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The Final Information To Backpacking Iran

Backpacking Iran GlobeIndubitably, Iran is without doubt one of the most fascinating, pleasant and unique international locations that you’ll ever go to. On this information, we’ll inform you all the pieces you should find out about backpacking Iran and even share some secrets and techniques that you just gained’t discover in your guide-book.

Iran is formally an Islamic Republic, so girls travelling right here should cowl up their hair with a head scarf (in addition to the remainder of their our bodies), however don’t fear women, today the pinnacle scarf legal guidelines are fairly relaxed and also you’ll get away with it being nearly round your neck.

Notepad Road Sign SMALLIMPORTANT: Since February 2014, the principles for Individuals have been prolonged to incorporate British and Canadian passport holders. Which means that Canadians, British and Individuals should be accompanied by a information whereas they’re in Iran. Contact a tour operator to debate an itinerary. 

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How A lot Will Iran Price?

backpacking Iran budget


You will have to carry money (US {Dollars} Solely) with you into Iran to cowl the complete value of your journey. ATM’s is not going to work for overseas debit or bank cards. 

Finances: $71/day for two individuals

Backpacking Iran is extremely cheap today, with the road fee for the Iranian Rial being round 31,850 / $1 USD (Click on Right here for official / road trade fee historical past). Iran is a rustic that gives nice worth for cash, much more so today.

The official fee of trade is 26,827, so slightly than exchanging your US {Dollars} at an official financial institution, you’re a lot better off heading to a authorized road stall and exchanging your cash there (which is completely official).

$71/day is an effective price range for 2 individuals (round $40/day for a solo-traveller). It will afford a pleasant double room in a price range lodge, good native meals, the occasional taxi and tour, and taking first-class buses all over the place (1st class is barely a few {dollars} greater than decrease lessons).

Finances Lodging: (Common $36 / night time with breakfast)

The inns and visitor homes we stayed at value between $20 – $40 and most included breakfast, whereas some even included a scrumptious dinner. All have been lovely price range inns and lots of have been constructed out of previous properties which have been standing for hundreds of years. You gained’t discover too many dorms in Iran, however we have been at one lodge in Yazd that provided single charges for solo-travellers. Whereas we did keep in good double rooms, that’s the price range commonplace in Iran and also you gained’t discover something less expensive.

Motels We Stayed In









Resort Meraj

Ateshoonie G.H

Koshan Resort

Akhavan Resort

Niyayesh lodge

Stayed With Mates

Morvarind Resort

Golestan Resort

$33 2bedroom condo, wi-fi, kitchen

$35 per particular person w/breakfast, dinner, wi-fi, shared

$20 w/ breakfast, non-public toilet & wi-fi

$36 w/ breakfast, dinner, non-public toilet, wi-fi

$25 w/ breakfast, wi-fi, non-public toilet


$24 w/ breakfast, wi-fi, non-public toilet

$36 w/ breakfast, wi-fi, non-public toilet

Consuming: ($2-$7 / meal)

There are some low-cost road meals available for backpackers in Iran and generally (particularly throughout Ashura), you’ll discover free meals in every single place! However consuming a pleasant meal in your lodge restaurant or at a restaurant on the town will doubtless value between $5 – $10. Meals in Iran is scrumptious and nicely price each penny! Don’t miss the date milkshakes!

Entrance Charges: (Free – $10/particular person)

Entrence fees For Budget Backpackers in Iran

The doorway charge to Persepolis (certainly one of Iran’s premier historic websites) is round $10. Most individuals be part of a tour from Shiraz for round $20 – $25. Some mosques and mausoleums will cost round $3 – $5 for entrance, whereas parks and a few museums are free.

Alcohol: (GOOD LUCK)

No alcohalNo cause to essentially put a price range for this right here as a result of alcohol is against the law for all Muslim Iranians, and also you gained’t doubtless see an excessive amount of of it, not to mention be capable of purchase it. Should you’re actually determined for a drink, you can discover wine in Shiraz. Count on to pay round $10 / plastic bottle, however maintain it low-key and bear in mind, it’s unlawful!


Tipping Iran backpackers

Tipping just isn’t customary in Iran however companies that cater to vacationers will count on a gratuity. Should you’ve employed a information, a porter or a driver, count on to offer a tip on the finish. A number of {dollars} must be wonderful.

Some eating places, notably in bigger inns, will add a ten% service cost to the invoice. In different places, away from vacationer areas, servers shall be pleasantly stunned by any change you permit.

