Getting Around Mongolia

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    Mongolia by bus

    by Avieira67 Updated Nov 12, 2014

    The most popular way to travel in this country is by bus. Unfortunately, the right way to make it is from the capital. If you wish to visit some provinces, aimag, using public bus, you need to make connection in Ulaanbaatar. If you don't make it like this, you need, most of the time, to use a taxi or, why not, a lift. Mongolians use their own cars as a taxi. I advise you to agree a price before taking a taxi / lift.

    Some Routes
    Ulaanbaatar - Möron
    Mörön - Ulaanbaatar
    Mörön - Hatgal
    Hatgal - Möron
    Ulaanbaatar - Tsetserleg
    Tsetserleg - Ulaanbaatar
    Harhorin - Tsetserleg
    Tsetserleg - Tariat/Horgo
    Tariat/Horgo - Tsetserleg
    Tariat/Horgo - Ulaanbaatar
    Jargalant - Mörön
    Ulaanbaatar - Chinggis Khaan Airport

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    Mongolia by train

    by Avieira67 Updated Nov 11, 2014

    For timetables, acced to Passenger Transport - зорчигч тээвэр.
    For Local Trains, choose the 1st option, Oрон нутгийн галт тэрэг.
    For International Trains, choose the 2nd oprion, Олон улсын галт тэрэг.
    It seems one can buy tickets online (интернетээр тасалбар худалдаалах систем), after making registration.
    Unfortunately I had no opportunity to travel in this country by train. I was expecting to try it when coming back to Ulaanbaatar from Hatgal. The possibility I had in mind was to take the train at Erdenet city.

    Some Useful Local Trains
    Line 273 - Ulaanbaatar - Erdenet [20:25-07:30]
    Line 274 - Erdenet - Ulaanbaatar [18:35-05:40]
    Line 286 - Ulaanbaatar - Saishand (East Gobi) [09:15-19:16]
    Line 285 - Saishand - Ulaanbaatar [20:25-07:00]

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    DOMESTIC FLIGHT

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 9, 2014

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    DOMESTIC FIGHTS:

    fights to major cities . Luggage limited at 15 kg . Tickets for Mongolian cost almost nothing, but for tourists isn't the same. Be careful: flights can be delayed and cancelled because of bad weather or damage to the rundways. Reserve as soon as possible your tickets! Mejet can help you to reserve some domestic fly: mejet69@yahoo.com, or ask to the representant in your country.

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    HORSE TREK INFORMATION

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 9, 2014

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    TO RENT A HORSE:

    is around 15$/day and 400 $ to buy one. Don't go without a guide as even you are good riders as the steppe can be dangerous (wild animals) and it's easy to loose your way and also to lose the horses o someone could steal them. A guide costs around 20$/day.Take with you the seat for the horse, as mongolian one are in wood and you will dye as even you put a big blanket under your back... You can also find european saddle in some shops on U.B. or to Black market: AWARE TO PICKPOCKET! price around 60-150$

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    TREKKING - HIKKING

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

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    TREKING - HIKKING

    • TREKKING - HIKKING: if really you like walking with any kind of weather (thunderstorms, rain, hot…) it isn’t dangerous if you follow a running track or a river but better to be 2 or more. On Arkhangai, area with many people, you will meet often nomads to confirm you your way and help you to find water. An good idea as Mongolia is so big if to go with a jeep on your departure point and hat a driver comes to pick you in another point, this permit you to have more time and go father.

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    BICYCLE

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

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    BY BICYCLE: only one asphalted road, terrible running tracks, during spring there is risk of tornadoes. In front of a mountain the GPS will not indicate you which paths are safe on bicycle…Outdoor shop in UB who sells new and second hand bicycles, they can also buy yours bicycles.

