Iran Travel Internal
AIR: Iran Air runs services to Ahwaz, Esfahan, Kish,
Mashhad, Shiraz, Tabriz, Tehran and Zahedan and other major cities. Aseman
Air also runs services to the major cities. The vast size of Iran makes
internal flights the most practical method of transport.
RAIL: RAJA Trains run a fairly comprehensive internal
rail network. Major intercity trains operate on five main regional routes:
Azarbaijan route (Tehran – Jolfa); Golestan route (Tehran –
Gorgan); Hormozgan route (Tehran – Bandar-e-Abbas); Khorasan route
(Tehran – Mashhad); and Khozetan route (Tehran – Khorramshahr).
There are many areas in the mountains and the desert which can only be
reached by rail. There are some air-conditioned trains, and sleeping and
dining cars on many trains. For further details, contact RAJA Trains (c/o
Iranian Islamic Republic Railways) (see Travel – International section)
ROAD: The road network is extensive, with more than
51,300km (31,800 miles) of paved roads and 490km (304 miles) of motorways,
but the quality is unreliable. The two main roads, the A1 and A2, link
the Iraqi and Pakistani borders and the Afghan and Turkish borders. Traffic
drives on the right. Bus: Widespread, cheap and comfortable, although
services tend to be erratic. Taxi: Available in all cities. The urban
taxis (orange or blue) will carry several passengers at a time and are
much cheaper than the private taxis which only carry one person. Unofficial
taxis should be avoided; use only legitimate taxis or those ordered through
legitimate agencies. Group taxis for up to 10 people are available for
intercity travel. Prices are negotiated beforehand and tipping is not
necessary. Car hire: Available in most cities and from airports. Documentation:
An International Driving Permit is recommended but it is not a legal requirement.
Personal insurance is required. All motorists entering Iran must possess
a Carnet de Passage en Douane and an International Certificate of Vehicle
URBAN: Tehran has an extensive bus system, including
double-deckers. Tickets are bought in advance at kiosks.
Travel times: The following chart gives approximate
travel times (in hours and minutes) from Tehran to other major cities/towns
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