Visit Tehran - Best of Tehran

The most populous city and the capital of Iran, Tehran is situated at the foothills of the massive Alborz mountains. Built on the slopes of the mountains, Tehran experiences a semi-arid climate which is unpredictable for the most parts of the year. Masked by concrete buildings and educational institutions throughout the city, Tehran attracts students from all around the world, given the popularity of the universities. Home to varied dynasties who settled down in the city during different times of history, Tehran is adorned by plenty of historical monuments that you should visit for sure. Explore the glorious Golestan Palace. Take a trip to the past by visiting Sa'dabad Palace that was once the residence of the Pahlavi Dynasty. Soak yourselves amidst the incredible art collections displayed at National Museum of Iran, Reza Abbasi Museum, and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. For a totally different experience, escape to the magical snow wonderland ski resort at Dizin. 

While packing clothes for your trip to Tehran be sure to pack clothes that will cover most of your body. Men are allowed to wear t-shirts and jeans but no shorts! And women should cover their head with scarves and are not supposed to expose their thighs and legs. Additionally, alcohol and drugs are banned in Tehran and all of Iran. But despite the restrictions, you can still have fun at Tehran. Thanks to the bustling number of attractions in the city.

When you are out of places to visit or if you feel like taking a break from exploring, try conversing with the locals in Tehran. From your talks, you will understand that people of Tehran are some of the friendliest people in the world. They are helpful, passionate, and will surely make you feel like its home. At the end of the day, appreciate the Iranian culture, try to get involved in the culture as much as possible and have a pleasant holiday!

Tehran Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Tehran tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Iran Standard Time (IRST). UTC/GMT +3.30hours.
  • Currency: Currency used in Tehran is Iranian Rial (IRR).
  • Electricity: The standard electrical voltage in Tehran is 220 Volts and 50 Hertz alternating current. The power sockets used are of type C and F. Check your electrical devices for their voltage consumption and use adapters if necessary.
  • Internet: Internet connectivity in Tehran is very low. It is very hard to find Wi-Fi zones inside the city. The best way to stay connected is to get a 3G or a 4G sim from any of the local service providers.
  • Languages: Persian is the official and the most widely spoken language in Iran.
  • Security: Police: 110, Fire Department: 125, Medical Emergency: 115.
  • Tipping: Tipping is not mandatory in Tehran but if you are willing, then tipping around 10-15% of the bill is fair. 
  • Tourist Traps: Avoid travelling in private taxis, they are costly. But if you are left with no choice rather than travelling in one then negotiate the fare before boarding.
  • Customs: The dressing culture in Tehran can be a little odd for some. Men can wear t-shirts and jeans but the clothing should cover their legs and no trousers are allowed. Women are supposed to wear headscarves and loose fitting clothes that cover their arms, thighs, and knees.
  • Drinking in Tehran is prohibited so be wary when you are there in Tehran.
  • The general cultural practice in Tehran involves refusing to accept whatever is offered for 2-3 times and then accepting it.  

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Facts and Stats for Tehran*

  • Pollution Statistics in Tehran

    Know the pollution level of Tehran before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 91.92 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 50.8 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55.94 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 61.73 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 45.25 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 54.81 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 81.36 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 57.76 (Moderate)
  • Tehran: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Tehran for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Tehran.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.08 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 53.93 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40.85 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 76.8 (High)
    • Car Stealing 60.5 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 72.76 (High)
    • Attacks 47.18 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 65.26 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 70.67 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 40.02 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.52 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.79 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 56.17 (Moderate)
  • Living in Tehran - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Tehran is 81.04 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 46.12 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 70.99 (High)
    • Pollution Index 84.72 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 54.73 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 33.94 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 52.57 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 15.43 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 39.93 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Tehran

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Tehran

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.78 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.58 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 110.27 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 44.41 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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