Tehran, a thrilling middle-eastern capital
Tehran enjoys a spectacular location in the shadow of the towering Alborz mountains. Visitors can explore the city's beautiful parks or visit iconic monuments like Azadi Tower, Rashkan Castle and Milad Tower.
Plan a trip to Tehran
The best time to visit is from April to October. Spring and autumn are mild and the city has hot dry summers and wet winters. Friday is Tehran's day off and many shops are closed. Plan a trip at the beginning of February for the Islamic revolution anniversary or visit from 21st to 24th March for Newroz, which is the New Year/spring festival. Republic Day is celebrated around April 1st while early June, normally 3rd or 4th, marks the anniversary of the death of Imam Khomeini.
Tips before you travel to Tehran
Visas are required and should be applied from via the consulate well in advance of travel. Passports must be valid for at least 5 months and entry could be refused if there is evidence of travel to Israel. Certain vaccinations are recommended, though not mandatory, including Hepatitis A, Typhus, Tetanus and Diphtheria. Don't try to import western publications, alcohol or pork. Offenders are punished severely. Demonstrations should be avoided. Visitors should haggle in markets as merchants always quote high prices. Tap water is not suitable for drinking. The cost of living is considerably cheaper than the UK and snacks like falafel cost about 25,000 IRR. Restaurant menus don't always show tax and service charges so meals can cost about a third more than stated.
Information for your arrival
There are regular shuttle bus services from airport to Azadi Square and a single journey is approximately 20,000 IRR. Taxis cost about 300,000 IRR and the trip takes about 80 minutes by either bus or taxi. All types of accommodation are available and a double hotel room will cost from 1,000,000 IRR per night. Tehran traffic is heavy meaning that buses and taxis tend to be slow. However, both buses and the metro are inexpensive with single tickets costing from about 3,000 to 6,000 IRR. The metro is fast but can sometimes be crowded. First and last carriages are women only. If taking yellow and green private taxis be sure to settle on the fare before boarding. Shuttle taxis can be found on major roads.