Valid Iranian visa required. To be safe, start the process at least two months before you plan to arrive. Some nationalities can get a visa on arrival if arriving by air.
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International sanctions have made Iran increasingly isolated, but it is fairly simple to get into the country on a plane, by train from Turkey or across numerous border crossings from neighbouring countries to the north.
Flights and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
Services on most forms of public transport are frequent, fairly punctual and very cheap; airlines are often delayed. Book ahead if you’re travelling on a weekend or, especially, any public holiday.
Air An extensive network of generally reliable domestic flights is a great way to avoid some really long drives.
Bus You can get almost anywhere by bus. Most buses are comfortable rather than luxurious; speed checks have dramatically improved safety.
Savari Shared taxis that are usually quicker than buses; far less comfortable.
Train Links most major cities but departures are much less frequent.