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Are you lazy to go through the following passages? OK, read this summary:

  1. Use buses to travel from one city to another.
  2. Use metro — if available —, SNAPP or other similar online apps inside cities.
  3. In the end of your travel, a flight back to Tehran would save your time and energy.
  4. Use trains if you like watching sceneries while traveling. In Iran, trains travel slowly.
  5. You can also rent a car — with or without a driver.
  6. Use helicopters inside villages. (Did you believe it?! :D Kidding...)

 

Having traveled to many countries I can guarantee that transportation in Iran is among the cheapest in the world. Not only cheap but also quality are different means of transportation in Iran.

Buses, for instance, are new, clean and well equipped. You can get to Isfahan from Tehran for a mere fee of EUR 2-3 per person. Amazing! Right? There’s a saddening truth behind that, though; While the economy is falling down, the government tries to keep the main expenses as steady as possible through paying subsidies. Transportation, in and between cities, is one major well sucking substantial portion of that money in. The quality and frequency of travels between big cities make these buses a reliable option for the local and foreign tourists alike.

By the way, let’s get back to our subject; for the same reason, local buses commuting inside the cities are almost free when you calculate the fare in foreign currency: EUR 0.05 per person per ride. But, you should forget using buses in cities as they are crammed with everyday commuters, not following any regular schedule — leave alone not having online trustable timetables — and not having any English explanation or sign. These buses are practical for the locals who know the stations by experience and talk with the driver frequently — of course in Persian —to be dropped at their desired destination.

I would always advise our guests to get a private car/taxi for short distances. Have you heard about SNAPP or TAP30? You might have not. But you definitely know Uber! Right? The first two are Iranian equivalents of Uber, having got the same idea from that famous international company. Big good points about them are: 1- being cheap — compared with an exclusive taxi. 2- being traceable, hence more reliable. 3- having registered and qualified drivers. 4- bearing the responsibility by the company in cases of any misdemeanor. 5- clarifying the origin and destination on the map. You should also consider its biggest flaw: it’s not always available. When it’s too early or late there’s no enough drivers out on the streets. And during rush hours the drivers are reluctant to accept the offers.

Tehran metro has always been the tourists’ first choice as it connects the major attractions to the center, extending from south to north and west to east. It also provides the most economical way to get to city center from Imam Khomeini International Airport. Metro line No.1, the red line, is the most useful line in Tehran. It gets you to the grand bazaar, Golestan Palace, National Museum, jewelry Museum, Glassware and Ceramic Museum, Ebrat Museum and many other attractions. (Should add that, two stations — namely; Haft-e Tir St. and Shahid Mofateh St. — are within walking distance of IranCozyHostel.)

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By Kami from Iran Cozy Hostel

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