Bandar Abbas

Bandar Abbas (or Bandar-e Abbas) is a city in Hormozgān.


Bandar Abbas is a port town and many of its residents come from other parts of Iran for work. It is inadvisable to swim in the sea as it is polluted. The original inhabitants of Bander Abbas are known as Banduris and can often be spotted for their colourful clothing and burqas. Most of the city shuts down between 2-6PM, as it is too hot to do anything but the mildest activities.

Get in

By plane

There are domestic flights to Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashad and Tehran, and an International connection to Dubai.

By train

Bandar Abbas is accessible by train from Tehran , Isfahan and Mashhad.

By bus

There are buses to and from Tehran, Kerman, Shiraz and others. The bus terminal is on the east side of the city around 5km out by the coast and is signposted in English from the edge of the city.

By boat

There are boats to Dubai and Sharjah.

There is a weekly boat to Dubai and Dhaka. The journey costs about 600 000 rials and takes eight hours. Lunch is included.


Bandar isn’t blessed with a lot of must-see sights – actually, none – but it’s not totally devoid of flavour. The lively bazaar rambles its way across two blocks just back from the seafront, and is probably the most colourful part of town. A seafront promenade leads east and has an evening flea market. At its end, the busy fish market is full of charismatic old salts happy to pose for pictures with their catch. Work on the huge mosque a few metres east of the bazaar seems to have restarted despite local concerns that the engineering is not good enough for a major earthquake zone.




Budgeteers (solo travellers in particular) won't have an easy time in Bandar. Be prepared to spend big, or head elsewhere...


Go next

Qeshm Island is a nice island just a thirty minute boat ride away.

Minab has a lively bazaar.

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