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Iran Information:

Iran is the 18th largest country in the world.  Iran is located in the Middle East, in southwestern Asia. It is bordered by the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Oman; Turkey and Iraq to the west, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Armenia to the north, and Afghanistan and Pakistan to the east.

Iran has a long history of scholarship that has created a rich culture of art, literature, poetry, music, cuisine, and architecture. Ancient Iranian thinkers wrote influential texts on philosophy and medicine, and it was an Iranian mathematician who invented algebra. Iran’s universities are among the most respected in the Middle East.

Regions of Iran
Iran is divided into five regions with thirty-one provinces. The five administrative regions are Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, Kermanshah, and Mashhad.

Iran Natural Resources

Iran has vast amounts of fuel resources such as petroleum, natural gas, and coal. Other mineral resources include chromium, copper, iron ore, lead, manganese, sulfur, and zinc.

  • Capital: Tehran
  • Population: 83.992.949 million (2020)
  • Date format: yyyy/mm/dd (SH)
  • Currency: Iranian rial
  • Official language: Persian
Iran is home to one of the oldest civilizations on Earth


Before Traveling

Good To Know Basic Information About Iran

Geographical location

The Islamic Republic of Iran has an area of 1,648,195 km2. Iran is located in Western Central Asia. The area commonly referred to as the Middle East. Its capital is Tehran. Iran was geographically known as Persia till as recently as the twentieth century. In the North and Northwest, it is bordered by the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan (not Azerbaijan Province), Armenia and the autonomous Nakhichevan enclave. To the West lie Turkey and Iraq. Its southern boundaries extend to the scenic shores of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It is close to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the East and Turkmenistan to the Northeast.

In speech of Iranian society and culture

80 million (2017 est.) Iranian make up the population of the country. The majority of them speaks in Persian (Farsi) but Several other languages are existing in a minority like Kurdish, Armenian, Turkish, Arabic, et al. As you might know, Iranian peoples, are famous for their hospitality and kindness. They are also religious people. These have contributed to the belief that guests are God’s friends. There are several religions in Iran yet the most common one is Islam.  In terms of family value, the concept of family is more private than in many other cultures. Female relatives must be protected from outside influences.

Would you like to have a professional trip? Professional travelers throughout the world usually have an organized plan to decrease the risk of issues and problems, before traveling to Iran. Some general, useful highlights have been outlined below for every travelers and tourist.

Being aware of Iranian culture before traveling 

As you might know, Iranian peoples are famous for their hospitality and kindness. They are also religious people. These have contributed to the belief that guests are God’s friends. As any religion have some rules, Islam has also some points and because of that, there are some important things among Iranian peoples like Islamic hijab, not to drink alcoholic drinks, pig meat, etc. that a tourist must know before coming. Observing the cultural norms of destinations helps tourists to feel more comfortable with their journey.

Obtaining a visa 

There will be countries that you’ll need special visas to get in. Usually, it isn’t too tricky to get tourist visas, but it’s better to check in advance! We recommend you to take a look at our article about Iran Visa to get more information. You can get an E-Visa for Iran from Iran Ministry of foreign affairs

Generally, there are different types of accommodation in Iran. They are explained briefly in subsequent paragraphs.

From luxury hotels to hostels

Iran hotels, like all over the world, are divided into groups of one, two, three, four, and five stars. Each of these categories includes different services and, accordingly, have different costs. Guesthouses are also other types of residences that are cheaper and offer the same convenience to the guests. Apartments are also in the same category. There is a possibility of cooking at the hotel. Hence, for those who like to travel at a lower cost, it seems like a good option and they can save on the cost of a restaurant that is often high. Also, the hotel-museums, hotels-caravansaries, and hotel-gardens are also in this category, which is often luxurious.

Affordable costs of accommodation in Iran

Iran offers fantastic value for money, so you don’t have to spend a fortune to eat, rest your head or move around. How much you spend really depends on your budget and what you want to do. Cheap prices don’t necessarily mean low quality. Consider the “See You in Iran” hostel, a smart and attractive low-budget accommodation in Tehran. It has bohemian and hipster type furnishings and a spacious garden. It is also an events venue that encourages cultural exchanges between foreign tourists and young Iranians.

If you intend to travel to Iran independently, you should need to know something about transportation services in Iran. There are several choices such as airplanes, trains, or coaches. It depends on where you are coming from. As soon as arriving, affordable, low costs of high-quality public transportation may make you surprised.

The option of taxi for transportation in Iran

Taxies are available everywhere and common vehicles for transportation in Iran. You can either hail a private or a shuttle taxi. Shuttle taxies commute between the main destinations and squares of cities. So, the name of the main streets and attractions get to be an important issue for travelers. Sometimes to reach your destination you might need to hop on several shuttle taxies or rent a private one. It would be better to agree on a price formerly.

How about agency taxis

Telephone taxis and agency taxis both are two other types of transportation. But today there is a new option especially for Tehran and some other cities named Snapp. It is the first online mobile application that let travelers commute within the inner cities. There are also some other applications that would be useful to be downloaded.

Iran And Safety Issue For Tourists

Safety had been the first issue comes to mind for many travelers when I was talking to them. They claim that they had not expected things in Iran as it is in reality. Media have bold Some tiny, inconsiderable issues that some might not related to safeties. They had made them doubted and confused. It drives me to write about some details taking it into account. Is Iran exactly safe country or not?

Why Has It Become A Question?

Yes! Iran is safe. We would even dare to say that it’s one of the safest countries to travel and clearly the safest in the region. In the speech of planning a trip to Iran for many, the first issue is safety in Iran. Things get more difficult when huge differences make it hard to know which side to believe. The always-negative anti-Iran media side? or the overly happy and satisfied visitors who were obviously expecting a lot less than they thought? When it comes to safety in Iran, the line doesn’t even get thin

Carrying Money As A Tourist

In Iran, due to some financial sanctions, credit card or visa card don’t work. So travelers should pay money in cash. If you will stay at a hotel, leaving your money in your room or in the safe box. Nothing will happen. Many tourists do that all the time. But if you’re staying with locals or in cheap hostels then you’d probably want to carry it around with you. If you’re using a backpack, make sure you wear it in front of you so you’ll have full control. I highly recommend it if you’re going through busy areas such as the bazaar. But above all be alert at all times.