Erdenet, with a population of nearly 75 000, is the second largest city in Mongolia and capital of Orhon province.
One of the world's large open pit copper mines is the reason for this city.
This is why Èrdènèt is, with Ulaanbaatar, the most developed town of the country and, with Baga nuur, the cleanest one.
(Section updated in 2014) You can see the Mongolian transportation page.
One daily night train leaving at 20:25 from Ulaanbaatar main train station, arriving at 07:30 (summer schedule).
In ordinary seats, it is possible you not be able to lie down. In Ulaanbaatar, it is possible to book several weeks in advance.
At least 4 coaches daily in summer, mini-vans and car service from Ulaanbaatar's Dragon coach station (West of the town, on Peace avenue). First class train is about USD20. Dining car on the train with Mongolian food, fruit juice, soft drinks, beer, snacks etc.. Mini-vans will then drive you from the station to the city centre (8 km from the station) for 1 000 MNT. Coaches go from Ulaanbaatar for 15 000 MNT and can take more for extra luggage. It is not possible to book more than one day in advance.
Cars go for about 25 000₮/person.
The road is paved all the way from Ulaanbaatar, but it is two lane and not well maintained. Some people avoid the mini-van services, and above all the car one, because the drivers tend to drive too fast and there are many accidents.
It is possible to bicycle, but watch out for speeding cars.
The train, coming from Ulaanbaatar, leaves Darkhan main station at 02:58 (night) and arrives at 07:30 (summer schedule).
From Darkhan coach station, mini-vans go to Erdenet when there are full, for 10 000 MNT/person, and cars for 15 000₮/person. Beware: minivans and cars can be dangerous.
You can see the mine, a few km East of the city, except on Fridays. Go by taxi, and ask.
There is a provincial museum, but explanations are not translated into English.
In the central garden, there is a musical fountain.
If you are there before Naadam, go and see the archers training in Naadam's field, south of the city centre. There are also a few trainings after Naadam. No training if it rains. In winter, hardly no training and, when they take place, it's inside. In springtime there are usually once a week, intensifying as national Naadam is approaching.
You can rent tourism material (but no vehicle) at Fiable.biz, a small company managed by a French. It's possible to give back in Ulaanbaatar the things your rented.
If you want to go back home with a Mongolian carpet, this is the place. There are small ones. Erdenet carpet was one of the first ISO 9001 certified companies in the country.
There are many restaurants in the downtown area. Including at least two Korean, one Chinese, one Russian, two vegetarian.
(Section updated in 2014 if not otherwise stated.)
You can go to Russia or China from Èrdènèt by train via the town of Blacksmith (Darkhan (city)) or by different means via Ulaanbaatar.
There is a web page in Mongolian giving train schedule, but it is not always up to date. You are supposed to be able to order online, but it doesn't work.
Èrdènèt has 2 coach stations. The one for Darkhan (city) and Ulaanbaatar is at East of the city centre, at the extremity of Sùhbaatar street, in Builders square (Барилагчдын талбай, Barilagčdyn talbai). The one for Bulgan and Mörön is at the South-East of the city, in a place called Dômôg, with a "Дөмөг ХХК" red sign at the top of a building.
Four daily coach services to Ulaanbaatar, coach service to Bulgan City.
Microbuses and cars
MicroBuses and cars (public "taxis") to Ulaanbaatar and Darhan, with no schedule: they leave when full.