Guide of Travelling
Is it Safe to Travel to Iran?
You are safe in Iran and Iranian people are very welcoming. It won’t take long before Iranians give you a warm welcome, ask where you are from or even invite you to dinner or tea. The people of Iran are just as keen to show you they are the exact opposite of how they are portrayed, as you should be showing them that the western world doesn’t hate them. In fact, Iran remains as one of the most stable countries in the Middle East. While breaking the rules of Islamic society (including drinking alcohol, taking drugs and engaging in sexual activity with locals) can result in deportation, arrest or worse, general travel here is completely safe.
When is the Best Time to Visit Iran?
Iran is a four-season country, which means in different corners of the country you can experience various climates at the same time. As a quick guide to Iran and its geographical mix, we can divide the country into three regions:
The Classic Route (The Red Lines): (Tehran, Qom, Kashan, Isfahan, Yazd and Shiraz) and the Caspian Sea (Mazandaran, Guilan, and Golestan provinces). There are two high seasons:
From early March until late May
From early September until late November
The Northwest and West route along the Zagros Mountains (The Blue Green): (Ardabil, Tabriz, Zanjan, Hamedan, Kermanshah, and Sanandaj)
There is one high season, from mid-April until mid-November
The Southern route and the ski resorts north of Tehran (The Blue Line): (Ahwaz, Bushehr, Bandar Abbas (Kish, Qeshm, Hormoz and Hengam islands), Chabahar.
Dizin, Shemshak and Tuchal are ski resorts.
Only one high season, from late November until late March.
Read More on the History of Iran
Iran has 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – 22 cultural and one natural. Each of which is the result of years of investigation and presentation of evidence as to why they should be regarded as world heritage sites. It would take more than one trip to traverse them all. It is worth reading up on the history of Persia, as well as details on the lead-up to the Iranian Revolution in 1979, in order to understand the basic makeup of the country.
Public Transport in Iran
Buses and taxis are available in all the cities and also metro in thickly populated ones such as Tehran, Mashhad, Tabriz, Isfahan and Shiraz. Men and women sections are separated in inner city transfers. However, a couple can sit together in the men’s section and not vice versa.
If you are about to go from a city to another; you can use Buses, Train, Taxis and domestic flights. It's forbidden for women to sit in the front row of a bus. Trains have women only, men only and mixed coupes that you should choose when buying the ticket.