Mongolia’s climate is characterized by its striking extremes, with each of the four seasons distinctly different. Winters are cold, summers are hot, while spring and autumn offer sunny, generally dry interludes. June is an optimal time for travel, providing a pleasing balance in terms of weather. Nighttime temperatures can dip between +8°C to +20°C (46.4F to 68F), while daytime temperatures can elevate to a range of +15°C to +33°C (59F to 91.4F). However, the weather can be unpredictable, so it’s advisable to come prepared.
For a comfortable journey, we recommend packing sun protection essentials, hats, and long-sleeved warm clothing to adapt to the varying temperature ranges.
Mongolia operates on two distinct time zones to accommodate its expansive geography:
- West Mongolia observes GMT/UTC +7
- Central and East Mongolia observes GMT/UTC +8
The local currency in Mongolia is the Mongolian Tugrik (₮, MNT), with an approximate exchange rate of 1USD to 3,500MNT.
For the most accurate daily foreign exchange rates, please visit: https://www.mongolbank.mn/en/currency-rate.
Major establishments like hotels, restaurants, and large shops in Ulaanbaatar widely accept common credit cards including VISA and MasterCard. Conveniently, branches of domestic banks are accessible at the airport and within hotels. When exchanging money, it’s strongly advised to utilize a trustworthy source to ensure the best rates and security.
For your utmost comfort and ease, complimentary shuttle service will be arranged to and from Chinggis Khaan International Airport. In the event of any alterations to your flight schedule, we request you to keep us informed so we can adjust our plans accordingly.
Typically, the commute between the Chinggis Khaan International Airport and Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar hotel falls within the timeframe of 90 to 120 minutes.
Commuting Ulaanbaatar by taxi is an engaging way to experience the local culture. The capital city operates two categories of taxis, colloquially referred to as “official” and “unofficial” taxis. One of the reliable service providers is UB Cab – feel free to request assistance from the hotel lobby or your Liaison officer from DICOM if you wish to hail a taxi. For a smoother transaction, it’s advisable to carry smaller denominations such as 1000k and 5000k Tugriks for taxi fares.
Mongolia operates on a standard voltage of 220 volts/60 hertz. The country primarily uses a type of outlet with two round holes, similar to those found in countries such as Russia, Germany, Greece, and Turkey. However, if your electrical devices are not compatible with 220 volts, rest assured. Most of the larger hotels in Mongolia are equipped with universal outlets in every room to cater to international guests. Given the variety of socket types in Mongolia, it’s a good idea to bring along a multi-pin adapter to ensure your devices can be charged without any hassle.
While Ulaanbaatar is considered a safe city for tourists, it’s always wise to take necessary precautions just as you would in any major city around the world. To ensure your safety and comfort, please consider the following recommendations:
- When venturing out at night, opt for a certified taxi, especially if you’re not staying in the central part of town. This is due to the occasional increase in public drunkenness during nighttime hours.
- In crowded areas, be vigilant of pickpocketing incidents. To minimize risk, avoid carrying non-essential valuables and keep your cash in a money belt, pouch, or secure pockets such as the inside waistband of your trousers or a zipped inside pocket.
Visa Related Details:
General visa information:
List of countries exempted from visa to enter Mongolia: https://en.consul.mn/visa/c/83
List of countries eligible for electronic visa application: https://en.consul.mn/visa/c/153
List of Embassies and Consulates-General in Mongolia: https://consul.mn/representative/c/31
List of countries to which “tourist” visas can be issued at the international border without visa permit: