Travel budget and cost of living in Mongolia how much does a trip cost?

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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:

  • $ 15 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.7 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 369* (908754 ₮)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 52 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person
  • $ 4.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 1292* (3188878 ₮)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 88 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 7.9 per person
  • $ 8.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 2177* (5373998 ₮)

* 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 2019

Cost of living: Mongolia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Mongolia in 2019 is 47% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Mongolia in 2019 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 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ulaanbaatar
Choyr 17% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Choyr

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Local prices in Mongolia by expense type

Restaurant budget in Mongolia

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Mongolia costs 57% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.5/person
($ 2.2 to $ 4.4)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 10.2/person
($ 6.3 to $ 15)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.7/person
($ 4.3 to $ 7.6)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.9 for 500ml
($ 1.3 to $ 2.2)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.6 for 330ml
($ 1.3 to $ 1.9)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.3/cup
($ 1.8 to $ 3.2)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Mongolia

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Mongolia costs 48% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 18/night
($ 12 to $ 23)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 34/night
($ 21 to $ 54)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 70/night
($ 44 to $ 95)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 107/night
($ 66 to $ 156)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 234/night
($ 146 to $ 320)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 33/month
($ 24 to $ 39)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 73/month
($ 40 to $ 101)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 133/month
($ 96 to $ 189)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 28/month
($ 21 to $ 36)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 321/month
($ 232 to $ 456)

83% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Mongolia

On average, the price of supermarket food in Mongolia costs 48% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

18% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 1.6)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.8/12 eggs
($ 1.6 to $ 2.4)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 9/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 12)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.7/kg
($ 2.5 to $ 6.5)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 3.2)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.3)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 2.7)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.4/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 0.5)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 2.3)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 3.7/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 4.3)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Mongolia

On average, the price of transport in Mongolia costs 57% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.2)

91% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 10.4/month
($ 5.4 to $ 13)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.5/km
($ 0.4 to $ 0.5)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.5
($ 0.4 to $ 0.5)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 36/24hrs
($ 2.4 to $ 163)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Mongolia

On average, the cost of housing in Mongolia costs 67% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 64/month
($ 45 to $ 91)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 15/month
($ 10.6 to $ 22)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 343/month
($ 213 to $ 510)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 180/month
($ 128 to $ 213)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 651/month
($ 382 to $ 1547)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 385/month
($ 248 to $ 551)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 40/month
($ 27 to $ 65)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 128/month
($ 107 to $ 170)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 4135/yr
($ 2118 to $ 8470)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Mongolia

On average, budget for leisure activities in Mongolia costs 21% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.1/ticket
($ 3.3 to $ 6.1)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 21/hr
($ 9.4 to $ 33)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Mongolia

On average, shopping budget in Mongolia costs 30% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2/pack
($ 1.3 to $ 2.2)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 28
($ 13 to $ 65)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 33
($ 22 to $ 52)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 81
($ 65 to $ 107)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 79
($ 49 to $ 132)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Ulaanbaatar
London → Ulaanbaatar
London → Ulaanbaatar
$ 950
(fair price: $ 835)
Dublin → Ulaanbaatar
Dublin → Ulaanbaatar
Dublin → Ulaanbaatar
$ 1033
(fair price: $ 793)

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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 15-05-2019.

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