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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘salam’
(sa-laam)
Persian
Plug combo cf
Electricity
230V/50hz
Mar-May
Sep-Nov
Best time to go
Spring
Autumn

Money and costs

Currency
Riais (﷼)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 19, 2018 5:30AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$50
  • One-way bus Tehran–Esfahan: US$9
  • Entrance fees to most sights: US$4
  • Dorm bed or basic room with bathroom: US$10–40
  • Meal in local restaurant: US$5–10
Midrange
US$50–200
  • One-way flight Shiraz–Tehran: US$70
  • Half-day trip from Shiraz to Persepolis by taxi/driver-cum-guide: US$40/50
  • Double room with bathroom: US$40–149
  • Meal in midrange restaurant: US$8–15
Top end (more than)
US$200
  • Four-star hotel in Tehran or Esfahan: US$150 plus
  • Main meal in top Tehran restaurant: US$25–50
  • Guide and/or driver for day: US$70–100

Visas

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.

Get the latest visa advice for Iran from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
IRN
Tehran
Go Mar–Apr
Mar – May
22137355
Jun – Aug
35249575
Sep – Nov
24157559
Dec – Feb
1025036
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Iran

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.

Flights to Iran

The best price found from United States to Iran is on October 13th, 2018, travelling with Primera Air. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $449.00
IKA
Tehran Imam Khomeini

Getting around Iran

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.

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