All You Need to Know to Get on a Bus in Iran
Booking Iranian domestic buses
Enter the date and places for your departure and arrival. Click on the search button to get a list of the available buses. Check out the list and choose the best one based on the provided information. The information you can find other the results include date and time, type of the bus, name of the company, available seats, and price. After choosing the bus, enter the required information and pay online. You’ll then receive an electronic receipt containing your ticket number. Note that the booking process is only completed when you get your ticket number. Refer to the bus company’s office at the bus terminal before departure and get your printed ticket by giving your ticket number. You’ll need the printed ticket to get on the bus.
Getting to the bus terminals in Iran
Bus terminals are usually located in highly accessible areas in the cities. There’s always public transportation available to connect the terminals to major parts of the city. In Tehran, you can use public transportation including ‘metro’ and ‘BRT’ to get to the terminals. These are relatively fast and substantially cheap means of transportation in Tehran. In Tehran and some major cities (like Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashahd, Tabriz, ...) you can also use domestic online taxi providers like ‘Snapp’, ‘Tap30’, etc. (which work like Uber); the services are usually very reasonable (most often less than 5 euros even for relatively long rides) and you can choose your destination on map without facing the troubles of getting to your address.
There are also taxi stations near bus terminals where you can instantly take a ride to your destination. Before taking a ride, don’t forget to have cash in Rials, as most drivers won’t accept euros or dollars. If you wanted more help, you can simply ask locals to help you find the terminal; you’ll never get disappointed. (Read our full Iran transportation guide)
Traveling with bus; pros and cons
In general, buses in Iran are standard and comfortable. Most roads are safe and there are highways for most popular routes. Buses are available for almost any route possible. They’re also much cheaper than flights and, sometimes, trains. Also, except for ticket control, there’s usually no formality involved. Depending on the type and class of bus, it is sometimes even more comfortable than other types of transportation as there are fewer passengers onboard and you have extra room for leaning back and stretching your legs. On the other hand, busses might be slower than other types of transportation, especially for longer distances.
Cancelation policy for bus tickets
- Cancelations up to one hour before the departure will receive 90% of the price, and later cancelations will receive 50% of it.
- Refund will only be transferred to the account number by which the ticket is booked.
- Only the bus tickets purchased from 1stQuest are refundable.
- A refunded ticket will no longer be available for purchasing again.
- For purchases done via gift cards or blocked accounts, refunding is not available.