    More? I can send you a long documentation about biking in Mongolia but main part is in French, a few page in English but also with some addresses of people who bike in Mongolia to contact. Just contact me (angy8@bluewin.ch) to get it by writing: biking in Mongolia. Also look here: http://www.nmace.com

    EQUIPMENT: you must be autonomous (take a tent with double roof, food, water filter, warm sleeping bag, think to protect your luggage … please read others chapter and http://www.mountainbike-expedition-team.de/Mongolia/mongo_info.html

    TO BE AWARE: - if you are tired ask a lift to some nomads who have a vehicle to drive to the next town, but you must have an idea of the place you are or be flexible, think to deal for the price! Try to not drink with the driver, you can refuse on a car what you can’t refuse under the ger, remember it!
    marshland: careful if really green grass and wet ground
    flock of bulls. They are free on the countryside so be aware to not disturb them, if happen just stay quiet until danger is gone
    thunderstorms: they are violent
    dogs: be aware to not be beaten (vaccine) they always belong to nomads and they look after the ger, not really dangerous.
    Drunken people who can disturb you

    For trips not up 15 days in areas with enough population to be able to resolve each problem as to find water points, meet nomads and divide traditional life we can recommend: the Arkhangai the Khentti and Gobi areas. The Arkhangai area where people are so joyous and for its White Lake (Terkhin Tsaganur) North is less arid than South; on Khentii, Genghis Khan native land you will find on the North wooden houses , forests and wild areas; on Gobi you will find mist of landscape, moon landscape, oasis, wild animals, camels… but you go everywhere to ride or walk near Kosgol lake , to Tsaatans tribe, on Altai…and if you are physically in good health you can try to join Chinese border, without thinking to across it from Gurvantes. You will meet nomads on this running track and found each 30km villages.

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    TODAY NEW TRANSPORTATION / SHOPS...

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

    TODAY NEW (sept 2014):

    In few years UB changed a lot. The difference between rich and poor is big, new rich expose their new status by buying luxury car and all kind of things. Downtown you can see big construction with 15 and more floors. You can find different kind of hotel and also most ore luxury 4-5 stars, same with restaurants. Luxury shops are now opened and you can find every kind of goods. The traffic is heavy all the day with almost only luxury jeeps.
A lot of mines opened and this permitted Mongolia to increase quality of life for some communities, even Mongolia have big projects as new roads, railway lines, new airport… still a lot remains to do. Basis salaries increased and also increased basic food and life.Towns are more modern and are loosing Sovietic personality. Also because roads are better goods and petrol arrive everywhere. As even more expensive than UB usually goods can be find everywhere.

Internet arrive slowly to countryside and now in 80% of Mongolia you can have telephone, but it’s only near the villages you can use your mobile. In the ger now it’s easy to see mobile near saddles! The “connecting people2 promise since 2000 is now on the way and Mongolian like really much mobile especially in UB and big towns.
Now Governement gives a piece of land free once in your life if you want to settle near a village or town except UB now you can see new areas where inside the wooden fences you can see small wood houses, they take the place of the ger as Mongolian consider wooden houses more confortable than the ger for a settle life near the towns. Soon Mongolian couldn’t build t a wooden house to protect forests so they will build in cement. Foreigner people for small loan can rent small wooden houses or buy to a Mongolian resident.
Roads are better but still many bad tracks. Roads are build to go to Rusia, as weel to Kharakorim, ***…many sign roads when new roads.

    Outside UB asphalt increase, roads are better permitted to small car or Asiatic jeeps to reach some towns quickly and without mechanic problems.Out of a total of 50,000Km of roads in Mongolia only about 5,000Km (10%) are asphalt paved roads. In 2014 it is expected that over 2000km of new paved roads will connect east and west Mongolia to the capital city Ulaanbaatar.All other roads are gravel and dirt roads. The majority of paved roads are roads leading out of the capital city Ulaanbaatar.If you want to reach some remote areas or go to places untouched it’s better to have a stronger Russian jeep as more resistant and easy to repair. Before to go on tour with an independent driver / agency ask according the trip you want to do which vehicle they will use, this can help you to choose well and not to have to change program as vehicle not good for what you was intentioned to do. Maybe for same trip you might pay more if made with Asiatic jeep than a Russian one.

    A new telephone line across the country and so now in some places you can use the mobile!
Nomads are a little more rich and so you will often ger with a parabolic and sun panel giving some electricity. Some nomads become owners of some guest ger (1-3 guest gers), this happen in most visited areas and this help them to increase their quality of life. Generally guest ger are basic, no toilet and no shower.

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    PUBLIC TRANSPORT & TRAIN

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

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    Public transportation is almost non-existent. Actually a bus system runs to the major cities but later if you want to visit the area you need a private vehicle and you can have serious difficulties to find one out of U.B and cities 8only few agencies and English is not fluently.

