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Question: We are an American couple trying to go on our second visit to Iran. The guide on our first visit was excellent, and we e-mailed uppersia.com for her to be our guide again. We had run across this also in 2008 prior to the first visit. We understand that Americans need guides. The question is: Is it possible for the Americans to have a tour guide without a driver - ie, on public busses, trains, and taxis?
Answer: The American visitors of Iran should take part in a tour and be accompanied by a tour guide to travel in Iran, but using the public transportations such as bus, train, and taxi makes no problem.
The visa reference number for the Americans takes about 30-45 days to be secured from the MFA. In the visa application form the MFA should be informed about the hotels and itinerary in Iran. After having the reference number, the visa can be collected in two working days by direct referral or in one working week by posting the docs to the Iran embassy.
Question: I'm travelling overland from UK to India. I'll be rushing through Europe but I'd like to spend approx. 3 weeks in Iran and approx. 3 weeks in Pakistan. I'm a bit concerned about doing the trip between Zahedan and Quetta alone and would prefer to make this journey with a group. I'm travelling on quite a tight budget when possible but would be prepared to spend a bit more (if necessary) on this stretch of the journey as avoiding kidnappers and bandits is my priority here!
Answer: Mirjaveh is a locality in eastern Iran on the border with Pakistan. It is the main road crossing point between Iran and Pakistan. The Pakistani border post is at Taftan. Mirjaveh is also the point where the railway line from Pakistan crosses the border on the way from Quetta to Zahedan. The border immigration opens in the Pakistan side around 9am. There is a gate only on the Iranian side. From Zahedan to Quetta is better to travel in a public transport with local people rather than a privately hired car so better drop the idea of hiring a private car in this particular stretch .
Updates Dec 2009 Visa for Iran: 60€ + 2 pictures. Visa extension in Shiraz: 200000 RII (13,5€) + 2 pictures. Fast, 20min (maybe you need to wait half day or one day)
Sleep: Tehran – Firouzeh: 200000 RII (13.5€) single room with shower + breakfast. Shared toilet. Mr.Mousavi very helpful. Shiraz – Esteghlal Hotel: 160000 RII (10.5€) single room with toilet and shower. Yazd - Silk Road Hotel: 50000 RII dorm (3.5€). Toilet and shower shared. Really nice place for meet other travelers. Esfahan - Amir Kabir Hotel: 60000 RII dorm (4€). Toilet and shower shared. Another place for meet travelers. Kashan – Ehsan House: 200000 RII (13.5€). Toilet and shower outside. Is one historical house transform into a hotel. Cool place, I stayed there finally.Golestan Inn closed 4months ago. Mosaferkhaneh Guesthouse was full. Sayyah Hotel 250000RII (16,5€) single room. Another place in Ayatollah Kashani St., same price and it looked worst than Sayyah. Tabriz – Palyan Guesthouse: 70000 RII (4.5€) single room. Toilet and shower shared. Local place, not very clean, but cheap. (Darya Guesthouse was full the dorm. Single room 200000 RII (13.5€))
Excursions: (Rent one taxi. If you are 2, 3 or 4 people, just divide the price) Taxi from Kerman to Rayen and Mahan (about 5h in total): 250000 RII (16.5€) Taxi from Yazd to Tower of Silence and Zoroastrian Fire Temple (about 3h): 100000 RII (6.5€) Visit from Yazd Meyboy, Chak-Chak and Kharanaj with meal (about 8h): 250000 RII (16.5€) Taxi from Shiraz to Persepolis and necropolis (about 5h): 250000 RII (16.5€) Taxi from Kashan to Abyaneh (about 4h): 200000 RII (13.5€)
Others Taxi from the bus/train station to the hotel (20-40min average): between 10000-30000 RII in almost every city. Always arrange the price before get in the car. Laundry is quite expensive in general (they charge per piece: around 10000 RII (0.7€) per shock or pants and about 15000 RII (1€) per shirt, trouser or pullover). In some hotels is per kilo (Ej. Amir Kabir, in Esfahan, 30000 RII / 1kg) Internet: normally 10000 (0.7€) per hour. In some places is cheapier. Food: In a normal restaurant, full meal with soup/salad + kebab + drink between 30000-60000 RII (2€-4€). In the street, hamburger or pizza between 15000-25000 RII (1€-1.7€) Tickets: Museums, some mosques and other sights normally between 2000RII-5000RII (0.15-0.35€). Some of them (rarely) between 10000-15000 RII(0.7-1€). Change: 1€ - 14850-14950 RII depending on the date and on the place.
Regards! I really had a nice time in Iran. The people is unbelievable!!!!!!!!.
Question: I've travelled to Iran before, but in January I’m going to study at the Dehkhoda Institute in Tehran for about 5-6 months.
1. I was wondering if anybody knew about good, cheap accommodation options for this period of time (I’m not sure whether the institute assists me with it on registration),
2. What the best thing to do would be regarding money. Is it still best to take enough, can I set up an account there, or is there a reasonably priced way to transfer money?
Answer: Dehkhoda institute provides accommodation for you but for further information about the hotels in Tehran you can check Tehran hotels.
The currency in Iran, or the money used, is called Rial which is like dollar or pound in that is made up of 100 pieces. However, due to high inflation one riyal is worth so little that no fraction of it is really used on a day to day basis. The Toman is no longer an official currency. However it is used on a daily basis in Iran and it refers to the amount of ten Rials.
Due to the economic embargo, you cannot use credit cards or ATMs. As a tourist bring only cash to Iran because no kind of cards and cheques are acceptable. Dollar and Euro are both acceptable in Iran and can be exchanged to Rial in the banks, exchanges and airports.
Question: Is it prohibited to bring alcohol into Iran?
Answer: The importation and consumption of alcohol is strictly banned. Penalties are severe. Religious minorities, however, are allowed to manufacture and consume alcohol, but not to sell or import it. Drinking alcohol is illegal, and if seen by police may be met with punishment.You will not find any place in Iran that openly sells alcohol, non-alcoholic drinks are widely available.