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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

and seriously. its cleaner then toiletpaper.

Does that mean that one does not have to wash ones hands afterwards?:)

12. Posted by marsvolta (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Aww man, I'm so jealous! I've been wanting to go to Iran for forever!! Hopefully next year.
Have fun!

13. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I have been meaning to go, for the last 10 years Marsvolta.
I am only getting around to it, this year.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 2, 2007, at 6:26 AM by Mel. ]

14. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

What I meant with "no water to flush" was that there was no water available. Ie after laying my egg into the porcellain bowl set in the ground I had had neither water to flush the egg nor water from the tap to clean myself. The typical jug was not available either. This happened to me in Isfahan right before I took the night bus to Tehran. Luckily I had my own toilet paper in my hand bag.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 5, 2007, at 10:51 AM by t_maia ]

15. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

What are the trains like t-maia?
I think I will take the train, from Tehran to Esfahan. Hopefully I can have a nice coffee while looking out at the scenery, and they will have at least some type of toilets.
And hopefully the trains go often, so I wont have to wait too long at the train station, in Tehran. Do u know, if they do?

Mel

16. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Schedule is available at http://rajatrains.com Just enter the date you want to go and and it will show you the trains and the availability of tickets. Note that you can combine trains, ie there should be more connections than just the 2 direct ones from Tehran to Esfahan at 5:45 and 23:10, but I am not sure. Be at the train station about 1 hour before you need to leave, there are security checks there just like at an airport.

Trains have toilets btw, but like all train toilets around the world I avoided them like the plague. Rajatrains uses old Italian and pre-1990 Eastern European rolling stock, so beware. No amount of cleaning and refurbishing can really remove all the grime.

Mel, have you bought your plane ticket yet? From which airport will you be flying? Flights within Iran with Iran Air are cheap, roughly about 20 EUR. As a foreign woman travelling alone you will be expected to rent a compartment in the train all for yourself, so train can cost approx. the same as flying.

17. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks for the info Maria
I am changing my mind about the train already.
A compartment to myself. Is there no end to their prudishness? I dont know whether to laugh or be irritated by such things.
I think I might take the bus, despite that there are no toilets.
I thought about flying, but I want to see some of the countryside.
At the moment I am leaning more towards taking the bus.
If I do fly, where do I buy the flight ticket from Tehran to Esfahan?

Mel

18. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

According to the Lonely Planet, what I can do is ask to be in the second class compartment with only women. That costs apparently as much as the journey in a Mercedes bus would. That should be safe and respectable enough, shouldnt it?

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 6, 2007, at 3:36 AM by Mel. ]

19. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Yes, being put into a compartment with only women is respectable enough. But don't be surprised if the clerk books a whole compartment for you when you buy your ticket at a travel agency. As a foreigner you are rich, and booking whole 6-people compartments for just themselves is what rich Iranians do.

If you want to fly, call Iran Air. Tel: 069 / 690 22 641 is the ticket desk in Frankfurt Airport. Tell them what date you want to fly and they will arrange the rest, either you pay with credit card and they will send the ticket to you or you pick it up and pay then. Also remember the Iranian travel agency I told you about in Munich, Dachauer Str between Stiglmayer Platz and Hbf - they should be able to arrange all your tickets and give you the best deals too.

Personally I really recommend flying to Esfahan from Tehran, as you'll land around 3 or 4 am in the morning in Tehran coming from Europe. You'll be tired and glad to jump on the local plane and crash at a hotel in Esfahan around 10 am instead of navigating the monster city Tehran at 5 am in the dark, trying to find the bus or train station (no signs in English anywhere) and then facing a 10 hour train/bus ride to Esfahan. You'll have time to see something of the countryside on your way back, when you aren't so tired that you'll fall asleep anyway, loud pop music on the bus or not.

20. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks for the info Maria:)
I am going to think it over, for the next week.
When I fly into a new country, I tend to not need much sleep or rest for at least the first day.
I seem to get wide awake and full of energy, because everything is so new, so I would be unlikely to rest, even if I get to the hotel, at 10AM

I was told by somebody that it costs 20US dollars to get a private taxi from the new international airport to domestic airport in Tehran. That seems a bit expensive. Does anybody know, if this is in fact the correct price?

Mel