International Trains

Beijing - Ulaanbaatar Trains: K23/ K24

Train No.: Beijing → Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator): K23 in China, 023 in Mongolia; Ulaanbaatar→ Beijing: K24 in China, 024 in Mongolia
Duration: 31 hours and 8 minutes (K23); 31 hours and 5 minutes (K24)
Passing by: China and Mongolia via Trans-Siberian Railway
Distance: 1,553 kilometers (965 miles)
Operator: China Beijing Railway Bureau, Ulaanbaatar Railway Bureau 

Map of Beijing to Ulan Bator & Moscow Train
Map of Beijing - Ulaanbaatar Trains K23/K24

Departure Dates from Beijing (2019 - 2020)

Period Departure Days
June 4, 2019 -  June 16, 2019 Tuesday
June 17, 2019 - October 7, 2019 Monday, Tuesday
October 8, 2019 - May 26, 2020 Tuesday

Kind Reminder: This was the previous departure schedule of 2019-2020. Due to the hit of Covid-19, the train does not run currently.  

Beijing to Ulaanbaatar Train Schedule: K23

(Last update on Dec 25th, 2019) 
Stations Arrival Departure
Beijing --- 07:27
Shalingzi West 10:40 10:50
Jining South 15:27 15:43
Zhurihe 18:03 18:05
Erlian 20:18 00:59+1
Zamyn-Uud 01:25 02:40
Sainshand 06:15 06:50
Choir 10:13 10:30
Ulaanbaatar 14:35 ---

 See also: Beijing to Ulaanbaatar K3 Train 

 Kind Reminder:
Please make sure your visa for Mongolia is valid when passing through the China-Mongolia border.

Ulaanbaatar to Beijing Train Schedule: K24 

(Last update on Dec 25th, 2019) 
Stations Arrival Departure
Ulaanbaatar --- 07:30
Choir 11:20 11:35
Sainshand 14:47 15:20
Zamyn-Uud 18:50 20:35
Erlian 21:00 02:00+1
Zhurihe 04:07 04:09
Jining South 06:37 06:55
Shalingzi West 11:09 11:15
Beijing 14:35 ---

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1. "+1" indicates the second day;
2. The above timetable is for reference only. The one at railway stations shall prevail. 
3. The above time is Beijing Time, while Mongolia implements Daylight Saving Time from late March to late September, so during this period the Mongolia time should be one hour plus the time in the above table.

Ticket Fare of Beijing to Ulaanbaatar Trains

Deluxe Soft Sleeper  Soft Sleeper  Hard Sleeper

Beijing to Ulaanbaatar by China Train

Individual CNY 2,071 CNY 1,911 CNY 1,330
Group  CNY 1,646 CNY 1,486 CNY 1,041

Beijing to Ulaanbaatar by Mongolian Train

Individual  CNY 2,078 -- - CNY 1,389
Group  CNY 1,653 ---  CNY 1,100

Beijing to Zamiin-uud by China Train

Individual  CNY 1,154 CNY 1,017 CNY 709
Group  CNY 946 CNY 809 CNY 571

Beijing to Zamiin-uud by Mongolian Train

Individual  CNY 1,159 ---  CNY 759
Group  CNY 951 ---  CNY 621

Ticket Fare of Ulaanbaatar to Beijing Trains

Deluxe Soft Sleeper  Soft Sleeper  Hard Sleeper

Ulaanbaatar to Beijing Train

CNY 1,622 CNY 1,516 CNY 1,058

Ulaanbaatar to Erlian Train

--- -- - CNY 388
1. The above ticket price is for reference only. Please refer to railway stations for final fare.
2. A group should comprise at least six members to buy group tickets.

How to Buy the Ticket

Different from China's domestic railway tickets, international railway tickets are open for booking first and then released before departure. For group passengers, tickets are available for booking 60 days prior to departure and then issued 20 days prior; for individuals, tickets can be booked 30 days ahead of departure and printed 10 days ahead. One can purchase the tickets either through designated ticket counters at railway stations or from commissioned agencies like
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Beijing -  Ulaanbaatar Trains
Beijing -  Ulaanbaatar Trains
Beijing -  Ulaanbaatar Trains

