Favourite airline: Turkish Airlines
Flight tickets on the route Istanbul – Tehran are most frequently booked with Turkish Airlines.
Turkish Airlines
33 %
AtlasGlobal
17 %
Mahan Air
6 %
Tip: book 3 months before departure
If booked 3 months before travel, flights cost only £156.00.
103 days before departure
Direct flights are cheaper
On this route, direct flights are £37.00 cheaper than flights with a stopover.
non stop flight
1 stop
03h 00min
08h 15min
£173
£210
The favourite connection is non-stop
Direct flights are especially popular on this route. 56 % of travellers will book a non-stop flight.
Route
bookings
Direct flights
03h 00min, from £173
56 %
1 stopover Doha
07h 35min, from £231
28 %
1 stopover Kiev
08h 15min, from £210
17 %

Tehran - a capital city at the foot of the mountains

Tehran is a thriving city by the Alborz mountain range. Rich in history and full of cultural monuments, it has many museums full of ancient artefacts, and some picturesque parks and outside areas.

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Best Tehran climate, holidays and festivals

Temperatures between April and October are generally pleasant. Spring and autumn are quite mild and the middle of summer can be hot. The winter months have a tendency to be wet.

Visitors should be aware that Iranians take Fridays off, and many of the shops and attractions will be shut. Iranians celebrate the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at the beginning of February. Nowruz, which translates as the New Day, is the beginning of spring and the new year in the Persian calendar, usually celebrated on or around the 21st March. Republic Day falls around the 1st April and June 3rd/4th is the anniversary of Imam Khomeini's death.

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Important information about Tehran

Tourists to Iran will need a visa to enter the country. Your passport must be valid for up to 5 months or longer. If your passport has an Israeli stamp you may be denied entry into the country. It is recommended, but not required, that you get vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Typhus, Tetanus and Diphtheria. Certain items are not allowed to be imported into the country. These include western publications, such as newspapers and magazines, pork and alcohol. Punishments for trying to bring these into the country can be quite severe.

Shopping here can be an interesting experience. Prices in markets are marked high, and visitors are expected to haggle. Tap water can cause illness if drunk, so bottle water is recommended. The cost of living is much cheaper than in the UK. Popular snacks like a falafel, cost around 25,000 IRR, which converts to roughly 60 pence. Restaurants do not include tax or service charges in their prices, so your meal may be a third more expensive than stated.

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After arriving in Tehran

Upon arrival at the airport, a shuttle bus is available to Azadi Square, which costs around 20,000 IRR. A taxi will cost you approximately 300,000 IRR, which is roughly £7. The journey will take around eighty minutes. Double rooms in a hotel per night will cost you around 1,000,000 IRR, which is roughly £24. Bus journeys around the city can be quite slow due to the heavy traffic. The metro is faster, but can be quite crowded. They are cheap to travel on, with single tickets costing between 3,000 - 6,000 IRR. The first and last carriages on the metro are reserved for women only. Private taxis, which are yellow and green, are readily available, but the price should be agreed upon before starting your journey.

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