18 steps to visit Iran
How to Visit Iran
If you are looking for a destination to spend your holidays there Iran can be a good choice. As Iran is less familiar to most of us it can seems a little bit confusing. But do not worry at all, Iran is a worthy country. Here are some tips guiding you to go there and enjoy your trip.
Do some intense Google search for accurate sources, whether they are travel
companies or personal accounts.
Try to figure out the costs involved. If you want to go with a prearranged tour, then
you might as well contact multiple sources and compare the fares.
Try to contact the travel companies inside Iran for better prices. It might save you
up to 60% overall.
If you are American, you need to be in a guided tour.
You can arrange your own private tour without the need to be included in a big group.
Almost all other nationalities can travel in and out Iran freely without need to bepart of a
If you want to travel independently and are not American(Americans need to be in a
prearranged guided tour) then you should try to get your visa from a travel agency
in Iran. It usually costs around 50$.
Buy a travel guidebook.
These really help with the overall planning process and can help you estimate prices.
You can book your hotels on the spot. Most hotels in Iran will accept you
without a reservation(unless you’re planning on 4-5 star hotel)
The average hotel fare for a room in Iran costs around 20$ in 1-star hotel, 30$ in 2-star
hotel, 40-50$ in a 3-star hotel, 50-90 in a 4-star and 100-250 in 5 star hotel. These
fares are per night and can be divided in half if you go with a friend.
Single rooms are 30% cheaper.
Use the bus. Royal Safar, Tavoni #1 and Seiro Safar all provide good services at a very
low cost(around 1$ per 100KM)
Make a list of where you want to visit by looking up in Internet.
Use guidebook first and then maybe other sources such as irangazette.
Get a guide, if you need, by asking from your hotel reception.
If you need a car, ask your hotel. It is safer.
Try to improvise. Go to the countryside and villages. Hike, ski and take as many photos
as you want.
Accept the invitations that you might get from people on the street, if they want to
invite you to their homes.
It is quite unusual based on the western culture to do that. But in the east, that is what
people do all the time for strangers. You get so much hospitality, friendship and good food
and that probably you don’t want to go back to your hotel any more.
Bring your Cell phone and use it there, you can get local SIM cards for 5$.
It is cheap and gives you tons of minutes.
Bring your laptop, if you are really need it , but you should know that is going to be
a hassle since there are tons of computers all over the place Hotel, Cafe nets, Shops
Open a Google mail and upload your photos as you travel into Google by attaching
them to a letter and send it to yourself.
Bring a slim camera, instead OF a chunky one.
For clothes, you need to dress conservatively.
Use LonelyPlanet forum for asking your questions from people who already have
traveled to Iran.