Should you stick with an area household in Iran (which you almost certainly will), it’s a good suggestion to depart a small present. One thing from your private home nation could be splendid, or you should purchase a pleasant merchandise from the bazaar to thank your hosts (pottery, a vase, paintings, and many others.) Stickers, pens and notepads from your private home nation are nice to offer to youngsters once you go away.


1.5 Million Iranian Rial or $50 USDPresent Trade Price:

$1 = 31,850 Rial


You will have to carry money (US {Dollars} Solely) with you into Iran to cowl the complete value of your journey. ATM’s is not going to work for overseas debit or bank cards. 

The trade fee in Iran is all the time altering rapidly and has gone by some fairly unstable moments in recent times. In July 2013, after the Rial plummeted to its all-time low of round 40,000 to 1 US greenback, the Central Financial institution of Iran upgraded its official trade fee from 12,284 to a extra affordable 20,750, and once more in August to 24,500 to the USD, however that is nonetheless nicely beneath the road trade fee (which is 31,850 Rial to 1 USD)

Principally, should you go right into a financial institution to trade your American {Dollars} into Rial, you’ll be paying much more than should you went into one of many many (authorized) road stalls. The most affordable time to backpack Iran was certainly July 2013, however it’s nonetheless a really inexpensive place to journey.

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Should-See Locations in Iran

There are far too many “must-see locations” to record right here. We spent a variety of time on this nation and we nonetheless have a lot to see. Whereas we do love seeing websites, the true fantastic thing about Iran is in its individuals (extra about them beneath).

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Mashhad & The Shrine of Imam Reza:

The town of Mashhad provides little for backpackers, however the immense labyrinth of the shrine complicated containing Imam Reza’s mausoleum, (learn extra about Imam Reza on Wiki right here), makes a visit to the town nicely price whereas. It’s the largest mosque on the earth by dimension and the second largest by capability (subsequent to Mecca in Saudi Arabia).

Shrine in Mashad

Additionally contained inside the complicated are the Goharshad Mosque, a museum, a library, 4 seminaries, a cemetery, the Razavi College of Islamic Sciences, a eating corridor for pilgrims, huge prayer halls, and different buildings.

A go to right here is an immensely highly effective expertise as many individuals sob and cry out to their misplaced hero, Imam Reza. Travellers are required to have a information with them as a way to enter this large complicated. We went two occasions, as soon as by ourselves and as soon as with a information. It actually simply is determined by how the individuals on the entrance gates are feeling on that individual day. Additionally, vacationers should not meant to enter the shrine itself, however if you’re respectful you could be invited in. Girls should put on a chador (which shall be offered to you on the entrance) and no cameras are allowed. Entrance is free.

We suggest a late night stroll, because the shrine is open 24/7. Seeing the various mosaics and complex carvings on archways and partitions, dimly lit by the late night moon, is a particular spotlight.


Whilst you’re backpacking Iran, you’ll most likely wish to expertise the desert, and there’s no higher place to achieve this than in Garmeh. Keep on the Lonely Planet beneficial Ateshooni Visitor Home (they positively obtained this one proper), and meet Maxiar, a real desert man. Discover this lush, palm shaded oasis with hikes up to lookouts, waterfalls and farmlands.

Garmeh Desert

Maxiar can set up journeys to the close by salt flats, sand dunes and villages, however the true attraction to Garmeh is at Ateshooni itself, the place Maxiar will play quite a few distinctive devices and deal with you want a VIP member of the family.

The Lonely Planet makes getting right here sound a bit complicated, however name Ateshooni and so they’ll clear all the pieces up for you.

The cellphone quantity is: +98 324 443 2156 or +98 913 223 0874 and so they have an internet site: www.ateshooni.com

For our expertise, Take a look at: Pleasant Desert Days: We Love Iran!


With a inhabitants of practically a half one million individuals, Yazd is an average-sized metropolis for Iran and it’s the middle of the Zoroastrian faith. This labyrinth city of mud and brick is without doubt one of the most intriguing locations within the nation. Get misplaced in slim alleyways, the place the golden partitions appear to shut in on you, simply earlier than opening up into a gorgeous park or mosque courtyard.

Head to the roof for an unforgettable sundown, when the complete metropolis turns into illuminated and the rooftop bagdirs (historical Iranian air-con towers) glow and alter color with the falling solar.

Make sure that to do a day journey to the encircling website of Chak-Chak, the deserted mud village of Karnaq and the town of Meybod.

