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 chart (explanation)|
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 50 km 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".
|Routes through Sainshand|
|Irkutsk ← Ulaanbaatar ← Choir ←||N S||→ Zamiin-Uud → Beijing|