Iran is cheap. It’s probably the cheapest country I have been to so far. However, you need to prepare financially for the trip. That’s why I decided to list all my expenses from my visit and give you some advice on the currency in Iran.
Before I left for Iran, I had done a couple of things. I read almost every blog post and watched nearly every vlog about the country. I really needed to know how to organise my trip. I also wanted to set up a budget and stick to it, so I felt in control of the money I was spending.
I advise you to do the same – set up a budget. Calculate everything precisely and stick to the daily limits. This way you will avoid unnecessary trouble.
Money in Iran – What you need to know
Let’s start from the fact that all foreign debit and credit cards don’t work in Iran. You won’t be able to withdraw any money from an ATM, so it’s best to leave your cards at home. Take cash only.
Some hotels offer special cards for tourists. You can order them earlier, before you come. The cost is 18 Euros. You pay in all your money to that card and then you can use it everywhere, even in small shops. Before you leave, you can withdraw what’s left of your budget.
Another thing is the Iranian currency. Officially it’s Rial, but unofficially it’s Toman. Because of the weak value of Rial, the prices are calculated in millions and thousands, so to make it easier, Iranians use Tomans. Toman is not physical money, but more like a way of calculating everything.
10 Rials = 1 Toman
20,000 Rials = 20 Tomans
100,000 Rials = 100 Tomans
Prices in shops are given in Tomans. If you buy something, make sure that you know exactly what the price is and which currency is used.
The cost of travelling in Iran
Below you will find the cost break down of my 2 week travels in Iran.
I stayed in hotels in Teheran and Shiraz. I dined in restaurants and bars and organised most of my trips. In Esfahan I stayed at a friend of a friend. My stay was supposed to be free, but I decided to pay for it in full. In Yazd I stayed with a Couchsurfer and she fed me and took me almost everywhere.
The most expensive was the flight. I bought the ticket in a promotional price 200 Euros from Barcelona. Then it turned out that the tickets from Lisbon to Barcelona are very expensive. My flight to Teheran was cancelled and I had to book tickets which were more expensive then the previous ones. This was the biggest expense.
|What?||How much in Euro?|
|Flight ticket||500 Euro|
|Accommodation (Teheran and Shiraz) 5 nights||98 Euro|
|Accommodation Esfahan||60 Euro|
|Accommodation Yazd||0 Euro|
|Bus Teheran – Esfahan, Esfahan – Yazd||10 Euro|
|Private taxi Yazd – Shiraz||50 Euro|
|Flight Shiraz – Teheran||32 Euro|
|Private taxi, food in a private house, Esfahan, |
|Trip to the pink lake||4 Euro|
|Taxis – Teheran, Esfahan, Yazd||20 Euro|
|Food, drinks – Teheran, Shiraz||42 Euro|
|Entries to attractions||46 Euro|
I hope I remembered about everything. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section!