Getting there & away
From the bus stand (ul Sovetskaya 28), the 7am minibus to Gorno-Altaisk (R370, nine hours) can't be relied upon. Shared taxis (R500 per seat) also leave around 7am; they offer much better views and by arrangement will collect you from your hotel for no extra charge. For transport to the Mongolian town of Olgii (seats R250) it's best to find a 4WD 'UAZ' vehicle at the Mongolian market(Mongolski Rynok; ul Kooperativnaya 44). Weekdays around midday are the best times to try.