Tehran: Iran's Vibrant Heartbeat

Bold and lively, warm and welcoming, Tehran is fast becoming a popular choice among travellers worldwide.

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When best go to Tehran

Summers are hot in Tehran, while winters are wet. Spring and autumn weather tends to be mild, making visits between April and October ideal. On Fridays workers have the day off so that many shops and other establishments are closed. The anniversary of the Islamic Revolution is in February, and the New Year and Spring festival (Newroz) falls between the 21st and 24th of March. Republic Day is observed around the 1st April, and the anniversary of Iman Khomeini's death is commemorated in early June, usually between the 3rd and 4th of the month.

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Tehran: preparing to travel

You'll need a visa to enter Iran, so make sure you contact the consulate well in advance. Passports must be valid for at least 5 months before travel dates and entry may be refused if your passport has an Israeli stamp. Tetanus, Typhus, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria vaccines are recommended although not mandatory. It's advisable to avoid demonstrations while in Tehran. Attempts to import western publications, pork and alcohol can bear serious consequences and severe punishment. When shopping in markets make sure you haggle as this is expected as stated prices are often high. Avoid drinking tap water during your visit. The cost of living in Tehran is much cheaper than the UK. Snacks like falafel cost around 25,000 IRR. Please note, restaurant food prices rarely include tax and service charges and meals may end up costing a third more than stated on the menus.

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Tehran transport and accommodation advice

Shuttle buses provide services between the airport and Azadi square, and fares cost around 20,000 IRR. A taxi from the airport to the city centre will cost approximately 300,000 IRR. The journey time for both modes of transport takes around 80 minutes. You can book a double room in a hotel for around IRR1,000,000 per night. Traffic in Tehran is heavy so buses are generally slow. The metro is the faster option but can often get crowded. Fares are inexpensive and start at around 3,000 to 6,000 IRR for single tickets. The first and last carriages of the Metro are designated for women only. Yellow and green cabs are private taxis. If catching one, make sure you agree on a price before accepting a ride. Shuttle taxis travel along major roads.

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