Since the Visa and Mastercard don't work in Iranian banks, you can't withdraw money at the local ATMs. This means you need to carry with you enough cash for the whole holiday and exchanged it into Rials once in Iran.


Currency exchange


For the tourist in Iran, money is a complicated subject!

First of all, where you are, mostly in big cities, the euro (and the dollar! No more!) is accepted by traders. This is obviously not the rule of payment in euros, but the euro circulates and is accepted. On it will even be sought!

Two: you can change your euros into Rials in the smart places: banks and exchange offices (the "Sarrafi"), some traders (jewelers, carpet dealers, hotels) or even individual changers in the big cities. The simplest is yet to change it in a currency exchange. The price of the euro remains so advantageous that frankly... To choose, it is even more interesting to change dollars than euros.

On the other hand, you must have the cash on your own. This is the major constraint. Tourists can not withdraw money from distributors with their bank cards in Iran, it is absolutely impossible. So you have to HAVE YOUR MONEY in cash.
Since the Visa and Mastercard don't work in Iranian banks, you can't withdraw money at the local ATMs. This means you need to carry with you enough cash for the whole holiday and exchanged it into Rials once in Iran.
Tourists can also get what's known as a "bank tourist card" that they can top up at their arrival to use as a normal ATM or credit card all over Iran to avoid carrying too much. it's worth inquiring at the Bank Melli branch at Tehran, in International Imam Khomeini Airport upon arrival. It's open 24/7 and they will explain better how it works and if it's actually already operative.
If you'd rather exchange your dollars or euros instead, we suggest you exchange at the airport's bank only a part, enough for the first taxi ride from the airport to your hotel and the first day. You will have much better rates at the exchange agencies in Ferdowsi square, right out of Ferdowsi metro station.


In everyday life, the Iranians count in "Tomans" and not in Rials. This is their way to remove at least one zero. For example, a water bottle costs 1000 tomans instead of 10,000 rials. If a taxi driver in Tehran makes the "7" sign, this indicates that he is requesting 70,000 rials (or 7,000 tomans).


The most used and accepted tickets are the 20,000 and 50,000 Rials.

 

The cost of living in Iran (March 2017)

 

Iran is one of the most economical destinations, and this is not one of the few arguments in favor of the trip!

For example, the price of gasoline: on January 9, 2017, the price of the liter is $ 0.40, the eighth place behind Venezuela ($ 0.01!), Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait and Ecuador (www.globalpetrolprices.com).

You are given information about classic tourism products:

Taxi in Tehran: 1/3 euros

Flight Single Yazd Tehran: 27 euros (Iran Air)

Night in a comfortable hotel: 20/25 euros

Guided day tour by private car (Persepolis type, Parsagades, Naqsh-e Rostam): 50 euros

Meals: 1/5 euros

Crafts: from 50 centimes ...

Very comfortable VIP bus Ispahan / Shiraz: 5 euros

Iran is one of the cheapest destinations there is, and this is not the least of the arguments in favor of the trip!

For example, the price of gasoline: Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, and Equador (data: www. globalpetrolprices.com).

We give you directions on traditional tourism products:

Taxi Tehran: 1/3 euros

Simple Yazd Flight Tehran: 27 euros (Iran Air)

Night in a comfortable hotel: 20/25 euros

Tour guide day by private car (type Persepolis, Parsagades, Naqsh-e Rustam): 50 euros

Meals: 1/5 euros

Crafts: from 50 cents ...

Very comfortable VIP bus Isfahan / Shiraz: 5 euros