Iran transportation options are varied, providing different ways to experience the country and its bountiful offerings. Scheduled transport options include rail, flight and bus services, while car rental affords self-drive visitors great flexibility. So pick a ride and get out there and explore beautiful Iran.


Taxis are numerous almost everywhere and fares are inexpensive with long lines of them usually waiting at busy spots such as malls. Most yellow-colored or green-colored taxies have a meter that works on a distance basis but switches to a time basis when the vehicle is stuck in a traffic jam. Tipping is not a local custom and is not expected or necessary.
Taxi drivers are friendly and most of them can speak enough English to understand where you want to go (unless they’re new, in which case they might ask a few people on the way).
There are also other type of taxies called Shared Minibus taxies which can be suitable when you want to hire a taxi for a group of tourists for your local trip plans.


There is a well-serviced bus network, but it’s rarely used by tourists. Without wanting to totally dismiss a much-used form of public transport, It is advised to use taxis (Or Metro in large cities such as Tehran, Tabriz, Esfahan and Shiraz) to get around, as the buses are known to be somewhat late and rather slow. Another problem with local buses is finding and getting on the right bus – bus timetables, bus-stop names and destination signs on buses are rarely in English, and bus drivers don’t speak English. Writing your destination in Persian letters on a piece of paper will be helpful. Local tourist information centers usually have English-speaking staff; these are the best places to find out which local bus goes where, and where to pick it up.


Five cities have a subway system: Tehran, Tabriz, Esfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz. The subway (also referred to as the metro) is a cheap and convenient way of getting around these major cities, and since signs and station names are in English as well as Persian, it is foreigner-friendly and easy to use.  (Tehran’s Subway Map 2017)

Travel On Foot

Cities in Iran are mostly clean and safe. So, you don’t let fears of being mugged or robbed deter you from exploring Iran. Just to make waking pleasant and refreshing make sure you choose a suitable place and time of day or year to walk not during rush or uncivilized hours and not in sweltering weather.
There are also plenty of traffic-light controlled pedestrian crossings, especially in areas near shopping malls and other places of high pedestrian traffic. Despite all of the above conveniences, as a walker, it pays to keep your wits about you, especially crossing streets, even if the green light is on your side.