Brush up on your Frogger
Traffic in Ulaanbaatar can be unfathomable. In recent years, nearly 300 cars are imported to Mongolia a day and some 80% of those go to UB. At times, traffic lights and lanes will seem more like guidelines than law. Unsurprisingly, gridlocks are frequent and rather complex. There are crosswalks painted in some places, but that doesn’t mean pedestrians have the right of way. Be cautious when you step off a curb, when you weave through stopped traffic, or even when you’re walking on what looks like a pedestrian friendly shoulder (determined taxi drivers will drive on anything). Jay-walking isn’t illegal so if you need to cross the road, it’s best to cross wherever there’s a lull in traffic. And don’t be surprised if you have to run.