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.
|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|
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.
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.
|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.
|Routes through Sainshand|
|Irkutsk ← Ulaanbaatar ← Choir ←||N S||→ Zamiin-Uud → Beijing|