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Beijing – Ulaanbaatar International Train

There are two pairs of international trains running between Beijing and Ulaanbaatar, taking around 27 hours to cover 1,500 kilometers (932 miles). The Beijing – Ulaanbaatar train is available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and departs at 11:22am from Beijing Railway Station (北京站), which is located in the middle of Beijing, close to Tian’anmen Square.

  • Distance: 1,500 kilometers (932 miles)
  • Duration: 27 h 08 min
  • Train Number: K3/K23 Beijing - Ulaanbaatar; K4/K24 Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

Train Schedules

  • K3 Beijing – Ulaanbaatar – Moscow
  • K4 Moscow – Ulaanbaatar – Beijing

Beijing to Ulan Bator Train Map

Train station with a “*” means immigration inspection needed.

K3: Beijing - Ulaanbaatar - Moscow

(Updated on March 4th, 2019)

Travel Day Station Country Day Arrive Depart
1 Beijing (北京站)
China Wednesday   07:27
Jining South Wednesday 15:27 15:43
*Erlian Wednesday 20:18 00:59
2 *Dzamyn Ude Mongolia Thursday 01:25 02:40
Ulaanbaatar Thursday 14:35 15:52
Suhe Bator Thursday 21:50 23:10
Naushki Russia Thursday 18:55 20:45
3 Ulan-Ude Friday 00:53 01:38
Irkutsk Friday 09:37 10:22
4 Krasnoyarsk Saturday 03:53 04:15
Novosibirsk Saturday 16:00 16:20
Omsk Saturday 23:20 23:36
5 Tyumen Sunday 06:29 06:49
Sunday 11:28 11:58
Perm Sunday 17:20 17:40
6 Moscow Monday 13:58  

K4: Moscow - Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

(Updated on March 4th, 2019)

Travel Day Station Country Day Arrive Depart
1 Moscow Russia Tuesday   23:55
2 Perm Wednesday 20:00 20:20
3 Yekaterinburg
Thursday 01:38 02:08
Tyumen Thursday 05:59 06:19
Omsk Thursday 13:36 13:52
Novosibirsk Thursday 21:03 21:23
4 Krasnoyarsk Friday 08:39 09:01
5 Irkutsk Saturday 02:13 03:08
Ulan-Ude Saturday 10:00 10:45
Naushki Saturday 14:57 16:47
Suhe Bator Mongolia Saturday 22:29 00:44
6 Ulaanbaatar
Sunday 06:45 07:30
*Dzamyn Ude Sunday 18:40 20:35
7 *Erlian China Monday 21:00 02:00
Jining South Monday 06:37 06:55
Beijing (北京站)
Monday 14:35  
  • K23 Beijing – Ulaanbaatar
  • K24 Ulaanbaatar – Beijing

Train station with a “*” means immigration inspection needed.

K23: Beijing - Ulaanbaatar

(Updated on March 4th, 2019)

Station Country Arrive Depart
Beijing (北京站)
China   07:27
Jining South 15:28 15:44
*Erlian 20:18 00:59
*Dzamyn Ude Mongolia 01:25 02:40
Ulaanbaatar 14:35  

K24: Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

(Updated on March 4th, 2018)

Station Country Arrive Depart
Mongolia   07:30
*Dzamyn Ude 18:40 20:35
*Erlian China 21:00 01:20
Jining South 06:08 06:20
Beijing (北京站)

