Those who are addicted to travelling definitely know all the tricks how to spend time optimally to visit all the sights in a short time. A budget tourist needs to plan not only time, but also a budget for traveling. In Iran, a budget tourist can easily spend an unforgettable trip, strolling through the sights without much expense. 10 lifehacks how to save in Iran will help you plan your vacation beforehand.
1. The first rule of the traveler is to know the people of the country you are going to visit. Communication with local residents will not only help to get acquainted with the culture and traditions, but also to find useful information. Local people know where to go and how to find what you need. As for the Iranians, they are very friendly and easy to contact. You can always ask for direction, find out where you can taste national food or in which bazaar it is best to buy souvenirs.
2. The best way to start a dialogue with local people is to say a few phrases in their language. Before traveling, learn the words and sentences that are often used during the trip, for example, “How much is it?”, “How to get there?”, etc. Most locals, especially young people, speak English, so there is no need to spend hours and days learning new language.
3. Traveling with friends is always fun and economical. After all, it’s much cheaper to pay for one place in the hostel than for the whole room. Cheap hotels in Iran offer only double and triple rooms. In addition, while traveling with friends, you can save on food: in Iran, portions are huge and it is almost impossible to eat a whole portion for yourself. Instead, you can share it with a friend and it will be cheaper.
4. Despite the fact that Iran is a Islamic country with strict morals and prohibitions, couchsurfing is very popular here. This is a unique chance to get to know the local people better, and of course, to save money. If you decide to use couchsurfing, you will get not only free accommodation, but also tips, stories about interesting places and delicious national food.
5. Mobile communication is an integral part of modern life, especially while traveling. Since roaming is an expensive service, it is always advised to use local mobile operators. In Iran, a sim card can be bought on every corner, but the usage guide is written only in Persian. If you have any problems, you can always ask the seller for help.
6. More often, tourists find information that Iran is a closed country before the journey. There is a misconception that it is difficult to obtain a visa to Iran and it is difficult to buy a ticket, so they tourists turn to travel agencies or buy tickets online. Iran is a modern country, you can get a visa without an invitation and without the help of a tour operator, it’s easy to buy a ticket, so do not spend extra money on online booking. Instead, it is advised to buy train tickets on the spot.
7. Public transport in Iran is well developed and is very cheap. In Tehran, there are metro, high-speed buses and simple buses. All modes of transport work fine. To save money you can purchase an electronic card for long-term use in the metro and buses.
8. Do not spend money on public transport in cities. The best way to get acquainted with the city and culture is to stroll through the city and use transport only if you are going to another city.
9. If you want to get a taxi, you should know the peculiarities of local taxis and drivers. Do not be surprised if the driver picks up the second passenger while you are on your way. In Iran, a taxi is a small public transport for several passengers. This kind of taxi will be cheaper, so you will pay only for your seat. If you want to be the only passenger you need to use the taxi “Dar Bast” (personal taxi).
10. You can dine in inexpensive restaurants, where people are simpler, and the food is delicious, and the bill is not as frightening as in prestigious restaurants. Small cafes can be found all over the center of Tehran and near attractions.