Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Ulan-Ude, Russia. You can choose from 7 Ulan-Ude hostels. In total, there are 7 cheap places to stay in Ulan-Ude such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $6 for a dorm.
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-Ude, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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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-Ude? 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-Ude alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Ulan-Ude. 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-Ude. To help you make friends with Ulan-Ude before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Located on the banks of the Selenga River, Ulan Ude is the third-largest Siberian city and the capital of the Russian Republic of Buryatia. Although it's well-located on the border of Russia and Mongolia, more tourists opt to stay in the larger city of Irkutsk and miss Ulan Ude entirely. If you stay in Ulan Ude, you'll see the world’s largest Lenin head; you can take a short trip to Ivolga, home of the Ivolginsky Datsan, Russia’s most important Buddhist centre. Take a good look at the bust of Lenin –- it is said to have been built with particularly Buryat-like eyes as revenge for having to erect it there.
The walkable city centre boasts a lively pedestrian street with cheap food vendors and an Irish pub and several wonderful examples of traditional Siberian architecture. Ulan Ude offers local history, including open-air ethnographic and natural history museums. The city’s atmosphere is a peculiar fusion of Slavic and Asian, with a defiant traditional Buryat population and culture overlaid with a Russian patina. Ulan-Ude is worth a short visit, either as a trans-Mongolian or the trans-Siberian stopover. It offers an alternative view to Russia, and a curious point of fusion between Asian and European nations.
When looking for an Ulan Ude hostel, it is important to choose one that is close to the city centre. There is no metro, and public transit is limited to noisy trams, buses, and marshrutki, small vans that act as "route taxis" that only stop when passengers request them to do so. Although fast and convenient, they can be difficult for those who do not speak Russian. For those who do want to try their luck with marshrutki, remember that you pay the driver and other passengers may ask you to pass their money to him by saying "voszmite, pozhalusta" ("take it please"). If you need to stop, you can call out "ostanovite, pozhalusta!" ("stop, please") or "na ostanovke" ("at the stop") if you are approaching a bus or tram stop.
When looking at Ulan Ude hostels further from the city centre, be aware that the centre is likely not within easy walking distance and the roads may in fact be entirely unpaved. Depending on the time of year you visit, this can be troublesome when the dirt roads are transformed into muddy quagmires dotted with crater-like potholes.
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Ulan-Ude. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Ulan-Ude. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
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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-Ude. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Ulan-Ude. 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!
First of all you want to buy tickets for flights, long train rides, and tourist attractions as early as possible because the longer you wait the higher the prices are and the harder they are to get i.e. the lowest possible airplane ticket I could get to Frankfurt when I booked it yesterday was $ 472 more than the lowest one I could find when I was looking last week. If you go to any big cities be careful with you're money and anything of value to you because pick-pockets usually like to keep an eye out for tourist and target them because they're usually less likely to file a police report. Personally when touring Europe I like to visit smaller cities and smaller castles and cathedral instead of the larger more popular ones because they're just as interesting but not nearly as crowded. One thing that is very important is that you or someone who you're with knows how to say do you speak English, where are the bathrooms, where is an ATM, and do you have a map in the language of the country you're visiting because it's very easy to get lost and bathrooms and ATM's aren't always as common as they are here in the US. And you should always make sure that you have the address of where you're staying so that way if you do get lost you can find your way back. Lastly you want to always make sure that whatever you buy will fit in your suitcase on the way back sometimes it helps if you don't pack your suitcase completely full of the way there or by putting an empty suitcase inside the one you're bringing if you plan on purchasing a lot. Also if you plan on doing a lot of shopping it's helpful to look up what size you are in European sizing before you go so that way you have a general idea of where to start. I hope this helps!
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Ulan-Ude and Russia.
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.