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Travel Guide to Iran, Tips, Advice, Information

Iran is one of the Middle East countries with more than 5000 years of history and civilization and from the ten top tourism destinations in the world in terms of the numerous spectacular and historic attractions. Iran has 22 world heritage in UNESCO; but its recordable works are far more than these, and with the efforts made, more of these works can be recorded in near future. Before the Islamic Revolution, Iran was one of the main and first level destinations of tourists, but after the revolution, due to the existing limits and of coursep, incorrect and misleading propaganda of Iran because of political issues among the politicians, it fell to lower levels.

We want to prove that this country can be one of the top tourist destinations as in the past and with clarifying and proper explaining of the current restrictions for tourists in Iran, we will show you that with travel to Iran, not only you will not face any problem, but also you will experience one of the best travels in your life; your vision about this country and its people will completely change and the dark shadow of misleading propaganda of the medias for the political purposes of the politicians will be erased from your mind forever.

We have tried this guide to be a comprehensive and accurate guide for traveling to Iran and cover all the questions and required information for the travel. We have fully explained about visas and the ways to obtain Iran visa, determined the best time of travel, said about the security and the ways of safe travel to Iran, clarified the rules on clothing and hijab, written the currency and ways to reduce the costs, spoken about food and drink, and generally, we have explained everything you need for travelling to Iran.

The best time to travel to Iran

You have decided to travel to Iran, but do not know what is the best time and season for travel? To answer this question, you must first specify the reason and plan for your travel. Iran is a land of four seasons and different cities have different weather conditions in each season in the year. If we want to generally answer the question of the best time to travel to Iran, perhaps we should say that it is always the best travel time!

Iran has a very temperate spring, a relatively warm summer, a cool autumn, and a relatively cold winter; but the weather condition differs in different cities. A city like Hamedan has a very cold winter due to its mountainous location and it is not suitable for travel in winter, but summer is instead the best time to travel to this city because it has a cool pleasant climate, while other cities have very hot air! Cities like Yazd and Kerman have a very hot summer due to their desert location; instead, it is the best time to travel to these cities in the autumn or the early winter. Thus, it is better to first determine your destination and the cities you are going to visit, then by checking the weather and other parameters such as holidays, crowds, special days, etc. choose the best time to travel.

In general, spring is the best time to travel, especially middle spring, because of most tourist cities like Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Kerman, etc. have pleasant weather. Of course, you should also pay attention to the official holidays of Iran. The largest holiday in Iran is the 15 first days of spring known as Nowruz Eyd and in these days, almost all Iranians are traveling and the spectaculars are very crowded. In addition, autumn is a suitable time to travel to Iran and weather is pleasant in many cities. Even it may be better than spring because many domestic people and tourists choose to spring for travel and for the same reason, the spectaculars are very crowded and hotels and accommodations are hard to find.

Safety in Iran and the ways of safe traveling

Safety may be one of your biggest concerns, especially regarding what you have previously heard on TV. You may be worried that when you are walking in the streets of Iran, suddenly your side person explodes! Put away all of these thoughts! These are like a joke for Iranians.

Iran is one of the safest countries in the world and it is not a lie if we say it is safer than many European countries for tourists. In Iran, weapons are banned and there is a lot of sensitivity on this issue. Then, it is very unlikely to see a gun unless the person is a police or security force. There is no explosion and assassination at all, and from many years ago, there have been no terrorist attacks in Iran.

The Iranian people are very kind and this is even truer about tourists. Most of the people like to be good to the tourists and then describe that for their friends and be proud of it! A single tourist, even a woman can easily travel in the cities and villages without being threatened by any danger. Safety is one of the things that are very different with the mentality of tourists before traveling; and surely, all people who have previously experienced travel to Iran, have been surprised. Ask them.

Few tips about clothes in Iran

It is said that the clothes of tourists must be thick, but many Iranian women wear thin clothes during the hot season. Therefore, this is not too much worrying, using happy colors and thin clothes are very conventional. Of course, this sensitivity differs in different cities; consider it more in Isfahan, Mashhad, and Qom.

If your scarf falls, do not worry, and return it as soon as you understand it. Just enough to be careful, your hair should be worn and there is sensitivity to this position, but you do not need to cover all your hair, covering some of the hair is enough, like many Iranian women you see.

There is no problem with sandals and shoes, and the use of sports shoes is recommended because you may have a lot of walking during the day.

Top and shirt should not be tight and the sleeve must cover at least three-quarters of the hand.

Food and Drink in Iran

Well, we reach a good part of travel. Iranian cuisine is very delicious and varied, provided that where and how to prepare it. There are plenty of good restaurants offering the best quality and price of Iranian cuisine, and some of them are featured on this website. In Iran, a number of foods are found everywhere, you know, they are national, and besides, each city has its own special food. We suggest that you do not miss these foods on travel to Iran: all kinds of kebabs, Qeymeh (stew), Qormeh Sabzi (stew), and Fesenjan (stew).
It is interesting to know that the way of preparing and the taste of food are different in different cities. For example, Fesenjan may have different taste in each city. If you want to find the best food, you should spend time and research before travel. For instance, Fesenjan in northern Iran is not comparable with anywhere else!

Public transport system in Iran

Iran does not have an advanced public transportation system. Traveling among various cities is possible by bus and its thicket can be ordered online. Domestic flights are a little more expensive than the bus and they can be also bought easily. Tehran has metro and it is available in almost all areas of Tehran and connects different areas in the city, but it is a little crowded. Also in Tehran, inner city buses called BRT are available.
Taxi is available everywhere and you can easily use it, but its cost is slightly more than bus and metro. Taxis are shared on certain routes; nevertheless, you can take a private taxi and ask the driver to reach you to the desired destination. There is no taximeter and we recommend you to talk to the driver about the fare before moving in order not to have trouble. Taxi fare is not much expensive and tipping a taxi driver is not too common.
There is also the possibility to rent a car in Iran; also, Europe car is active in Iran. If you would like, you can rent a car during your travel.
You can use our services to get airline tickets or buses or rent a car. Having a friend and local support (even by telephone) is also suggested to reduce shipping costs, as they will provide you with the best and cheapest way to travel.

Reference: Travel Guide to Iran