Ulaanbaatar Tourism

Ulaanbaatar or Ulan Bator /ˌuːlɑːn ˈbɑːtər/ (Mongolian: Улаанбаатар, [ʊɮɑːm.bɑːtʰɑ̆r], Ulaγanbaγatur, literally "Red Hero") is Mongolia's capital and largest city. A municipality, the city is not part of any aimag (province), and its population as of 2014 was over 1.3 million; almost half of the country's total population. Located in north central Mongolia, the municipality lies at an elevation of about 1,310 metres (4,300 ft) in a valley on the Tuul River. It is the country's cultural, industrial and financial heart, the centre of Mongolia's road network and connected by rail to both the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia and the Chinese railway system. The city was founded in 1639 as a nomadic Buddhist monastic centre. In 1778, it settled permanently at its present location, the junction of the Tuul and Selbe rivers. Before that, it changed location twenty-eight times, with each location being chosen ceremonially. In the twentieth century, Ulaanbaatar grew into a major manufacturing centre.


Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia offers a unique experience to travellers. A vacation to Ulaanbaatar can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

Yes,it is that simple really! Enjoy your trip! Keep travelling!

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Ulaanbaatar

  • Know the pollution level of Ulaanbaatar before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 94 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 72.67 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 49.43 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 76.7 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 77.33 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 85.64 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 77.33 (High)
  • How safe is Ulaanbaatar for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ulaanbaatar.

    • Burglary and Theft 45.92 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 62.24 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 48.98 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 78.13 (High)
    • Car Stealing 36.46 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 52.6 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 59.69 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 36.73 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 55.61 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 31.12 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 64.29 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 53.65 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 54.79 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Ulaanbaatar is 54.74 (Low)

    • Safety Index 43.68 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index -3.54 (Low)
    • Pollution Index 94.34 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.5 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 36.11 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 46.48 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.5 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 30.61 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ulaanbaatar

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.03 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.79 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.38 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 68.72 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 30.01 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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