    TRUCKS can take passengers but really trying and no intimacy and autonomy!

    MINIBUSES AND COLLECTIVE JEEP: in the steppe there exists a good network but they only cluster towards the capital or aimags capitals. leave only if full and they almost never stop along the way to take passengers. Be aware as trip by bus can be tiring as they optimize the trip by taking many passengers, and on long trip as by example UB- Olgy there is 2 drivers and they drive nights and days non stop and the trip takes 3 days.
The collective jeeps to not make a mistake with the tour by jeep organized by the guest houses with “private driver” leaves from the bus station in UB or from the Black Market (in the others towns ask, but generally it’s from the market), 6 to 12 persons for a real cheaper price and go faster than the busses but only go in the capitals of the different areas (U.B-Tseterleg: 12 hours trip for 400km=15$, Tseterleg-Tariat: 10 hours trip= 10$) prices 2008
You can go in countryside by local bus because every towns or village have a bus stop where to find a collective taxi to go next village or town. This means that from all sun it’s always possible to go to capital of aimag and from capital of aimag to UB. Departure aren’t daily. The taxi will go only if full or you have to buy all the seats or to pay for the remain seats, in that case the taxi will go immediately towards the destination. Be aware this doesn’t mean that the bus will be only for you. Drivers always know about people who are waiting for such opportunity! Price will depend of the KM to do, petrol price, if you rent all for yourselves and your capacity to bargain. The difficulty will be to understand each other especially if you want to rent for some days or special destination as nobody will speak English. Except Kharakorim as this town is a sun and there is daily and direct busses , but of coure Kharakorim was ancient capital! To travel in that way request more time e in any case will not you permit to go out of the village towards nomadic families as of course no bus will drop you in front them or make ger to ger (except if you rent only for you the taxi)
To reach Kharakorim regular bus leaves from “Dragon Centre” and you will make a comfortable trip. The problem is to buy a ticket as always in Mongolia you have to fight to buy tickets! So if you can’t buy one you will have as solution to take the really crowdly and more expensive micro bus (2010: 17$ and for bus 12.000Tg)

    Bus Stations 
There are four main departure stations in Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator and run also during naadam).
    • Dragon (Songino Khairkhan)- buses going north and west.
    • Teevriin Tovchoo - vans going north.
    • Bayanzurkh- buses going south and east.
    • Narantuul (Black Market) - vans going west and north.
    bus: more information & prices click here

    TRAIN: only a railway line crosses the country from North to South going to Irkutsk in Siberia or Beijing in China. There are 3 routings, one for Edernet, the other to Sharyn Gol and the last to Baganuur. Not expensive at all. Mongolian Railways tour bureau. room 331 PO box 376 Ulaanbaatar 13 Mongolia
UB- MOSCOU: 2-3 times week
UB- IRKUSK: everyday
UB- PEKIN: 1-2 times week
UB -ERLIAN: Sun/Thurs
UB- ZAMUN-UUD: Everyday; 15H journey
UB- ZAMUN-UUD: Fri/Sun; Express 12H
UB- SUKHBAATAR: Everyday; 8H journey
UB- KHOKH KHOT: Mon/ Fri
Can change so just inform you again!

    PLANES: flights to major cities with private lines. Luggage limited at 15 kg (3$/kg extra).. Be careful: flights can be delayed and cancelled because of bad weather or damage to the runways. Reserve as soon as possible your tickets as often tour operators reserve all the seats! Price are higher now (Mongolian will pay 3 time less than you).Khatal only in summer.
If you arrive by plane in local place you can find some taxi waiting passengers.

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    PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION &TRAIN

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

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    BY LAND: Traveling in Mongolia is not always easy as depend also how you will discover this country and how many days you have vacation. Traveling by jeep can be sometimes tiring because of bad climate or bad roads, so better to not want to make many KM! prefer do less Km but take time to enjoy countryside and its nomadic life. Agencies and especially independent drivers really often don’t have a shop downtown so it could be difficult when on UB to choose the best one for you.

