(T or MNT)
If you're travelling on an
organised tour you'll probably spend about US$100 a day. You can
travel independently, see the same sights and stay in the same places
for about US$80 a day - a lot less if you share the cost of a private
jeep and camp rather than stay in pricier gers (tents).
Accommodation and food will cost at least US$10 a day in Ulaan Baatar,
but you're better off budgeting closer to double that. In the
countryside, allow about US$15 per day if you're using public
transport and staying in hotels; if you take a tent and camp, you'll
spend closer to US$7 per day.
Bring US dollar travellers' cheques and have some US dollars in cash.
Credit cards are handy at some hotels and at airline offices in Ulaan
Baatar, but you won't be able to buy anything on credit outside the
capital. For some unknown reason, US dollars dated before 1988 are
There's supposedly a mandatory 10% 'government' tax levied in Ulaan
Baatar's posher restaurants and hotels, but most places either don't
bother adding it onto the bill or haven't heard of the tax. Tipping is
appreciated in upmarket restaurants. Bargaining is catching on in the
public markets, but be prepared to pay more than Mongolians.