Getting there & away
A daily bus travels between Dalanzadgad and Ulaanbaatar (T13, 300, 12 hours, 553km). The bus leaves from the market in Dalanzadgad around 8am (but expect delays).
Hitching around the Gobi Desert, including to the attractions in Gurvan Saikhan National Park, is impractical and dangerous. Hitching between aimag capitals and out to a few sum centres is possible but not easy. There won’t be anything of interest on the way so you’ll still need to hire a jeep at some point to visit the attractions. Make sure you carry plenty of water, food and a tent and sleeping bag for the inevitable breakdowns.
Both MIAT and EZ Nis airlines fly between Dalanzadgad and Ulaanbaatar. MIAT flights are US$78/134 one way/return and EZ Nis charges US$120/216 one way/return. During peak tourist season – July to mid-September – MIAT schedules extra daily flights between Ulaanbaatar and Juulchin-Gobi ger camp for the same price. Even if you have a ticket to Dalanzadgad, check that you are going to the city and not just the ger camp. The new airport is a designated ‘international airport’, but as yet has no international flights.