Backpacking Iran city of Yazd

A few of the historic websites to see in Yazd:

  • Fort Mosque
  • Fortifications of Yazd
  • Haj Yousef Reservoir
  • Home of Arab’ha
  • Home of Larry
  • Home of Malek al Tojjar
  • Home of Mortaz
  • Home of Rasoulian
  • Iran Shahr College
  • Jame Mosque of Yazd (Grand Mosque of Yazd)
  • Khan Bazaar
  • Mausoleum of Sahl Ibn Ali
  • Mausoleum of Seyed Rokn al Din
  • Mausoleum of Seyed Shams al Din
  • Mullah Ismail Mosque
  • Masoudi Reservoir
  • Rig Mosque
  • Sheikh Ahmad Fahadan Mausoleum
  • Shah Tahmasb Mosque
  • Zargari Bazzar
  • Ziaiah college


This incredible, lesser-known metropolis really has fairly a bit to see. Take a look at the 1,200 meter lengthy “end-to-end lined bazaar”, the place you possibly can pattern spices and store for pottery, hookah and textiles. Though Kerman is a pleasant metropolis, the principle draw for coming right here is the Kalut Desert (Dasht-e Lut) which is about 100 km northeast of Kerman (2 hour drive).

Stick with Mr. Akhavan on the Akhavan Resort and he’ll arrange all the pieces for you. At simply $36 / night time, together with breakfast and dinner, this place is certainly a superb deal!

Rent a taxi and information (round $30) and head out to the towering sand formations of the Kalut Desert for sundown. A few of these wind-forged sand castles are 10 tales excessive and their jagged formations tackle an alluring golden hue at sundown. You can too organize to spend the night time out within the desert.

Backpacking The Kalut Desert Iran

Don’t come right here in the summertime or in the course of the day as that is the place the most popular temperature was ever recorded on Earth (70.7 °C)

Notepad Road Sign SMALLGoat Observe: The political scenario is all the time altering in japanese and southeastern Iran. Make sure that to verify that it’s steady earlier than planning a visit right here.



The fifth most populous metropolis of Iran and the capital of the Fars Province, Shiraz is one other certainly one of Iran’s prime cities for backpackers to go to. This place has been an necessary buying and selling cease for 1000’s of years and it’s thought-about to be one of many oldest cities in historical Persia.

Right here you possibly can keep in what’s arguably probably the most lovely historical lodge within the nation (the Niyayesh Resort) and luxuriate in all that this considerably liberal metropolis has to supply. Shiraz is called the town of poets, literature, wine and flowers. There are some beautiful parks, Unesco listed gardens and beautiful mosques. Don’t miss the Ali Ibn Hamza Shrine with its inside of glistening mirrored partitions and ceilings.

Ali Ibn Hamza Shrine

Shiraz can also be the place Hafez (the well-known Iranian poet) was buried, so positively take a look at his tomb and have your future learn by certainly one of his beautiful poetry books.


These spectacular ruins are positioned inside an unlimited, city-like complicated and have been constructed over 2,500 years in the past. They’re discovered close to the city of Marvadasht, however most individuals take day journeys to go to them from Shiraz ($20-$25). This historical metropolis was as soon as set on fireplace and looted by Alexander the Nice, and additional destroyed by subsequent Arab invaders, however regardless of its rocky previous, Persepolis stays one of the evocative websites within the nation and a logo of the Iranian nationality.

Ancient Persepolis backpacking Iran

Esfahan (Isfahan):

Esfahan is the third largest metropolis in Iran with many fascinating sights to see. Take your choose between parks, squares, palaces, bridges, mausoleums, church buildings, cathedrals, tombs, mosques, museums and bazaars!

Make sure that to see the Khaju Bridge, the seventeenth century Shahi Bazaar, the Shah Mosque & Shah Sq.. Visiting the Armenian Quarter (New Julfa) can also be beneficial. There are some nice eating places, the stunning Vank Cathedral and fascinating streets to get misplaced in. There are such a lot of websites to see in Esfahan that you just’ll by no means be bored!

This metropolis is a spotlight of any journey to Iran.

Take a look at our article: Esfahan, Iran: Taking Hospitality to a Entire New Stage


Positioned within the far northern reaches, close to to the border with Azerbaijan, is the town of Tabriz. This metropolis could seem too distant to hassle visiting, however it ought to positively be in your Iranian itinerary.

