Travel budget in Mongolia

Mongolia: calculate your travel budget

Mongolia: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Mongolia for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 20 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.7 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 453* (1210524 ₮)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 53 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 2.7 per person
  • $ 4.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 1291* (3449992 ₮)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 90 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 6 per person
  • $ 9.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 2157* (5764150 ₮)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Mongolia in 2020

Cost of living: Mongolia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Mongolia in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Mongolia by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Mongolia compared to the national average.

Cities /Mongolia View Details
Ulaanbaatar 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ulaanbaatar
Choyr 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Choyr

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Local prices in Mongolia by expense type

Mongolia: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Mongolia costs 62% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.1/person
($ 1.9 to $ 5.6)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 9.4/person
($ 5.6 to $ 28)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.3/person
($ 4.5 to $ 7.5)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.6 for 500ml
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.4 for 330ml
($ 1.2 to $ 1.9)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.3/cup
($ 1.7 to $ 4.3)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Mongolia: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Mongolia costs 53% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 21/night
($ 18 to $ 22)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 34/night
($ 20 to $ 54)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 72/night
($ 44 to $ 98)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 108/night
($ 66 to $ 157)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 236/night
($ 141 to $ 331)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 29/month
($ 21 to $ 36)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 72/month
($ 44 to $ 97)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 133/month
($ 100 to $ 180)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 30/month
($ 21 to $ 40)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 235/month
($ 120 to $ 418)

35% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Mongolia: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Mongolia costs 51% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.9)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.7/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 9/kg
($ 4.3 to $ 16)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.3/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 7.6)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.2)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2.5)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.4/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 2.3)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.5/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 5.6)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Mongolia: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Mongolia costs 58% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.2)

92% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 7.9/month
($ 7.5 to $ 12)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.4/km
($ 0.4 to $ 0.5)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.4
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 35/24hrs
($ 2.4 to $ 163)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Mongolia: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Mongolia costs 62% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 70/month
($ 58 to $ 97)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 17/month
($ 16 to $ 36)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 432/month
($ 303 to $ 756)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1447
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 262/month
($ 152 to $ 567)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1155
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 824/month
($ 567 to $ 1698)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2323
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 407/month
($ 248 to $ 959)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1830
Gym
Gym
$ 49/month
($ 20 to $ 77)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 132/month
($ 95 to $ 189)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1003
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 8271/yr
($ 3018 to $ 20742)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17436

Mongolia: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Mongolia costs 33% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.5/ticket
($ 3.3 to $ 7.5)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 17/hr
($ 9.4 to $ 22)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Mongolia: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Mongolia costs 26% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.2/pack
($ 1.9 to $ 2.4)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 42
($ 13 to $ 114)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 34
($ 18 to $ 77)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 76
($ 58 to $ 114)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 82
($ 39 to $ 114)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 103

Plane ticket budget

London → Ulaanbaatar
London → Ulaanbaatar
London → Ulaanbaatar
$ 913
(fair price: $ 770)
New York City → Ulaanbaatar
New York City → Ulaanbaatar
New York City → Ulaanbaatar
$ 1258
(fair price: $ 1096)
Los Angeles → Ulaanbaatar
Los Angeles  → Ulaanbaatar
Los Angeles  → Ulaanbaatar
$ 1222
(fair price: $ 1069)
Sydney → Ulaanbaatar
Sydney → Ulaanbaatar
Sydney → Ulaanbaatar
$ 1370
(fair price: $ 1188)
Dublin → Ulaanbaatar
Dublin → Ulaanbaatar
Dublin → Ulaanbaatar
$ 952
(fair price: $ 836)
Manchester → Ulaanbaatar
Manchester → Ulaanbaatar
Manchester → Ulaanbaatar
$ 1198
(fair price: $ 1033)
Melbourne → Ulaanbaatar
Melbourne → Ulaanbaatar
Melbourne → Ulaanbaatar
$ 1418
(fair price: $ 1253)
Montreal → Ulaanbaatar
Montreal → Ulaanbaatar
Montreal → Ulaanbaatar
$ 1410
(fair price: $ 1109)
Toronto (Ontario) → Ulaanbaatar
Toronto (Ontario) → Ulaanbaatar
Toronto (Ontario) → Ulaanbaatar
$ 2734
(fair price: $ 1756)
Perth → Ulaanbaatar
Perth → Ulaanbaatar
Perth → Ulaanbaatar
$ 1553
(fair price: $ 1330)
Edinburgh → Ulaanbaatar
Edinburgh → Ulaanbaatar
Edinburgh → Ulaanbaatar
$ 1155
(fair price: $ 1030)
Auckland → Ulaanbaatar
Auckland → Ulaanbaatar
Auckland → Ulaanbaatar
$ 1316
(fair price: $ 1144)

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About the information on the cost of living in Mongolia

The information about the cost of living in Mongolia shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Mongolia updated on 29-06-2020.

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