Cost of living in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Summary of cost of living in Ulan Bator

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 5,026,370 ₮
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 2,529,258 ₮
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 12,685 ₮
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 12,944 ₮
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 6,762 ₮
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,754 ₮
12 eggs, large 4,391 ₮
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5,588 ₮
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12,426 ₮
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 6,847 ₮
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,247 ₮
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,727 ₮
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 26,692 ₮
2 liters of coca-cola 2,942 ₮
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,219 ₮
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,074,930 ₮
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,328,120 ₮
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 172,211 ₮
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,062,330 ₮
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 586,731 ₮
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 112,902 ₮
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 36,107 ₮
40” flat screen tv 882,360 ₮
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 270,925 ₮
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 22,832 ₮
Hourly rate for cleaning help 16,162 ₮
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 92,790 ₮
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 100,826 ₮
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 222,027 ₮
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 263,212 ₮
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 38,634,000 ₮
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,877 ₮
Monthly ticket public transport 26,892 ₮
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 9,356 ₮
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 9,445 ₮
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 10,597 ₮
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 34,071 ₮
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 7,840 ₮
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 6,317 ₮
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 8,634 ₮
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,714 ₮
Tube of toothpaste 4,085 ₮
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 13,515 ₮
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 36,497 ₮
2 tickets to the movies 17,386 ₮
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 55,978 ₮
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 60,953 ₮
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 12,554 ₮
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,964 ₮
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,377 ₮
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 1,401,640 ₮
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 77 ₮
1 month of gym membership in business district 197,350 ₮
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 5,015 ₮
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 337 prices entered by 18 different people.
Latest price update: January 28, 2020

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