By plane

By plane

All international flights to Tehran land at the new Imam Khomeini International Airport based 37 km southwest of Tehran.
 has scheduled flights to many Iranian cities, including Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kerman, Mashhad, Tabriz, Kish Island,
Iran Air and Mahan Air connect Tehran with some of the major European cities as well as destinations in Asia and Middle East. European companies landing in Tehran include BMI, Lufthansa, KLM, Alitalia, Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Aeroflot and Middle-Eastern airlines: Saudi Arabian Airlines, Emirates, and Etihad. Air Asia also has flights to/from Kuala Lumpur beginning on August 2010. So finding a flight to Iran should not be hard.
Additionally, Qatar airlines offer several flights to Iran and provide non-stop service to Doha from to many US cities.
Note: If not staying in Tehran and planning to get to any city other than Tehran upon your arrival, you would have to change airports, from Imam Khomeini to Mehrabad, 40 km away, to get to your domestic flight. Allow at least 3-4 hr between the flights. If going to Mashhad, you may be able to avoid the plane change in Iran using Turkish Airlines, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Jazeera Airways, or Qatar Airways. If going to Shiraz, several flights from Persian Gulf States and also Turkish Airlines are available. For Tabriz, you can try traveling via Istanbul on Turkish Airlines or via Baku on Iran Air.



There are ski pistes around Tehran. They are at Dizin, Darbandsar, Tochal and Shemshak. The longest one is the Dizin piste; this is north of Tehran and reachable during winter by using either Chalous Road or Fasham Road. The more professional slope is at Shemshak and that is the one used for national and international tournaments. The ski pistes near Tehran are all normally accessible by road in around 1-2 hr.



ATMs in Iran do not accept foreign (non-Iranian) cards except some which accept those from state banks, so bring all the money you might need in cash, preferably in US dollars or Euros.



Clothing & dress

Clothing of Iranians varies depending on the customs and traditions of each region. The youth prefer to wear fresh and natural colors. Women are obliged to wear loose and free dresses as well as headscarves.
According to the Islamic and traditional rules and regulations, all female travelers older than 10 years old are kindly requested to cover modestly her hair with headscarf, loose and long dress (falling at least under the knees ) with long sleeves and wearing long trousers or long socks or tights. The men only are not allowed to wear short trousers in public places. The cloth color has not any limitation.

National Currency

National currency

The rial (IRR) is the currency of Iran; however prices are often quoted in toman. One toman is equal to ten rials. Coins are issued in values of 50, 100, 250, 500, 1,000, 2,500 and 5,000 rials with banknotes produced in 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000. For large amounts you will see Iran Cheques being used, these are in 500,000 rial denominations. They are now used in the same way as cash. Although Iranians often express amounts of money and prices of goods in "tomans", however despite the usage of "toman" verbally, amounts of money and prices of goods and services are virtually always written in rials.

There are a lot of military and other sensitive facilities in Iran. Photography near military and other government installations is strictly prohibited. Any transgression may result in detention and serious criminal charges, including espionage. Do not photograph any military object, jails, or telecommunication devices, airports or other objects and facilities which you suspect are military in nature. Be aware that this rule is taken very seriously in Iran.


Visiting holy sites

Some mosques, and most holy shrines, require women to be wearing a chādor before entering the complex. If you don't have one, there are sometimes kiosks by the door that lend chādors. It is better for men to wear long-sleeved shirts inside a mosque or shrine, though this is not mandatory.
Shoes are not worn within prayer areas of a mosque or shrine. Busier mosques have free shoe repositories where you trade your shoes for a token. Also try to avoid mosques on the holy day of Friday as they will be much busier and don't photograph a mosque while prayers are taking place.
Holy shrines, like those in Mashhad and Qom, are usually off limits to non-Muslims, although the surrounding complexes are fine. Always ask first before you enter a room you are unsure of.



Iran cell (MTN) and MCI and Iran talya and Raytel offers relatively cheap, pre-paid sim-cards for international travelers. It is possible to buy recharge cards from all newsstands and supermarkets. These networks specially MCI and Raytel, works quite well in all cities and rural areas. GPRS and MMS is also available at very low prices, especially at night, for surfing the web or checking your email with your mobile phone. MCI and Raytel are other popular operators that cover all Iranian territory. Even in villages or border, MCI has GPRS and MMS as well.



Bazaar is a known name for foreign tourists where they wish to do some Shopping and enjoy the atmosphere of the Islamic orient Bazaars. The hand woven Carpets of Iran are internationally admired and some of them are kept in major museums of the globe. In Bazaar tourists can find handicrafts as Carpet, Rug and Zilu. As well as Miniature frames orthography, painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics and pottery works, glass making, silver work and carpet weaving, fine traditionally decorated copper, silk, gold, wood and leather objects.

International Cuisine
There are several good international restaurants which offer Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Italian and French food as well as vegetarian menus in Tehran and other major cities.

Persian cuisine
The cuisine of Iran is diverse, with each province featuring dishes, culinary traditions and styles distinct to their regions. It includes a wide variety of foods ranging from chelo kabab (barg, koobideh, joojeh, shishleek, soltani, chenjeh), khoresht (stew that is served with white Basmati or Iranian rice: ghormeh sabzi, gheimeh, and others), aash (a thick soup:as an example Ash-e anar), pollo (white rice alone or with addition of meat and/or vegetables and herbs, including loobia Polo, zereshk Polo, Baghali Polo and others), and a diverse variety of salads, pastries, and drinks specific to different parts of Iran. The list of Persian recipes, appetizers and desserts is extensive.


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