ulaanbaatar
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  • While meal prices in Ulaanbaatar can vary, the average cost of food in Ulaanbaatar is ₮30,818 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Ulaanbaatar should cost around ₮12,327 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Ulaanbaatar is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Ulaanbaatar
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  • Entertainment and activities in Ulaanbaatar typically cost an average of ₮15,237 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. 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 Ulaanbaatar
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Ulaanbaatar is ₮18,398 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Ulaanbaatar is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Ulaanbaatar
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  • The average person spends about ₮13,206 on alcoholic beverages in Ulaanbaatar 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 Ulaanbaatar
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  • On average, people spend ₮2,908 on bottled water in Ulaanbaatar per day. The public water in Ulaanbaatar is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Ulaanbaatar On a Budget
Ulaanbaatar Camping in Mongolia
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 Intellectual 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.

Getting to Ulaanbaatar from China is how many visitors arrive. For one of the most affordable ways by bus and train from Beijing, see China to Mongolia, the cheapest way. Otherwise, many visitors arrive by air to the international airport in UB which has flights connecting to major cities in Asia and Europe.

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 as it's further than you realize. 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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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.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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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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