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Mongolia: Travel and Car Rental

Mongolia, the homeland of the great military leader Genghis Khan, attracts tourists from all over the world with its rich historical and cultural heritage, vast blooming steppes, and a chain of majestic mountains. This unique country is one of the few places on Earth where nature has preserved its pristine beauty untouched by civilization.

Renting a car will provide you with the freedom to explore Mongolia at any time, allowing you to stop wherever and whenever you like to fully immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of this country.

Where to Rent a Car in Mongolia?

To truly explore the surroundings of Mongolia and gain a complete understanding of the country's culture, renting a car is an essential part of your planned journey. You can rent a car in major cities such as Ulaanbaatar, Khubsugul, Asan, Dundgol, and others. However, it is important to choose licensed agencies, which are limited in Mongolia. One example of a licensed international agency is Sixt Mongolia.

What Type of Car to Rent in Mongolia?

If you plan to venture outside of the city (as is often the case with tourists), you will need a reliable car with all-wheel drive capabilities. The roads in Mongolia may not be in the best condition, so choosing a quality car is essential. For example, a Toyota Landcruiser 76/79 or a UAZ Patriot, known for their excellent off-road performance, would be a great choice.

International Driving Permit (IDP) in Mongolia

Do you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in Mongolia? Yes, it is mandatory. Foreign drivers can operate a vehicle in Mongolia only if they have an IDP. Mongolia recognizes IDPs based on the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic of November 1968. You can use your IDP in Mongolia for up to one year. Before using it, make sure that it has not expired.

If you plan to continue using your IDP in Mongolia after one year but it has not yet expired, you must return to your country of residence for at least three months.

It is worth noting that violations of traffic rules, including driving without an IDP, result in fines starting at $20 and may lead to criminal liability.

We can assist you in obtaining an IDP for your trip to Mongolia quickly and without any issues, ensuring that your car journey goes smoothly.

Additional Tips for Travelers:

  • When renting a car, many companies offer the option to add a camping kit for an additional fee, which is convenient for overnight stays in nature.

  • Download offline maps of Mongolia, such as Google Maps or, to better plan your routes in this sparsely populated country.

  • We recommend purchasing insurance for tire and glass protection, as deflated tires are a common issue in such trips, and the insurance will cover unexpected expenses.