    1. BY LAND: public transportation isn't reliable: delayed, canceled… Roads are running tracks in very bad condition. Vehicles can be rented from private owners for about 50 cents $/km in town. BUT WRITE ALL DESTINATIONS WITH CYRILLIC LETTERS as nobody will understand you (ask at your hotel), also good for all the taxi running in U.B. For longer stay the price will depend of what kind of deal you can make, the number of persons, the price of gasoline. Often you will find different prices: one for local people, one for Russian (a little more expensive) and one for others (more expensive).

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    RENT A JEEP/ NEED A DRIVER?

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

    • BE AWARE: if you take a tour organized by a guest house, they will prefer to look at the real costs than the quality of the tour you will do: no possibility or really difficult to ad days or finish before the tour, also difficulties to change the itinerary as even for few KM, so ask what is included on the price as often a low price doesn’t include the driver, the gasoline, the food or depend of the number of people going on tour and sometimes at least the price will be almost the same or higher then a independent renting. Example if they ask you for 45€ day/person all including and you are 3 persons you will pay 135€ day, so more than with a honest independent driver without the freedom to do as you want and choose your itinerary and how long you want to rent. If on the price taxes for national parks are not included be sure to not pay for all your trip more than 15€ per person. Be aware if food included, as many tourists talk to not have had enough to eat during the trip, so take with you some more food! If food not included in the price, it’s better for you as you can choose what you want and the qualtity you need, , you will spend around 4-5€ day so this can't justify some high prices you will find as on the way outside UB you will never find famous restaurants!

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    RENT A JEEP/ NEED A DRIVER?

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

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    LOOKING AROUND: rent a jeep is almost necessary as busses are slow and don't reach all the cities, and after it can be hard from thoses small administrative center to find a jeep to make a look around on the steppe. With a jeep you meet local people easilier and divide and taste their traditional way of life under the ger, and it's REALYY WORTH IT
    WE RECOMMEND YOU STRONGLY MEJET WHO IS A WONDERFUL DRIVER (SEE PHOTO) E-mail: mejet69@yahoo.com
    Mejet, for 110/120euro/day/jeep for 4 people + the driver, price is for all the group! , will show you his marvellous country which he knows perfectly. You can be sure that almost every night will be spent in gers; he will pick you up on arrival and he can arrange your accomodations.
    BE AWARE THAT MEJET RECEIVES A LOT OF REQUESTS,SO DON'T WAIT TOO LONG! and sometimes the jeeps are as hard to find as good drivers.

    TIP: according your satisfaction and of course you aren't obliged!

    RENT A JEEP: around 140€/day/jeep all included (petrol and driver) for 4 people plus the driver. If you rent a mini bus (van) enough for 6 p with all luggage. The price can be higher than for a jeep Sometimes the drivers are not well versed in directions so they will make all kinds of excuses not to take you somewhere: the truth is that they don't know where you want to go. So inquire beforehand and be sure they are familiar with all the places you want to go so you are not disappointed. Some drivers won't want you to sleep in yurts but instead insist you go to tourist camps.
With a good driver, taking a guide is not necessary, as a good driver can make you discover all you want to see.
Don’t even think of renting a vehicle without a driver because no street lights and no road sign! GPS won't help you much, the drivers use their instincts and use landmarks such as mountains, forests… and in case of a problem they will ask the nomads who will welcome you with airak or milk salt tea…

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    RENT A JEEP/ NEED A DRIVER?

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

    • BE AWARE: if you take a tour organized by a guest house, they will prefer to look at the real costs than the quality of the tour you will do: no possibility or really difficult to ad days or finish before the tour, also difficulties to change the itinerary as even for few KM, so ask what is included on the price as often a low price doesn’t include the driver, the gasoline, the food or depend of the number of people going on tour and sometimes at least the price will be almost the same or higher then a independent renting. Example if they ask you for 45€ day/person all including and you are 3 persons you will pay 135€ day, so more than with a honest independent driver without the freedom to do as you want and choose your itinerary and how long you want to rent. If on the price taxes for national parks are not included be sure to not pay for all your trip more than 15€ per person. Be aware if food included, as many tourists talk to not have had enough to eat during the trip, so take with you some more food! If food not included in the price, it’s better for you as you can choose what you want and the qualtity you need, , you will spend around 4-5€ day so this can't justify some high prices you will find as on the way outside UB you will never find famous restaurants!

