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Getting there & away




There is a daily train between Esfahan and Tehran (six-berth IR35, 15, 7½ hours) that leaves at 11.30pm and stops at Kashan. Trains also run to Mashhad (Ghazal/six-berth IR199, 000/92, 850, 18½ hours, 5.50pm daily) and Bandar Abbas (six-berth/six-seat IR66, 100/41, 700, 2.25pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday). The new line to Shiraz will open in 2010 at the earliest.

The Raja Trains ticket office (222 4425; Enqelab-e Eslami Sq; 8am-4pm Sat-Thu) is on the northeast side of the square. Alternatively, Iran Travel & Tourism Tour (222 3010; irantravel1964@yahoo.com; Shahid Medani St) has a dedicated train ticket desk.

The train station (668 8001) is way out to the east of the city. To get here, catch a bus from outside Kowsar International Hotel; ask for the ‘istgah-e ghatah’ and you’ll be put on the right bus. Be at the bus stop well over an hour before your train is due to depart. A private taxi (IR45, 000) can cost almost as much as the train ticket to Tehran. Alternatively, take a shuttle taxi south from the south end of Si-o-Seh Bridge.

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