The best time for traveling to Iran is normally from April to May and from September to early November. However, Iran, as a vast country is a place where it is possible to travel at any time of the year. For instance, in July and August, the west and northwest of Iran due to cooler weather are the best choice mixed with classic route, such as Tabriz, Kurdistan, Kermanshah or Hamedan. The months of November, December, January and February are the best for traveling to south Iran, which due to the areas natural beauty and tourist attractions could be considered as must-see destinations, including Qeshm, Kish, Chabahar, Bushehr and etc.
The official currency of Iran is RIAL, although the informal unit of money is TOMAN that equals 10 RIALS. To cite an example, if the price of Pizza is 50 tomans, it is 500,000 Rials.
In Iran, credit cards and international debit cards such as master or visa cards are not supported. It is easily possible to change money at the airport, banks and exchange offices in the cities or even to carry your money in cash. If the latter feels difficult or insecure for you, there are some companies available to provide you with local debit cards.
It is worth noting however that some shops selling souvenirs can accept master cards, so you might wish to take your card with you while traveling to Iran.
Yes, all tourists need a visa, except for certain exempted countries. Please visit our IRAN VISA page for more information.
Yes, all the hotels, hostels etc. offer free Wi-Fi to their guests as well as some restaurants and cafes. For 24-hours access to the internet, the best option is to buy an Iranian SIM card with its data package. Thus, 4G data is obtainable everywhere with high speed to meet your needs.
Access to WhatsApp and Instagram is fine, however applications like Facebook, Twitter and You Tube are blocked, needing VPN (Virtual Private Network) to be used.
Yes, for sure. Iran has always been a safe country for tourists. There is no war or insecurity in Iran and tourists are warmly welcomed. It is of course advisable to keep an eye to your belongings and your money just as you would in any country you visit.
There are some days in Iran when all sightseeing is closed due to specific religious ceremonies.
We suggest that the trip to Iran not be planned in these particular dates, however, if there is no way to change the schedule, we will organize other programs in each city to make the best use of your time.
1- 13th April (martyrdom of Imam Ali, the first Imam of Shiite)
2- 16th May (the martyrdom of 6th Imam of Shiite)
3- 4th June (demise of Imam Khomeini)
4- 28th July (Tasoua, a day before Ashura, mourning holiday for martyrdom of Imam Husain)
5- 29th July (Ashura, a day to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein)
6- 6th September (Arbaeen, forty days after the Day of Ashura)
7- 14th September (demise of prophet Mohammad, the last God messenger)
It is worth mentioning that during the Nowruz holiday, all sightseeing is open, but be aware that these days are 13 days of holiday in Iran, meaning everywhere is crowded and hotel prices increase dramatically.
During Ramadan, eating or drinking in the streets is forbidden until sunset (Eftar) out of respect to those fasting and restaurants and cafes do not provide services to guests during that time period. It should be noted that all meals are available in hotels. As a result, if traveling to Iran during Ramadan please note that breakfast, lunch and dinner will have to be eaten in hotels.
Iran is a country with fantastic souvenirs. From Persian carpets to stunning handicrafts. For more details about Iran’s souvenirs, please visit (souvenirs).
Due to Islamic country regulations, alcoholic drinks are forbidden in Iran and no restaurants are allowed to serve them. All non-alcoholic drinks can be found from Coca-Cola to various juices, including several local drinks and any types of tea, coffee or even alcohol-free beer.
There are several active international airlines that have flights to and from many countries. Here are some well-known as well as some lesser-known airlines currently active in Iran.
This airline has direct roundtrip flights to Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara from Iran (IKA airport). Furthermore, Turkish airline has direct roundtrip flights from Istanbul to some cities of Iran including, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz and Tabriz. It also should be noted that Turkish airline can be used as a connecting flight for many destinations in the world.
Qatar airways has direct roundtrip flights from Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz and Isfahan to Doha.
Direct roundtrip flight from Tehran (IKA airport) to Frankfurt.
This airline offers clients the opportunity for direct roundtrip flight from Tehran to Dubai.
Direct flight from Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz and Isfahan to Dubai and vice-versa is possible with Fly Dubai.
Direct round trip flight from Tehran to Istanbul and Antalya.
Also, direct round trip flight from Tabriz to Antalya.
There are direct roundtrip flights from Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz to Sharjah.
From Tehran to Wien a direct roundtrip flight is available.
This airline has direct roundtrip flights from Tehran to Moscow.
Direct roundtrip flight from Tehran to Moscow is available.
There are direct roundtrip flights from Tehran and Shiraz to Masqat.
Direct roundtrip flight from Tehran to Yerevan is available.
This airline provides direct roundtrip flights from Tehran and Mashhad to Kuwait
The direct roundtrip flights from Tehran to Antalya, Alania and Bodrum.
It is worth mentioning that some Iranian airlines such as Iran Air, Mahan Air, Qeshm Air, Meraj, Aseman and Iran Air Tour, also cover many destinations around the world. To cite an example, for Southeast Asian cities like Bangkok, Gwangju and etc., Mahan Air provides direct flight for the tourists or for European cities like Rome, Paris, Hamburg or etc., Iran Air offers a direct flight to the clients.