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A Complete Guide for Domestic Flights in Iran

Steps for booking a flight

Enter the departure and arrival cities, date of the flight, and number of the passengers. Click on the search button to get a list of the available flights. Check out the list and choose the best one based on the provided flight information. Flight information include date and time, name of the airline, available seats, flight class, and price. After choosing the flight, enter the required information and pay online. You’ll then receive an electronic receipt for your flight. Hand the electronic receipt and a valid ID card when arriving at the airport. You don’t need to print your receipt.

Why air travel in Iran?

Traveling in a vast country like Iran may take up to 20 hours on land. For this reason, taking a flight would be your first choice if you’re planning to travel to faraway destinations and saving time is your priority.

How to get to the airports?

Most Iranian airports are located in the suburbs of the cities, making them less accessible than bus terminals or train stations. There are, however, some airports (e.g., Mehr Abad) which are directly connected to the public transportation system. In most cases, you need to take a taxi to get to city center or your hotel. In the ground transportation area of the airport, there is usually a taxi booth where you can get a taxi. There are usually two options for you: to get prepaid flat-rate taxis, or negotiate a fare with incoming taxis who are dropping off passengers at the airport.

For the first choice, stop at the taxi booth in the arrivals hall and pay the fare. You will then receive a ticket to give to your taxi driver before getting on it. It’s always a good idea in Iran to ask a few taxi drivers to get the best price. In addition to these taxis, you can use domestic online taxi providers like ‘Snapp’, ‘Tap30’, etc. (which work like Uber); the services are usually very reasonable (most often less than 9 euros even for very long rides) and you can choose your destination on map without facing the troubles of getting to your address. Before taking a ride, don’t forget to have cash in Rials, as most drivers won’t accept euros or dollars. (Read our full Iran transportation guide)

Before-flight checklist

  • Make sure you have all your travel documentation in a safe place (your passport, booking receipt, extra copies of your documents as well as a list of emergency phone numbers)
  • Plan to arrive on-time at the airport at least one hour before domestic flights and three hours before international flights; especially during peak time, you should expect crowed streets as well as long lines at the airports.
  • Large airports like Mehr-Abad have more than one terminal. Check your airline to see which terminal you should refer to get aboard.
  • Ensure you’re not traveling with any prohibited items .
  • Check the weight limit for your baggage; different airlines have different polices.

Facilities at the airports

In almost all Iranian airports you’ll find:

  • ATMs: But remember! Machines only dispense Rials.
  • Banks: While there are bank offices at the airports, they do not usually offer currency exchange services. Remember to have enough cash to avoid any trouble.
  • Duty free shops, gift shops, and cafes: You can buy some souvenirs, gifts, snacks or drinks. Remember that these shops are usually pricier than shops in the town.
  • Information desk
  • WiFi: Don’t expect to find free WiFis easily. Some major airports offer free WiFi, but you usually need a SIM or an Internet connection (yeah!) to receive your password via text message email. You also need a little Farsi to read the instructions.
  • Mobile charging spots: If you’re running out of power, you can charge your devices at the spots available in the departures and arrivals areas.
  • Prayer rooms
  • Sleep zones: There is no sleep zone in the airports and you need to sleep on the seats. So, having a blanket, a sleep bag, or a recliner is recommended if you’re planning to spend a night at an Iranian airport.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing to drive or to fly depends largely on your trip, including the route and distance. When planning your trip in Iran, take your time to weigh the pros and cons of flying to decide if you should take to the skies or hit the open road. Flights are great time savers; they can shorten your trips enormously and save you hours and days. Also, air travel is very convenient. You won’t worry about traffic and, most of time, weather condition. Contrary to the common belief, It’s also the safest way to travel. However, this fast and convenient way of travel comes with some drawbacks. First of all, it is usually more expensive than other methods of transportation, especially if you’re traveling in the high-season. Also, for an air travel, there is a number of hassles including airport security measures, more time needed for getting onboard, and delays. Flying will deprive road trip enthusiasts of beautiful land scenery but bring a fantastic sky view of Iran.
For long, US sanctions have prevented Iran from renovating its planes. In 2016, after lifting the sanctions, Iran managed to sign huge contracts with Boeing, Airbus, and ATR to purchase new jetliners. It is reported that Iran is planning to receive 400 new aircrafts by 2025. Right now, on the average, Iranian planes are pretty old. But it doesn’t mean that they’re not safe. Iran was found to be performing above the global average across a number of categories, according to a 2010 assessment by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Most of the fleet of Iranian airlines today consist of Boeing, McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series, ATR 72, and Fokker 100. Most Iranian airlines are now members of International Air Transport Association (IATA), including Iran Air, Iran Air tour, Iran Aseman, Mahan Air, Kish Air, and Qheshm Air.
Overall, there are more than 300 airports in Iran. Among them, eight airports are international with regular flights to neighboring countries as well as faraway countries. Here is the list of international airports: Imam Khomeini International Airport, Mehrabad International Airport, Mashhad International Airport, Shiraz Shahid Dastghaib International Airport, Tabriz International Airport, Esfahan Shahid Beheshti International Airport, Gheshm Airport, Kish International Airport.
Generally, there are three ticket classes for Iranian domestic flights: economy, first class, and business class. There is also another class, called ‘price class’ which is written with English letters. Knowing what these letters mean is not important unless you need a refund. These letters will be assigned to each ticket based on time of booking, type of cabin, etc. Check out the class section in your ticket to learn more about the regulations related to cancelation and refunding.
Most passenger are familiar with scheduled flights and chartered flights. In Iran, there is a difference in the way these terms are used. In Iran, the term ‘system ticket’ refers to the regular scheduled flight ticket sold by agencies. These tickets are fully refundable according to the cancellation policies of each airline and the selling agency. A Chartered ticket on the other hand, is usually non-refundable. The advantage of chartered tickets is their price which is always cheaper than system tickets.
The following items are banned for security reasons in almost every airport. If you have any of them, to avoid facing extra hassle at the security, hand them to the luggage or the banned items section.
  • Firearms including all types of military equipment, flare guns, BB guns, compressed air guns, etc.
  • Toys looking like real firearms
  • Sharp objects including knives, box cutter, razors, swords, sabers,scissors, and similar items
  • Flammables including bullets, hand grenades, explosives, TNT, C4, dynamites, butane, fireworks
  • Sprays including pepper sprays, poisonous sprays, tear gas spray
Yes. Here is a short list to help you:
  • All types of antiquated goods, original artworks including calligraphy, miniature, valued stones, unauthorized holy Quran, 35mm films, music instruments associated with the cultural heritage of Iran
  • Carpets and rugs with historic records
  • Handwoven carpets larger than two square meters
  • Taking out carpets, pistachio, nuts, and saffron is prohibited for passengers traveling to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and
  • Syria.
  • All types of drugs including methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, etc. (the carrier will be prosecuted)
  • Foreign currencies more than the value of 5,000 US dollars and gold coins
  • Any type of alcoholic drink (the carrier will be prosecuted)
  • Pets are only allowed when having ID documents, and being carried out in the pets’ special cage. A previous permission should be taken from the airport’s quarantine department.
  • Press, books and any printed material against religious and national regulations