About me and the history of this site
Hi, my name is Johannes Heger and I am from Austria. Now I live somewhere between Italy and Iran. Being married to an Iranian I have been traveling to Iran since 1989. In 1992 I did my first railway journey in that country, boarding with my wife an overnight train somewhere in the middle of nowhere some 50 km east of Isfahan. It was a cold January night and the next morning we arrived with heavy snowfall and some delay, but safe and relaxed in Tehran. This is where the adventure started...
In 1998 we had opened a translation agency and I wanted to experiment with Farsi website editing. Following railways by hobby I decided to built a website about Iranian Railways as almost no information about the subject was available on the net at that time. A few years later, together with an Iranian friend, we presented the website at a conference of RAI, the Iranian Railways, trying to get in charge with a travel oriented company website, but they decided in other ways...
This early RAI website had little information and services for passengers but in 2004 RAJA, the passenger company of RAI started its own homepage with more useful content for travelers, a small English section and finally some timetables to download. The website is poorly updated in the English section and therefore of little use for foreign travelers. In 2007 in the farsi section an online booking system has been added. But due to international sanctions on money transfer to Iran this booking facility is unavailable if you do not have an Iranian ID card as well as a national credit or debit card to go through the reservation process.
After all, foreign travelers hardly look for railway ticket booking straight forward. They first want to know more about their itinerary and most of all, they need to be informed about the availability of railway connections and what they look like. Providing this kind of information was already the goal of my first website, which had a more railway specific section, too. Now this second kind of information is available in many parts of the web (see LINKS) and so is railway travel information in Farsi. So in 2013 I decided to redesign completely the homepage, making it more travel oriented and providing a booking facility for foreigners. I hope you soon share with me the pleasure of traveling by rail all over the marvelous country of Iran, to meat its friendly and kind people.
Credits and Copyright
The code for this website was adapted from several sources, among them a simple bus reservation script for a thesis from Christian Binala from the Philippines (link), an online railway reservation system in php from Rituparna Sonowal from India (link) which unfortunately did not work for me but helped me to implement some features.
I would like to thank so much my old friend Markus Schwaiger in Vienna from www.msedv.at who has been providing free hosting of the old website in all these years.
The marvelous picture of the Pardis train in the desert plain near Damghan visible in the background of all pages was done by Mohammad Mohammadi. If not mentioned otherwise , all other pictures have been done by me during different railway journeys through Iran. Feel free to copy and publish them as long as you mention the author, according to the Creative Common License.
This site is mainly for information purpose. It is maintained on a volunteer basis. All content is provided as much exact as possible but don't blame me for wrong information or railway schedules. This is not an official railway site, neither a travel agency. The direct booking request is a forward of Iranian Railway operators online services.
Ticket booking facility is provided by
Associazione Turistica Lago di Bracciano - Via Cristoforo Stati 4 - 00062 Bracciano - ITALY
Responsible for the content of this site: Johannes Heger
Please consult the General Terms and Conditions for more details.
The personal data collected during the booking process will be used only for the purpose to fulfill the order. We do not hand over these data to third parties except the names of passengers and the passport number, which are transmitted to the railway companies and which are necessary to issue to the tickets. We collect the information about the country and city of the customer for anonymized statistics. These data will not be used in any connection with the name of the passengers. Contact data like email and mobile number are collected for the sole purpose to establish communication with the customer regarding the fulfillment of the order. They will not be handed over to third parties.