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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.

  • Erdenet Mining Co., [1].

There is also a carpet factory.
This is why Èrdènèt is, with Ulaanbaatar, the most developed town of the country and, with Baga nuur, the cleanest one.
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 3 State universities, plus a private higher education school and a vocational school, 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 around


It is possible to visit the copper mine. There is also a museum of the mine.


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.


You can rent tourist material (but no vehicle) at, a small company managed by a French.


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



  • 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.

Get In

One daily night train leaving at 20:20 from Ulaanbaatar, arriving at 08:00. Four coaches daily, mini-vans and car service from Ulaanbaatar. First class train is about USD20. Dining car on the train with Mongolian food, juice, cokes, beer, snacks etc.. The second class ("common") train is the cheapest way to go to Erdenet: 6 800 MNT in May 2009. Mini-vans will then drive you from the station to the city centre (8 km from the station) for 700 MNT (May 2009). Coaches go from Ulaanbaatar for 11 000 MNT (May 2009) and can take more for extra luggage.

The highway is paved all the way from Ulaanbaatar, but it is two lane and not well maintained. Some people avoid the car and mini-van services because the drivers tend to drive too fast and there are many accidents.

It is possible to bicycle, but watch out for speeding cars.

Get out

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You can go to Russia or China from Èrdènèt by train via the town of Blacksmith (Darkhan (city)) or by different means via Ulaanbaatar.


An experimental web site giving train schedule is timetable. You are supposed to be able to order online, but it doesn't always work.
One daily train to Ulaanbaatar (leaving at 19:00, arriving at 07:10 in summer, leaving at 19:40, arriving at 07:40 in winter) and many stops in between, first class to Ulaanbaatar is USD 20 on the train, there are lower classes for less, bus is less than the first class train. This train reaches the town of Blacksmith (Darkhan (city)) by night at 23:50 in summer, 0:35 in winter, for 5 000 MNT (3rd class, December 2009). You can take there an international train to Russia or China, or a national train to Northern Mongolia.
Trains go each and every day of the year, including on national holidays, except if the government has decided a temporary ban on public transportation against any epidemic (last one lifted in November 2009 against the propagation of virus H1N1). The train station is 8 km East of the city, but there is another ticket office downtown near the coach station (the latter charges 200 extra MNT) or you can buy your ticket at the train station (6 800 MNT, 3rd class, in January 2010). To go to the station, be in any bus stop in the main avenue (Sùhbaatar street) 40 min before the train departure and look for mini-vans, who will charge 700 MNT (3rd class, January 2010).
Èrdènèt's coach station is at East of the city centre, at the extremity of Sùhbaatar street, in Builders square (Барилагчдын талбай, Barilagčdyn talbai).


Four daily coach service to Ulaanbaatar, coach service to Bulgan City. Èrdènèt's coach station is at East of the city centre, at the extremity of Sùhbaatar street, in Builders square (Барилагчдын талбай, Barilagčdyn talbai).
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

MicroBuses and cars (public "taxis") to Ulaanbaatar and Darhan, with no schedule: they leave when full.
Microbus to Darhan: 8 000 MNT/person (Autumn 2009), car to Darhan: 10 000 MNT/person (Summer 2009).
Car to Ulaanbaatar: 20 000 MNT/person (November 2009).
Microbuses and official taxis undergo about the same government temporary bans as trains and coaches against epidemics (last one lifted in November 2009).