Due to the current geopolitical situation, no flights are leaving directly to Tehran from any airport in the country. People who wish to travel to the Iranian capital can do so by taking a Turkish Airlines flight from London Heathrow Airport, with a stopover in Istanbul. These have flights have a duration of 11 hours.
Three major airlines are operating between Tehran and the United Kingdom, and the most affordable option is Turkish Airways. Even though the political situation can fluctuate anytime, hurting the airline business connecting these two destinations, still cheap Turkish Airline tickets to Tehran are sought after, especially within the Persian community living in the UK. Turkish Airlines operate ten flights every week from London based airports to Istanbul. From Istanbul, six flights are leaving for Tehran each week. Keeping the layovers to a minimum duration, we can plan out twelve Turkish Airlines flights each week that connect London to Tehran.
The slowest months of the year are November and December when Tehran hides under a blanket of snow. Being a Muslim majority city, Tehran does not experience the December rush back to the city-of-origin, as most of the west experiences. On the contrary, most foreigners leave the city leaving the hotels and aeroplanes empty. As the demand dies, the cost also slides down making this an excellent time to visit the city on the cheap. The temperature does not fall below 8°C during this time, and it snows only once or twice a month.
There are two major airports in Tehran but only one, the Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA), entertains all flights coming in and going out of the country. Each year the airport facilitates nine million passengers through its three terminals and two runways. The Tehran Metro is connected with the airport, and a sky bridge connects the airport facility to a new metro station just across the road. Considering Hor Square as the city centre, the Imam Khomeini Airport is an hour drive away, 50 kilometres south of the city.
There are two times in a year ideal for visiting Tehran, which are the spring and the autumn seasons. So, the best time to arrive in Tehran would be from April to June and from September to October. The weather changes drastically in Tehran which is why it is too warm during the summer. Indeed the busiest season in Tehran is the summer; however, we still recommend the traveller to visit the city in the shoulder months when the climate is more pleasant, and you can feel comfortable moving around on foot, exploring the place, without overheating. During these times the sky remains blue and cloudless and the temperature hovers between 21°C and 29°C.
Tehran is the thirty-second capital of the ancient country of Iran, and like the country, Tehran is an amalgamation of the old and the new. Greater Tehran is a metropolitan area bustling with more than 15 million people. Tehran’s impressive imperial history still attracts many from around the world to be amazed by the monuments and structures built in antiquity and modern eras.
- The Golestan Palace is the oldest and most beautiful of the imperial palaces of Iran. The palace complex is a combination of many Royal buildings, gardens, museums and enclosures that were built over the years by the Qajar Kings. Of all the architectural gems in the complex, the most beautiful is the Marble Throne. The yellow marble throne sits right in the heart of the terrace, surrounded by the best wood carving and mirror work in Iran’s architectural history. The Brilliant Hall covered in crystals and mirrors is a sight to behold and demands a standing ovation.
- The last imperial dynasty to rule Iran was the Pahlavi. The Pahlavi monarchs used to reside at the Sa’dabad Palace Complex located in the north of the city. The palace is currently the residence of the President of Iran, but tourists are welcome to take a tour. The artefacts and the mansions within the complex have been maintained in their original form. Of note is the Mirror Hall of the Green Palace which glitters like a galaxy from the ceiling to the floor.
- The Borj-e-Azadi or the Tower of Independence is the Iconic structure in Azadi Square in Tehran. This structure was built right when the country found its oil wealth which triggered the Iranian Renaissance period. The museum underground is a work of art in itself and contains pieces of polished marbles, precious stones and geodes that reflect the mineral wealth of the country and the esthetic sense of the artists in that bygone era.
The Tehran Metro is the best option for the curious traveller to go about Tehran. The Tehran Metro has five lines that stretch from one end of the city to the other. The metro system is both cheap and quite understandable for stranger new to the town and allows the tourist to escape the debilitating traffic jams on the city’s streets. Line 1 moves north to south and Line 2 get you from east to west — the Tehran Metro ticket costs around 7,000 Iranian riyals which equal to 16 pennies. Apart from the metro, there is a Bus Rapid Transit network and private taxis available for the tourist to get around Tehran cheaply and quickly.
There are many five star hotels in Tehran, which were built recently when the sanctions against Iran were lifted briefly. Tehran looks forward to the day when it can welcome more foreign tourists into its luxury hotels.
- Espinas Palace Hotel
- Novotel Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport
- Parsian Azadi Hotel
- Tehran Homa Hotel
- Tehran Laleh International Hotel Iran