Mongolia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving In Mongolia
Driving in Mongolia can be highly challenging. Driving in Ulaanbaatar is difficult due to poorly maintained streets, broken traffic lights, poor street lighting, a shortage of traffic signs, and undisciplined pedestrians. The driving skills of the locals have not kept pace with the dramatic growth in the number of cars on the streets in recent years. There are few paved roads outside of the capital and no street lights, and you should avoid driving outside Ulaan bator after dark. 2WD drive vehicles will be Ok for driving in UB or between major cities such as Khara Khorum town, Erdenet town, Terelj National park , Darkhan town and Zuunmod town. Other than these routes you’ll need a 4WD. There are few road signs outside UB and its recommended that you try and obtain a GPS from the rental company. Also try and get a good map before you go. You should be able to get a Russian one from this site www.touratech.de. No locals will speak English and getting hopelessly lost is easy. Also, roads will quickly turn to mud after rain and many roads in desert regions have thick sand- ask the rental company if they can provide sand ladders. There have been robberies in the Lake Baikal region so you should exercise caution if travelling there. The weather can be highly unpredictable and it can snow anytime from mid September, and this will make travel treacherous and very time consuming. A challenging self drive location but a rewarding one -please let me know if you do a self drive trip to Mongolia.
Mongolia Car Rental –
Sixt have an office in Ulan Bator but this looks to be chauffeur drive only. There are some local self drive options though, though car rental is expensive and its often cheaper to take a local driver.