Traveling to Iran: Public Transport and Rental Cars + FAQ [2023]

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Transportation in Iran

Transportation to Iran is one of the important issues that you should consider when you want to travel there. Transportation in Iran can be divided into two main categories: Iran public transportation and Iran private transportation, both of which you can use when you travel to Iran.

It doesn’t matter if you are traveling to Iran with an Iran tour or you’re just traveling here on your own; Iran transportation is something that you will need most on your trip when you want to explore the cities of Iran. This is when this article will come in handy.

However, in this post, we will discuss Iran transportation throughout each city in Iran that you visit, particularly large cities such as Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, and... So, if you believe this post would be valuable to you, which it most certainly is, stick around on our travel blog.

Also, if you are already familiar with how the transport system works in Iran, you can skip to the end of the article and download the maps you need.

In one of our articles, we talked about Iran's transportation system for traveling between the country's cities. If you have not read it yet, here it is: Iran transportation; travel between the cities of Iran

Public transportation in Iran

Public transportation is one of the best options for getting around the city, especially in large cities like Tehran, where it is the easiest method to avoid traffic and experience the city and its attractions. In the following sections, we will discuss public transportation in Iran, as well as its merits and downsides. So, if you're planning a trip to Iran, don't miss this article:

The bus system in Iran

Well, buses are the first option as a transportation way to visit a city and its tourist attractions in Iran. Well, besides the buses that connect different parts of a city, Iran's big cities also use the BRT system, and these buses work 24/7 in 10 different lines that you can travel with them in different parts of the city, and these buses and BRT lines have stations around each city, making it easy for tourists to access all parts of the city.

  • The advantages: Well buses are a cheap and suitable way for traveling inside a city. Also, the BRT system has special lines on streets and highways that you won't stick in traffic anymore.
  • Disadvantages: well, buses and BRT buses as one of the public Iran transportation, are most of the time very busy, especially in the mornings and evenings, and sometimes you can’t even get into one of them and you should wait for another bus. Most of the time you have to stand because there is no seat and because buses should stop at different stations, it may take so long to arrive at your destination. The biscuit hours are 7-9 am or 5-7 pm. so maybe, you could avoid using the BRT during these hours to have a more relaxed experience.

Price: Tickets for buses are between 10,000 and 15,000 IRR, depending on the road distance, and BRT tickets are 12,000 IRR.

Price: Tickets for buses are between 10,000 and 15,000 IRR, depending on the road distance, and BRT tickets are 12,000 IRR.

Important point: to use BRT buses, you need Metro and bus cards. You can get them from subway stations and in most of the BRT stations, in a cabin beside them. You can also charge them as much as you need. You can also use them for buses and pay less.

Subways in Iran

Subways, as one of the main transportation methods in Iran, are one of the safest and usually fastest ways to travel to any part of the city. We should say that it is one of the most popular ways to get to the city center of big cities, especially a huge city like Tehran.

  • The advantages: Subways are one of the fastest and easiest ways between Iran transportation options to visit different parts of the city. Also, we can admit that subways are the safest and cheapest ways of exploring a city. Also using subways is the best way of visiting a city without being worried about the traffic.
  • Disadvantages: well subways are most of the time so crowded, especially in the mornings and evenings you may feel like you’re pressing between people, and also it can take so long because there are many stations that subways must have a stop there.
  • One thing that might be interesting to you is people sell almost everything in Tehran Subways!

Price IRR. Using a very rough estimate, every one-way ticket for using the subways is about 10,000 IRR. You can pay with your Metro and bus cards that we mentioned before.

Taxis in Iran

There are many kinds of taxis that you can use for traveling in a city. You can also go to the taxi station or get a taxi on your way (unofficial taxis).
Even when you don’t need a taxi, cars will stop in front of you, so don’t be shocked or bothered when this happens. In the following sections, we will introduce you to all of these Iran transportation options.

Darbast taxi (Private Taxi)

Actually. Darbast in Farsi means "doors closed." It is to suggest that you will be the only passenger and that the door won't be open for another passenger. and they would take you directly to your location, not just the taxi stop. When you're walking down the street and want to get to your destination quickly. You can call any car or taxi that is empty and ask them for Darbast. After that, you will tell the driver your destination, and if the driver is okay with that, he will accept it.

  • Advantages: you can go to your destination easily in a private car and you’ll be sure that the driver knows the way.
  • Disadvantages: By going by taxi, you may stick in traffic or you have to pay a lot of money.


Price: But first, discuss the cost if you want the car for yourself because there is no certain price and the taxi drivers may tell you a high price. But if you share the drive with others, the price is fixed but still depends on the destination.

Shared or Shuttle taxi

These taxis are found both on our streets and at taxi stations, where you can go there and get on the taxis that drive to your destination.


  • Advantages: well Taxis between Iran transportation ways, most of the time are faster and easier to use and you can go to your destination easily.
  • Disadvantages: Shuttle taxis are shared between different passengers and maybe some people feel bothered that way.

Price: The prices of taxis are usually written on a sticker on the front window, and you can see them.

Unofficial taxi or Savari

Many cars are not yellow and are not official taxi cars, but they work as taxis, and in Iran, we call them “Savari”.

  • Advantages: they are like shuttle taxis and work on a certain path.
  • Disadvantages: although Savari is so common among people, it is better to not trust all of them

You should ask the driver because there isn’t a set price.

Private transportation in Iran

Besides public transportation in every city, there is also private transportation that you can also use for traveling inside the city. This kind of Iran transportation is more expensive but also more comfortable and faster

In the following, we are going to introduce them.

Snapp or Tap30: Just like Uber

Certainly, most of you used Uber for your transportation inside the city. Well, as one of Iran's transportation methods, you can use the Snapp or Tap30 applications that work exactly like Uber. These applications work in most of the cities in Iran. 

  • The advantages: By choosing your origin and your destination, you can easily go to any part of the city.
  • Disadvantages: You need the internet to use this application. If you are going outside the city, you may not access the Internet in some cases. And last but not least, it is the most expensive among other ways to move to the city. but you can pay both in cash or with a credit card

Price: As we mentioned before, it depends on the distance, traffic, time of day, weather, and many other options.

Car rental in Iran

Well, one of the other options that you have for your Iran transportation is using car rental in Iran. It’s one of the best options. But why? You can drive and explore the city whenever you want. Also, a private car is much more comfortable than the other options. You can rent a car without a driver in many cities in Iran for as long as you want. Drive yourself wherever you want, whenever you want. And if you want a driver, you can hire a car with a driver too.

  • The advantages: this way of Iran transportation, is safe, and comfortable and you can use it anytime and anywhere that you want. You can also use car rental services with drivers if you don’t want to drive by yourself. Using car rental services on certain days costs less for you than using other private Iran transportation ways.
  • Disadvantages: As we said before, maybe some car rental companies rent cars at a high price so you should first search for a reliable company. Also, you may have a problem with parking your car.


Price: it depends on the car you want to rent, the dates of your trip, and many other factors.





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