Sainshand is the capital of Dornogovi province.


This small city in the Govi is planned to become a major industrial site with mineral processing and a hub between the Tran-Mongolian railway and a new east-west cross-Govi railway connecting major mines with eastern Siberia.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) -11.8 -6.7 3.0 14.1 22.5 27.5 29.4 27.5 20.8 12.0 -0.6 -9.8
Nightly lows (°C) -22.8 -19.5 -10.9 -1.1 7.2 13.6 16.8 15.0 7.5 -1.4 -12.3 -20.4
Precipitation (mm) 0.5 1.1 1.5 3.1 8.1 16.1 31.0 30.9 10.9 4.6 2.1 1.4

NOAA (1961-1990)

Get in

As it is a station on the main train-line of the Trans-Mongolian line of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing via the Zamiin-Uud/Erlian border crossing to Ulaanbaatar, there is little public transport otherwise. A paved road was completed in 2013 connecting Sainshand and Zamiin-Uud to Ulaanbaatar via Choir. No word yet if there will be any buses between the cities.

By train

Sainshand Railway Station

There are several trains that stop in Sainshand going either south to Zamiin-Uud and on to China or north from China to Ulaanbaatar. There are 2 daily trains from UB, plus express trains on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with fewer stops. There are also 1 daily train and an express train on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from Zamiin-Uud. Local trains stop at every town and city along the way and can have over 20 stops between Zamiin-Uud and Ulaanbaatar.

Train Number Route Arrives Departs Days
44 Ulaanbaatar - Sainshand - Zamiin-Uud 03:57 04:25 Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
43 Zamiin-Uud - Sainshand - Ulaanbaatar 01:10 01:50 Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
286 Ulaanbaatar -Sainshand - Zamiin-Uud 20:00 20:40 Everyday
285 Sainshand - Ulaanbaatar 21:00 Everyday except Monday
286 Ulaanbaatar - Sainshand 22:50 Friday express schedule
285 Sainshand - Ulaanbaatar 00:30 Friday express schedule
276 Ulaanbaatar - Sainshand - Zamiin-Uud 1:38 2:08 Everyday express train
275 Zamiin-Uud - Sainshand - Ulaanbaatar 22:50 23:30 Everyday express train


You can visit the Hamriin Hiid Monastery about 50km south of the town (about 40.000 per car). It's a less than 1h drive thru the desert. The monastery itself is not much more than a collection of stupas, but it's in a beautiful desert location and it's an important place for Tibetan Buddhists and locals come here to aborb "Enerji".


The hotel (Twin room T12.000) near the train station is really quite bad. No shower, I got electric shocks using the water tap, and our room got flooded. Better to go into the city.

Go next

Routes through Sainshand

Irkutsk Ulaanbaatar ← Choir  N  S  Zamiin-Uud Beijing

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