Iran Travel Budget - Visit Iran on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to Iran?

You should plan to spend around $58 (﷼2,445,761) per day on your vacation in Iran. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $8.18 (﷼343,604) on meals
  • $1.92 (﷼80,803) on local transportation
  • $87 (﷼3,655,012) on hotels

A one week trip to Iran for two people costs, on average, $815 (﷼34,240,648). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Iran cost?

A one week trip to Iran usually costs around $407 (﷼17,120,324) for one person and $815 (﷼34,240,648) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Iran on average costs around $815 (﷼34,240,648) for one person and $1,629 (﷼68,481,297) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Iran will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Iran on average costs around $1,746 (﷼73,372,818) for one person and $3,491 (﷼146,745,636) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Iran expensive to visit?

Iran is a reasonably affordable destination to visit. It is in the top 25% of countries in the world for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within the Middle East, Iran is reasonably affordable compared to the other countries. It is in the top 25% of countries in the Middle East for its affordability. You can find more affordable countries such as Syria, but there are also more expensive countries, such as UAE.

For more details, see Is Iran Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Iran?

The average Iran trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Iran travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 3,655,012 ($87)
Local Transportation 1 80,803 ($1.92)
Food 2 343,604 ($8.18)
Entertainment 1 216,434 ($5.15)
Tips and Handouts 1 618,764 - 1,856,293 ($15 - 44)
Accommodation Budget in Iran
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Iran is $43 (﷼1,827,506). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Iran is $87 (﷼3,655,012). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Hotel Prices in Iran

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Local Transportation Budget in Iran
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The cost of a taxi ride in Iran is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $1.92 (﷼80,803) per person, per day, on local transportation in Iran.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Food Budget in Iran
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Iran can vary, the average cost of food in Iran is $8.18 (﷼343,604) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Iran should cost around $3.27 (﷼137,442) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Iran is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Iran
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Iran typically cost an average of $5.15 (﷼216,434) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Tips and Handouts Budget in Iran
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Iran is $29 (﷼1,237,529) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Iran is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Water Budget in Iran
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $0.26 (﷼11,072) on bottled water in Iran per day. The public water in Iran is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

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Iran Kashan, Iran
Located in the Middle East, Iran is part of the South-Central Asian Union, situated between the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea. The nation is also bordered by Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Historically known as Persia, the area encompassing Iran has seen conquests of Alexander the Great, the Arabs, and the Mongols, and was famously visited by Marco Polo.

And make sure you check out this great guide with travel advice on the country before you visit Iran.
At A Glance
Iran is characterized by diverse landscapes such as rugged mountains, high desert basins, forests, and plains along the coasts. Mount Damavand is the highest point, also the highest volcano in the world, while other mountain ranges of Iran include the Zagros Range mainly inhabited by pastoral nomads and the narrower Alborz Range. Most of Iran, however, is covered by two great deserts - the Dasht-e Lut (covered largely with sand and rocks) and the Dasht-e Kavir (covered mainly with salt). Both are virtually uninhabited. Given its varied landscape, Iran is an ideal destination for a wide range of activities including desert treks and excursions, skiing in the mountains, and swimming along the shores of the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf. Kish Island in the Persian Gulf has especially popular beaches. Qeshm Island, Iran's largest and the Persian Gulf's largest island, is famous for its wide range of ecotourism attractions such as the Hara marine forests. If you want to take all of this in, check out this suggested itinerary for 2 weeks in Iran that covers many terrific sights.

The nation is divided into seven main regions: Baluchistan, Caspian Iran, Central Iran, Khorasan, Persian Gulf Region, Iranian Azerbaijan, and Western Iran. The capital, Tehran, is located in the northernmost part of Central Iran. Other important cities include:

Hamedan: one of the oldest cities in Iran and in the world

Isfahan: the former capital and most popular tourist destination in the country; characterized by stunning architecture, a great bazaar, and tree-lined boulevards

Mashad: greatest city of Eastern Iran with an important mosque, the shrine of the martyr Imam Reza

Qom: one of the holiest cities in the Middle East, considered the "Jewel of Iran"

Shiraz: a former Persian capital, known for its gardens and famous poets

Tabriz: another historic capital with one of the oldest and largest covered bazaars in the world

Yazd: a remote desert city with wind-towers and an underground water system to keep houses cool

Qazvin: one of the oldest capital cities of Iran, known for its historic mosques, reservoirs, bazaars, caravansaries, and many notable cafes and restaurants. The first street of Iran, the "Sepah" street, is located in the middle of this city

For even more ideas, check out this suggested itinerary of Iran for 2 weeks which covers many of these locations.
Top Tourist Attractions
Some of the best attractions of Iran include sights like ancient cities, historic squares, mosques, shrines, palaces, and museums - all exhibiting unique examples of Middle Eastern architecture.

One of the most important historical sites in Iran is Persepolis, which is home to the impressive ruins of a vast city-like complex built over 2,500 years ago, near Marvdasht and the modern city of Shiraz. It was once a Persian capital and is today a symbol of Iranian nationality. Other ancient cities include places like Hegmatane (capital of the ancient Medes), Takht-e Soleyman (archaeological site), Pasargad (first capital of the Persian Empire), and Meimand (ancient village believed to be one of humanity's earliest remaining places of habitation on the Iranian Plateau), amongst others.

Another fascinating area to visit is the mountains of Gilan. Here you can find the village of Masuleh which is an amazing place to take in the traditional ways of life of the local people. Additionally, visitors can go hiking and experience the local cuisine here.

Also impressive is the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, located in Isfahan. One of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, the square includes two mosques and a bazaar and is surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era. Isfahan is also home to a unique music museum which pays homage to Iran's rich musical traditions, showcasing more than 300 instruments from around Iran. The Ali Qapu Palace is another attraction of Isfahan, dating from the 17th century with seven floors of beautifully detailed architecture. These attractions and many more make Isfahan the most significant tourist destination of Iran.

Popular Foods
Meals in Iran are traditionally relaxed, drawn-out affairs with a range of dishes from pastries, fruits, and nuts to rice, kebab, soups, and flatbreads. Lunch can be served anywhere between 12-3 pm and dinner is often eaten after 8 pm. Alcohol is forbidden, except for some religious minorities, as are pork products. Rice is a staple for Iranian cuisine, often flavored with saffron and other spices, and served with kebab variations of chicken, beef, or lamb. Dishes are often garnished with grilled tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables and flavored with a variety of spices. The most popular Iranian soup is the vegetarian ash reshteh, made from herbs, chickpeas, and thick noodles, and adorned with yogurt and fried onions. Flatbreads are served at breakfast with herbs, feta cheese, and a variety of jams, or as an accompaniment to meals.
To enter Iran, a visa is required for the citizens of all countries except Lebanon, Turkey, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Ecuador. United States citizens can apply for a visa at the Iranian Interest Section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington; however, they must have an MFA-approved guide to accompany them for the entire trip as well as an exact itinerary prior to traveling.

International flights mainly enter Iran via Imam Khomeini International Airport, located 37 kilometers southwest of Tehran. Iran Air and Mahan Air connect Tehran with some of the major European cities as well as destinations in Asia and Middle East. European companies landing in Tehran include British Midland International, Lufthansa, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Alitalia, Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, and Aeroflot. Middle-Eastern airlines include Saudi Arabian Airlines, Emirates, and Etihad.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.