The UNESCO Listed Bazaar of Tabriz is without doubt one of the oldest within the Center East and is the most important lined bazaar on the earth. This can be a place that you could find something and all the pieces you may want, and you could get misplaced too! Make sure that to see The Blue Mosque and the Poets’ Tomb as nicely. The streets in Tabriz are bustling and make the town fascinating to stroll round. Plus, it’s a really secure metropolis.

As a day-trip, we suggest visiting the troglodyte village of Kandovan. Positioned within the mountains simply two hours from Tabriz, the views listed here are beautiful and the cone-shaped properties are very fascinating. Make sure that to put on good strolling footwear!


With beautiful rocky mountains as a backdrop, nice snowboarding and funky markets, Tehran is certainly price lingering in for a few days (regardless of what your information ebook would possibly say). The anti-American graffiti on the former US embassy and the unbelievable assortment of gold and diamonds on the Treasury of Nationwide Jewels are positively price a go to!

Should-have Experiences

Keep With Iranians:

Indubitably, probably the most fulfilling a part of backpacking Iran is having the chance to stick with an area household or associates and be taught in regards to the Iranian tradition. Fortunately for travellers, Iranians are extremely hospitable and also you’ll most likely be invited to remain a number of nights in lots of strangers’ properties. SAY YES! That is the most effective expertise you possibly can have within the nation and it offers you invaluable perception into the actual Iran.

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Witness Ashura:

Should you can time your go to for the mourning ceremonies of Ashura, you’ll have an incredible, first hand have a look at Iran’s shut reference to their religion, historical past, and misplaced heroes. Except for the open sobbing and Self-flagellation within the streets, Ashura is a time to recollect those that have made sacrifices. Imam Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad, was (and nonetheless is) a real hero to the Shia Muslim individuals. Witnessing their sheer devotion and mournful cries is a outstanding expertise.

That is additionally a time for giving and through Ashura, individuals will usually hand out free meals and drinks – which may actually assist the price range!

Observe: Make sure that to have your transportation and inns booked throughout this time as it may be a busy time with locals shifting round.

Take a look at: Ashura, A Month of Unhappiness and Self-Flaggelation in Iran

Have A Deep Dialog:

It is best to take the chance to have an extended and deep dialog with an Iranian. It’s wonderful how open and real they’re. When an area strikes up a dialog with you on a bus or in a restaurant, be open to it and you could end up actually connecting with them on a really private stage.

Notepad Road Sign SMALLGoat Observe: It’s unlawful for males to talk to unattended girls in Iran, so don’t go putting up conversations with fairly Persian ladies or you could get arrested.

Witness Prayer Time:

A good time to go to mosques and mausoleums is in the course of the time of prayer. Even should you’re not a non secular particular person, it may be a shifting and calming expertise to hearken to the meditative chants of the muezzin, and the repetitive replies of the lots of of individuals inside the mosque. Outdoors of prayer time, the inside of all mosques and mausoleums in Iran are completely mind-blowing and positively price a go to.

Smoke Qalyan:

The Iranian water pipe is a well-liked social exercise, particularly amongst males (however more and more amongst younger females in additional fashionable cities). The substance of alternative is flavoured tobacco and it may be fairly scrumptious. In fact it’s not the healthiest previous time however all the pieces is okay sparsely! When in Iran proper?

Goat Observe: In some international locations, tobacco water pipes are referred to as Sheesha… not in Iran. Sheesha means crystal meth in Persian, so make certain to not use this time period when ordering Qalyan!

Should Strive Dishes

Plate Road SignMeals is a big a part of travelling to any nation and backpacking Iran isn’t any completely different. Though Iranian delicacies isn’t world-famous, after travelling right here you’ll surprise why. The spicy stews, fruity sauces and candy drinks in Iran are completely scrumptious.

Observe: Islam is the dominant faith in Iran, so that you gained’t discover pork in lots of, if any of the meals.



This thick, tart stew is comprised of pomegranate syrup and floor walnuts. It’s historically made with poultry (duck or rooster); however there are additionally variants utilizing balls of floor meat, ghormeh, minimize lamb or fish. Discovering  Fesenjān with out meat just isn’t uncommon both.

Iranian Food: Fesenjun

Gormeh Sabzi:

That is sometimes called Iran’s nationwide dish. A scrumptious stew that actually interprets to “stew of greens and herbs”, the principle components are a combination of sautéed herbs (parsley, leeks or inexperienced onions, & coriander), seasoned with the important thing spice of “shambalileh” (dried fenugreek) leaves. In Garmeh you possibly can have Gormeh Sabzi with camel meat!

