Iran is one of the neighbours of Turkey and is located in the south east of Turkey, and is abridge that connects Turkey to the wonderful land of Asia. The cultural similarities between Iran and Turkey has led to many cultural, economic, and art exchanges since centuries ago especially during the Safavid era. You can find many similarities in cuisines, music, art traditions and culture of people in Iran and Turkey, however there are unique attractions in each country that cause people of both countries travel to the neighbour land for exploring.
Turkey has been the most popular travel destination among Iranian for many years and they travel to the beautiful country of Turkey for its lush nature, tasty cuisines, and also shopping malls of Istanbul, and resorts of Antalya. And recently, many travelers from Turkey are traveling to Iran, the new destination of the world.
If you are deciding to travel from Turkey to Iran, PackToIran travel agency in Iran is available as a travel consultant for providing any information about your trip to Iran, and also for any required services, from booking Turkey - Iran bus tickets, Turkey – Iran train tickets, Iran tours and city tours, Iran hotel booking, etc. So feel free to contact us while planning your Iran tour and also during your trip for any required service and information.
Traveling to Iran from Turkey
Why should locals of Turkey travel to Iran?
Iran is one of the oldest countries of the world, and is home to wonderful attractions left from the ancient civilizations of the world, like the UNESCO listed Persepolis near Shiraz, Ziggurat-e Chogha Zanbil in Khuzestan, and the Archaeological landscapes of Sassanid Empire in Fars Province, and also eye-catching mosques, bazaars, and gardens left from Islamic era, like the glorious Naqsh-e Jahan Square of Isfahan and amazing mosques of the city, lush gardens of Shiraz, and the historic city of Yazd, inscribes as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Persepolis - Iran
Apart from cultural and historical heritages of Iran scattered in main touristic cities of Iran including Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, Tabriz, and Kashan, what makes traveling to Iran a great idea to locals of Turkey, is the diverse natural attractions of Iran. As a result of geographical diversity in the vast land of Iran, from north to south of this country there are different natural attractions which are so worth visiting.
Deserts of Iran
A big part of Iran is considered as desert lands divided into two main deserts, Dasht-e Kavir, and Lut Desert, with many different deserts known as sub-branches of these two main deserts. Located in Kerman Province in the east of Iran, the Shahdad Desert is a part of the UNESCO listed Lut, and can be considered as one of the most scenic deserts that someone can in Iran and even in the whole world, because of the unique landscape of Kalouts (Yardangs) and its magical starry night sky. The Mesr Desert is another scenic desert which is a part of Dasht-e Kavir and is located 400 kilometers away from Isfahan, and the Varzaneh Desert of Yazd are a perfect deserts of Iran for stargazing, photography, safari, camel back riding, and etc.
Mesr Desert - Iran
Beaches of Iran
Iran is located by the Persian Gulf and southern Iran has a long coastline from Khuzestan Province to Sistan o Baluchistan. This coastline offers amazing tourism potentials, making this region an amazing winter destination in Iran. With its scenic architecture in city old district, tasty cuisines, and vibrant nightlife, the historical city of Bushehr port is now becoming a booming travel destination in the south of Iran. Also the Islands of Persian Gulf like Qeshm Island offer the opportunity of enjoying water sports, trekking, swimming, snorkelling and cycling in the middle of winter. This Island is known for its awe-inspiring rock formations, yardangs, valleys, and salt caves, all known as Qeshm Island Geo-Park.
Qeshm Island - Iran
The good news is that as a Turkey passport holder you can travel to Iran without visa and enjoy tour of Iran for 30 days.
Traveling from Turkey to Iran by bus
Now that you have decided to travel to Iran, you may be thinking about traveling from Turkey to Iran by bus, since it is a more budget way of traveling to a neighbour country, and also an eco-friendly way compared with flights. By traveling from Turkey to Iran by bus, you can also enjoy the scenic landscapes and roads in both countries and have a more memorable trip to Iran. The distance between Istanbul to Tehran (the capital of Iran) is 2500 kilometers and the distance between Istanbul to Tabriz, which is one of the most touristic cities of Iran with wonderful attractions like the UNESCO listed Bazaar of Tabriz is 1830 kilometers. The trip from Istanbul to Tabriz takes about 21 hours and the trip from Istanbul to Tehran takes about 26 hours by a public bus, including stops for taking rest and having food, and a stop at Bazargan Border.
There are comfortable and safe public buses available for traveling between these two countries and by having some books, comfortable clothes, and good music you can enjoy this road trip.
Iran – Turkey Borders
Iran and Turkey share borders for 500 kilometers and the most common border for transit betweens two countries is the Bazargan Border, located near Maku town of West Azerbaijan Province, and 1543 kilometers away from Istanbul. The Bazargan Border is open 24 hours. The other border through which you can enter Iran is Razi Border which is close to Khuy Town is 1655 kilometers away from Istanbul and is open from 9am to 5 pm. The third Iran – Turkey Border is Sarv Border, which is 1867 kilometers away from Istanbul and is open 24 hours.
Traveling from Turkey to Iran by private car
Traveling to Iran by private car is also a good option for travelers who prefer more free trip schedule and like to explore unique places like remote villages. If you are going to travel from Turkey to Iran by private car, you need to receive an authorization letter named Carnet at the border (usually Bazargan Border), and then enter the borders of Iran. PacktoIran team is available for services like receiving Carnet and also any guidance about Traveling to Iran by private car.
Traveling to Iran by private car