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-Siberian Railway.
Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.
|Berlin||MIAT||2 weekly (via Moscow)||US$560/1024|
|Bishkek||Turkish Airlines||3 weekly||US$470/850|
|Frankfurt||MIAT||3 weekly (summer only)||US$475/820|
|Istanbul (via Bishkek)||Turkish Airlines||3 weekly||US$590/1050|
|Mǎnzhōulǐ||Hunnu||3 weekly (summer only)||US$126/216|
|Moscow||Aeroflot||daily (summer), 3 weekly (winter)||US$490/760|
|Seoul||Korean Air||6 weekly||US$325/510|
|Ulan Ude||Hunnu||2 weekly (summer only)||US$336/454|
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:
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 in 2018.
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 to major cities like Bĕijīng, Seoul and Moscow, there are flights to smaller destinations in China, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. These include an Aero Mongolia flight to/from Hohhot four times a week for US$125 one way. Other regional flights to places like Mǎnzhōulǐ, 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.