Ghormeh Sabzi iran


Date Milk Shake:

This appears to be extra of a vacationer delicacy than an precise Iranian beverage, however there’s little question that these frosty, thick mugs of goodness are a scorching vendor in Iran. Don’t go away with out making an attempt a Date Milkshake! You’ll surprise why they don’t have them at each quick meals chain and milkshake store round the world.

Dizi (aka Ābgusht):

Actually that means “water meat”, this tasty dish could not sound appetizing in its English translation, however it is without doubt one of the most scrumptious meals in Iran, and definitely probably the most enjoyable to eat. It historically comes out in a clay or steel pot with a lid. The savory stew is all the time served with bread and a pestle on the aspect, and also you are supposed to tear up the bread into tiny chunks, put it into the stew after which mush all the pieces collectively utilizing the offered pestle.

Iran Food: Dizi

This Persian / Mesopotamian stew is sometimes called “a peasants dish” however it’s really a hearty mutton soup thickened with chickpeas. Normally made with lamb, chickpeas, white beans, onion, potatoes, tomatoes, turmeric and black lime, it’s a low-cost and filling dish that backpackers can’t get sufficient of!

Something you pattern in Iran shall be scrumptious. Make sure that to pattern the road snacks as nicely!

Off The Overwhelmed Path In Iran


Execs Of Journey In Iran

Thumbs Up RoadsignYou’re planning a visit to an wonderful place and there are a lot of execs to backpacking Iran. Journey may be very private and completely different for everyone, so that you’ll most likely discover many extra execs once you’re in Iran. We’ve solely listed a number of.

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Extremely Pleasant Individuals!

We’ve mentioned it earlier than and we’ll say it once more. Iran has the friendliest individuals on the earth.


Regardless of your folks’ and households’ response once you informed them you have been going to Iran, you’ll most likely by no means really feel safer in your travels. The Iranians will deal with you want a fragile piece of knickknack once you cross by their nation, doing all the pieces of their energy to make sure you go away safely, and with a greater outlook on the nation, its motives and its individuals.

Wonderful Websites:

That is historical Persia. The historic websites, cities, shrines, mosques and mausoleums listed here are a number of the most beautiful creations you’ll ever see.

Backpacking Iran Visiting The Mud Town Of Meymand

Range of Religion & Thought:

Earlier than coming right here, you could assume that everybody within the nation may be very conservative and of the strict Muslim religion. This merely simply isn’t true. You’ll meet pleasant Bahai, Zoroastrians, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Agnostics, Atheists and a lot extra.

Smashing Misconceptions:

Iran will blow you away. Irrespective of how a lot you assume you realize about this place, you’ll be taught a lot extra once you journey right here. While you enter right into a household’s residence, you’ll most likely see males ingesting wine and girls carrying tank-tops and quick skirts. This will throw you for a loop, however it’s what makes Iran so particular. There are two worlds right here, outdoors and indoors, and to expertise each will allow you to to form a brand new psychological image of Iran and its individuals.

Wonderful Transportation:

Given the present trade fee, even price range backpackers in Iran will be capable of afford to take luxurious 1st class buses and the occasional flight. Transportation right here is simple to arrange, comfy and outrageously low-cost.

Backpacking Iran Comfortable Bus
Have a look at all that leg room!

Cons Of Journey In Iran

Thumbs Down RoadsignThere are a number of cons to backpacking Iran, however in all honesty, it’s laborious to think about greater than only a few, so we’re actually reaching right here.

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Having To Be Coated Up:

Girls shall be particularly affected by this legislation and it may be very annoying. You need to cowl your arms, legs, bum and hair always (regardless of how scorching it’s) and it will actually restrict your wardrobe, and presumably your sense of freedom. Simply know that lots of the girls round you don’t wish to gown like this both.

**Observe: Though the youthful era of Iranian girls are pushing the boundaries of the legislation by having headscarves barely hanging off the again of their heads, pay attention to the Morality Police in Iran who drive (and stroll) round, searching for individuals disobeying the legislation. You need to have your head lined and put on acceptable clothes always when in public.

women in iran

Typical outfits for youthful Iranian girls, look how far again on the heads these scarves are! So long as your shirt/jacket is protecting your bum, you’re okay. Lots of the outfits in Iran are literally fairly fashionable.