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    WEBSITE TO GO TO CINA/RUSSIA (TRAIN/FLIGHT)

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

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    WEBSITE FOR TICKETS TRAINS, BUS, HOTELS, MAPS AND PLANES FOR MONGOLIA,RUSSIA & CINA:

    ALSO HAVE A LOOK ON TRAIN CHAPTER TO FIND MORE WEBSITE
    http://www.expresstorussia.com/train_tickets.html
    www.sv-agency.udm.ru/
    
www.monkeyshrine.com
    
http://transsib.ru/Eng 
www.espace-transsiberien.com/
    
www.hostels.ru/
    
www.waytorussia.net
    
www.rusrailtravel.ru/
    
http://www.poezda.net/en/index 

    http://www.seat61.com/Trans-Siberian-timetable.htm
www.cheap-moscow.com/
www.visahouse.com/fra/touristvisa.asp
    
www.sanpietroburgo.it
    http://www.cits.net/china-travel-news/2011/05-10/2011-trans-siberian-train-rates.html
    www.wildberry.de/miat
    
http://www.miat.com/ 

    http://www.eznisairways.com/
    
http://www.airchina.com.cn/en/index.shtml
    
http://www.aeroflot.ru/cms/en
    
http://www.koreanair.com/
    http://eng.pulkovo.ru/fr/# low cost for Russia and East countries
    
www.baikaler.com/
www.baikalhostels.com/html/english_hostelintro.xml.php
www.downtownhostel.irkutsk.ru/

    www.baikalcomplex.com
www.uude.info
    http://shop.baikalplan.de/catalog/index.php
    http://www.chinatripadvisor.com/english/
    
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china-trains/
    
http://www.china-train-ticket.com/
    www.talynmongol.net to help during your trip in Mongolia by giving some brochure to hospital, school, nomadic families to educate about HepatitisB

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    HOW TO GO THERE

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

    • FROM CHINA

    Beijing-U.B. with TRANSMOGOLIAN: 2/3 times /week according to the season.
Agency: http://www.oceantravelcn.com/ email: oceantravelcn@yahoo.com.cn . They will provide for air or train tickets, real good agency, you will pay advance and take your ticket on their agency near Tian an men square.price 2012 according train and class: 200$-450$
    On Bejing transmongolian train lives from the railway station called “Central Station”Sometimes on guide books called as railway station of Bejing. This n^means nothing as many railway stations in Bejing! The one who interest usi s near BEIJING ZHAN SUBWAY (LINE2) and also called “Beijing Railway station” (situaed SE of the forbiden city) chek!!!!
    If you can’t get tickets you can choose this solution from Bejing:

    BUDGET OPTION: BEIIJING – UB - BEIJING

    - Budget option, costs about €50 instead of €200-350 (price 2012)
- Take the bus departure 4PM (please control) price > 30 euro to Erlian, a border city on the China/Mongolia border where it's possible to ask for a visa for Mongolia. Another bus station, 2km South of LuiliQiao join each day Erlian for same price and departure 5PM (control price and time departure)
- The ride takes about 12 hours, you will arrive early in morning in Erlian. You will find easy and hotel to finsh the night and also jeeps wait to help you to across the border, as to accorss the border you must be in a car (no walking, no bicycle) cost is on 2014 120 yuan per ehad + luggage, bike...
- Also a train exist from Beijing to Erlian: just control about time table and price to railway station (120 yuans price 2014)
- opening border at 9.30AM
- from Erlian ( Chinese border) possible to take the noon bus to Zamyn-Uud ( Mongolian side) 
- From Zamyn-Uud you can take the daily local train to Ulaanbaatar ( leaves 4PM from Zamyn Uud arrives at 7am in UB cost around 20 euro, control price and time table)
- Same on the way UB-Beijing (UB- Zamyn Uud daily train 4PM and Sun/Thu direct UB- Erlian, 12/15h trip)

    Other solution: Beijing- KHOKH KHOT - UB and way back change in Jinning 2/week (UB-KHOKH KHOT : Mon/Fri) 
http://www.china-train-ticket.com/index.html#beijing , http://www.chinatripadvisor.com/english/ and http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china-trains/ 
http://www.china-train-ticket.com/

    PS: Some difficulties to buy on UB train tickets for Moscow and Beijing for Transiberan and Transmongolian , be careful if you don’t have time to wait because it isn’t possible to reserve seat for all trains. Be careful also at the beginning of university as students will reserve seats so long time before as they return in China or Russia to study.

