Most people fly to Mongolia. From Europe, your usual options will include Aeroflot, Mongolian International Airlines (MIAT), Turkish Airlines and Air China. All of these airlines except MIAT fly to Ulaanbaatar from all major airports in Europe – Aeroflot via Moscow, Air China via Beijing and Turkish Airlines via Istanbul. MIAT offers direct flights from Frankfurt in the summer season. From North America, Korean Air may be an option for you, too. Return-fares from Europe typically range from around 750 to 1,100 Euros – often (but not always) depending on how early you book. Check out and compare prices and flight schedules and see what suits you best! When choosing your airline, we also recommend having a closer look at the baggage allowances, because 20 kg are quickly exceeded when you bring a lot of gear. Turkish Airlines economy tickets allow 30 kg (plus hand luggage). Aeroflot currently allows one bag of max. 23 kg. They however take a second piece of luggage of up to 23 kg for 50 € one way from Europe to UB.
Very popular among those who have a bit more time is going at least one way by train – via Moscow and Irkutsk on the famous Transsiberian Railway. However, we feel we do not have enough experience to give you decent guidance on this topic. But there's tons of information out there in books, fora and on internet websites. Just have a look yourself!
Since Eznis Airways has gone out of business in 2014, inland flights in Mongolia are now mainly carried out by Hunnu Airways and Aero Mongolia. They provide frequent and affordable services to all destinations relevant for our trips – such as Murun, Uliastai or Ulgii. We might want to add here that we cannot confirm any of the still circulating wild stories of drunk pilots, airplanes that literally fall apart or sheep in the passenger compartment. On the contrary: Today's Mongolian domestic air transport is reliable, safe and – as far as we can judge this – completely up to international standard. We can only recommend it!
However, if you have the time, you may prefer to do at least one of your domestic trips to or from Ulaanbaatar overland. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the distance and beauty of the country and will get you into close contact (literally!) with the people. There exist cheap services in Russian 40-seat-busses with time schedules and (theoretically) guaranteed seats, as well as many privately owned minibuses that go whenever they are full. And that really means FULL. Although the long trips in busses and Furgons are often hard and usually quite uncomfortable, we also recommend this version if you are looking for this sort of experience and if you are not in a hurry to catch a flight back home.
If you book a canoeing-trip with us we will help you plan and organise your individual journey to and from our start and end points. However, bare in mind that this is not a part of our paid services and that you will have to book your ticket yourself!