Iran Domestic Flights
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Everything About Flights in Iran
As the second-largest country in the middle east, traveling across Iran is time-consuming, but numerous gorgeous attractions in this country cannot be missed. In order to manage to visit different cities in Iran while you are in a hurry, traveling by plane is the best choice.
Why Should You Travel by Plane Around Iran?
The main reason to choose a flight over traveling by train or bus is time itself. By choosing aerial, you can save a lot of time and energy for the rest of your journey. Also, flights in Iran are not as expensive as other countries, so you will not go over budget. Another unique feature of flying is the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of different cities from a spectacular view. Looking at the fascinating Pink Lake in Shiraz or the dance of city lights in Tehran during the night will be an unforgettable experience.
What Are the Busiest Airline Routes in Iran and Their Duration?
Low Cost and Cheap Flights to Tehran
Although Iranian airlines operate flights from different locations in the world to Iran, they are not necessarily the cheapest option. Twenty-three non-Iranian airlines such as Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, and Qatar Airways have flights to Iran and mostly Tehran. Among the low-cost airlines that operate flights to Iran, Pegasus airlines (Based in Turkey) offers the cheapest flights to Tehran from Europe at the moment. Ukraine International Airlines is also considered as a cheap option for flying to Tehran from abroad.
Flights to Tehran and Back
Tehran domestic (Mehrabad) and international (Imam Khomeini) airports host more than 30 percent of the total air traffic of Iran. With that being said, it is obvious that the busiest flight routes are from/to Tehran. More than 40,000 passengers use Mehrabad airport in Tehran every day, and the airport operates almost 350 flights per day. Every major city in Iran has flights from and to Tehran every day while Mashhad and Shiraz are among the cities that have the most flights from/to Tehran.
Tehran to Mashhad and Back
Although special holidays have a significant role in making an airline route busy, according to the latest statistics, Tehran to Mashhad is the busiest one among all. The existence of Imam Reza Holy Shrine in Mashhad attracts many people to this city, and flying there is the most conventional way.
Tehran to Shiraz and Back
Shiraz is one of the main cities of Iran. With lots of historical monuments and beautiful gardens, along with nice and pleasant weather, especially in the spring, Shiraz has become one of the most popular travel destinations for Iranians. Considering the 900 km between Tehran and Shiraz, taking a flight is definitely the best option for reaching Shiraz from Tehran. Having the second-best airport in the country after Tehran international airport (IKA) is another reason for people to prefer air travel. The flight from Tehran to Shiraz takes 60 to 75 minutes.
Tehran to Bandar Abbas and Back
Traveling from Tehran to Bandar Abbas, which takes one hour and fifty minutes, is conventional since going there by land transportation takes more than 18 hours.
Tehran to Kish and Back
Since the easiest way to visit the stunning Kish Island is flying, this air road is always busy mostly during fall and winter because Kish Island has pleasing weather in those seasons. This flight takes 110 minutes.
Shiraz to Mashhad and Back
Shiraz to Mashhad's destination is 1350 Kilometer, so by having a one hour and thirty minutes flight, you can go to Mashhad without any difficulties.
Mashhad to Isfahan and Back
The one hour and thirty minutes flight from Mashhad to Isfahan is one of the busiest flights, especially during Islamic holidays.
How to Have Access to the Airports of Different Cities in Iran?
Although most of the airports in different cities are outside the town, accessing them is easily possible by taking a taxi, using the metro, or trying the Iranian version of Uber called Snapp and Tap30.
How to Access Imam Khomeini Airport (IKA) in Tehran?
Imam Khomeini Airport (IKA) or Tehran International Airport is located 30 km to the Southwest of Tehran city on Khalij-e Fars highway (Tehran-Qom Road). You can use a taxi, bus, metro or Termeh Travel airport service to reach IKA.
There is a bus leaving from terminal number 4 of Tehran domestic airport (Mehrabad) for Tehran international airport (IKA) every hour. you can use this bus to get to IKA. Imam Khomeini airport also has a metro station. using the red line (line number 8) of Tehran metro you can easily reach the international airport of Tehran. Termeh Travel also provides an airport service for Imam Khomeini airport. by purchasing this service, a driver will pick you up from your hotel according to your flight time.
How to Access Mehrabad Airport in Tehran?
You can get to Mehrabad airport in several ways. Using the metro would be the easiest and the cheapest one; however, you can take a taxi or a bus. This airport is located in western Tehran, near Azadi Square.
There are six terminals in Mehrabad airport for arrival and departure flights, so make sure to check your terminal before going there.
