Land Transportation

SGP Tour Company offers a range of quality vehicles at reasonable prices. Prices depend on the route chosen   and the daily distance travelled.

SGP   English speaking guide-drivers   can be of great assistance. They provide details about locations and sites visited.   This can be a good option if you  are travelling alone or in a small group.

SGP can make bookings on public bus  routes  and also on the train  network  within Iran.

Don't hesitate to contact us for all your rental vehicle and driver needs, and rest assured that we have the knowledge and ability to do our job well.

 

Car 
Travelling by car in Iran can be a good way of covering long distances in Iran if time is not an important factor. The road network now includes many express ways  and dual carriageways between major cities and towns.  The road direction signs are in English as well as Farsi .It is possible to explore this fascinating country driving your own car.

Foreigners arriving in Iran with their own car will need to have a carnet de passage and a valid international drivers' license. Petrol stations can be found on the outskirts of all cities and towns and in car-filled Iran, a mechanic  is never far away.

 Roads in the urban centers can be very chaotic making it essential that great caution is observed if you choose to drive in Iran.

Bus 
Domestic bus travel in Iran is efficient and long-distance buses are surprisingly comfortable. Bus connections are frequent and reliable, with various levels of comfort available There is little difference between the various bus companies, and most offer two classes: 'lux' or 'Mercedes' (2nd class) and 'super' or 'Volvo' (1st class). First class buses are air-conditioned and you will be provided with a small snack during your trip.  Second class services are more frequent. Given the affordability of first class tickets, there's little financial incentive to opt for the second class services.

Bus tickets may be purchased at bus terminals or ticket offices up to a week in advance, of travel. Most cities and larger towns  operate comprehensive local bus services.

Urban buses are usually segregated, with women sitting at the rear and men at the front.  

 

Taxi 
Taxis are available in all cities and usually come in the form of a private car. There are both private and shared taxis, with the latter being cheaper. Drivers of shared taxis pick up as many people that they can along the way. Taxis can be hailed in the street or ordered through your hotel, and it is always best to agree on a price before embarking on your journey.

Train

Known as a "ghatar" in Persian; trains are probably the cheapest, safest, most reliable and easiest way to travel around the country. Sleeper berths in overnight trains are especially good value as they allow you to get a good night’s sleep while saving on a night’s accommodation.

The rail network is comprised of three main trunks. The first stretches east to west across the north of the country linking the Turkish and Turkmenistan borders via Tabriz, Tehran and Mashhad. The second and third extend south of Tehran but split at Qom. One line connects to the Persian Gulf via Arak and Ahwaz  , while the other traverses the  central part of the country  via Kashan, Yazd,and Kerman. The overnight Tehran to Tabriz  train provides a good connection to the Northwest.

Tickets can be bought from train stations up to one month before the date of departure, and it is wise to book at least a couple of days in advance during the peak domestic holiday months. First class tickets cost roughly twice the comparable bus fare. Trains are frequently delayed so leave plenty of time between destinations.

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