Flights to Ulaanbaatar

Chaotic, lively, and oozing with local culture, the capital of Mongolia is a thriving city well worth a visit. Ulaanbaatar may not be one of Asia’s most beautiful cities, but it’s definitely one of the most interesting. Buddhist monks rub shoulders with businessmen and bohemians, while the buzzing nightlife offers something for everyone: as long as you’re into techno, house, or electronica.

Ulaanbaatar is likely to be your first and last stop on a trip to Mongolia, thanks to its international airport, and it’s a wild contrast to peaceful and beautiful countryside you’re likely to experience during the rest of your trip. Still, bustling Ulaanbaatar makes an excellent bookend to a journey around Mongolia. You may find you want to stay a little longer than a few days.

 

Airports in Ulaanbaatar

Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN) is Mongolia’s largest airport, and serves the city of Ulaanbaatar. There’s a new airport currently under construction, the New Ulaanbaatar International Airport or the Khoshig Valley Airport. Construction began in 2012, and is expected to finish by 2017. Watch this space.

 

Airlines that fly to Ulaanbaatar

There are no direct flights from the UK to Ulaanbaatar.

From Europe you can fly with Hunnu Air from Paris, and from Berlin and Frankfurt with MIAT Mongolian Airlines. You can also fly from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines, and Aeroflot from Moscow. Aero Mongolia, Air China, IrAero, and Korean Air also operate flights to Ulaanbaatar.

 

Getting into Ulaanbaatar

Bus routes 11 and 22 connect the airport with the city centre, and cost 400 Tugriks (about 15p)* each way. Taxis are also available from the airport, and should cost roughly 15-20 thousand Tugriks (about £5-6.70)*. It’s always wise to get an estimate from the driver before you set off.

 

*Prices subject to change

 

When to fly to Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar is the world’s coldest capital, with winter temperatures dropping as low as -30°C. Try to visit during the summer, when it’s a far more hospitable 20°C. The famous Naadam festival takes place each year from the 11th-13th July and is a spectacle not to be missed. The event covers the country’s three traditional sports: horse racing, wrestling, and archery. 

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