Ulaanbaatar - Post Report Question and Answers

What is your home city/country? How long is the trip to post from there, with what connections? How easy/difficult is it to travel to this city/country?

Washington, DC area. You could go through Tokyo, Incheon, Frankfurt, or Istanbul. It’s around 24 hours whichever way you go. - Jan 2024

I am from Washington, DC in the United States of America. There is a 12 hour time difference between Ulaanbaatar and Washington, DC. Transportation includes flying from Ulaanbaatar to Seoul (approximately 3 hours) and then taking another flight from Seoul to Washington, DC (approximately 12 hours). The layovers in Seoul can be as long as 12 hours as the flights do not line up well. - Aug 2022

Home is the US. From UB, it's a 3-hour flight to Seoul and then a 11-12 hour flight to California, from there it's ~2 hours to the PNW or CO. Most trips have taken around 24 hours, although with pandemic-reduced flights, long layovers in Seoul have often made it longer. During non-COVID times, there are international flights to Japan, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Thailand (seasonal), Kazakhstan, and a few others. During COVID, it has been hard to get out of country for recreational travel. - Jan 2022

Midwest, United States. Travel takes a LONG time. At least 25-30 hours of total travel time with layovers in Seoul/Beijing/Narita, LA/DC. - Sep 2020

The US west coast. There are regular flights via Korea or Japan. Travel here is easy, and travel within the region is also easy. - Aug 2020

It is difficult and very time consuming to travel back to the U.S. Plan on an entire day of travel through limited connections. - Jul 2019

Where is home these days? Our home state is TX and it's a good 24-hour trip (plus or minus a few hours depending on connections) plus the additional excitement of crossing the international dateline. Pack that melatonin and caffeine. - Oct 2016

UK. Shortest is 12 hours with Aeroflot via Moscow. Although longer, I'd recommend to transfer through Seoul, or Beijing - it does pile on another 6 hours or so, but the choice of airlines is greater that way and it usually ends up more comfortable. Turkish Airlines offers connections via Istanbul, but the dead-of-night stop in Bishkek (with de-planing) is exhausting. - Feb 2015

Houston, Texas. 18 hours of flying with bad connections. - May 2012

Washington, D.C. is my home base. It takes at least 30 hours via plane from Ulaanbaatar to Washington Dulles. There are no direct flights from Mongolia to any part of the U.S. All flights go through Seoul, Beijing or Moscow. - Feb 2011

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