Transportation & Traffic
Mongolia¡¯s road condition is really terrible.
Except for downtown, most of road is off-road, and even if it is paved road, there are cracks or holes at everywhere on the roads.
So it can be very dangerous even though you drive slowly.
Downtown buses run by electricity. There are external buses and also some going to Terelji National Park.
There is no official taxi companies in Ulaanbaatar which is Mongolia¡¯s capital.
You just go to the side of roads, and wave at any random cars, then one of them would pull over by you.
You just get in the car, and you need to pay fare by kilometer!!
Literally they are private taxis.
FYI, Taxi fare is almost same as Korea taxis¡¯
As a tourist who traveled Mongolia, I recommend you never to rent a car if you travel to Mongolia in short, not in a long stay.
Traffic flow in Ulaanbaatar is the worst ever.
It is normal that they drive over the centerline and they don¡¯t send turn signals when they change lanes.
You hear cars¡¯ so lousy horn from behind as soon as traffic signals change.
No driving manner and rules.
Moreover driving in downtown is much tougher and there¡¯s always terrible traffic jam.
Funny thing is that even green lights are on cross walk, cars keep going like normal!!
All Mongolian drivers are off-road racers.
They can race with buses, or even luxury cars!
Can you imagine that they hop around with those cars on off-road conditions?
I, as a tourist who was in those cars, got scared but also thrilled since it was fun.
However I was really worried about cars.
Thus, you¡¯d better contact travel agencies to use their cars, or pay local drivers for transportation.