Stefan Arestis | Aug 29, 2017 | 4
How much does it cost to travel in Mongolia
Mongolia was the third country we visited on our travels, from 3 to 31 July 2014.
- We stayed 29 days and each spent: £906 / $1,343
- Per person daily average is therefore: £31 / $46
- Exchange rate was: £1 = 3,093 tugriks ($1 = 2,000 tugriks)
This is our breakdown of our Mongolia travel costs:
Our tours in Mongolia
There are only dirt roads outside of the big cities, so you need to hire a driver and jeep, or go as part of a tour. Tours usually include all food, accommodation, car, driver and guide.
- Our first tour to the Gobi Desert was 6 days, daily costs were: £30 / $45 per person
- Our second tour to Central Mongolia was for 9 days, daily costs were: £40 / $60 per person
Accommodation costs in Mongolia
- We spent £567 / $840 for 29 nights
- Our per person average was £20 / $29 per day
- This figure is inflated because it included all our tours
- We stayed at the excellent Sunpath Hostel in Ulan Bator owned and run by Doljmaa, who also booked all our tours.
Transport costs in Mongolia
- Total transport costs per person: £79 / $117
- This included our train ticket from Ulan Bator to Beijing: £70 / $104 each
- We did not include our travel into Mongolia as this is part of our Trans Siberian Russia costs
The train ticket from Ulan Bator to Beijing is significantly cheaper if booked with an agent in Ulan Bator, compared to one in Russia or London who charge a lot more.
The train ticket is much cheaper if booked last minute, but they get sold out quickly and we needed it in advance for our China visa.
Food and drinks costs in Mongolia
- We each spent a total £189 / $280 in our 29 days in Mongolia
- We spent an average of £7 / $10 per person per day
- This heading is under inflated because the cost of our tour included all food and is included in the accommodation heading above.
Activities and Other costs in Mongolia
- Activities in Mongolia included our tickets to the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, booked via Sunpath Hostel and cost £12 / $18 each.
- Other miscellaneous expenses included laundry, ATM charges, SIM cards purchased and unused currency for Stefan’s currency collection.
Watch our travel video diary of our month in Mongolia, including our Gobi Desert tour, watching the brilliant Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator and our Central Mongolia tour.