Getting Around in Iran

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Affordable Ways of Getting Around in Iran

Most Iranian cities are well-connected through public-commuting services that have been established as a part of the larger, Iran Transportation network. One of the most affordable and comfortable means of getting around in Iran is using the local trains. Also referred to as ‘gatar’ in the native language of Farsi, trains are also the most reliable mode of travel in Iran. Though local buses are also available, trains are recommended for inter-city Iranian travel plans.

Getting Around in Iran by Local Train

The passenger railway system is often referred to as Raja Trains, since this is the name of the leading provider of local train services in Iran. Most of the trains operate throughout the day. Traveling by trains is particularly comfortable since the interiors are generally tidy and sleeper berths can be easily booked.

This local railway network consists of three, major routes. The first one provides east-to-west connectivity, spread along the cities bordering Turkey and Turkmenistan. This network is ideal for visiting Iranian cities of Tehran, Tabriz or Mashhad. The other two networks have a presence through central and south Iran. These two lines split along the province of Qom. From Qom, one line extends towards the Gulf regions of Arak and Ahvaz. The other line links to the centrally-located Iranian cities like Yazd, Kerman and Kashan.

There is no need to book the train tickets in advance. The train stations are accessible for on-the-spot rail booking. However, if you have a planned itinerary, you can buy tickets up to a month in advance. The tickets are reasonably priced and there aren’t many categories to choose from—first-class and general seats make-up the usual categorization.





Iran Travel Information

Iran is a wide country in southwest of Asia neighboring the Caspian Sea. Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iraq. All southern borders of the country end to the shores of the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman. Total terrestrial borders of Iran are 6032 km. And total water borders are 2700 km.  Unique landscapes such as limpid water springs, Pomegranate orchards, pistachio gardens, rows of Lombardy poplars, decampment of nomads in different seasons, cheliferous nights, rocks, mountains, endless high and low lands, extinct volcanoes, luxuriant forests of Alborz mountain range, and coastlines of the Caspian sea are among the eye-catching and memorable landscapes of Iran’s nature which leaves unique memories in the minds of tourists.

Iran’s landscapes vary remarkably at different seasons. The average annual temperature from northwest to southeast of the country and varies from 10 degree Centigrade in Azerbaijan to 25-30 degree Centigrade in the south and southeast. Iran enjoys a considerable climate diversity, which is subjected to various seasons in different parts of the country, in a way that in some areas, the coldness of winter and the warmth of summer can be seen simultaneously. Thus the weather in Iran must be judged regionally.

According to latest census made in 2006, the population of Iran was a little more than 70 million. Gross domestic product is composed of four sectors: agriculture, industry & mine, services & oil. Iran is the bright place of Zoroastrian. One of the oldest prophets of the world and founder of Zoroastrian religion, and about 99.5% of people are Muslims.


In the constitution of I.R.Iran, religions of Zoroastrian, Christian, and Jewish are recognized officially and their disciples have equal political, social and economic rights like Muslims.

The government of Iran is Islamic Republic, which was founded after Islamic Revolution in 1979. Iran is situated on the way of Central and East Asia to western countries. As a result different ethnic groups live in Iran like Farsi, Kurds, Lors, Bauchis, Bakhtiaris, Azari Turks, Turkmen, Ghashghiis, Taleshians, and Arabs. So there are many varieties in the language of these groups and even sometimes in their appearance.

The common official language and handwriting is "Farsi" , The first of Farvardin (March 21) is beginning of New year in Iran according Solar calendar which is the best time for tourists. The official Flag of Iran is in three colors green, white and red colors.

The best mean for traveling to Iran is airplane. An organized railway connects most of the important cities of Iran to each other. And coaches are alternative to all the cities of Iran.

Best time to visit Iran :

Iran lies in a continental climate with great diversities, being a vast country, Iran has regions with different temperatures even at a specific period of time.
Being situated inside a dry belt of the globe and because of the check imposed by the Alborz and Zagros ranges the plateau has a dry desert peculiarity. Winter temperatures often fall below freezing specially in the mountains, while summers are usually hot. In the northern coastal areas of the Caspian Sea climate is mild and humid. The southern parts and the Persian Gulf region have rather a hot and humid weather with pleasant winters. Therefore, because of these climatic diversities one can enjoy from winter sports while at the same time within a few hours of travel it is possible to swim in the warm waters of the Persian Gulf.

How to get there :

Visa To Iran

Flights To Iran

Most airlines operate scheduled weekly flights from and to Tehran, including Iran Air the national carrier. Flights reconfirmation must be made 72 hours prior to departure .
For all passengers entering and visiting Iran , a valid passport bearing an entry visa is required."Iran Travel" agency makes facilities for this procedure through Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

How to dress :

According to Islamic law and social beliefs, it is necessary for all ladies to have a manteau and scarf .

Banking hours and currency :

Banks are open from 09:00 to 16:00 Saturday to Wednesday and 09:00 to 13:30 Thursday. Friday is a public holiday.
The unit of currency is Rial. Each 10 Rials make 1 toman. According to the latest statistics each American Dollar is approximately equal to 9000 Iranian Rials. Foreign currencies should be declared upon arrival on a special form .Exchange of these currencies are possible through Bank Melli of Iran. The preferred currency of exchange in Iran is US $ , only selected shops accept master cards and visa credit cards.

Time :

Local time of the capital, Tehran is three and half hours ahead of G.M.T. 

Iran Tourist Attractions  

Comfortable hotels, motels by the coast of Caspian Sea,the largest lake of the world the most attractive tourist center among Iranians, which is very famous for her Caviar all around the world. Ski resorts at Dizin, Shemshak, Ab Ali and Tochal slopes around Tehran make ideal places for winter sports and mountaineering. Kish island is also one the main attractions among the population because of her location in the southern waters of the Persian Golf one can enjoy water sports, and being a free port it is being visited by thousands of eager shoppers in a year.

What to buy :

Fantastic handicrafts are well known all over the world for instance, tribal rugs of amazing colors and designs,carpets,hand carved silver,brass and copper trays of Isfahan, batik silk, hand printed cottons. Potteries, ceramics and glass ware, leather works, inlaid wood works and miniatures paintings.

Electrical current:

The electrical current in Iran is 220 V 50 Hertz.

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March 10, 2010 change by ak1980

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i would like to know how much will be the cost for bus fare in iran. im preparing myself to get there...

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