Shiraz

Hafez Tomb

Shiraz (شیراز) is the capital city of the Fars province and a treasure trove of Persian culture. It was the capital of Iran during the Zand dynasty's era (1747–79), and is the celebrated birthplace of the great Persian poets Hafiz and Saadi. The city has a population of about 1,300,000.

Get in

By plane

Turkish Airlines is operating weekly 4 direct flights from Istanbul to Shiraz and back.

By train

Shiraz Train station has trains to Isfahan and Tehran. However, the bus journey is shorter (2 hours less), so that might be recommended.

By bus

Shiraz is well connected to most parts of the country by bus.

By car

Motorways connect the city to Isfahan, Kerman, Bushehr, Ahvaz and Yasouj, and Bandar-e Abbas is reachable by highway.

Get around

For non-Iranian visitors, taxis are probably the most convenient mean of transport. However be sure to haggle for a good price prior to getting into the car.

If an unmarked car stops while you are hailing a taxi, don't be alarmed. Many taxis in Shiraz are unmarked and also as a means to supplement their income, is not uncommon to find private car owners touting themselves as taxis.

However it is always best to find a taxi through a reputable "telephone taxi" agency. For a set fee, drivers of these agencies will take passengers to their destination, drive them around town and also wait for them while they shop or run errands. All hotels and local residents will have a phone number of one these agencies. There are also taxis driven by women that specifically cater to women passengers.

The city also has a reasonable bus service.

A metro runs between Ehsan on the north side of the city and Namazi in the city centre.

Talk

Don't hesitate to talk to people, especially youths. Almost all of them speak English well enough to talk to you, answer your questions and chat with you. Respect Iranian government and do not air condescending views of Iran.

See

Saadi Thomb
Interior of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

Do

Afif Abad Gardens
Eram Garden

Buy

Retail stores usually open between 9AM and 1PM, reopening again from 5PM to 9PM. It is customary to haggle for a discount, which is referred to as a takhfeef.

Bazaars

Shopping malls

Eat

Local foods

Unmixed Shirazi salad, forming an Iranian flag

Restaurants

Many of these places have live music playing.

Fast Food

You can find at least one fast food parlor in every Street of Shiraz.

Cafes

You can find coffee shops of every size, at shopping centres and on the main streets.

Food Gardens

There are a lot of gardens out of Shiraz, and many have been remodeled as restaurants. Most have live music playing in the evenings and offer great view.

Drink

For more information on typical drinks in Iran, see Iran#Drink

Sleep

Budget

There are a few budget hotels located about 200m south of the roundabout at Arg-é Karim Khan.

Mid-range

Splurge

Stay safe

You might want to have plastic money to prevent having your money stolen. Bank-e Melli-ye Iran (National Bank of Iran) which is a government-owned bank in Iran, provides an ATM debit card service (plastic magnetic card) for tourists who visit Iran. Tourists just need to head the nearest branch of this bank. Information on this service can be found here. Another way to prevent having your money stolen, is going to the nearest bank and getting a gift card. They are exactly like ordinary ATM debit cards, but once they get empty, they cannot be recharged. Sepah Bank or Bank -e- Sepah is a governmental bank that has a current account service for foreigners which provides both ATM debit card and cheque writing option. A list of permitted Iranian banks can be found here

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