Travel Guide (FAQ)

Do I need a visa and what documents do I need to bring?

You should always consult with a Mongolian embassy near you for visa requirements and other official documents.

Please look through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia website to see whether your country has visa-free travel access to Mongolia.

When is the best time to visit?

If you don’t mind the influx of tourists during the summer season, then June through August is the best time of the year to visit.

However, if you don’t mind the cold, winter season is best for tours outside the capital city Ulaanbaatar. The weather during spring and autumn are rather capricious.

Please read Best Seasons And Months To Visit Mongolia

How do I take the Trans-Siberian Railway to Mongolia?

If you are going from Russia to Mongolia or from Mongolia to Russia, you can book a ticket on the official Trans Siberian Railway website for a cheaper price. http://www.rzd.ru/ If you are going from China to Mongolia or from Mongolia to China, then you can book a ticket on Mongolian Railway website. https://eticket.ubtz.mn/home

Where do I find flight schedules and cheap flight tickets?

There is a monopoly over Mongolian commercial airliners, so tickets can be relatively more expensive. However, feel free to check prices on Mongolian Airlines.

The best way to get cheaper tickets is to sign up for alerts on websites like Skyscanner and book your tickets in advance.

What currency is used in Mongolia?

The official currency that is used in Mongolia is Tugrik.

For exchange official exchange rates, please visit: XE.com

What language do Mongolians speak?

The official language of Mongolia is the Mongolian language, written in Cyrillic. Kazakh is the second most spoken language, which is commonly spoken in Western provinces of Mongolia. In Ulaanbaatar, some people do speak a little bit English and Russian, however it’s still difficult to get by if you don’t know Mongolian.

How safe is Mongolia and Ulaanbaatar for tourists?

Mongolians out in the countryside are welcoming and hospitable people. As long as you are respectful of Mongolian culture, traditions, and history, you will be taken care of quite well. Though it is best to have a tour guide when you are travelling out in the countryside because you can get lost and have communication barriers with the locals.

 

Ulaanbaatar city is just like any other major cites around the world. As long as you don’t go into bad neighborhoods, you should be quite safe.

What should I pack before coming to Mongolia?

Essentials

  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Binoculars
  • Traveler hat

Is there tipping in Mongolia?

Tipping is not a practiced cultural practice nor do most Mongolians expect a tip. However, if the service is exceptional some people do tip.
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