No Alcohol:

Effectively, there’s alcohol, if you realize the place to look, however you gained’t be going to bars and getting hammered with different backpackers in Iran. If caught ingesting alcohol, you could possibly be taking a look at some jail time, or a wonderful. On the identical time, it’s very fascinating to see how younger Iranians entertain themselves into the wee hours of the night time, and not using a drop of alcohol.


no_kissing_c.thumbnailShould you’re a pair, you’ll should maintain your smooching and hand holding for once you’re indoors. These are primary cons of travelling in a extremely conservative nation.

The Warmth:

Iran is residence to the most popular temperature ever recorded on earth (practically 71°C!). Which means that summer season within the southern deserts and Persian Gulf might be unbearably scorching.

Web Restrictions:

You’ll want a VPN (digital non-public community) as a way to go to web sites resembling Fb, Twitter, Google, YouTube, BBC, and many others. In some way our web site was in a position to be linked to in Iran with out utilizing a VPN, however most aren’t.

The Individuals In Iran

The individuals you encounter whereas backpacking by a rustic can have a profound impression on the best way you view a vacation spot. Not solely the native individuals, however the kinds of different travellers as nicely.

Varieties Of Different Travellers:

Other Backpackers In IranShould you’re heading to Iran, you’re going for a similar cause that most individuals are going, to search out someplace distinctive and off the crushed path. Different travellers in Iran could be a main spotlight of your journey, with so many alternative backpackers on so many alternative adventures, you’re certain to listen to many wonderful tales at each lodge and restaurant dinner desk. We discovered the opposite travellers right here to be mature, adventurous, culture-minded and galvanizing!


The Locals:

fabulous associates – Esfahan

As we’ve mentioned time and time once more on this weblog and on this Information, you actually can’t beat the friendliness of the Iranian individuals.

The Iranian individuals comprise the current day Persians, Ossetians, Kurds, Pashtuns, Tajiks, Balochs, Zaza Individuals, Lurs, and their sub-groups of the historic Medes, Massagetaes, Sarmatians, Scythians, Parthians, Alans, Bactrians, Soghdians and different individuals of Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Iranian plateau.

Faith In IranReligion

Round 90% of Iranians affiliate themselves with the Shi’a department of Islam, the official state faith, and about 9% with the Sunni and Sufi branches of Islam. The remaining 0.9% affiliate themselves with non-Islamic spiritual minorities, together with Bahá’ís, Mandeans, Yarsanis, Zoroastrians, Jews, and Christians. Sadly, it’s unlawful for the approximate half million Bahá’ís to publicly observe Bahá’ísm in Iran.

Language In Iran

Communication Backpacking Iran

Many Iranians communicate English as a second language and so in most components of the nation, you’ll don’t have any drawback discovering somebody to speak with (particularly in bigger cities)

About 75% of the nation speaks Persian (Farsi), Gilaki, Mazandarani and Luri, whereas 11% communicate Azerbaijani and different Turkik Dialects. 10% communicate Kurdish and a pair of% contemplate Balochi their mom tongue. The remaining 2% of individuals communicate different languages together with Turkmen, Georgian, Armenian, Hebrew, Assyrian, Brahui and many others.

Some Useful Persian Phrases To Know:

Good day/Hello: HiDorud (دُرود) / ruzegâr nik (روزگار نیک)

How are you?: Hâle šomâ cegune ast? (حالِ شما چه‌گونه‌ است)

Nice, thanks. xubam, sepâs (خوبم، سپآس)

What’s your title? nâmetân cist? (نامتان چيست)

My title is ~ .nâmam ~ ast (نامم ~ است)

Good to fulfill you. xošbaxtam (خوشبختم)

Please. xâheš mikonam (خواهش میکنم)

Thanks. besiyâr sepâsmandam (بسیار سپاسمنم)

You’re welcome. zende bâšin (زنده باشین)

Sure. âri (آری)

No. na (نَه)

Getting Round In Iran

iran busYou’ll really feel like an actual luxurious traveller once you’re backpacking in Iran. There are some lovely and massive buses with extensive lounge chairs that lean again all the best way, and repair that you just’d anticipate finding in a Michelin starred restaurant. You possibly can take trains and taxis which might be extra inexpensive than native buses in lots of different international locations, and there are sometimes low-cost inner flights as nicely.

Getting In & Out

Many individuals enter Iran by land from Turkmenistan or Turkey as half as an even bigger journey by Central Asia.