    PS: Don't rush out of the train, it is then that the pickpockets operate! Some board the train to rob the unaware. Look after your luggage, and DO NOT use porters!

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    HOW TO GET THERE

    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

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    HOW TO GET THERE:

    BY PLANE: : connected with Moscow, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Berlin, Frankfur, Istanbul, Paris… The airport is 25 km from U.B and taxi will wait inside, 10-15euro to go downtown
    U.B -Beijing + 250euro difficult to find seat in summer

    GETTING THERE FOR LOW PRICE:
    buy a ticket to Moscow+Moscow-Irkoustk+ Irkoustk -Ub (train)

    BY TRAIN: TRANSIBERIAN, Moscow - U.B=5days. You need a transit visa for Russia and the train ticket costs less if you buy it on Moscow (No agency feet) Not daily except Irkoust-UB-Irkoust.

    More information: http://www.seat61.com/Trans-Siberian-timetable.htm 
http://www.nevsky88.com/Visa/default.asp
http://www.nevsky88.com/Transportation/Train/default.asp & http://poezda.net/en/index

    Yaroslavski railway station a moscou pour : Irkutsk, , Trans-siberian trains

    How to read your train tickets? http://www.legendtour.ru/eng/train-ticket/train-tickets.shtml

    On Moscow you can buy tickets at CHISTYE PRUDY subway. Prepare on Cyrillic all you want to ask (prices, time table, information…) nobody speak English but as not so much people they will have more time for you!

    Transiberian to much expensive? No seat available?

    You might use the local solution! You will need an average of 2-3 days more than Transiberian (4-5 days according way).
In Moscow buy a train ticket for Perm or Yekatarinburg ,Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyark, Irkoust, Ulan De, Ulan Bator; according time table in that way you will reach Mongolia. Better to know some Russian to buy tickets in railway stations, if not buy a vocabulary and ask for translate some sentences in Russian to can buy tickets easy in the railway stations (same for UB- Moscow)
Time table: http://www.baikalcomplex.com/trans.htm#transSib

    MOSCOW - IRKOUSTSK: 88 hours Don’t reserve in platskart seat: 1-4, 33-38, 53+54 (toilet, samovar) Seat from 38-52: double bed: the one down will become during the day a table and if you are tall better to not reserve those seats. for this destiuation no need in summer to reserve, trains are daily. when arriving in Irkoustk you can take the bus for Ub as to across the border you will wait 6 hours by train and only 2 by bus

    BUS: Irkoust –Ulan De- UB and return: from 2009 you must change at Ulan De. In summer better to reserve seat www.uude.info even based in Ulan De they have in irkoust contacts to deliver tickets you order. Real good agency!

    • Irkoust – Ulan De – Irkoust: each 2 hours from 7.30AM to 9.00PM with mini bus of 15 seats, 700 RB (2012)
    • Ulan de – UB – Ulan De: 12 hours per way (departure 7.30AM from Ulan De arriving UB 9.00PM, from UB at 7.00AM and arrives at 8.00Pm at Ulan De) 1200 RB per way (2012) custom time: 2 hours
    • Ulan Ude - Suhbatar : 750 rub (2012)
    • Ulan Udé -Darkhan: 900 rub (2012)
    • Ulan Udé - Altan Bulag:700 rub (2012)
    • Kyakta - UB: 900 rub (2012)
    • Guzinoozersk - UB: 1200 rub (2012)

    OPTION BUS AND TRAIN: Irkoust – UB- Irkoust and return: according train and clas from 150$ to 400$ (2012) 36hours (2 nights) trip, 6 hours waiting for customs. From Irkoust train arives at 6.00AM in Ulan De and you might take at 7.30AM the bus to Ub from the bus station at 15 minuts walking fron train station. Customs take 6 hours by train trip and only 2 hours by bus trip. IRKOUSTSK /ULAN UDE: if possible choose the window on the train, real wonderful view on the lake
    IRKOUSTK: www.hostel.irkutsk.ru good place and they give many information about the aerea. baikal lake on May is still icy only from june you can go to Olkhon island.

    PS: Don't rush out of the train, it is then that the pickpockets operate! Some board the train to rob the unaware. Look after your luggage, and DO NOT use porters!

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