How to Access Shahid Dastgheyb Airport in Shiraz?
Shahid Dastgheyb airport is located in the east of Shiraz, near Allah Square. Both metro and bus stations are available there; however, you can take a taxi or a Snapp too.
How to Access Shahid Hasheminejad Airport in Mashhad?
Shahid Hasheminejad Airport of Mashhad, located in Hasheminejad Square, is considered as the second busiest airport of Iran after Mehrabad. Mashhad airport is located only a few km outside of the city of Mashhad. The easiest way to reach Mashhad airport is using the line number 1 of Mashhad airport. Mashhad metro operates from 6 AM to 10:30 PM. You can also use the bus number 77 to get to the airport. A bus leaves Beyt-ol-Moqaddas square every 20 minutes and stops at Basij square, Panzadah Khordad square and Jomhoori boulevard before reaching Mashhad airport.
How to Access Shahid Beheshti Airport in Isfahan?
Isfahan Airport, called Shahid Beheshti, is located outside of the city in Airport Expressway. Taking a taxi or a Snapp is the easiest way to get to this international airport.
How to Access Kish Airport?
Kish International Airport in the Airport Boulevard can be accessed by taxi easily. You can also rent a car at the airport as well.
What Are the Best Airlines in Iran?
With more than 400,000 domestic flights, almost 50 million passengers use Iranian domestic airlines each year. Below we have looked at some of the best airlines in Iran:
Mahan Air - The Best Iranian Airline
Mahan Airways is one of the most popular airlines in Iran, which provides different classes of flights for the passengers by using Airbus planes. The reason that many passengers, including foreign tourists, prefer to use this airline is that the services that Mahan Air provides are said to be inspired by the high standards of top airlines of the world. This airline has also won some international awards, including the World Quality Commitment Award, which shows why Mahan air reviews are almost always positive. Through the Mahan air website, you can check the Mahan air flight schedules, book your ticket and find the Mahan air contact numbers and information.
Iran Air (Homa) - Iconic and Popular
The oldest and most famous airline in Iran is Iran Air, formerly known as Homa. This airline uses Airbus airplanes to transfer passengers daily to different cities of Iran. With 43 active air crafts, Iran air is also the largest airline in Iran. Good legroom in the economy class and having the best catering service among the Iranian airlines have made Iran air one of the most popular airlines of the country. Iran Air also operates flights to many destinations worldwide, such as direct flights to Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Paris, and many more. Iran air tickets are available for booking on their website or other online travel agencies like Termeh Travel.
Iran Air Tour
Iran Air Tour was a branch of Homa Airline before the Islamic Republic of Iran and was used for economy class flights; however, this airline is an independent company using Mc Douglas airplanes nowadays.
With only twelve airplanes, Kish air is not considered as a large airline. However, there are other features that have put Kish air on the list of top Iranian airlines. Kish Air is famous for acquiring a relatively modern set of aircraft. This airline operates flights to 22 domestic and six international destinations in the economy and business classes.
Other Major Airlines
Aseman is the only airline that transports passengers to every major city of Iran.
Gheshm Air, Zagros, and Caspian belong to private companies that provide satisfactory flights across Iran.
Catering in Iran’s airlines
Different kinds of meals and snacks will be given to passengers in economy class during different times of the day.
For breakfast, a package containing cheese, jam, butter, bread, biscuits, and milk will be handed to you. Also, the flight attendant will pour you some black tea if you like which you can sweeten it by sugar available in the package.
Depending on the airline, lunch and dinner can be different. All the meals are served cold. Mostly ham or Olivier salad sandwich will be given to you by the attendants. Also, chicken nuggets and Persian Kuku with pickles and tomato garnish are frequent. You can have a pack of fruit juice, some water and a piece of cake or chocolate as the dessert.
The quality and the variety of food in business class flights are better. For breakfast, some fruit slices, jam, butter, cheese, bagel, and tea or coffee will be offered to you which you can enjoy.
For lunch and dinner, all the meals will be served hot. You can enjoy delicious Persian cuisine, like different kebabs, as well as some healthy international meals such as marinated cooked chicken fillet garnished with mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Tip and Suggestions
- For domestic flights, you need to be at the airport at least one hour before. Also, the gate will be closed 25 minutes before the departure time.
- Do not forget to have your passport with yourself. It will be checked by the airport’s attendants several times.
- The weight of your baggage cannot be more than 30 Kilograms for economy class and more than 60 kg for business class.
- There are separated security checks for men and women at the airport. Women will be checked for their hijab as well, so you need to make sure that you are appropriately dressed for Iran.