Hostels in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

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Get to know Ulan Bator (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ulan Bator. To help you make friends with Ulan Bator before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Ulan Bator is also named and spelled Ulaanbaatar - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
 Get to know Ulan Bator (no more

Ulan Bator is the capital of Mongolia. It is not a massively touristy city. However, there are a few museums (the natural history museum, while in bad shape, hosts some fantastic exhibits of dinosaurs found in the Gobi desert), a large temple, and a handful of souvenir shops on the main avenue.

Don't expect gastronomy in Ulan Bator, instead you will find local fast food restaurants with limited selection, and a few Korean restaurants favored by the locals. We learned that the well known dish called "Mongolian beef" is actually an American invention... the local beef is usually dried on the roof of the nomads tents, and is very chewy.

When choosing your hostel in Ulan Bator, make sure you pick one centrally located with good heating and hot showers as nights can be very cold, and many people still live without running water. There is only a limited selection of Ulan Bator hostels and they always supplement their business with organized trips. If possible, try to book your stay in advance, as the supply of Ulan Bator hostel rooms is limited. We also recommend that you try to pick a place which offers train station or airport pick up. The taxi system is almost non-existent, and it's hard to distinguish taxis from regular cars on your own. If you do catch a taxi, you should try to haggle for cost of your trip if you can, as it is the customary thing to do.

Don't choose to visit a hostel in Ulan Bator if you want to party, because the streets are not the safest in the world at night, and it's highly recommended to stay in after dark.

FAQ about Ulan Bator Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Ulan Bator. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Ulan Bator. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Ulan Bator costs on average $8 for a dorm. A hostel in Ulan Bator with private rooms costs on average $29. shows all 22 Hostels in Ulan Bator. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Golden Gobi Guesthouse & Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Ulan Bator.

It offers: Pub Crawls.

Your Packing List for Ulan Bator

Your Packing List for Ulan Bator

Pack smart, not hard


Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Ulan Bator and Mongolia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Ulan Bator Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Ulan Bator, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
22 Total number of hostels
$8 Average dorm price
$29 Average private room price
$6 Cheapest hostel in Ulan Bator
3 Party hostels in Ulan Bator
Most Ulan Bator hostels are located in
Chingeltei District, Sukhbaatar District, Bayangol District
6 Average rating of all hostels

Travel Tips for Ulan Bator - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Ulan Bator. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Ulan Bator. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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