Driving in Iran
People in Iran Drive Crazy!
’ is probably the one word most tourists would use to describe the way
in this country. To the foreign eye, it seems there are no traffic
rules and streets are dominated by anarchy
, where everyone just does what they
seems like a suicidal adventure
, but outside the
bigger cities it is fairly easy and much more relaxed.
As opposed to some other Muslim countries, Iranian women are allowed to drive
. In bigger cities such as Tehran or Shiraz you will also find female taxi
that take only female passengers.
General Traffic Rules
All roads have a speed limit
. Within the city
it is usually 50
to 80 km/h
it is 120 km/h.
The government tries to enforce speed limits. Speed
cameras are set up everywhere and the majority of Iranians stick to the limit
in the roads – often unmarked – also force drivers to slow down to
some 15-20 km/h, otherwise they would wreck their cars.
Cars in Iran drive on the right side
of the road, and they are supposed to
overtake from the left
. But in practice they will overtake wherever they find a
. Almost nobody sticks to just one lane and indicating before changing the
lane happens rather barely. One should really thank God
Tehran intra-city buses
are quite efficient
, otherwise there
would even more mad drivers in Iran's capital. All these said, I have never
seen any pedestrian getting hit by a car in this city!
The people and the
cars somehow go through each other
and know exactly when and where they
should slow down or stop.
Car Rental and Driving in Iran
Car rental in Iran is unusual but possible
. If you feel brave enough
your own car, roads are generally in good condition and all bigger cities are
connected by highways.
Big western car rental companies
have pick-up stations
like at Tehran International
Airport (IKIA) where you can pick up your car straight after arriving. Check
online and make a reservation before arriving at the airport. Some
hotels in Tehran also have arrangements
with local rental places and can organize a
car for you. But bear in mind that for driving in Iran you need an International Drivers’ License from your home
Taking a Taxi in Iran
Aside from the many taxis in cities that are like shared taxis
passenger they find on their route, it's also quite common to hire a private
. You will need to
tell the driver where you want to go and how much you'll pay
for the trip
. Note that
many taxi drivers will speak no or little English. Still, taking an
IKIA airport taxi
to Tehran_IKIA is
around 40 km out of the city
_will cost you about 20 USD
, and going
from one side of Tehran to the other side
wont cost you more that 10
Alternatively you can book organized
city tours in Iran
advance. The English-speaking tour guide
will drive you around, taking
care of everything.
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