Tourist Information


Tehran is served by two main airports, Mehrabad Airport, an old airport which doubles as a military base, is used for domestic and charter flights. This airport is located in the Western part of the city.

Imam Khomaini International Airport is located 30kms southwest of Central Tehran, and it is accessible by car, taxi and bus via the Tehran - Qom freeway. Participants can use taxi agencies at the airport. On an average it is about USD 30 or IRR 900,000 to the city. There are direct flights to/from numerous European, African, Middle Eastern, and Asian cities. Iran Air is the national carrier of Iran.

Tehran claims to have one of the cleanest and most convenient metro systems, in terms of accessibility to different parts of the city, in the region.

Tehran’s transport system includes conventional buses, trolleybuses and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The metropolis of Tehran enjoys a huge network of highways (280 kilometers) and of interchanges, ramps, and loops (180 kilometers).

Money & Currency

  • The Currency Unit is Rial. 10 Rials = 1 Toman
  • Credit cards are not yet usable in Iran nor can foreign cards be used to withdraw cash from ATMs. All payments should be done in cash.
  • Please bring sufficient cash for the duration of your stay to cover all anticipated costs (including the visa fee, travel insurance, hotel accommodation, meals, taxis, shopping, touring and other incidentals), as overseas funds cannot be accessed once you are in Iran.
  • We recommend you bring EUR, GBP, AED or Iranian Rial.(US dollars and Euros are the easiest to exchange) Currency exchange counter and special banks branches are available at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) , departure level. As arrivals, you can reach this level via escalators. Exchange offices are available around Tehran city also.
  • Currency exchange counters are available at the Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA), The Iranian official currency is Rial (IRR) but the common unit for the public is the Toman (1 Toman = 10 Rial).

Dress Code

  • Although men in Iran do not generally wear ties, it is perfectly acceptable for foreign delegates to do so. No short pants or extreme short sleeve and tight shirts.
  • Women in Iran (including foreigners) are required to wear a headscarf and a long coat or a manteau when in public, and arms and legs should be covered at all times.
  • Hijab or the Islamic dress code is a necessity in Iran. (Head and hair must be covered, and it is also necessary to wear something loose to cover the body)

Travel Agency

We have appointed a travel specialist to assist delegates with any individual travel requirements outside of the summit, which could include for example:
  • Hire of car and driver in Tehran
  • Multi-lingual guides or translators
  • Activities for spouses during the summit
  • Pre-or Post- Summit accommodation or sightseeing in Tehran
  • Tours and travel arrangements to other parts of Iran e.g. Isfahan, Shiraz.

Business Hours

The working hours for the Administration:
Saturday to Wednesday: 08:00am to 04:00pm

Local Customs

Please note that the import or consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden in Iran and the penalties for doing so are severe.


The Official Language of Iran is Farsi (Persian). It is the language of public education. Other major languages include Azari, Kurdish, Arabic and Baluchi. Foreign Languages, including English, are not very common in Iran. It is recommended to bring along a translator.

Collection of Images

Please take a look at this collection of images taken by Iranian photographer Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji and published by CNN


Tehran has a wide range of shopping opportunities from traditional bazaars to shopping districts and modern shopping malls.

The greater Bazaar of Tehran and the Tajrish Bazaar are the biggest traditional bazaars in Tehran. Shopping districts such as Valiasr, Shariati, Mirdamad have shopping with a wide range of different shops. Big malls like Tirajeh, Golestan, Hyperstar and small shopping centers like Tandis, Golestan and Safavieh are popular among Tehran’s population and visitors. Most of the international brands and upper class shops are located in the northern and western part of the city.

Places to See

Iran has a wealth of historical, cultural and natural attractions providing vistors with a wide variety of options for touring before or after the summit. From the cosmopolitan vibrancy of Tehran to the beautiful and historic city of Isfahan, or the beaches of Kish, Iran offers a range of unique experiences for visitors. Many travel to Iran to experience the delights of the ancient Persian Empire. However, Iran’s breathtaking Islamic architecture and incredible food make the country a ‘must-visit’ destination.