Travelling to Iran: Hints & Points
In this article, we are going to state some points that should bear in mind when deciding upon travelling to Iran. However, these points may are common with many other countries. We review some issues such as accommodation cost in Iran, exchange money in Iran, transportation cost in Iran and etc. Let’s start by first rule.
Travel to Iran, expensive or inexpensive?
If you are thinking about traveling to Iran, however, a very important thing to keep in mind is to have cash on you. Iran is not a member of the international bank system, and you won’t be able to use your credit card at all: ATMs do not recognize the international credit cards. While travelling to Iran, don’t forget you’ll need to bring as much money as you think you might need, in cash.
Of course, depending on your habits and travel style, the cost of travelling to Iran can be very high or low. If you hitchhike or Couchsurfing, the travel cost will be very little. However, if you are looking for a luxurious vacation, stay in five star hotels and use domestic flights, you might end up with a huge bill.
Cost of accommodation in Iran
Yes! we all know that cost of accommodation in Iran is matter. If you are looking for a typical hostel to stay at in Iran, you are in right place. There is an increasing number of a special kind of hostels appear all round Iran, such as Ecotourism Residences. Despite the name, Ecotourism Residences are usually old, traditional houses that are renovated as hostels, and they give you a unique experience. Prices usually range from $10 to $30 per night, including breakfast.
Contrary to popular belief, hotels in Iran are rather expensive: you can’t find a four star hotel for less than $100 per night. So, it may suggest that you stay in an Ecotourism Residence. For example, you can find many Ecotourism Residence in Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd and Kashan.
Transportation Cost in Iran
While travelling to Iran, the best option for travelling from one city to another is bus. However, there are two kinds of buses in Iran: Normal buses and VIP Buses. If you are travelling long distances, we recommend you use the VIP one as they have very comfortable semi-sleeper seats. As an estimate, here are the approximate prices for the most popular routes:
Tehran – Isfahan: $3 (350000 Rials)
Tehran – Shiraz: $6 (650000 Rials)
Tehran – Bandar-abbas: $7 (750000 Rials)
The normal buses might not be as comfortable, but cost around $4-5 less.
Domestic flights are more expensive: $60-$80 for a flight from Tehran to Shiraz, and $50-$60 from Tehran to Isfahan. Don’t forget the prices go up during the holidays and high season.
Trains are also very convenient for travelling between cities. You can take a train to almost all of main city all around the country and it would cost you almost as much as a VIP bus. For details about train schedule, you can check this link.
Exchanging money in Iran
It’s highly recommend that exchange your cash for Iranian currency as soon as you arrive in the country. However, if you are arriving by plane, there are currency exchange offices in all the airports of Iran. One can exchange a little bit of your cash for Iranian currency as soon as you land, or you can exchange it all and then, exchange back whatever you have left when you are leaving.
If you travel to Iran, you may like to move between cities far from each other by trains. Iran Destination provides you with some information about Iran railway. You can visit Iran by train and you’ll get high quality services. You may use different means of transportation in your Iran travel. Just click on these items to get more about other ways: Iran Car Rental , Iran Domestic Flight, and International Flights to Iran. Our Iran Tour Operator is ready to provide you with any services you like. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or request.