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Flights to Mongolia

The best price found from United States to Mongolia is on November 15th, 2016, travelling with . See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

DCA
Washington Ronald Reagan
from $653.00
ULN
Ulaanbaatar

Getting around by air

Airports & Airlines

Ulaanbaatar’s Chinggis Khaan airport is Mongolia’s major international airport; the code is ULN. At the time of writing a new airport was under construction 52km southwest of Ulaanbaatar. It is expected to be complete by December 2016.

Flights to/from Ulaanbaatar can be pricey, as there is a limited number of carriers. The main carriers are MIAT, Air China, Korean Air, Turkish Airlines and Aeroflot. Apart from major cities like Bĕijīng, Seoul and Moscow, there are flights to smaller destinations in China, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. These include an AeroMongolia flight to/from Hohhot five times a week for US$208 one way. Other regional flights to places like Mănzhōulǐ, Ulan-Ude and Èrlián, however, change with the seasons.

High-season (June to August) prices for midweek travel are cheaper than on the weekend (Monday and Tuesday flights are generally cheaper than Friday and Saturday flights). In July and August, most flights are full, so book well in advance.

Airlines flying to and from Mongolia:

Transiting at Beijing’s T3

Flying to Mongolia usually requires one or two stops en route and you are likely to spend some time in either Bĕijīng International Airport (PEK) or South Korea's Incheon International Airport (ICN). Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) and Istanbul's Ataturk Airport (IST) are possible stops if you are coming from Europe. Here is what you need to know while in transit:

  • Your luggage weight is determined by the airline with which you begin your journey, not any middle segment or final segment. So if you are flying from overseas it doesn’t matter that MIAT’s baggage allowance is only 20kg; you can bring as much as your original flight allows. This applies only if you check your baggage all the way through to Ulaanbaatar. If you pick up your luggage midway through the journey you will be subject to luggage restrictions when you check in with MIAT or Air China
  • If you have an onward ticket, most nationalities can now stay in China for 72 hours without a visa. Luggage storage is available at the airport in Bĕijīng for about Y30 per bag. Terminal 3 also has a tiny hotel on the arrivals level where you can stay in between flights (rooms start from Y100 per hour). The airport is open all night. A free shuttle bus connects Terminal 3 and Terminal 2. Free internet is available but to get a password you need to scan your passport at one of the machines on the departure level.
  • If you want to pop into Bĕijīng for a few hours, take the Airport Line light rail (Y25), which runs every 15 minutes to Dongzhimen subway station.
  • Incheon airport is amazingly transit-friendly. It has a comfortable lounge with big sofas where you can sleep, free internet, free showers and even free city tours that can last from two to six hours! The airport also has a hotel, see www.airport.kr for details.
  • When leaving Mongolia, if you are catching a connecting flight, you must be able to show proof of your onward ticket at the counter in Ulaanbaatar and in Bĕijīng (so have a printout handy). If you cannot show an onward ticket and you have no visa for China, you won’t be allowed on the flight.

Flights to & from Ulaanbaatar

FromAirlineFrequencyOne-Way/Return Fare*
BĕijīngAir China6 weeklyUS$193/332
BĕijīngMIATdailyUS$173/348
BerlinMIAT2 weekly (via Moscow)US$590/1024
BangkokHunnu2 weeklyUS$460/741
HohhotAeroMongolia5 weeklyUS$208/360
IrkutskAeroMongolia3 weeklyUS$141/248
MoscowAeroflotdaily (summer), 3 weekly (winter)US$586/871
MoscowMIAT2 weeklyUS$533/787
SeoulKorean4 weeklyUS$325/510
SeoulMIAT6 weeklyUS$339/478
ShànghăiHunnu2 weekly (summer only)US$336/454
TokyoMIAT1 weeklyUS$454/666

Tickets

Airfares to Mongolia peak between June and August. Overlanders should consider purchasing an open-jaw ticket. This option could involve, for example, flying into Bĕijīng and then flying out of Moscow. This allows you to travel slowly along the Trans-Siberia Railway.

Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Departure Tax

Departure taxes, if any, will be built into your ticket.