Traveling by bus is really cheap, flexible and convenient. Iran’s extensive bus network allows access to the smallest, most remote places in the country. Bus tickets are more readily available and trips are hardly ever subject to delays.


Most of people choose to travel by plane or train around Iran because they are faster than bus!

But traveling by bus has its own advantage: One of the main benefits of this turning point in the bus market is the price.

Furthermore, sometime you have not any other option than bus: the far-flung towns are not connected to the country’s railroad or aviation network.
 

Traveling by bus is really cheap, flexible and convenient. Iran’s extensive bus network allows access to the smallest, most remote places in the country. Bus tickets are more readily available and trips are hardly ever subject to delays.
it should be mentioned that in Iran, there are 20,000 active intercity buses which combined with the good conditions of major highways, make bus travel in Iran a viable alternative to other means of transportation. The only thing that might deter you from traveling by bus is the high rate of road accidents.

Bus Operating Companies in Iran

There are approximately 30 bus operating companies in Iran, including: Seirosafar, Ham Safar, Iran Peyma.

 

Most companies propose several daily departures on popular routes aboard standard and VIP-class buses.


Larger companies cover almost all major routes and have offices in most provincial capitals.

Larger companies have offices in large cities and capitals, while smaller companies are only active in one or several provinces.

Timetable

In big terminals and larger cities, buses usually obey their timetable but a 15-minute delay is not out of the ordinary. The delay is usually for passengers running late to make their trip.
Buses travel frequently to neighboring cities and between metropolises. Up-to-date timetables can be found on each company’s website and details of every trip can be acquired with a phone call. Here is the website of large companies for reserving ticket online:

Seirosafar,

Website: http://ebooking.seirosafar.ir/cgi-bin/nrsweb.cgi/signin

Phone: 02188543877

Ham Safar,

Website: https://payaneh.ir/fa/externalCo.php?coId=HMSFR

Phone: 02188534385

           0217182

Iran Peyma

Website address: https://payaneh.ir/fa/externalCo.php?coId=T01

 

However, the websites are not in English and most sales representatives cannot speak English, so this may be a challenge if you don’t know anyone who speaks Farsi. You can ask to your hotel receptionist to reserve it for you.

 

Booking Tickets

Booking directly with companies and through their websites saves time and may even let you enjoy purchase tickets at a discount. Sadly, though, as the websites are not bilingual and the companies do not accept international debit or credit cards, this is not an option for now! Even you use Google Translate, there are challenges for booking online and you may make mistake. It would be better to ask an Iranian to help you.

 

Fares

Bus fares in Iran are low and very reasonably priced. Traveling on a VIP bus from Tehran to Isfahan, which is 451 kilometers and lasts 6 hours, is approximately € 8. In Nowrooz (Iranian New Year) the prices increase a little.
Bus prices are set at the beginning of every year (around March 21) and remain constant throughout the year.

Quality of Buses

Most companies offer two types of buses: Standard and VIP. The major differences between these two types are that VIP-class buses have larger and more comfortable seats, offer more amenities, and carry fewer passengers.


Depending on make and model, buses of the same class may offer different amenities. Of course, the amenities do not include restrooms!
The most common means of transport between smaller cities is minibus, which are old and not very safe.

 

VIP Bus

On the Bus

Almost all buses have an entertainment system that will usually play popular Iranian movies during the journey—without English subtitles.
In addition, all buses have air-conditioning and heating systems which is controlled by the driver. With that said, cabin temperature will most probably be to your liking.
Seats in standard buses recline slightly, which is unlikely to be comfortable for sleeping. However, VIP seats offer better sleeping experience as there is more room for the seats to recline.

You will mostly likely be offered cold bottles of water aboard buses.

You can’t find English-language magazines. You can enjoy the landscape or reading a book of you.
There is also no Wi-Fi available on buses so in case you need an internet connection, you should invest in a pay-as-you-go SIM card before the trip.

There is not toilet not in VIP bus nor in standard one. But the bus stop in some station so that the passengers use public toilets.

Terminals

Larger cities, such as Tehran, have multiple intercity bus terminals. If your destination has more than one terminal, it’s a good idea to ask the bus company or the driver at which terminal it will stop.
The staff at every terminal can help you find your bus, which is tricky business since there are no English signs on buses that help travelers identify their ride. When you are seated the operator will check your ticket, so don’t worry if you get on the wrong bus.