Head out to this chaotic, big and dynamic city as it welcomes you into its one of a kind culture. Sitting on the lower end of the Alborz Mountains, Tehran is Iran’s most secular and liberal city showcasing bold fashion statements, international standard restaurants and chic cafes, all ideal to keep you busy throughout your visit. Lacking in history, this city makes up for it in the impressive museums it hosts in its central avenues. Tehran’s biggest tourist draw card is the National Jewels Museum which exhibits the incredible jewellery that was used by the monarchs to adore them with. Other artistic museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Carpet Museum and Malik Museum exhibit all evidence why Iran’s Persian heritage holds immense wealth and cultural importance. Head out to Tehran’s most attractive structure, the National Museum of Iran, home to treasures such as stone figures, pottery and carvings mostly taken from excavations at the Persepolis, Shush, Rey and Turing Tappeh. One of the most startling exhibitions is that of the Salt Man from Zanjan, leaving visitors fascinated. To explore more of Iran’s heritage, visit the Golestian Palace, with its place chambers facing manicured gardens. The hustle and bustle of the active city life of Tehran is accompanied with sanctuaries and getaways like the Darakeh and Durband. With trails passing through waterfalls and streams, this makes for the perfect close-to-nature escapade and is a great and hospitable neighbourhood to interact with the locals in a relaxed atmosphere. The facility of ski lift at Durband makes this destination even more appealing. On your return, set off to the Tehran Bazar and amaze yourself with its stature and size, having lanes dedicated to special commodities such as copper, gold, carpets, spices and paper. One of the prime national landmarks of the city is the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, along with the Azadi Tower. Being planned with its progress to include suburbs and satellite zones, Tehran also has the luxury of designated green areas with public parks and gardens facilitated with pools, fountains and aviaries.
The distance from Imam Khomeini Airport to the city centre is approximately 43 kilometres.
Airlines hosted by the Iman Khomeini Airport include Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Luthansa, Oman Air, Etihad and Gulf Airway.
Tehran offers many local transports to help get around. The standards are taxis and busses along with radio cabs operating to and from the airport to the city centre.
Tehran is a busy city sporting various transport networks. Taxis are a common practise however, they are usually shared by customers who prove to be less expensive and helps reduce traffic. Tehran also sports an expansive bus network which might seem confusing for tourists since instructions and routes are in Persian. To find your way seek help from the locals who are ever ready to help. With these standard routes you are likely to find your way if communication gap is taken care of. The city also offers a new and effective metro system composed of four lines which whisk people from one end of the city to another without having to deal with the busy clogged roads. This new means of local transport is preferred by local residents as well as tourists. With all signs in Persian and English, and trains leaving stations every 10 minutes or less makes traveling much easier and prompt.
The city of Tehran offers a moderate climate with dry and hot summers alongside cold winters. The ideal time to visit this city is in spring during the months of December to May to enjoy the pleasant and warm weather.
Average flight duration is 6 hours and 40 minutes including one stop minimum.
There are no direct flights from UK to Tehran.
Being a cosmopolitan city, it host a variety of hotels dotted all over the city. Having not much of a country side it lacks the getaway option. However, the luxury hotels offer such comfort that helps you unwind and relax. Espies International Hotel and Ferdossi Grand Hotel are travellers top pick, offering international standard services along with saunas, pools and lavish gardens. The budget category lines up with numerous options which facilitate the Persian touch in hospitality as well as lifestyle. In the main commercial zone there are plazas housing apartment hotels, complete with balconies and private suites.The Armenian quarter of the city is relatively quiet and offers hotels such as Roudaki Hotel offering renovated rooms with cozy settings.