Tehran is the capital city of Iran and is divided into two parts. The northern part is more prosperous and modern and the southern part is less expensive. This cosmopolitan city boasts museums, parks, cafes, restaurants and traditional markets.
The climate from April until October, so in spring and autumn, is mild. Summers in Tehran are hot and dry and the winter months are wet, which makes the months in autumn and spring the most suitable. Travel to Tehran during holidays or festivals and experience the local culture. Friday is a day off when many shops and businesses are closed. At the beginning of February the anniversary of the Islamic revolution is celebrated. The New Year/Spring festival, Newroz, happens between 21st and 24th March. Around 1st April is Republic Day and at the beginning of June, normally the 3rd or 4th, it is the anniversary of Imam Khomeini's death.
Visas are required in order to visit Tehran. Contact the consulate well in advance of travelling. Passports need to be valid for 5 months or longer before travel. Entry may be refused if a passport has an Israeli stamp.
Recommended vaccines are Hepatitis A, Typhus, Tetanus and Diphtheria.
Attempts to import western publications, pork and alcohol will be severely punished. It is also best to avoid any demonstrations. It is common practice to haggle in markets as the initial prices are high. Avoid drinking tap water. The cost of living is much cheaper than the UK. Falafel snacks cost approximately 25,000 IRR. Restaurant meals may have a tax and service charge added making them a third more expensive.
Shuttle buses operate between Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport airport and Azadi square.The cost is around 20,000 IRR. A taxi will cost about 300,000 IRR. The Journey by shuttle or taxi takes approximately 80 minutes. A double room in an hotel will be about 1,000,000 IRR per night. Buses around the city can be very slow because of heavy road traffic. The Metro is fast on the other hand, but can be crowded. Bus and Metro are inexpensive costing between 3,000 - 6,000 IRR for a single ticket. The first and last carriages on the Metro are for women only. Agree on a price before travelling with the yellow and green private taxis. Alternatively, shuttle taxis also run along major roads.