Facts of Iran
The Middle East’s largest country, also known as Persia, is one of the world’s oldest cultural areas and has many gems worth discovering. Iran surprises – and places like Shiraz and Persepolis invite you to a glimpse of the Persian heyday. In Tehran you get to know the country’s many contrasts and in Tabriz there is the magnificent blue mosque. With its hospitable people, stately buildings and fragrant dishes, the country east of the Euphrates and Tigris is a hitherto unopened treasure chest – even for tourists. If you deal with the image of today’s Iran and look past the newspaper headlines, you will be rewarded with unforgettable sensory impressions and a unique experience. Visit shoe-wiki for Iran Travel Guide.
Read more about vaccinations, transport, price levels and more in connection with your trip to Iran
- Language: Persian
- Capital: Tehran
- Population: 81 million
- Religion: Shia and Sunni Islam
- Currency: Rial
- Surface: 1 648 196 km2
The time difference between Sweden and Iran is + 2.5 hours. When changing between summer and winter time, this can change, because we do not change at the same time.
Transport in Iran
buses in Iran do not meet the same standard as we are used to in Europe. Of course, we have chosen the best category, with air conditioning (where needed). All of our buses are non-smoking.
Currency and credit cards
The currency in Iran is called the Iranian Rial (IRR). We recommend that you bring the amount you expect to get rid of during the trip in cash, preferably a mixture of large and small euro banknotes. These can be converted to rial. You will not be able to withdraw money at an ATM or use a credit card in Iran.
The price level in Iran
Our trips to Iran typically include half board. Otherwise, you can count on a three-course meal in a middle-class restaurant costing around SEK 140. When it comes to pocket money, we know from experience that you need about SEK 150 per day. It is enough, for example, for drinks, postcards, stamps and tips. If you want to buy souvenirs or something else, you need to bring extra money in addition to this.
Iran uses 220 volts, 50 Hz. However, for safety reasons, we recommend that you bring an adapter kit with many options. Power outages may occur.
Do not drink the water from the tap, but buy bottled water.
Telephone and internet
The international country code for Iran is +98. It is expensive to call home from Iran, so feel free to contact your mobile operator regarding coverage and prices for calls from Iran. Problems with the coverage of the mobile network are common, especially in the center of Tehran. There is extensive censorship of the internet. It is not possible to use Facebook or Youtube.
It is not very common to tip in Iran. In the slightly more expensive restaurants in Tehran, it is considered good tone to put about 10% on the bill. Otherwise, do not expect waiters, taxi drivers or the like to get tips.
On round trips, local guides and bus drivers expect to be tipped at the end of the trip. Please see our recommendation in your travel program.
Hygiene conditions in Iran are worse than in Western Europe. Hotels and larger restaurants, on the other hand, usually meet modern / western standards. Out in the city and in the country, you can count on going to so-called pedal toilets, and that there is a lack of toilet paper. The standard of public toilets or in the countryside can thus be relatively primitive. Bring your own toilet paper, wet wipes and perhaps hand sanitizer (available at Swedish pharmacies, for example), so you will not be as dependent on access to water.
Customs and traditions
Iran is a safe country to travel in and the open Iranians give a positive impression of the country. As in all other countries, the country’s rules and standards should be respected. As a woman, this means that you dress in long, loose clothes and cover your hair. As you put on long pants. Alcohol and pornographic material are strictly prohibited and may under no circumstances be brought into the country.
Iranian cuisine has had a great influence on both Afghan, North Indian and not least Turkish cooking. Over the years, food influences have also migrated west to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and on to Russia. Many of the dishes that are normally associated with the Middle East originate from Iran, including kebabs and ice cream.
Fresh herbs are often used with fruits such as plums, pomegranates, prunes, nuts and apricots. A typical Persian meal often consists of rice with lamb, chicken or fish with onions, vegetables, nuts and herbs. To achieve a balanced taste, a mixture of Persian spices such as saffron, dried lime, cinnamon and parsley is often added. Wheat bread, ‘nan’ in Persian, is also an important part of Iranian cuisine and there are over 40 different kinds of nan.
Smoking is prohibited during all flights, train and bus transport. Smoking is also prohibited in many restaurants and hotels. If you are unsure, talk to your tour guide about what applies to smoking in Iran.
Friday is a public holiday and thus most shops, museums, sights, etc. are closed. There may be some small shops that are open in the morning. On Thursdays, they are often closed half or all day.