Travel to Mongolia . . .

or “How on earth do I get there?”

How do you travel to Mongolia?

You have your passport. You have a visa . . .

But unless you purchased a tour from a specialist travel agent you will have to work out your own route here . . .

How do you get here?

Mongolia’s landlocked location cuts out cruise ships. Not that you’d know that from some of the adverts on the net!

The five main ways to get here . . .

Flights to Mongolia 1) Flying--by far the most convenient solution. Check out my flights to Mongolia page for tips and tricks on getting the cheapest ticket. I will also explain the pros and cons of the different routes . . .

Click here if you're interested in kick-starting your trip with a domestic flight.

Mongolia train on the trans-Mongolian 2) The trans-Mongolian line - make the most of the scenery. The trans-Mongolian line runs from Moscow to Beijing with a stop in Ulaan Baatar. I’ve taken the Beijing to Ulaan Baatar trip many times myself and never tire of it. Miles of endless Steppe broken with gers and horse riders who appear from nowhere . . .

Various websites have excellent advice about catching the trans-Mongolian. Seat61 is by far the most informative. Try this page for information on planning your journey and booking a ticket.

3) Then there’s the REALLY adventurous route - the Mongol Rally. Not for the faint-hearted. The rally sets of from London and through various adventures en route you may or may not end up in Ulaan Baatar. So far, no one has come to serious harm.

You can choose any vehicle you like. The more unusual ones I’ve come across include: an ice-cream van, black London cab and a garbage collection truck . . . hey, they made it!

Mongol Rally Border Crossing

Interested? Sign up here. That leaves just two more options--by bus and by thumb. I know little about these options since I’m not mad or poor enough to try . . . not yet!

The bus route is actually frequented more by merchants importing and exporting their wares. You might find yourself sitting next to a pile of shoes from a Beijing market! Try this link if you want to learn more.

If you actually travel to Mongolia by bus or thumb let me know how your journey went . . .

Good luck!


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