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ALL TICKETS WILL BE DELIVERED BY EMAIL (PDF). NO DELIVERY OF PAPER TICKETS BY POST.ALL TICKETS WILL BE DELIVERED BY EMAIL (PDF). NO DELIVERY OF PAPER TICKETS BY POST.

In order to travel with Iranian Railways you not only need a ticket, but you must do a reservation prior to your departure. Rail transportation demand in Iran is high and trains are always less than needed. On many destinations all seats are already sold out even one or two weeks before departure. See how to buy and reserve your ticket in advance:

Booking through iranrail.net
Get your ticket fast and everywhere. No postal delivery, we send you an email with the online ticket as pdf file. You do not need to print out the ticket - just show the screen of your mobile with the online ticket and QR-Code. All long distance trains can be booked online while some regional trains are sold only locally. We calculate the price based on the best available exchange rate in Euros available outside Iran. For the cancellation of online tickets please consult the General Terms and Conditions for more details. Refund is also possible at major railway stations in Iran in Rials payable in cash to the bearer of the ticket. The penalty is 30% until 3 hours before departure of the train and 50% if requested between 3 hours before departure and departure time. No refund after the train has left.

The departure times of trains and the fares in this site come from Raja.ir, fadaktrains.ir and safirrail.ir ticket booking portal and show realtime availability. Intermediate times are available for all trains but not all departure stations are bookable on the system. In case there is no departure from the chosen location, but a train stop listed in the timetable, you need to book from a previous station and board the train later.
Payment
Online ticket with online payment: Pay online and get your ticket online. Customers from all countries can pay by VISA or Mastercard credit or debit card.

Для заказа билетов перейдите на сайт iranrail.net, выберите русский язык в меню языков в левом верхнем углу, если хотите, выберите поездку и заполните форму. После того, как вы добавите поездку в корзину, вы увидите окончательную стоимость в рублях. Если вы переходите к оплате, выберите оплату по счету и следуйте инструкциям. Вы сможете оплатить счет в рублях на расчетный счет в сбербанке. Как только заказ будет оплачен, мы оформим ваши билеты и отправим их по электронной почте. Пожалуйста, не забудьте отправить квитанцию о банковском переводе сразу после оплаты.
Reservation
Due to the high transportation demand and the few trains available on some routes it is highly recommended to do the reservation as soon as possible, especially if you want to travel with high quality overnight trains or Pardis express trains. You can easily check the availability of the desired journey in the timetable search. If tickets are running out or few days are left for your departure you can do an express booking. In this case we deliver tickets within 24h provided that they are still available.
Price
Railway tickets in Iran are reasonable cheap for the service you get. With 20-25 Euros (25-30 $) you can travel hundreds of kilometers in a first class overnight train. Prices of train tickets are similar to VIP bus tickets but especially on long trips comfort is much higher than with any road transport, while some highspeed connections might be faster than any other land transport available. You can easily check the price of your journey on the timetable search. For every train the price will be listed in Euros according to the best available exchange rate abroad. All payments are calculated Euros, but with credit card you can pay from any country. If during the booking process you select 'private compartment', you will have to pay for all seats in the compartment, i.e. 4 tickets in a 4-bed compartment and 6 in 6-bed. The exact price will be calculated in the next step. Considering the high demand on most lines and the low number of trains available, with respect to other passengers in need of transportation, we do not recommend private compartment for less then 2 people in 4-bed compartments and less than 3 people in 6-bed compartments. The women only compartment has no extra price.

You can book tickets for men and women in the same compartment, no matter if there is any family relation between them. Mixed compartment is mixed compartment. Gender segregation is not an Iranian tradition and fortunately does not apply to railway. But if a woman prefers to travel in a women only compartment, the option can be selected during the booking process.
Children fares
Half-price tickets are issued for children from 0 to 12 years. Currently tickets for infants are not available for foreigners. Every person needs a ticket and will get a seat/bed. Children below the age of 12 must travel together with an adult person.
Bicycle transportation
Bicycles can be transported on most long distance trains except Pardis express train. You need to book an ordinary ticket for each passenger and then show up at the railway station before departure at least one hour in larger stations and half an hour in smaller stations. Please refer to the information desk. The railway staff will decide whether to transport your bicycles in the luggage car (if available) or on the platform of a passenger car. A small fee may be charged for transportation.
Pets
Unfortunately, due to the conservative interpretation of Islam by the current government pets are not allowed so far on trains or buses. If you want to travel with a cat or dog, you need to hire a private taxi. Pets are generally welcome by Iranians.
Bus connections
For your convenience we have included several bus routes among the most requested destinations which are currently not served by train at all or may have a train only every second day. Click on bus option to get both buses and trains for routes which have few train connections.

Usually it is not necessary to book buses in advance but it may be convenient to do so around the weekend, when demand is high. Bus companies do never publish arrival times (and don't refund any fare if the bus is late), so the arrival times shown on our website are just for general reference. Buses serve almost every place in Iran and are available several times a day, on main routes even hourly or more frequent.

VIP buses have higher quality standard, with AC, reclinable seats for overnight trips and offer free snacks and drinks. They have usually around 25 seats. Travel times are similar to trains on medium routes but always slower on long distance routes. Travel quality and service is not bad - if travel does not exceed 6-7 hours but quality of overnight and long distance trains is of course much higher than with bus (you can sleep in a bed on trains, you can walk around and there is a restaurant car as well as a toilet), also traffic safety is higher (roads in Iran are unsafe).