Details on the Trains

Train Number Runtime Train Type Type of sleeper class Facilities on the train
K23 every Saturday from June 9th, 2018 to June 1th, 2019 newly built Chinese train
  • hard sleeper: 4 berths in a compartment
  • soft sleeper: 4 berths in a compartment
  • deluxe soft sleeper: 2 berths in a compartment
  • A dining car
  • All the coaches are air-conditioned
  • Power socket in each coach
  • Each deluxe soft sleeper compartment is equipped with an independent western-style toilet and a shower
Each hard/soft sleeper coach share a western-style toilet
K23 Every Friday from June 12th, 2018 to October 16th, 2019 Newly built Mongolian train
  • hard sleeper: 4 berths in a compartment
deluxe soft sleeper: 2 berths in a compartment
  • A dining car
  • All the coaches are air-conditioned
  • Power socket in each coach
  • Two deluxe soft sleeper compartments share a western-style toilet, no shower
Each hard sleeper coach share a western-style toilet
K3 Every Wednesday Old-style train
  • hard sleeper: 4 berths in a compartment
deluxe soft sleeper: 2 berths in a compartment
  • A dining car
  • Only deluxe soft sleeper coaches are air-conditioned
  • Power socket in each coach
  • Two deluxe soft sleeper compartments share a washbasin, no shower
A western-style toilet available at the end of each hard/deluxe soft sleeper coach

How to Book the Ticket

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International tickets can be booked up to 30 days before departure. You can buy the ticket at designated ticket offices, or at travel agencies like China Highlights. Ticket offices only accept cash (RMB) and don’t have English speaking personnel. So it would be more convenient to buy an international train ticket with China Highlights. We provide detailed and helpful English guidance and a 24/7 service. A ticket delivery service is also available.

All the passengers’ passports and photocopies of passports and visas are required when you make the booking.

Children’s tickets:

  • A child under 4 years old and accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket is ticket- free if they don't occupy individual berths. A child-ticket needs to be bought if you want to get a berth for the child.
  • Children between 4 and 12 years old need to buy child tickets.
  • Children over 12 years old need to buy adult tickets at full fare.

Please note: There are no open tickets for this train. If you want to hop on and off along the way, you need to buy separate tickets.

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How to Apply For Visas

Documents you need for applying for visas:

1. A passport valid for at least 6 months.

2. Itineraries for Chinese and Mongolian tours.

3. International train or flight confirmation letters.

4. Application forms.

5. Visa support letters. You can get visa support letter or invitation letter from local travel agencies.

Can I Enjoy 144-hour visa exemption?

Travelers who take the international train from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing do not qualify for 144-hour visa-free transit, because the valid ports of entry in Beijing are Beijing Capital Airport and Beijing West Railway Station(北京西站). International trains between Ulaanbaatar - Beijing arrive in / depart from Beijing Railway Station(北京火车站), which is not the port for the 144-hour visa-free policy.

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How to Board the Train

Valid certificate is required when buying a ticket AND boarding a train:

  • Foreign passengers: Passport or Travel Permit
  • Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan passengers: Mainland Travel Permit

In China, boarding an international train is basically the same as boarding a domestic train. Arrive at the train station at least 1 hour in advance - go through security – find your waiting room – find the platform – board the train.

There are only Chinese signs at train stations. If you have difficulties in finding the right waiting room or platform, ask a member of staff for help. Here is a phrase that might be helpful.

English Chinese
Excuse me, please tell me which waiting room I should go to for the international train **. (Show your ticket) 你好,请问国际火车** 的候车室在哪里?

Good to Know

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  • There are power sockets in each coach but you need to take a converter to be able to recharge your phone and camera. Voltage is sometimes too low and it may not be able to charge your laptop.
  • Free toilet paper is available but always runs out. So bring your toilet paper just in case.
  • There is free boiling water in each coach. You can take a cup with you and make a cup of coffee or tea.
  • US dollars are acceptable on international trains. When you are in China, you can use Chinese Yuan; when you are in Mongolia, you can use the Tugrik. Remember that only cash is accepted.
  • We can only book tickets from China to Mongolia. If you want to buy train tickets for the Mongolia to China direction, please buy them at the Mongolian train station.
  • At Erlian Station, the train will stop for about 3 hours to change the wheels for a different railway line because the railway widths are different between China and Mongolia. You can either stay on the train or get off to have a walk around.

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