Motorcycle Travel Guides
Money: Both tughrik and USD widely used. Card is rarely accepted outside of the capital. ATMs can be found in main cities and towns.
Currency: Mongolian Tughrik ₮
Food: Street snacks 50p. Cafe £2-£4. Restaurant £5-£12
You can wild camp for free anywhere other than in the national parks. Dorms and home stays £5-£11. Mid-range hotel £20-£50
Petrol: £0.59 – £0.70 litre
June-July is the warm and dry season, although you may get treated to the odd thunderstorm.
The weather is cooler at the end of August, but there’s more rain.
High season is a great time to ride in Mongolia, but just keep in mind that Mongolian weather is unpredictable. It can be 35C+ in the morning and torrential rain and river crossings in the evening.
Mid: May and Sep. Yurt camps tend to close in these months and it can get pretty cold.
Plenty of snowfall and very difficult riding conditions. It is the perfect time to visit for eagle hunting expeditions, dog sledding and skiing.
Visa: Visa is required in advance, lasts 30 days and is valid for use within 90 days of issue. You can get a visa from an embassy abroad or from your home country and it costs around £55.
Carnet: Not needed.
Temporary Import: Sorted at the border when you enter.
International Driver’s Permit: Not required but good to have.
Insurance: Officially required. Can be purchased after you cross the border for around £20 for 30 days.
For more information on visas, borders and paperwork check out the Motorcycle Travel Guide: Mongolia
Eagle Hunting: It’s a must for anyone visiting Mongolia. You don’t need a guide and can find a traditional hunter yourself. Check out our guide How to Find an Eagle Hunter By Yourself
Gobi Desert: No trip to Mongolia is complete without seeing the Gobi Desert. It’s not as hard you might think getting there and is worth the ride. Here’s our dedicated Gobi Desert Guide.
Mongolia is a vast, raw and rugged wonderland. Travelling on a motorcycle here is phenomenal because it’s one of the last places on earth where it feels like you’re discovering unexplored lands. The insane Gobi Desert, Eagle Hunters, nomads and thousands of miles of dirt tracks leading to the Mongol Steppe makes Mongolia an adventure bike rider’s dream.