How much $ or euro to bring for 4 weeks?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jan 8, 2013 3:34 AM Last Post By: lordnapier
Jan 7, 2013 3:44 AM
How much $ or euro to bring for 4 weeks?With there being no way of getting money from within Iran I want to make sure I bring enough $US or euro...obviously.
I'm having trouble working out how much to bring. I will travel on the cheaper side of things like I aways do and will stay in cheaper type budget range accomodation. I might take 1 or 2 domestic flights in Iran to save time. I want to eat local food most of the time and see and do the sites so I won't be scrimping on things, I want a good experience!
What would be a safe amount to bring to safely cover 4 weeks?
Jan 7, 2013 4:44 AM
1What time of year? During and around Nowruz (21 March to 1 April), all the cheapest accommodation and travel options will be heavily booked.
That said, if the rial retains its current depressed street value then you'll have trouble spending much money at all. I was in Iran for a week in late December 2012 and spent less than $300. That included three nights in an apartment hotel in Mashhad, first class train and bus travel across the north of the country, and hiring a car and driver for a day trip around Mashhad.
So outside of Nowruz, I suggest you could budget $20 per day for accommodation and $10 per day for food and live quite well.
Jan 7, 2013 12:40 PM
2US$30 a day is a reasonable amount given the current exchange rates, it always depends how budget you want to be with food/accommodation/transport, and how much you want to do vs relaxing. A good idea for a month, keeping fairly active sightseeing and travelling, hiring the occasional taxi, travelling by bus/train, staying in the cheaper guesthouses/hotels and eating locally would be about US$1000-1200 for the month, not including flights, visa costs or buying carpets/souvenirs.
In Iran where there is practically no other way access to international funds, you'd be wise to add 20-30% to this figure, just in case. I brought mostly euros which might get a very slightly favourable exchange rate, although a mix of both euros and $US is good in high demonations, with a few smaller notes for towards the end when you don't need to change too much. Also, check out a few shops before changing, and remember thurs afternoon to saturday morning all exchange shops are closed tight. Tehran has the best rates usually.
Jan 7, 2013 1:38 PM
3I was there this time last year and in 3 weeks I spent €700. I stayed in budget to mid-range hotels, all with ensuites. Took a few private cars for day tours and travelled mostly by bus and shared taxis. I also spent another €700 on souvenirs (mostly carpets).
I brought €2,000 with me just so I didn't have to worry about money. I sewed money into my clothes just in case my wallet or bag was stolen.
Jan 7, 2013 2:21 PM
Jan 8, 2013 1:26 AM
5Thanks for the info, I have a better idea now.
One more thing...
When it comes to exchaning money do you get the best rate at the 'money exchange shops' using the unofficial rates? Are the latest updates on the rates amiriniran2 posts on thorntree what I should be able to get?
Or will the exchange shop take a cut of that rate or recieve a less favorable rate with me being a foreigner?
Jan 8, 2013 3:05 AM
6Banks and airport exchange offices give you the official rate, which is much less than the unofficial rate. Otherwise, exchange shops will give you close to the unoffical rate quoted by Amir, but never a rate quite as good as that as it's the average/wholesale market rate. They closely monitor the market, because its their business to do so.
Usually, you'll find a few exchange grouped near each other and if you spend a few minutes comparing rates you can choose the best at that time. In my experience, exchange shops are friendly, efficient and honest.
Avoid any guys hanging around outside them who wil also offer 'change'. Their rates are usually not as good but their sleight of hand techniques are, um , admirable.
Jan 8, 2013 3:34 AM
I spent around the equivalent of 1200 euros for 5 weeks in Iran a year ago. This was traveling alone, taking taxis everywhere, and resting on comfort.
enjoy the beautiful country!
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