Trans Siberian Railway - Routes to Mongolia
Featured international timetable - trains going through Mongolia (updated winter 2012)
Beijing to Moscow Chinese train #3 leaves every Thursday at 07:45
Moscow to Beijing Chinese/Mongolian train #4 leaves every Monday at 21:35
Cost $200-$300 depending on type of sleeper
Tickets are sold only a few days before departure
You can make an advanced full pay reservation through a travel agent,
In Mongolia Happy Camel Jurney (Train and bus tickets from China to Mongolia)
In China - Ocean Travel or BestourChina or ChinaTripAdvisor, and several other agents.
Your tickets will be delivered in Beijing a few days before departure.
Budget option - Beijing to Ulaanbaatar
Budget option, costs about $30-$40 instead of $200-$300.
Take the overnight bus from Beijing LuiliQiao bus station, or the local train
to Erlian, a border city on the China/Mongolia border.
The ride takes about 12 hours.
From Erlian cross by van, or take the noon bus to Zamyn-Uud on the Mongolian side,
and take the daily local train to Ulaanbaatar.
This option might involved an extra day at Erlian.
The train leaves Zamyn Uud at 5:50PM every day
and arrives the next morning at 8:00AM in Ulaanbaatar.
The train cost is about $18
Domestic Mongolian Railway Map
Showing all train stations in Mongolia
Featured domestic Timetables - trains in Mongolia (updated winter 2012)
Ulaanbaatar to Zamiin-Uud (on the Chinese border) train MT3-276 leaves every day at 16:30
Zamiin-Uud to Ulaanbaatar train MT3-275 leaves every day 17:35
Ulaanbaatar to Sukhbaatar (on the Russian border) train MT3-263 leaves every day at 21:10
Sukhbaatar to Ulaanbaatar train MT3-264 leaves every day at 21:05
Train information sources
Trans Siberian - by Waytorussia
Thorn Tree Mongolia - by Lonely Planet (excellent replies by Ruth)
Search trains and time tables - including trains to Mongolia
POEZDA - the English page of a Russian site, use the Russian transliteration of place names.
China - trains from Beijing