Get in & Around Tehran

Written by Super User. Posted in All about Tehran

Get in

There are no direct flights from North America or Australia, but there are direct flights from many European, African and Asian cities as well as cities in the Middle East. Iran Air, the national airline of Iran, flies to many destinations such as London


(Heathrow), Amsterdam, Vienna, Istanbul and Tokyo. You can also fly directly from London (Heathrow) with BMI (formerly known as British Midland). Alternatively, you can travel via Dubai and then take Emirates or Air Arabia to Tehran. Tehran's Mehrabad Airport (IATA: THR ICAO: OIII) is the old pre-revolutionary airport and was partially replaced by the new Imam Khomeini International Airport (IATA: IKA ICAO: OIIE). Recently, all international flights to Imam Khomeini and Mehrabad is only used for regional and freight flights. The old airport is relatively close to the downtown area and the abundant taxis are definitely the best way to get into Tehran. There is a stand that organizes taxis for you right in front of the arrival hall.
Imam Khomeini Airport is a significant improvement over Mehrabad and it is still only in international use. Be warned that it will take up to an hour and a half to get the airport in bad traffic, but if you book your departure early in the morning it can be much faster. Taxis are cheap and plentiful. A taxi to any destination in Tehran costs 200,000 rials for a local Samand car or a few dollars more for Toyota Camry. You can also negotiate with taxis that take passengers from Tehran to Imam Khomeini Airport because they usually have to return to Tehran. You may be able to rent one to get to Tehran destinations such as Azadi Square or the metro station for 20,000-30,000 rials. Bus connections were recently added from Mehrabad Terminal 5 and Behesh-e-Zahra metro station to Imam Khomeini Airport. You may need to ask a few people about the service as it is relatively new and not yet known.
Despite the warnings in some tour guides, there is no exit charge for foreign travelers, either in Mehrabad or Imam Khomeini Airport. The exit charge applies to foreign travelers only when leaving Iran on land or by sea.

By train


Tehran has rail links to other cities in Iran and neighboring countries. If you travel within Iran, train tickets should be purchased outside the station, in travel agencies or via the Internet from Raja Passenger Train Company, which is the passenger subsidiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (RAI).
• There is a three-day train service from Istanbul to Tehran every Wednesday at 11.55 am and costs 96.20 Turkish lira (August 2010). They change trains on Friday at Lake Van, which takes a four-hour ferry trip to come. Both the Turkish and Iranian trains are comfortable and clean. Waggon restaurants are rather cheap. Arrival on Saturday at 6.45am (but expect up to 10 hours delay ...).
• There is a three-day train from Damascus and crosses Turkey across Lake Van.
• Several trains per day from Mashhad, including night trains.
• There is every day at least one train to Isfahan, Tabriz, Kerman, Yazd, Sari, Gorgan, Ahvaz and Bandar Abbas in Iran.

By car

Traffic is very crowded, but has improved over the city with the completion of several new tunnels and highways (hereinafter referred to as Bozorgrah or Otoban in Persian). You can travel from Turkey easily and from the southern parts of Iran. Driving is often dangerous and the seat belts should be worn at all times.
By bus
Almost every city and faraway village in Iran has bus connections to Tehran, as do the hundreds of buses that enter the capital every day. Most buses arrive or depart from one of four major bus terminals:
• The western bus terminal (Terminal-e-gharb) is the largest, most extensively and best-equipped Tehran terminal. Most international buses, as well as those who spring into the Caspian Sea region and destinations west of Tehran and end here. The terminal is ten minutes walk northwest of Azadi Square and within walking distance west of Tehran metro station (Sadaghieh).
• The eastern bus station (Terminal-e-shargh), seven kilometers northwest of Emam Hossein Square, operates buses to / from Khorasan, as well as a small number of services to the north.
• The southern bus terminal (Terminal-e-Jonoob) is well equipped and accommodates buses to and from destinations south of Tehran. It is located 2 km east of Tehran's main railway station and is easily accessible via its own terminal-e-Jonoob metro station.
• The Beihaghi Bus Terminal (Terminal-e-beihaghi) is next to Arzhantin Square, about 1.5 km southwest of the Mossallah metro station. (Frequent shared taxis to / from metro should not be more than 3,000 rials). The station has services to / from most of the main centers in Iran including Mashhad, Esfahan, Rasht, Shiraz, Tabriz and Yazd.
Go around
In dealing with traffic-rich, expansive Tehran is a true patience test. While taxis are your best bet, they are more beautiful than the rest of the country. A large local bus network also takes you almost anywhere you need to go, so long you can make sense of the routes and the Persian line numbers. However, the real star of the Tehran transport system is the brand new metro.

