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Welcome to Tehran

Tehran
  • Currency: Iranian Rial (IRR)
  • Demonym(s): Tehrani
  • Electricity: 220V/50Hz (Europlug & German Schuko plug)
  • International Airport: Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA)
  • Language: Persian (Farsi)
  • Province: Tehran
  • Time Zone: IRST - UTC +3:30 / IRDT - UTC +4:30

 

Tehran (also spelled Teheran) is the capital city of Iran and centre of the Tehran province. Situated at the foot of the towering Alborz mountain range, Tehran is the most populous city in Iran and Western Asia, and it has the second-largest metropolitan area in the Middle East.

The city has a population of around 8.8 million in the city and 15 million in its larger metropolitan area. It is roughly divided into two parts: North and South. The northern districts are more prosperous, modern, cosmopolitan and expensive while southern parts are less attractive but cheaper.

Tehran is also a city of parks with over 800 well-kept parks and majority of the population understand and speak Persian. Some of the city famous landmarks include the Azadi Tower, 435m-high Milad Tower, Golestan Palace, Sa’d Abad Museum Complex and Tabiat Bridge.

Information & Facts

Climate

The hottest month is July, with a mean minimum temperature of 26 °C (79 °F) and a mean maximum temperature of 34 °C (93 °F), and the coldest is January, with a mean minimum temperature of −5 °C (23 °F) and a mean maximum temperature of 1 °C (34 °F). The weather of Tehran can sometimes be unpredictably harsh.

Getting Around

Getting around traffic-clogged, sprawling Tehran is a true test of patience. While taxis are your best bet, they are pricier here than the rest of the country. A large local bus network will also take you almost anywhere you need to go, as long you can make sense of the routes and Persian line numbers. The true star of Tehran's transport system however, is the brand new metro.

Language

The official and spoken language in Tehran is Persian (Farsi). Majority of the population understand and speak Persian, however, there are large populations of other Iranian ethnicities such as Azerbaijanis, Armenians, Lurs, and Kurds who live in Tehran and speak Persian as their second language.

Money

The Iranian rial (IRR) is the currency of Iran. It is issued by the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran. 100 dinar makes up a Rial; however, Dinars are not used in accounting because of the very low value of the Rial. Coins are issued in values of 50, 100, 250, 500, 1, 000, 2, 000, and 5, 000 rials. Banknotes are produced in 500, 1, 000, 2, 000, 5, 000, 10, 000, 20, 000, 50, 000, and 100, 000 denominations.

PS: Although the "toman" is no longer an official unit of Iranian currency, Iranians commonly express amounts of money and prices of goods in "tomans". For this purpose, one "toman" equals 10 rials.

Negatives

Acccording to global terms, Tehran is relatively safe. Violent crime is rare but exercise common sense and take the usual precautions against pickpockets in crowded areas. South Tehran (or other areas south of the Tehran Bazaar) is the only area that should really be avoided after dark.

Shopping

Tehran has some wonderful street vendors with food, spices, clothes, rugs and chocolates. If you’re traveling in Tehran, and you are looking for shopping, the best place to look is the the Tehran Grand Bazaar. The Tandis center is another western style shopping mall to explore. The mall has restaurants, fast food and coffee shops, and carries brands like Dior, Espirit, Levi’s, Zolo, Zara, and Dunhill.

Time

  • Iran Standard Time (IRST), UTC +3:30
  • Daylight saving time - Iran Daylight Time (IRDT), UTC +4:30
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