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Travel to Iran

Flying to Iran

The national airline is Iran Air (www.iranair.com). If travelling from the UK, you can fly to Tehran nonstop with British Airways (www.ba.com) or Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com) via Frankfurt or Vienna, or Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com) via Istanbul.

The major airport is: Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport.

Flight times

British Airways will cease it's service to Tehran on 22 September 2018. Its final return flight will be on the following day.

Airport Guides

Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport

Code

IKA

Location

Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport is located 30km (19 miles) southwest of Tehran city centre.

Tel

+98 21 510 0118

Address

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Flight times

From London - 6 hours (nonstop) or 8 hours (including stopover); New York - 17 hours (including stopover).

Departure tax

Included in the air fare.

Travelling to Iran by Rail

RAJA Passenger Trains (www.raja.ir) operates passenger services from Tehran to Ankara in conjunction with Turkish Railways. In addition, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains (www.goldeneagleluxurytrains.com) operate bi-annual luxury train tours between Moscow and Tehran.

 

Driving to Iran

For details of political conditions governing access, contact the embassy. If you plan on driving your own car over the border into Iran, you must obtain a Carnet de Passage by contacting the embassy.

Getting to Iran by boat

The main port was Khorramshahr until its destruction during the war with Iraq. Following reconstruction, the port was reopened to ship traffic in 1992. Imam Khomeini is located in the northwestern edge of the Persian Gulf and near Iraq. The ports of Abbas and Bushehr are to be found in the Persian Gulf and Nowshahr and Bandar-a Anzali on the Caspian Sea.