Time Difference

There are two different time zones in Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (used in the majority of the country), which is eight hours ahead of the UK (GMT), and Hovd Standard Time (used in the far western provinces), which is seven hours ahead of GMT. Daylight Saving Time is no longer in use and the clocks do not seasonally.


The Mongolian currency is the Tögrög (MNT). You can use credit cards in most hotels, shops and restaurants in and around Ulaanbaatar and ATMs are widely available, having become more common in other towns. Even some international debit cards can be used to withdraw Mongolian Tögrögs but it’s important to note that travellers’ checks are no longer accepted. You can however, transfer money to Mongolia using commercial means like Western Union or Money Gram. It’s important to know that if you’re travelling through the countryside, you will need cash available to cover your daily costs.


Mongolia operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz and there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket's male earthing pin. UK travellers will need to bring an adapter.

Shops and Amenities

Generally, shops, department stores and supermarkets open every day between 8.30am and 9.30am and close between 9.30pm and midnight, including public holidays.


There are several daily and weekly newspapers including UB Post, The Mongol Messenger and Mongoliin Ünen. As for television, Mongolia enjoys several television channels including Mongol HD, UBS and TV9.


Post offices are open daily between 8am to 9.30am and closed from 4pm to 6pm.


To call the United Kingdom from Mongolia, dial: 001 - 44 - Area Code - Land Phone Number, or 001 - 44 - 10 Digit Mobile Number.

Internet and Mobile Coverage

In the capital of Ulaanbaatar, the Internet is widely available and is considered reliable. However, in rural Mongolia connection is usually still accessed through landlines and dial-up modems, which can alter the speed and is something to note when traveling here. The main mobile phone providers in Mongolia are: MobiCom, Skytel, G-mobile, and Unitel, with good coverage throughout.


Mongolian tögrög

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