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Money and costs

Riais (﷼)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 26, 2016 10:35AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • One-way bus Tehran–Esfahan: US$8
  • Entrance fees to most sights: less than US$0.60
  • Dorm bed or basic room with bathroom: US$8-40
  • Meal in local restaurant: US$4-8
  • One-way flight Shiraz–Tehran: US$67
  • Half-day trip from Shiraz to Persepolis by taxi/driver-cum-guide: US$35/45
  • Double room with bathroom: US$40-120
Top end (more than)
  • Four-star hotel in Tehran or Esfahan: US$150 plus
  • Main meal in top Tehran restaurant: US$30

Bring cash in US dollars or euro. You cannot use credit or debit cards, travellers cheques or ATMs. Repeat, bring all you’ll need in cash.


Tipping is not a big deal in Iran. In upmarket restaurants (mainly in Tehran) a 10% gratuity might be expected – on top of the 10% service charge that’s often built into the bill. But in most other places any money you leave will be a pleasant surprise. It’s normal to offer a small tip to anyone who guides you or opens a building that is normally closed. If your offer is initially refused, persist. There is no culture of ‘baksheesh’ in Iran.