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1. Posted by burakhan (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

hello everybody
i am visiting iran this december between 13-24. my trip plan is esfahan,yazd,shiraz and then tehran.And i have some questions.i hope u help me:)
1-my plane takes off Tehran at 20:00 and i don't wanna spend my time in tehran and directly go to Esfahan. I will take the bus i think and that dates is close to Sacrifice Festival in Muslim world. i am from Turkey and here buses r always full at that dates. do u think that i will be able to find an empty seat?and what about prices? (please in US dolars or € :) and do u know that i can do any online booking for a seat for bus?
2-i will probably fly from Shiraz to Tehran. and do u think that i can find seats 7days before the flight? (think about festival)
3- i really don't like taxy drivers. even in my own country. i have to take smthing from airport to bus terminal. any options accept taxies? if there is not please give me some advice about Taxies..
4-what about eating out? how much is it for a simple meal? i am a student and backpacker just remember i can eat anything cheap:) i am not looking for an elit restaurant. any recommends in that cities?
thanx a lot
Burakhan

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Hello Burakhan:)

I have just been in Iran for a week, so I will try to answer some of your questions.

1. I dont know anything about the sacraffice festival, but the cost of getting from Tehran to Esfahan is around 5 Euros. There is no online booking available for the buses, but one goes every hour daytime from the central bus station in Tehran to Esfahan. However if your flight lands at 8PM it may take u an hour to get through the immigration etc and I dont know what time the last bus of the day goes at.
3. The safest way to get a taxi is to go to the taxi booths. They are generally honest. To get to the Central bus station from the airport costs around 5 Euros. If u are male(I have been told it is not advisable for women, because some have said they were groped by guys sitting beside them) u could ask for a shared taxi and that would make it much cheaper. Tell the guy at the booth u want to share and he will gather more customers. However if u share I dont know if he will drop u exactly at the bus station. U would have to confirm that when u are booking the taxi. This is the price from Mehrabad airport, where most of the international flights land. To get a private taxi from the other international airport to the central bus station would be 15 Euros.
4. I am a vegetarian so did not pay much attention to what eating out costs. Most of the people I met said the Kebabs which were available everywhere are not expensive.

Mel

3. Posted by burakhan (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

hi mel
thnx a lot for advice;) very helpful advices. i am planing to stay 12-13 days. i will book my everyticket as soon as i get Iran:) thanx a gain. b good;)

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Salam Burakhan,

since you will be travelling around Eid I suggest you use an Iranian travelling agency to book bus and train tickets in advance. (Just search online, there are several big ones.)

You should be able to book flights within Iran through http://www.iranair.com/

BTW, the easiest/cheapest way to get to Iran from Turkey is by (gasp) train. It might be slower than the bus, but since it has sleepers it is more comfortable. I will definitely fly into Turkey and then take the train the next time I go to Iran.

http://www.seat61.com/Iran.htm

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

U are welcome Burakhan.:)

Here is some more information u may be interested in.
U can stay in a dorm room in the Amir Kabir hostel in Esfahan for around 3 Euros per night.
U will probably arrive at the Keveh Bus station in Esfahan. Most of the buses arrive at that one.
There is no taxi booth there(at least I did not see one). If there is no Iranian to help u, then go out as far as the street and ask a taxi driver if he will take u to the Amir Kabir hostel on Chahar Bagh Abbasi Street. If he knows where it is show him a 10,000 rial note and ask him if he can take u for this much. He may ask for 20,000. That is also an OK price to pay.
If u can speak any Farsi bus 301 runs from the bus station and along the street where the hostel is. That costs very little. U will however need a ticket which u would buy in advance from a booth. There may be one at the bus station. Try the ones which sell candy and newspapers. Maybe they also sell bus tickets.

Mel

6. Posted by trailblaze (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Can anyone please tell me is it safe to enter into Quetta from Zahedan.I will be travelling from Istanbul to Quetta and then to Islamabad.
I plan to travel from Istanbul to Tehran ,taking the train on Wednesday ,26th of december 2007.Can I get train ticket from Istanbul at the station keeping in mind that eid festival will be around these days?
Will I have to travel from Tehran to Bam by train and then will have to take bus from Bam to Zahedan ?I have read that on wikitravel.Can anyone please confirm that?
From Zahedan what is the most convenient and practical way of reaching Quetta?Does the train still operate between Zahedan and Quetta.Will I be able to buy ticket at the station,Keeping inmind the eid festival?
Is it safe to enter Pakistani Balochistan and travel to Quetta?
Thanks guys for your help