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All You Need to Know about Bus Transportation in Iran
The inter-city buses in Iran
Bus transportation is the most common means of traveling across Iran due to its low price and high availability. Each year, around 400 million bus trips are made in the country. So, it would be a perfect choice for the foreign tourists who are after cheap means of transportation and have many spots on their itinerary. Currently, there are over 20 private bus companies that provide inter-city bus transportation in Iran. However, Royal Safar, Hamsafar, Iran Peyma, and Seir-o-Safar are considered as the major and best bus companies of the country.
Types of Inter-City Buses in Iran
Iranian bus companies provide their services in two services: standard and VIP. The VIP buses are more comfortable than normal buses and include air conditioner, reclining seats, fridge, private TV, WiFi and spacious double or solo seats. Generally, no food is served on Iranian buses, but each passenger is given a small bottle of water, fruit juice and a small pack which includes a number of snacks such as biscuits, cakes, etc. Iranian buses also lack toilets, but the drivers regularly stop at Service Areas so the passengers can find public toilets, buy snacks, eat food, smoke and take a short walk to refresh themselves.
Bus Terminals in Iran
Bus terminals are generally located on the outskirts of major cities in Iran, but they are easily accessed by taxi, metro or other means of transportation. Iranian companies providing bus services have their individual booths inside the bus terminal in which you can buy your bus ticket or wait until your departure time. In addition, bus terminals are equipped with facilities such as supermarkets, souvenir shops, restrooms, and even accommodation services. Also, almost all the terminals have their own taxi and bus services. It is advisable to use these taxis as they are safer and their prices are fixed. In the major cities of Iran, cities like Tehran and Isfahan, there is a metro station in the vicinity of the bus terminals. They provide a fast and secure means of transportation if you are learn how to handle them.
Is bus transportation safe for solo female travelers in Iran?
Solo female travelers can buy or book bus tickets without any problem, just like all the other tourists. However, there are two rules that they should observe. Just like Iranian women, solo female travelers cannot sit on the first row seats or beside a male stranger. If this happens, the driver or representatives of the bus company can change the seat of the female travellers. All this is done not because of sexual discrimination but rather for a more comfortable experience for women.