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I arrived by local train from Irkutsk (Russia) one early morning in UB when it was still dark. I left UB again by local train to Shaynshand in the South which lies on the line to Beijing.
The UB railway station is quite big with restaurant, shops and left luggage. Since I didn't have to buy the ticket by myself, I can only tell you what other travellers in the UB guesthouse expericed.
As far as I know you buy the international tickets not in the railway station itself but down the road in a separate building. Now, since there are only usually two trains per week this can be tricky say in September (when I was there) or plain impossible. In that case try to use an agency if though it's more expensive. Agencies usually have a whole bunch of tickets reserved for them. If this fails which is likely in peak season, you can either fly to Beijing (missing out on stunning landscape) or take the local train to the end station Erlian, walk across the border and then take a bus onwards. You will be told to just follow the crowd when leaving the train. Lots of Mongolian traders take this route.
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