I DONT WANT TO STUFF MY UNDERPANTS WITH CASH AGAIN!!
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jan 28, 2013 1:30 PM Last Post By: kebab_is_approa...
Jan 10, 2013 2:38 PM
I DONT WANT TO STUFF MY UNDERPANTS WITH CASH AGAIN!!I'm strongly thinking of heading to Iran this spring, for three weeks, Thank you wonderful boss (cough). I got the cheap flight, €437 thank you Turkish, spoke to the very helpful Embassy staff in Dublin and visa is no big deal, thank you neutral Ireland. Cash is my issue.
I hate the thought of the sewing wads of cash in my unmentionables, standing 10cm higher with 20 billion sweaty rials in my shoes. the paranoia of standing head of the queue rooting (where possibly only my doctor should root) for change!!
Is it possible to get an Iranian credit card, or a prepaid Iranian card. Ive tried phoning a few banks in Tehran but its hard to get anyone to speak English. Trade embargoes, and the fact the tellers of my banks have the cognitive abilities of a a sleep deprived chimp, means Im still no wiser
Jan 10, 2013 11:19 PM
Jan 11, 2013 12:43 AM
Jan 11, 2013 2:14 AM
3Since u are from Ireland a euro country
1. Bring euro. Euro only.
2. For a 2 week trip to Iran u would not need more than €250 if u don't stay at 4 star hotels...and if u couch surf, u would spend even less.
3. Every time you change money, change €100, get €50 back, and €50 in rials! And ask for 100, 000 rial bank notes. Got it? At current exchange rates, u will get 2,200,000 rials, which is only 22 of those green 100,000 rial bills for your 50 euro notes! And that should be enough for u for 4-5 days....
4. To be on the safe side, bring at least €400 because u do not know what could or might happen in Iran at any time and your cash' debit, credit cards are useless here too.
God luck. Amir n tehran.
Jan 11, 2013 9:28 AM
4Thanks for all your replies, so cash only it is. I'll feel like a low class dancer with all this cash in my delicates.
I'm defiantly going on a budget but €250 is way less than i figured!!
I really want to do home stays, its a nice way to meet the locals, but im not sure if it fair to unleash a daft iris man into their homes. lol
Does anyone know anything about Iranian home stays?
Thank you again
Jan 11, 2013 1:09 PM
i think you should bring at least 400 euros... and of course it all depends on how many days u will be here and what hotels u will stay at and .... and if u like to do some shopping as most tourists do. i know a european who is touring the country now... and i think he has already spent about $250 in 13 days he has been... and i dont think he has yet bought any souvenirs to take back home...so 400 euro is a good number, i think. bye.amir.
Jan 12, 2013 11:39 AM
From Ireland too. Travelled to Iran over Christmas last year. Spent €700 in 3 weeks but I covered a lot of the country and always stayed somewhere with an ensuite and took a lot of shared taxis to save time and increase distances I could travel in any one day. (As a woman I couldn't stay in the really cheap shared hostels which might be an option for you)
Since the rial has collapsed since I was there a year ago I could probably do the same trip now for around €500 or even less. Like others said change small amounts as you go or like me you'll have 2 million rials sitting on your desk at home and no way of spending it!!
Jan 12, 2013 2:58 PM
7Use couch surfing, don't fret about homestays. And carrying large amounts of cash into and around Iran is no big deal. Just work out creative ways of storing bundles discreetly in different places in your gear.
As Amir says, only change enough for the next 4-5 days. You probably won't spend as much as you think you might. In December 2012, I spent the equivalent of $21 per night for an apartment in a hotel in Mashhad, and surprisingly little (in foreign currency terms) for buses and train travel.
Jan 13, 2013 1:34 PM
8Hello there, I was in Iran for 26 days in november and spent $ 800 ... took buses from north to south, took private tours cause there was no public transportation to the desert (for example) and stayed in *** hotels for $15.00. You can have your backpack full of money and nothing will happen to you, Iranians beside of been the most hospitable people in the world, are very honest and the country VERY safe ... no paranoia. Enjoy Iran and its people which are the best "monument" you'll find.
Jan 23, 2013 10:32 PM
9Homestay and mountain hiking maybe?
I am returning in a couple weeks to trek in the Caspian Mountains and will stay in the home of Farzin Malaki and his family. They host trekkers and folks who enjoy staying in a traditional home setting. Here is their web site. http://www.caspiantrek.com/
Here you will find descriptions of the treks and see photos of the countryside. I can tell you that you will not find better food in all of Iran. They use locally grown produce and specialize in Northern Iranian cuisine. Since they are a family business, they are able to tailor a stay to fit anyone’s interests.
Jan 28, 2013 1:30 PM
10In case anyone is wondering, we just returned from Iran and had absolutely no troubles exchanging both USD and EURO banknotes.
Before we left I questioned which would be better to bring, so we brought approx 50/50 of each, but bringing one or the other would have been just fine.
Hope this helps.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$177.82 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$261.68 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$130.18 per night