By bus

Tehran has an expansive but confusing bus network. Some require a prepaid contactless card (min 5000 rials), which can be purchased from the stalls next to the bus stops and the metro stations, if you get off the bus and some pay with cash (from 1.000-4.000 rials). Note that the buses are divided into two sections, only men (the front section) and only women (the rear section).
Note that in the BRT lines the women's only section is at the front. Also the fee is paid at the station, using the prepaid contactless card (shared with Metro), or paying to the guard.
Since bus numbers, route descriptions and other information are in Persian, your best bet is to see a bus terminal confused. A local will surely stop helping. Each bus line has a certain and almost unchanging path, but only the people know exactly which bus stops exist for a given road. You should not expect a map or guide also in Persian shows the bus network or bus stations. Even asking the bus driver would not be a great help for you to find your way either. When you come into a bus and are looking for a particular station to ask to help you - you will find many people who will help you find your way, most
BRT (Bus Rapid Transportation)
The BRT buses are colored red. BRTs have special lines and travels very quickly from the Azadi Square (west of Tehran) to the east (Terminal-e-Shargh). Railway station (south of Tehran) directly to the north (Tajrish Square). Azadi Square to the Free University (Northwest). Azadi Square South Terminal and Parkway Bridge (north of Tehran) to Jomhuri Square. Cost between 1,000-3,000 rials. In high-traffic hours (7 AM-9AM & 4 PM-8PM) it is the best way to travel. BRT has too many stations near major roads. Although you may not find any empty space on the bus because the crowds, people give their place to you when they know you are a tourist. The seats and queues of women and men are separate.

By Metro

Teheran's new metro system consists of three lines that take you quickly from one end of the city to the other, without being aware of the noise, pollution and chaos of the Tehrani traffic. However, many residents decided to leave their cars and commute with the Metro, so expect huge crowds during the rush hours.
There are four lines (numbered 1, 2, 4 and 5), but the two most useful ones are lines 1 (from north to south - from the northernmost Tajrish station to Kahrizak station) and 2 (east to west) connecting in the center Imam Khomeini Station. All stations have both Persian and English. Trains run every 10 minutes or less on peak times (15 minutes Fridays and holidays) from about 5:30 am to 11:00 pm every day. Line4 (yellow line) recently east to Kolaahduz station and westward to Eram-e-sabz station. There is really much as there are some of the main points such as Tehran University in Enqelab Sq. And a connection to line5 (green); Line5 goes to Karaj, which is a 3 million suburb! Line3 (light blue) is built and under the test and would work from Azadegan to Beheshti before March 2014.

Tickets are valid for 1 or 2 trips (including changing the lines) and cost 3,500 or 5,500 rials. There are ticket booths at each station. You can also buy a contactless tariff card, which is the best option if you want to use the Metro a lot or you just want to have less trouble by paying 30,000 rials for a ticket and using it both on the metro and in most city buses (Note that if you use this card, you usually pay less than any other tickets as they charge for the longest trip in the net) to charge the minimum cost in the metro with these paid tickets, you should see the map in Of the exit station. There are three dedicated women-only wagons at two ends of the train, one and half in each side. Women can choose anyway to travel aboard the other carriages.

By Taxi

As with the rest of the country, private and shared taxis are rich in Tehran, although you may find a common taxi under traffic and chaos more difficult, while private taxis are more expensive than in the smaller cities. See the Get Around Information about Iran for details on marking a taxi. If you want to deal with the taxi, your best bet is to bounce from place to place, as the drivers are reluctant to let you pick up if your cried goal deviates too far from their route. In each place you will find certain places where the private taxis are queued up and drivers call passengers for a destination. (Mostly during times when the number of waiting taxis exceeds the number of passengers). In this case, they would wait for the car to be full of passengers (mostly a people in front and 3 people behind, without drivers). Otherwise, people have to queue in a queue waiting for the taxis to arrive. This is the case during rush hours (about 7 AM-8AM and 5 PM-8PM). All of these depend on finding their regular station on the square. You can also ask them to leave earlier than your destination wherever you want, but you will have to pay their total cost to the destination. The cost of such a ride from Azadi Square to Vanak Square are about 20,000 rails (2000 Tomans)
(75 cents) for each person. Most drivers are very bad in English.
Motorcycle taxis are a Tehran specialty and offer a way to quickly weave through the traffic-calmed streets of the city. You will see how many of these drivers are standing by the side of the road calling "engine" passing by. Remember, motor taxi operators may seem even more suicide than the average Tehran drivers when driving. Arrange a price before you take off and expect to pay a little less than chartering a private taxi.
Airport taxis can be hard to find and even the most expensive hotels offer poor quality vehicles. Airport Seiro Safar Co. has a fleet of yellow-green cars (Toyota Camry, Samand), both of which are new and comfortable. You can call or e-mail before traveling to / from the airport and reduce the inconvenience and inconvenience that can cause the long hike to the airport. The fee is the same for any source / destination in Tehran to / from Imam Khoemini Aiport varies from 250,000-400,000 rials depending on the car; Samand the most expensive and Camry the most expensive). To prevent a request for more than the official fee, tell the driver that you need a receipt before you come to the car.


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