Iran shares borders with Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Its northern reaches stretch to the shores of the Caspian Sea whereas Iran’s southern coast is about alongside the sun-soaked Persian Gulf. 

041736-yellow-road-sign-icon-transport-travel-transportation-school-bus2By Land

Turkmenistan: The Saraghs – Sarakhs border is the preferred border getting into Iran from Turkmenistan. Opening hours of the border are 8am to 5pm (some say 9 to six). However remember, immigration on the Turkmen aspect closes for lunch from 12 – 1. Additionally, word that this is without doubt one of the slowest border crossings we’ve ever encountered!

From Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), you have to to take a taxi to a passport verify station, then an overpriced minibus to the border.

See our article right here: Our (Mis)Adventures in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Turkey: A well-liked border crossing is on the city of Dogubayazit. From Ankara it’s a 19 hour bus trip (55TL).

There are additionally trains going into Iran from Ankara, however be sure you have your whole paperwork prepared so that you just aren’t left behind on the border. The practice from Istanbul to Tehran through Ankara and Tabriz known as the Trans-Asia Categorical. It runs weekly in both route departing Istanbul at 10.55pm Wednesday (about €40). It takes about 70 hours and seating is in comfy 1st-class couchettes with 4 berths.

As soon as per week on Tuesday a practice departs the town of Van (Turkey) at 8:00 pm for Tabriz, Iran, arriving on Wednesday morning at 6:25 am

Iraq: The greatest solution to enter Iran from Iraq is on the Haj Omoran to Piranshahr border crossing. In fact you possibly can’t get a visa on the border however you possibly can apply for it in Irbil. There are minibuses and taxis to take you to and from the border.

Azerbaijan: The Azeri border has two recognised crossings: between Astara (Azerbaijan) and Astara (Iran), and Culfa (Azerbaijan) and Jolfa (Iran). Visas are not issued right here, however there are some mini-buses and taxis to take you to and from the border on both aspect.

ArmeniaThe border between Iran and Armenia is barely 35km lengthy, with one crossing level in Iran at Norduz.

Afghanistan: The border at Dogharon, 20km east of Taybad, is open and simple. Day by day buses between Herat and Mashhad make the journey even easier nonetheless.

Plane Road SignBy Air

There are two worldwide airports in Tehran, the older and fewer used Mehrabad Worldwide Airport (THR) and the newer and up to date Khomeini Worldwide Airport (IKA) (named after Iran’s spiritual chief). All worldwide flights to Tehran will arrive on the latter.

Iran additionally has worldwide airports in Shiraz, Esfahan, Bandar Abbas and Kish, with Shiraz being the best place to begin for travellers. Iran is big, so when getting into by air, be certain to plan a superb route so that you don’t backtrack or run out of time.

Iran Air is the nationwide airline and has a reasonably good popularity. It’s fascinating, on some worldwide airways, once you fly outdoors of Iran’s airspace, you’ll be served alcohol after it’s introduced on the P.A!

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Visa Rules For Iran

Backpacking Iran Visa
Visa Rules

IMPORTANT: As of February 2014, residents of the UK, US and Canada will should be accompanied by a information and have a specified itinerary to go to Iran.

**Observe: Entrance to Israeli passport holders shall be refused. As will entrance to these with proof of journey to Israel. Get hold of a brand new passport earlier than your journey to Iran if you should!

UPDATE 2017: Excellent news! 180 completely different international locations can now get an Iran visa on arrival. Nonetheless, should you’re from USA, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Bangladesh, Jordan, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan or Somalia there’s no visa on arrival for you. For extra, take a look at this submit.

There’s little question that visas are going to be a problem once you’re planning your journey to Iran. Everybody aside from nationals of Turkey, Malaysia, Syria, Georgia, Azerbaijan (15 days), Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador should acquire a visa at an Iranian consulate overseas, earlier than getting into Iran.

To use to your Iranian visa, you’ll first must acquire a reference quantity (just like a Letter Of Invitation) earlier than you apply on the consulate. To acquire your reference quantity, contact Stan Excursions and fill out their software, which would require you to state which consulate you’ll choose up your Iran visa. After a number of days of processing, Stan Excursions will ship a reference quantity to you, which you have to to current to the consulate once you apply.

We extremely suggest you contact Stan Excursions for your whole reference numbers, Letters of Invitation and visa wants in Iran and Central Asia.

Goat Observe: We don’t receives a commission to advertise Stan Excursions. We simply know that they’re the most effective.

