Comprehensive Guide to Traveling in Iran

Traveling to Iran offers an enriching experience with its diverse climate, historical hospitality, and modern transportation options. Whether exploring ancient cities or experiencing the natural beauty, Iran caters to all types of travelers. Preparing for cultural norms, visa requirements, and monetary considerations will enhance your journey in this fascinating country.

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Understanding Iran

  • History: Iran, with its ancient history, was once known as Persia and has been a significant cultural and political center throughout history.
  • Culture: Iranian culture is a blend of numerous ethnic groups and traditions. Persian poetry, art, and architecture are renowned worldwide.
  • Language: Persian (Farsi) is the official language. English is understood in major cities and tourist spots.
  • Religion: Predominantly Shia Islam. Respect for religious customs, especially during Ramadan, is essential.

Friendly Locals

  • Iranians are not only known for their warm hospitality but also theirheir deep-seated tradition of friendliness and generosity, especially towards tourists.
  • It’s common for Iranians to invite visitors into their homes. Such invitations are often genuine gestures of kindness, offering a chance to experience Iranian culture and hospitality firsthand.
  • Sharing food is a significant part of Iranian culture. Don’t be surprised if locals offer to share their meal with you, reflecting their communal and generous spirit.
  • The concept of ‘Taarof’ is central to Iranian etiquette. It involves offering something (like a gift or an invitation) and politely refusing a few times before accepting. When offered something, it’s customary to initially decline before eventually accepting, to acknowledge the sincerity of the offer.
  • For tourists, understanding and participating in Taarof can be a charming and authentic part of the Iranian experience. It’s a way of showing respect and gratitude towards the local customs and people.

Visa and Entry Requirements

  • Most nationalities require a visa. Visa on arrival is available for some countries, but pre-arranging is advised.
  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your stay.
  • Obtaining a visa for Iran is straightforward and hassle-free. We offer a complimentary service to help you find the most suitable application route.

Dress Code in Iran

  • The dress code for women in Iran has become more relaxed in recent times. While a strict hijab is no longer enforced, many women still choose to wear a headscarf loosely around their head or neck.
  • Clothing tends to be modest, with a preference for loose-fitting attire that doesn’t emphasize the body.
  • Female tourists are generally advised to adopt a similar approach to dressing, opting for comfort and modesty. A headscarf worn loosely and long, non-form-fitting garments are common choices.
  • Our services can connect you with women who have recently traveled to Iran, offering firsthand insights and advice.

Accommodation Options

  • Iran’s history of hospitality is evident in its range of accommodations, from caravansaries to the Shah Abbasi Bed and Breakfasts.
  • Options for every budget, from family-run B&Bs to luxury 5-star hotels in major cities.


By Air:

  • Major international airlines, including Lufthansa, Turkish Airways, and Alitalia, fly to Tehran.
  • Middle Eastern connections are available through Qatar Airways and Emirates.
  • Budget options include Turkish airlines like Pegasus and Atlasjet, and AirArabia offering flights from Istanbul and Sharjah.
  • Domestic flights are convenient for long distances.


  • Daily buses and weekly trains from Istanbul to Tehran and Tabriz are recommended.
  • Bus services are also available from Baku, Yerevan, Bishkek, and several Pakistani cities.
  • Trains and buses are reliable for intercity travel.

Domestic Travel:

  • Modern VIP buses feature technology like USB and laptop plugins, reclining seats, and personal LCD screens. A trip from Shiraz to Tehran costs around 10 USD.
  • Air travel with Iran Air and other companies like Mahan Airlines and Iran Aseman Airlines is safe and affordable. A flight from Tehran to Shiraz costs about 30 USD.
  • Taxis are widely available but agree on the fare beforehand.

The Country of Four Seasons

  • Experience all four seasons in different parts of Iran simultaneously.
  • Ski in the Alborz mountains or relax in the warm Persian Gulf islands like Qeshm or Kish.
  • Enjoy spring-like weather with nomads in central Iran or the European climate of the Caspian coast.

Money and Credit

  • Bring cash in currencies like US dollars or Euros, as credit cards are not widely accepted.
  • Larger bills usually get better exchange rates.
  • Currency: Iranian Rial (IRR). Always have local currency handy.

Safety in Iran

  • Iran is safe by Western standards, with a low crime rate and friendly locals.
  • Visitors are respected, and common sense ensures a safe experience.

Business Partnerships

  • For business opportunities in Iran, visit our B2B page for more information.

When to Visit

  • Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best times to visit due to pleasant weather.
  • Nowruz (Persian New Year) in late March is a festive season but can be crowded.

Places to Visit

  • Tehran: The capital, known for its museums, parks, and bustling bazaars.
  • Isfahan: Famous for its Islamic architecture, bridges, and the Naqsh-e Jahan Square.
  • Shiraz: Known for Persepolis, Persian gardens, and as the heart of Persian culture.
  • Yazd: A desert city known for its unique architecture and Zoroastrian heritage.


  • Iranian cuisine is diverse. Try dishes like kebabs, stews (like Ghormeh Sabzi), rice dishes, and fresh bread.
  • Vegetarian options may be limited.


  • Purchase a local SIM card for mobile internet.
  • Be aware of internet censorship on certain websites and services.


  • Bazaars are a must-visit for traditional crafts, rugs, and spices.
  • Bargaining is common in bazaars and local shops.

Festivals and Events

Participate in cultural festivals like Nowruz, Ashura, and Yalda Night to experience Iranian traditions.


Traveling to Iran can be a unique and enriching experience. Respect for local customs and an open mind will greatly enhance your journey. Plan, especially regarding visas and cultural norms, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip.

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