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How much does it cost to travel in Mongolia

Mongolia was the third country we visited on our travels and absolutely loved every minute of it. We spent a month traveling across the entire country, using the capital, Ulaanbaatar as our base. Our favorite spots included the magnificent Gobi Desert as well as the Central region of Mongolia.

This is a breakdown of our costs during our 28 days traveling around Mongolia in full:

Summary of our travel costs in Mongolia

In this section we give a quick summary to give you a full picture.

Our trip began on 3 July 2014 and we left on 31 July 2014. We visited during the famous Naadam Festival – highly recommended!

  • 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:

Mongolia travel costs
Mongolia travel costs: full breakdown of our costs in Mongolia in July 2014

Cost of 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.

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Wheel breakdown during our tour in Mongolia
Wheel breakdown during our tour of the Gobi desert in Mongolia

Our 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.
Doljmaa and Sebastien at Sunpath Hostel
Doljmaa and Sebastien discussing tours at Sunpath Hostel, Ulan Bator

Our transport costs in Mongolia

  • Total transport costs per person:  £79 / $117
  • This included our train ticket from Ulan Bator to Beijing:  £70 / $104 each

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.

Our Nomadic Boys train selfie
Our train from Ulan Bator to Beijing

Our food and drink 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.
Food during our Gobi desert tour in Mongolia
Stefan stealing this nomadic family's freshly made khuushuur (fried mutton dumplings) during our Gobi desert tour in Mongolia

Our activities and other miscellaneous costs

  • Other miscellaneous expenses included laundry, ATM charges, SIM cards purchased and unused currency for Stefan’s currency collection.
A 1 tugrik note for Stefan's currency collection
A 1 tugrik note worth around 0.00032 pence 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.

Happy travels are safe travels

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Sebastien Chaneac

Sebastien is the co-founder, editor and author of He is a tech geek, a total travel nerd and a food enthusiast. He spends the majority of his time planning Nomadic Boys' travels meticulously right down to the minute details. Sebastien has travelled to over 80 countries with his partner in crime and the love of his life, Stefan. He regularly shares his expertise of what it’s like travelling as a gay couple both on Nomadic Boys and on prominent publications ranging from Pink News, Matador, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and many more. Originally from France, Sebastien moved to London in the early 2000s where he pursued a career as a computer programmer for Thompson Reuters and Bloomberg. He subsequently left it all to explore his passion for travelling around the world with Stefan to hand, and thus Nomadic Boys was born. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

Ratnakor Dosshu

Sunday 14th of June 2020

Next year i plan for a 6 month travel inside Mongolia. What do you think? What should be the cost for a solo traveler in Mongolia. i am a super budget traveler, so....

Stefan Arestis

Monday 15th of June 2020

You'll love it. To budget, we recommend staying in a hostel like Sunpath.


Monday 19th of February 2018

Thank you Stefan for the information. There is everything I wanted to know. D.

Nomadic boys

Monday 19th of February 2018

My pleasure Dani :)


Sunday 2nd of April 2017

Thanks for great travel info. Very useful. Two Qs if I may. My wife is vegetarian. Will she go Hungary in Mongolia? What would be the estimated cost for a jeep and driver please? Looking for a 1 month trip unless you feel you would need longer? Thanks in advance. Paul

Nomadic boys

Sunday 2nd of April 2017

She should be fine especially In the big cities where they're used to tourism and have vegetarian places. We must have spent around $60 ish a day for the two of us from memory but best to check with a reputable tour agency like Sunpath.

Thursday 3rd of November 2016



Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Hi, I enjoyed reading your story, I liked it very much.

Nomadic boys

Thursday 14th of April 2016

Thanks Pabi