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Travel Guide Middle East Iran Bandar Abbas



Bandar Abbas is a port city and capital of Hormozgān Province on the southern coast of Iran, on the Persian Gulf. The city occupies a strategic position on the narrow Strait of Hormuz, and it is the location of the main base of the Iranian Navy. Bandar Abbas is also the capital and largest city of Bandar Abbas County.




Bandar Abbas has a hot and dry hot desert climate. Maximum temperature in summers can reach 49 °C while in winters the minimum temperature may drop to 5 °C. The annual rainfall is around 170 millimetres and the relative humidity is 65%.



Getting There

By Plane

Bandar Abbas International Airport (IATA: BND, ICAO: OIKB) has flights to/from Tehran, Dubai, Esfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Mashad, Yazd, Kish Island and several smaller cities in Iran. There are seasonal flights to Jeddah and Medina.

By Train

Bandar Abbas is the southern terminus of main north-south corridor that links it to Yazd, Qom, Tehran and Qazvin to the north.

By Bus

There are buses to and from Tehran, Kerman, Shiraz and others. The bus terminal is on the east side of the city around 5 kilometres out by the coast and is signposted in English from the edge of the city.

By Boat

There is a weekly boat to Dubai, taking about 8 hours.



Keep Connected


You'll find internet cafes in most cities and even smaller towns now have access to the world wide web. Like other countries with a very strict censorship, the country has strict rules about using the internet and also has a very restricted domestic version, highly unlikely to be used by travellers. Connections are generally good and it's cheap to use as well.


See also International Telephone Calls

The international country calling code of Iran is +98. Special numbers include 110 for the Police, 115 for Ambulance, 125 for the Fire Department and 112 for calls from mobile phones. Iran Telecom is the main telecommunication company in the country and provides, together with Irancell, almost all mobile services as well.
You can find a complete list of telephone codes at


The I.R. Iran Post Service is the national postal service in Iran. Services are fairly reliable and cheap, but rather slow. It usually takes at least several weeks for your letter or postcard to arrive in European countries, longer for other Western areas. Post officies generally are open from around 7:30am to 3:00pm Saturday to Thursday, so the main offices in big cities tend to have somewhat longer hours. Your best bet is to visit in the morning if you need to use their services. Stamps can usually be bought at small shops and kiosks as well. Sending parcels is more expensive but also quicker and more reliable with international companies like FedEx, DHL, TNT and UPS.



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