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Mongolia Guide


Bordered by giants such as China and Russia, Mongolia is one of the world's few countries where a quiet, nomadic life can still be enjoyed. By car, tourists can split their time across the ‘Land of the Blue Skies’ by visiting the northern region of Selenge, the copper mines of Erdenet (which are Asia's largest) and the captivating Orhon province.

Driving Tips for Mongolia

Mongolian roads between cities are well-maintained; however, those in the countryside may be difficult to drive on and dangerous for drivers without previous experience with the terrain. The country doesn't have an extensive road network and signage can be scarce.

Driving licences: an International Driving Licence and full UK driver’s licence are required to hire a car and legally drive it here.

Which side does Mongolia drive on: the right.

Speed limits:
Motorways: 62mph (100kph)
Rural areas: 50mph (80kph)
Built-up areas: 37mph (60kph)

Alcohol limits: 0.02 per cent compared with Britain's 0.08 per cent limit; those exceeding this limit run the risk of being imprisoned or receiving another severe penalty.

Driving age: 18 years.

Seatbelts: compulsory for passengers and drivers. Child restraint laws exist but aren't always enforced.

Mobile phones and GPS: using any mobile phone or similar device while at the wheel is strictly prohibited. GPS is allowed and is advised given the lack of signage on Mongolian roads.

Cost of fuel in Mongolia: a lot less expensive than in Britain.

Car hire and fuel payment: credit card payments are accepted by most car hire companies but not by most petrol stations. British card holders that are bound for Mongolia are advised to notify their card supplier of their plans to travel before they leave the UK.

Insurance: third-party insurance is often included with car hire although the amount of accidents on the road here means that excess insurance comes highly recommended.

Traffic and parking: traffic is at its busiest in Ulaanbaatar. Parking spaces can be scarce but clamping and fines for illegal parking aren't regularly enforced as they are in the UK.


Rail travel to Ulaanbaatar is possible via the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing in China and the Russian cities of Moscow and Vladivostok, with fares costing anything from £80 to £200. Domestic rail travel is possible with Trains to Mongolia, typically costing between £10 and £30.

Taxis are available in Mongolia's largest cities and cost around £0.35 per kilometre. Due to most vehicles being fitted with meters, fares do not need to be agreed upon prior to travel.

Buses from the Chinese capital of Beijing take 12 hours and are cheap at only £17 per person. Domestic travel is possible to the country's capital city of Ulaanbaatar from most provincial capitals, such as Dornod Aimag and Choybalsan.

Air travel to the country's only international airport, in Ulaanbaatar, is possible from Asian cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul. The only direct flights from Europe come from Berlin twice weekly. Domestic air travel isn't common here.


Exploring Mongolia

Most visitors begin their Mongolian adventure in Ulaanbaatar, the country's capital. Here, historical attractions such as the Gandan Monastery and Choijing Lama Monastery are often enjoyed, while historians often head to the impressive National History Museum.

Erdenet is the country's second largest city and is most famous for hosting the largest copper mine in Asia. Also popular are visits to the remarkable carpet factory and photos next to the iconic Fraternity Monument.

Those that wish to sample both Mongol and Kazakh cultures in the same city, and learn more about the history of the two, often put time aside for Hovd. For similar reasons, the ancient capital of Karakorum is also well-visited, especially by those interested in the legacy of Genghis Khan.

Although they aren't as laden with attractions as the other mentioned cities, provincial capitals including Uliastai, Ondorkhaan, Moron and Tsetserleg are frequently visited by foreign holidaymakers.


The best time to visit Mongolia is generally considered to be between May and July, as this is when temperatures often exceed 30°C. Generally, the country experiences 250 sunny days per year, which means that the climate is almost always favourable. Temperatures drop, especially at night, from November until the New Year.

Frequently asked questions

Is the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

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