Recent visit to Iran
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Mar 24, 2013 6:33 AM Last Post By: michelholi
Mar 17, 2013 1:49 PM
Recent visit to IranI spent a total 2 weeks in Shiraz, Esfahan, Yazd and Bander Abbas. I left Iran March 14th
I Traveled between Shiraz and Esfahan using VIP bus which cost me 175 000 rial. The bus was comfortable. it had 3 seats in each row and trip lasted 7 hours. From Esfahan Kevah terminal to down town Esfahan, taxi cost 70 000 rial, Initially a taxi asked for 100 000 rials. If you rather take a bus You can do so for 2000 rial. I stayed at Hast Behest Hotel for 600 000 rials a night which was excellent value.
I Loved Esfahan and did all the sites. I tried to leave directly to Bander Abbas but was diffecult to get a plain or train ticket because of Norowz. so I had to go Yazd.
The VIP Bus to Yazd cost me 85 000 rials. The trip lasted 5 hours. Around Narien, mid way, the landscape was covered in snow which was a nice change in scenery.
One important thing to note is that Yazd bus station was moved about 3 years ago to a far away location and it is no longer near the train station so if you arrive in the middle of the night "like what happened to a Japanese girl I met" you might find your self at very difficult situation. I don't know how the latest LP failed to mention the change in the Bus station. Also the train Station is far away from down town and it is NOT in any way 3 km as LP claim but much further than that.
Any way a taxi asked for 70 000 rials to take me from the bus station to the Silk road hotel. The hotel was great and I spent the first night at the dorm for 100 000 rial but it was very noisy because I could hear every thing going at the hotel. I moved into a single room as soon one was availble, for 400 000 rials. Great breakfast and great atmosphere
a taxi from Silk Road Hotel to the train station cost 60 000 rials
An overnight train to Bander Abbas cost 315 000 rials. It was a great, the bath room was acceptable and it was both squat and western verities. The Train cabin had 4 beds. Each bed was large and comfortable. I am 6'3 and I assume that any person 6'5 tall can sleep comfortable. Clean and fresh bed sheets and Pillows are provided.
During the first 2 weeks of March the I changed US $ for 37000 and 35000. I was told that it went as low as 32000 rials. every body seems to expect a rise in hotel prices 15 to 20% in the next few months
Mar 24, 2013 6:33 AM
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