Trains in Iran

Trains in Iran

Travelling with the train is a prefered method of transportation by many travelers. In this post we will introduce the railroad in Iran, and go over the different types of trains and routes, which you can consider for you next trip to Iran. The benefit of using the train is being able to view the different places on the way, and although it’s slower than going by plane, it’s usually cheaper and gives you more time to meet local people.
The trains in Iran aren’t as new and fast as most in Europe, but they’re a good mode of transportation, especially if you’re on a limited budget and you want to visit distant cities.

Railroad Map:

The two most important cities on the railroad map, are Tehran and Mashhad. Especially Mashhad, which has routes to most of the other cities, as it faces a lot of traffic throughout the year. Fortunately a lot of other cities are connected to the railroad. We’ll go over some of the ones we think will be interesting for travelers. For example if you’re towards the north of Iran, and plan on going to the south to visit Qeshm or Kish Island (in the Persian Gulf) you will be easily able to go by train, and see the beautiful sights along the way.
Let’s take a look at the railroad map:
(All photos are courtesy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways)

Just keep in mind that as you can see on the right side, the red lines show rails which are under construction.

This means that you can easily travel between, Bandar Abbas (South of Iran), Shiraz (South of Iran), Isfahan and Tehran (Center of Iran), Mashhad (East of Iran), Ahwaz (South West of Iran), and Tabriz (North West of Iran). That almost covers most of the parts of Iran.

Train Types:
In Iran, there are two main types of trains. The ones which have compartments and the ones that don’t. Usually the ones which have compartments, have seats which can convert to beds. The compartments usually have either 4 seats or 6. If you’re planning to take a longer train, like from Isfahan to Bandar Abbas, taking a train with compartments can be more comfortable as it takes around 14 hours. A more specific categorization of trains has been described below. Due to sanctions, you can’t buy tickets online from the official website with currencies other than IRR (Rial) and without having an Iranian debit card. But you can book them through PinPars transport page buy requesting a ticket, and we’ll buy it on your behalf at the same rate.

Bus-like Trains:

1.Pardis

These trains are the fastest types in Iran. You can use the Pardis trains from Tehran to Mashhad in 8 hours, whereas others take around 6 hours more. These trains are like buses and don’t have compartments. They are equipped with bathrooms and TVs.

2. Saba

The Saba trains have two levels and are like buses. They don’t have compartments. They are equipped with bathrooms and TVs.

  3. Eram

These trains are the one of fastest types in Iran. You can use the Eram trains from Tehran to Qom, Semnan and Gorgan. These trains are like buses and don’t have compartments. They are equipped with bathrooms and TVs.

4. Simple Bus Like

These trains are also like buses, but are very older than the previous. They don’t have compartments. They are only equipped with bathrooms. Try to not take any of these trains.

Trains with Compartments:

Four Seated Compartments:

1. Life

This train is a compartment type one. Each compartment has 4 seats and beds. Each compartment is equipped with separate TVs and the train is equipped with bathrooms. It’s more expensive because they serve special dinner and have special services.

2. Simorgh

This train is a compartment type one. Each compartment has 4 seats and beds. Each compartment is equipped with separate TVs and the train is equipped with bathrooms.

3. Green

This train is a compartment type one. Each compartment has 4 seats and beds. Each compartment is equipped with separate TVs and the train is equipped with bathrooms.

4. Ghazal

This train is a compartment type one. Each compartment has 4 seats and beds. Each compartment is equipped with separate TVs and the train is equipped with bathrooms.

5. Green Polour

This train is a compartment type one. Each compartment has 4 seats and beds. Each compartment is equipped with separate TVs and the train is equipped with bathrooms.

6. Toos

This train is a compartment type one. Each compartment has 4 seats and beds. Each compartment is equipped with separate TVs and the train is equipped with bathrooms.

 7. Parsi

This train is a compartment type one. Each compartment has 4 seats and beds. Each compartment is equipped with separate TVs and the train is equipped with bathrooms.

 8. Alborz

This train is a compartment type one. Each compartment has 4 seats and beds. Each compartment is equipped with separate TVs and the train is equipped with bathrooms.

9. Persian Gulf

This train is a compartment type one. Each compartment has 4 seats and beds. Each compartment is equipped with separate TVs and the train is equipped with bathrooms.

Six Seated Compartments:

1. Milad

The Milad trains have compartments which each have the capacity for 6 people. The seats in trains with compartments can be changed into a bed status which makes them comfortable for long trips. They are equipped with bathrooms and TVs.

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