Getting Around Iran
Getting Around Iran
The two main ways of getting around in cities of Iran are taxis and buses. In Tehran subway is also a good substitute for many routs. It has got 3 lines (and 2 planning) with 28 stations. It is also one of the most punctual organizations in Iran. It operates from 6:00 - 22:00h with a detailed schedule.
One of the easiest ways of getting around in Iran especially in Tehran is by taxi. You only need to hail one. There are two kinds of taxis: shared or private. Shared taxis are mostly yellow or orange. If you wish the driver not to pick up any passenger and take you directly to your destination, specify to travel "Darbast", otherwise he would go his route and pick up passengers. If you hire him, he will charge you more and it is better to haggle over the fare. You can also call taxi agencies or ask your hotel to arrange that for you.
If you choose to get around very cheaply you can use bus. Most large town and cities have good local bus services. You should buy some tickets which are very cheap and board. In large cities like Tehran finding your right bus rout or the right station to get off will be difficult and confusing. Women and men are separated in the buses; women have to sit at the back and it will be very difficult if you are traveling as a couple and need to discuss where to get off.
To travel between cities there are 2 more options, you can go by train and air. Train routes are limited to the major cities and a train journey will take longer than traveling by the coach. But train tickets are often cheaper, they are more comfortable and their Sleeper berths at nights allow you having a good sleep while saving on time and a night's accommodation.
Since Iran is a huge country, for people who are on a tight deadline, air services are a blessing. Airlines such as Iran air, Iran Aseman, Mahan, Kish air, and others provide an extensive network of flights to all provincial capitals and places of interest for travelers. The only problem can be availability; you need to book your ticket in advance. Using a travel agency is always easier and faster way for reservation.
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