Mongolia is an incredibly unique destination, and few capital cities can compare to the beauty of Ulaanbaatar.

Travelers from all around the world make their way to this incredible city to have a little taste of the adventure that Mongolia is famous for. Backpackers, adventurers, lovers of history, and everyone in between can find something to love in Mongolia. Take a trip through the Gobi desert on the back of a camel. Marvel at the Genghis Khan Statue Complex on a day trip to Terelj National Park. Get immersed in the traditional dance and music at the Mongolian State Academic Theater.

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Travel through the steps and see the inside of a yurt. In Ulaanbaatar, there is no shortage of excitement, but before diving into Mongolia head first, there’s one thing that every traveler needs — a place to stay. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the best hostels that Ulaanbaatar has to offer!

Golden Gobi

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from $6 / 6-dorm 4.2/5 Map

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Assistance booking trains and flights
  • Camping equipment rentals
  • Airport pickup
  • Transportation to the train station
  • Visa application information and assistance
  • Free breakfast
  • Numerous lodging options
  • Mongolia travel assistance
  • Guided tours run by skilled professionals
  • An impeccable reputation

Owned and operated by a proud family of experienced guides, the Golden Gobi is the place to go for travelers with a sense of adventure. As this hostel is located near the city center, the Golden Gobi is within walking distance of the railway station and a number of exciting points of interest.

The Golden Gobi is run by a family of guides, so they offer a number of guided experiences including: Khustain Nuruu National Park, Bayan Ulgii, horseback riding, camel riding, and more. This hostel is incredibly clean, located in a convenient area, has great staff, and is very affordable. What more could an international traveler ask for?

Top Tour Guesthouse Mongolia 

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from $29 / 2-private 4.2/5 Map

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Access to rare cultural experiences
  • High quality dorms and private rooms
  • Help booking transportation

This guesthouse has one of the most beautiful interiors of any hostel in the city. The facility offers a number of interesting tours and cultural opportunities. Top Tour Guesthouse gives travelers the unique opportunity to live like a nomad. How do they manage this? Well, the ownership has great relationships with a number of rural families, and these people are the real deal!

Anyone bold enough to seize this opportunity will learn a ton about the way of life in rural Mongolia. Adventurers can expect to milk goats and sheep, ride camels through the desert, ride horses through the mountains, make Mongolian cheese, play traditional games, and so much more! For those who really want to immerse themselves in a foreign culture, the Top Tour Guesthouse is hard to pass up!

UB Guesthouse and Hostel

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from $8 / 6-dorm 4.2/5 Map

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Free trains station pickup
  • Jeep tours through rough terrain
  • Mongolian Visa extension assistance
  • Chinese visa assistance
  • Extremely affordable prices

Lauded by National Geographic, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, the UB Guesthouse and Hostel clearly has a great reputation! The UB Guesthouse and Hostel operates to nearly every corner of Mongolia. They have a strong focus on showcasing the country’s natural beauty, and they have extensive connections with nomadic families all over Mongolia.

Few people have seen the marvel of an extinct volcano at the foot of a massive lake. A guided tour to Terkhin Tsagaan Lake can change that! Like most travel services in Ulaanbaatar, they offer horse trips and camel expeditions through the mountains and Gobi desert. They’ve been in business since 2000, so any visitor can rest assured that they’re in capable hands at the UB Guesthouse and Hostel! 

Khuvsgul Lake Hostel 

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from $7 / 9-dorm 4.4/5 Map

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Onsite gym for travelers who want to keep their pump on
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Conference rooms
  • Free breakfast
  • Business center
  • A great mountain view

Located right in the center of Ulaanbaatar, Khuvsgul Lake Hostel is close to all of the capital’s hottest attractions. Guests describe their stay at the Khusvsgul hostel as a hotel experience at a hostel price. The rooms are extremely nice, and their rates are very affordable. They even have an onsite restaurant that specializes in Mongolian cuisine.

Travelers can check-in at any time of day, so folks coming into the city late at night don’t have to worry about finding a place to stay! With their quality breakfast buffet, visitors needn’t travel far to grab a bite to eat! They feature a number of different room options, making the Khuvsgul Lake Hostel very accessible to families, couples, and solo travelers alike.

Blue Sky 

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from $7 / 10-dorm  /5 Map

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Staff can speak English and Japanese
  • Affordable rates
  • Great for backpackers
  • Visa assistance
  • Ticket services
  • Shuttles to and from the airport
  • Possibly the best patio in all of Ulaanbaatar
  • Onsite exercise facilities

Situated in the city center and next to a beautiful park, Blue Sky is a green oasis in the capital. Few accommodations in the city center give visitors such immediate access to natural beauty! Blue Sky has connections with a number of local travel services, so they can point any guest in the right direction.

They even provide free city maps so visitors don’t get lost! There’s a children’s play area, making Blue Sky one of the most family-friendly hostels in town. With 24 hour reception, late arrivals can rest easy knowing that they have a place to stay.

Sunpath Mongolia 

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from $7 / 8-dorm 4.3/5 Map

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Group discounts
  • Extremely experienced guides
  • An incredible range of tourism opportunities
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Super family-friendly
  • An affordable price

Sunpath is run by a family with a great reputation for providing an exceptional experience. They offer reindeer tours, horse riding, family tours, winter tours, and so much more. Sunpath Mongolia is dedicated to showing guests what they want to see, so they’re willing to tailor tours to visitors’ desires — a refreshing departure from the one-size-fits-all attitude of many other tour operators.

Some visitors aren’t interested in long tours, and who can blame them? Most travelers aren’t in the country for a very long time, so they want a variety of experience to feel like they got their money’s worth. Luckily for those types of travelers, Sunpath Mongolia offers plenty of adventure opportunities that last four days or less. Some are only for a single day!


Some readers may be on the fence about booking that ticket to Mongolia, so here’s a bit of advice: just do it! Mongolia is a land with something for everyone. Very few countries offer visitors access to modern cities, vast steppes, beautiful mountains, striking deserts, and shimmering lakes. On top of that, how many capitals in the world have these incredible features within the distance that it takes to travel in a single day?

If natural beauty isn’t enough, just think about the culture! Over 50 percent of the nation’s population still live a nomadic lifestyle. These people have a connection to their roots that is almost unheard of anywhere else. The opportunity to interact with these friendly, hard-working people is something that can’t be overlooked. Even in the cities, the locals are known for their great hospitality and friendliness to foreigners.

The nomadic lifestyle isn’t the only cultural attraction, either. For one, the food is to die for! It’s unlike any other cuisine out there. Lovers of meat, cheese, and veggies alike won’t be disappointed. The people of this country have an incredible musical tradition. There are a plethora of exotic folk instruments, and the local musical styles truly encapsulate Mongolia’s spirit. Mongolian throat-singing is one of the most fascinating things that any visitor will hear. Before hearing it, most visitors wouldn’t think that such sounds could be possible with the human voice. 

Whether it’s for the people, the beauty, the art, or the city-life, Mongolia is an extremely affordable destination that will satisfy anyone who makes the savvy choice to visit!