Depending on your habits and travel style, the cost of traveling in Iran can be very high or low. If you hitchhike and use Couchsurfing, the trip will cost you very little. On the other hand, if you are looking for a luxurious vacation, stay in five star hotels and use domestic flights, you might end up with a huge bill.


Depending on your habits and travel style, the cost of traveling in Iran can be very high or low. If you hitchhike and use Couchsurfing, the trip will cost you very little. On the other hand, if you are looking for a luxurious vacation, stay in five star hotels and use domestic flights, you might end up with a huge bill.

If you are thinking about traveling to Iran, a very important thing that you should remeber is to have cash on you. Iran is not a part of the international bank system, and you won’t be able to use your credit card at all: ATMs do not recognize the international credit cards, and you won’t be able to use your card to go shopping or pay for your meals. So, you’ll need to bring as much money as you think you might need, in cash. You can be pretty sure that it would be safe to have cash on you, though. As I said in this article, Iran is a very safe country. Nevertheless, you do need to have an estimate of how much your travel will cost you so you can come prepared, and this post is going to tell you exactly that!


Cost of accommodation

If you are looking for a typical hostel to stay at in Iran, you might be disappointed. But don’t worry, we have our own type of hostels! There is an increasing number of a special kind of hostels popping up all round Iran, called Ecotourism Residence (Eghamatgah-e-Boomgardi). Despite the fancy name, Ecotourism Residences are usually old, traditional houses that are renovated and repurposed as hostels, and they promise a unique experience. Prices usually range from $10 to $30 per night, including breakfast.

Cost of transportation

Your best option for travelling from one city to another is hopping on a bus. There are two kinds of buses in Iran: Normal buses and VIP Buses. If you are travelling long distances I recommend you use the VIP one as they have very comfortable semi-sleeper seats. Just to give you an estimate, here are the approximate prices for the most popular routes:

Tehran – Isfahan: $10 (350000 Rials)

Tehran – Shiraz: $20 (650000 Rials)

Tehran – Bandar-abbas: $22 (750000 Rials)

The normal buses might not be as comfortable, but cost around $4-5 less.

Domestic flights are more expensive: $60-$80 for a flight from Tehran to Shiraz, and $50-$60 from Tehran to Isfahan. The prices go up during the holidays and high season.

Trains are also very convenient to travel on. You can take a train to almost any city all around the country and it would cost you almost as much as a VIP bus.

 

Here, we mentioned the experience of a tourist who traveled to Iran in 2016:

 

Concerning me, for 3 weeks of planned trip, I left with 800 € in cash. And in the end, I spent only 475! No no, you are not dreaming, Iran can be a cheap country. It all depends on how you move and where you sleep, of course!

By taking the local buses and trains, sleeping at home, and eating often on the go, this trip came back very cheap. It's up to you to see how you want to travel! But I can not recommend too much to meet the Iranians, who are extremely kind ...

It should be noted that Isfahan, very touristy, is more expensive than other cities for everything (buses, taxis etc.).

The price of visits is relatively high in Iran and many mosques are paying, which quickly increases the overall budget.
Some examples of prices in Iran:

    Price of taxi to Tehran airport to get to the center: 800 000 rials (20 €). This one is particularly expensive for Iran. But the rest of the time, taxi rides in the city amount to 50,000-1,000,000 rials. Count a little more in Isfahan.
    Entrance to the Friday Mosque, Isfahan: 200,000 rials (5 €)
    Bus Shiraz-Isfahan: 300,000 rials (7,5 €)
    Price of a fresh fruit juice: 50 000 (1,4 €)
    Taxi for Persepolis: 600 000 rials (15 €)

I had already said it in my practical tips for traveling to Iran, but really pay attention to the conversion by Iranians into tomans.

The official currency of Iran is rial. But the Iranians always give you the prices in tomans.

1 toman = 10 rials

There is something to be confused at first, it's a habit to take!
Come on, let's get down to business, here is my detailed budget in Iran!

In total, I spent 475 € in 21 days, or 22.6 € / day

>>> This amount does not include the Paris-Tehran A / R ticket, paid € 261 at Alitalia.

It should be noted that I paid only 2 nights hotel in Yazd, my couchsurfing hosts often offered me the meal, and I visited the whole island of Qeshm hitchhiking ... D ' where these very low expenses ...
By day, it gives that:

Housing: 0,7 € / day
Total for 21 days: 15 €

Transport: 6 € / day
Total for 21 days: 126 €

Meals / drinks: 5.3 € / day
Total for 21 days: 111 €

Activities / visits: 4.4 € / day
Total for 21 days: 92 €

Purchases and others (visa): 6.2 € / day
Total for 21 days: 131 €

To see all my expenses ...

(Trip completed in November 2016)