Welcome to your detailed guide for Ulan Bator hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Compare prices for Ulan Bator hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
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.
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Most Ulan Bator hostels are located in
Chingeltei District, Sukhbaatar District, Sukhbaatar
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Ulan Bator? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Ulan Bator alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Ulan Bator. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
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.
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.
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?
Hostelz.com shows all 26 Hostels in Ulan Bator. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Town Yard Hostel is the best hostel in Ulan Bator for families.
Hostelz.com compares prices for 26 hostels in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
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!
Ulaanbaatar has the large market -- can't remember what it's called. It sells everything you will need for a trip into the Gobi. However, be very careful, a number of gangs work the markets to try and mug/steal from backpackers/tourists -- they pulled a knife on the person I was with to cut open his jacket to try and get to his inside pocket.
It was a nice city and the people are soo friendly.
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.