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Dalanzadgad

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

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).

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Hitching

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.

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Air

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.

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