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Erdenet, with a population of nearly 75 000, is the second largest city in Mongolia and capital of Orhon province.


Fraternity monument

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.
There is a carpet factory.
Èrdènèt is also nationally famous for its excellent traditional archers team. Traditional archery, practised in beautiful gown by both sexes, consist of aiming at an horizontal target, a bit like a bowling one, lying on the ground. You may see it for Naadam and official competition, but also near the south stadium for training at the end of afternoons (usually with no gown then).
There are annexes of 2 State universities, plus a private higher education school and 2 vocational schools, so that many youth come from their provinces to learn in Èrdènèt, though Ulaanbaatar attracts many more students. In summer, many of these students go back home.

Get In[edit]

You can see the Mongolian transportation page.

From Ulaanbaatar[edit]

One daily night train leaving at 20:25 from Ulaanbaatar main train station, arriving at 07:30 (summer schedule).

Ulaanbaatar-Erdenet train prices (₮)
Classes ordinary sleeping first class
adult 7 700 16 700 25 300
child 2 900 10 900 13 900

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. Coach schedule

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.

From Darkhan[edit]

The train, coming from Ulaanbaatar, leaves Darkhan main station at 02:58 (night) and arrives at 07:30 (summer schedule).

Darkhan-Erdenet train prices (₮)
Classes ordinary sleeping first class
adult 4 950 8 150 13 450
child 1 550 4 650 6 750

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.

Get around[edit]

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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.

Do[edit][add listing]

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.
Enjoy the soviet city centre built from nothing for the sake of the mine in the 1970's. Many buildings colors and many trees are posterior to the soviet period, as well as a few buildings with glass-wall (usually banks).
There is a musical fountain in the city centre (set in 2009), with music at certain times.
See one of the two small temples in the North of the city centre, if you've not seen any before.
The countryside is close by. Just walk 20 min to the North of the city, and you'll hopefully see sheep, goats, a shepherd on horse. If, instead of 20 min, you walk 40 min, the probability not to see any is low (except at night). The so-called "ger districts", with more houses than gers, is also nearby. Some families live there a semi-urban semi-rural life: following the cattle on the evening, you'll be lead to a small farm in a street. If you're lucky, you may find someone bringing back home something heavy from the city centre at day fall: propose to help him/her and you're likely to be invited to drink a tea (specially if it's an adult): an opportunity to see one of these small houses with no running water but with electricity.
During Naadam (Officially July 11th, 12th and 13th, but sometimes a few days earlier), go to the horses races a few km West of the town. The other activities, specially the opening, the archery and the wrestling, take place in and near the stadium, south of the city.


You can rent tourism material (but no vehicle) at, a small company managed by a French. It's possible to give back in Ulaanbaatar the things your rented.

Buy[edit][add listing]

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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many restaurants in the downtown area. Including at least two Korean, one Chinese, one Russian, two vegetarian.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Selenge Hotel, (From the main square go east one block. At the intersection with a large traffic light structure in the middle, the hotel is next to the corner on the SE.). Old hotel, but rather clean and hot showers. USD15 - 45.  edit

Get out[edit]

(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.
One daily train to Ulaanbaatar (leaving at 18:35, arriving at 05:50) and many stops in between. For the price, see the "Get In" section above. This train reaches the town of Blacksmith (Darkhan (city)) by night at 23:00. You can take there an international train to Russia or China, or a national train to Northern Mongolia.
Erdenet train station is 8 km East of the city. You can buy your train ticket there or in another ticket office downtown near the coach station. The latter charges 400 extra MNT. To go to the station, go to the very city centre, Sükhbaatar street, in front of "Tögöl" trade center at least 40 min before the train departure and wait for a mini-van with someone shouting "Вокзал, вокзал" ("Vokzal, vokzal": "Station, station"). They will charge 1 000 MNT.


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.
There are days with no coach, correlated with national holidays but not exactly the same. They undergo about the same government temporary bans as trains against epidemics (last one lifted in November 2009).

Microbuses and cars[edit]

MicroBuses and cars (public "taxis") to Ulaanbaatar and Darhan, with no schedule: they leave when full.
For prices, see the "Get in" section above.
Microbuses and official taxis undergo about the same government temporary bans as trains and coaches against epidemics (last one lifted in November 2009).

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