Idea about car rental Tehran

Idea about car rental Tehran

Idea about car rental Tehran

Iran is becoming increasingly popular as a backpacker destination. Rightfully so if you ask us, because this beautiful country deserves more positive attention. Although public transport in Iran is well arranged, we chose to rent a car in Iran. The freedom that comes with a rental car ensures that you arrive at places where normally tourist will never come. During our road trip in Iran we got a pretty clear picture of street. If you’re from the ‘west’ it is something totally different from what you’re used to! Read on about renting a car in Iran

Renting a car in Iran

When we made plans to go to Iran, we quickly got the idea to check out the possibility of a rental car iran. The freedom we had on the motorbike in Vietnam and with our Ford Falcon in Australia was wonderful. The number of rental companies in Iran is not very large, so I only had a few shots at a company which had reasonable prices and the possibility of a different drop off location.

Then I came across Saadat Rent. This is an Iranian rental company with very reasonable prices. Many rental companies only rent out cars with drivers, so you do not really have the freedom you want. Via Whatsapp we made agreements about the rental and for €33,- per day we would rent a Peugeot 206 for a period of 13 days. When we wanted to pick up the car, however, it turned out that the hatchback 206’s were all rented out and so we got a free upgrade to a Peugeot 206 sedan which would normally cost €37,-. So, great! In 13 days we would drive from Tehran to Shiraz in the south; about 1000 kilometers. Keep in mind that a different drop off location costs extra


Traffic in Iran


At first glance, traffic in Iran is not really different from many other place in Asia where we have taken part in traffic


Traffic outside the city


Everyone seems to calm down once they’re out of the city. People seem to stay in their lanes and overtaking is mostly done on the left side. The highway has a speed limit of 110km/h which is ensured by a lot of speed cameras. The  cameras only seem to be active when the police actively controlling for speeding, because after about twenty kilometers of speed cameras, each car was stopped by a policeman who then passed on the license plates in a radio


Toll roads


Many roads in Iran are toll roads. Make sure you have enough change in the dashboard when you hit the road. We have been to a toll booth three times where we had to pay 5,000 and 20,000 rials. The third time the toll operator only wanted to know where we were from and with a smile he slapped my hand away when I wanted to give him a 20,000 bill. Free pass! Iranians are so nice.




Traffic signs in Iran are fairly clear, although the amount of speed limits can sometimes cause confusion. In Iran they have virtually no ‘end speed’ signs. When you leave a village you won’t see a sign with a crossed out “50”. You will also notice that the speed limit often changes. 80, 110, 70, 85, 95. All of them within the stretch of 1 kilometer. Going with the flow of the traffic seems to be the best solution here


Speed bumps


The motorways in Iran run through villages. Here, the speed limit is displayed on the signs (usually 50). Pay attention because there are always speed bumps in towns. They are poorly marked and have all sorts of dimensions, from a low bump to launch size.



The motorways in Iran are generally very good. The roads are well maintained so you do not have to worry about sudden holes in the asphalt. When you go off the ‘big roads’, you’ll have to pay more attention as the chance of running into a badly maintained roads is a little higher




The gas station attendant most often fuels up your car, but not always. I had to refuel by myself once, which resulted in gasoline soaked shoes. So pay attention! No sensors in the nozzle that makes the gasoline flow stop when your tank is full. Gas is cheap. About €0.25 per liter (November 2017)


Traffic signs


The traffic signs in Iran are clear and almost no different from ours (and the rest of the world). Traffic signs with text are all bilingual in Farsi (Persian) and English, even in rural areas

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