Basic Information

Have started servicing the public on July 2nd, 1985 along the branch of the famous Trans-Siberian Railway, K23/24 is the second pair of trains connecting Beijing and Ulaanbaatar after K3/4. It is operated in cooperation between China and Mongolia. The train operated by China has 16 carriages, including 9 hard sleeper carriages, 2 soft sleeper carriages, 2 deluxe soft sleeper carriages, 1 dining carriage, 1 luggage carriage and 1 dormitory carriage. Before leaving China in Erlian, the dining and dormitory carriages and 2 hard sleeper carriages will be unloaded. After entering Mongolia, a Mongolian dining carriage and a dormitory carriage will be joined on. The Mongolian train is equipped with 17 carriages: 10 hard sleeper carriages, 3 deluxe soft sleeper carriages, a luggage carriage, a dormitory carriage, a dining carriage, and agenerator carriage. Before exiting its territory, the dining carriage, dormitory carriage and two hard sleeper carriages will be unloaded; after entering China, a dining carriage, a dormitory carriage and 2 hard sleeper carriages will be joined on.


Onboard Facilities of Beijing -  Ulaanbaatar Trains
Onboard Facilities
1. As the Chinese and Mongolian rail widths are different, the trains change wheels while stopping at Erlian, which takes about 3 hours. During the process, passengers can stay onboard.
2. Apply for a Mongolian visa before boarding.
3.  K23 departing on Tuesday is operated by China, and the carriages are newly made in China. All the carriages are equipped with air-conditioners; the deluxe soft sleeper carriages even have their independent toilets and shower facilities. K23 departing on Monday is operated by Mongolia, but the carriages are made in China. All carriages have air-conditioners and two deluxe soft sleeper carriages share one toilet; shower facilities are not available.
4. In addition to K23, K3 also runs to Ulaanbaatar from Beijing, whose final stop is Moscow. K3 is operated by China and departs every Wednesday at the same time with the same duration of K23. There is no big difference between Chinese K23 and K3.

Other International Trains between China and nearby Countries

Beijing - Manzhouli - Moscow

Beijing - Pyongyang

Nanning - Hanoi

Hohhot - Ulaanbaatar

Beijing - Hanoi

Harbin - Vladivostok

K9795/K9796: Urumqi - Almaty
K9797/K9798: Urumqi - Astana

Erlian - Ulaanbaatar

Kunming - Vientiane

 International railways under construction/planning from China to:
- Last updated on Aug. 28, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Beijing - Ulaanbaatar Trains: K23/ K24
Asked by Mizanur Rahman from BANGLADESH | Nov. 10, 2023 19:16Reply
Beijing to Ulaanbaatar by train during April 2024
Hi good morning!

I am planning to travel Beijing to Ulaanbaatar by train during April 2024. Please let me know if the train service is active now. Also please inform from where I can buy the ticket.

Thank you very much for your kind response.
Answers (1)
Answered by Polly | Nov. 12, 2023 22:19

It has not resumed yet.
Asked by Nguyen from US | Aug. 27, 2023 08:12Reply
Beijing to Ulaanbaatar

My Chinese friend from Beijing said that the train K3 train has resumed, according to some information he read online. Can someone confirm this?
Answers (1)
Answered by Edward | Aug. 28, 2023 01:06

Sorry, I haven't heard about it yet.
Asked by Ryu from JAPAN | Jul. 16, 2023 01:54Reply
About K23/24 trains' operational situations.
It seems both China and Mongolia have eased some of their travel restrictions.
If you have any information, it would be appreciated if you could tell me if K23/24 are currently operational or when they will possibly be.
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia | Jul. 17, 2023 20:11

No, they are still out of service and there is no news when they will be resumed. Sorry for that:(
Asked by Rama Jutglar from SPAIN | Apr. 14, 2023 09:33Reply
Is this train operating again?
I heard that this trainline was reopening on april 1st. Is this true? Or do you have any idea of when it will?
Answers (2)
Answered by Scott | Apr. 16, 2023 23:17

I haven't found any Chinese report about it. Maybe we need to wait for more time.
Answered by Chris | May. 12, 2023 03:04

The international trains between China and Mongolia and all Siberia trains are not available now. They are still stopped their service, as far as I know.
Asked by Pandora from LATVIA | Apr. 29, 2020 19:13Reply
Can you book tickets for train from Ulaanbaatar from Beijing?
How can we get the tickets? Can deliver ticket to address to Netherlands or to Ulaanbaatar?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | May. 05, 2020 17:44

Thank you for your inquiry.

We are pleased to offer ticket booking service for you. The paper tickets will be delivered to your hotel address in Ulaanbaatar. Due to the influence of Covid-19, the international trains between Mongolia and China are not in service currently. It is still not clear when will they back to service. You can check our website in later days. If there is any news about its operation, we will update information online. Wish you a nice day!
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