30 Day vacationer visas will value:

  • UK: $230 – $340 USD
  • German: $77 USD
  • Spanish: $95 USD
  • Australian: $125 – $230 USD
  • Japanese: $75 USD
  • Korean: $50 USD
  • Finnish: $50 USD
  • Slovak: $65 USD
  • New Zealand: $128 USD

One of the best locations to use for an Iran Visa:

One of the best locations to acquire your Iranian visa are at consulates in Trabzon (Turkey), Almaty (Kazakhstan) or Batumi (Georgia), since you don’t want a Letter Of Invitation. One other good place to choose up the Iran Visa is in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), because the flip round time might be as quick as 48 hours! Bishkek is a low-cost place to get the Letter Of Invitation.

Visa laws are as follows:

Each nationality might want to acquire a visa (however first a reference quantity) earlier than getting into Iran aside from the next:


A few of the above data was discovered on Caravanistan and Wikipedia. Caravanistan additionally provides comparable visa assist to Stan Excursions.

Well being In Iran

Health Road Sign

Meals, medical and well being requirements are all fairly excessive in Iran so that you shouldn’t have many points with illness or illness. There may be some threat of malaria in south-eastern Iran, however travellers must be cautious when taking harmful anti-malarial drugs in a rustic with such a low threat. The most typical type of illness that travellers face is meals poisoning (though that is fairly uncommon).

There isn’t a threat of yellow fever in Iran, however animals can carry rabies, so like wherever on the earth, maintain your distance from stray animals and unkempt pets.

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Cellphone & Web In Iran

Laptop Road SignThe Iranian authorities does censor many social and abroad information websites like BBC, Twitter, Fb and many others. Additionally they throttle again the speeds to make sure that no person is downloading illicit supplies, however usually you’ll nonetheless be capable of discover respectable speeds at cafes, eating places and at your lodge. Wi-fi is changing into more and more common and also you’ll doubtless have it at nearly each lodge you keep in. Obtain speeds common at about 1mbps, however you’ll doubtless get round 500kbps.

As for cell service, Iran’s telecommunications are run totally by one state-run firm: TCI. Travellers can acquire each static sim playing cards and pre-paid sim playing cards. You possibly can recharge Your sim card by Web, through the use of main Iranian debit playing cards, or just purchase a recharge card from any tremendous retailer, ebook retailer or cell service supplier outlets which can be found throughout Iran. Sim playing cards have SMS, MMS and GPRS.

TCI nonetheless doesn’t assist 3G however this is on its manner. You might be able to use your authentic sim card from residence, however you’ll pay roaming costs.

Good Motion pictures & Books About Iran

Motion pictures:

Argo: This 2012 movie was directed by Ben Afflek and whereas it was criticized for poorly portraying the Iranian individuals, though components of it are fictitious it’s really fairly entertaining and informative.

A Separation: This compelling drama is a couple of married couple who’re confronted with a tough resolution to both enhance the lifetime of their little one by shifting to a different nation, or to remain in Iran and take care of a deteriorating dad or mum who has Alzheimer’s illness.


Prisoner of Tehran: The true story of a 16-year-old lady residing in Tehran in the course of the Iranian Revolution. What she went by in her life throughout this time is unimaginable. That is one ebook you gained’t wish to put down. 

When Is The Greatest Time To Go to Iran?

Weather Road Sign

Spring (March-Could) & Autumn (Sept-Nov)

Due to Iran’s dimension, topography and altitude, you’ll really discover an enormous number of climate patterns right here. Earlier than you resolve when to go, you must most likely determine the place you’d wish to go within the nation as regional temperatures can fluctuate wildly (when it’s -5°C in Tabriz it is likely to be 35°C in Bandar Abbas).

Warmth could be a restrictive power when backpacking in Iran so watch out should you’re within the south throughout summer season, when temperatures ceaselessly break into the 40’s (C).

Goat Observe: Climate all through the world is altering. You possibly can’t even attempt to predict seasons anymore, however you possibly can assume that central and northern Iran is generally freezing after November and the south is scorching in the summertime.

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General Ideas

Iran is certainly certainly one of our favorite international locations up to now!

Iran’s remarkably pleasant individuals, the benefit of journey, fascinating websites, wonderful topography and deep historical past all mix to make this one of the charming journey locations on Earth. Overlook what your loved ones and associates say about Iran and its individuals. Except they’ve been there, they do not know. Pack your luggage and prepare for a cultural expertise that can doubtless remind you of precisely why you’re keen on journey.


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