Rasht is the provincial capital of Gilan Province and is about 325 km away from Tehran. Due to its numerous natural and historical attractions, Rasht has become one of the most popular and most important tourist destinations in Iran.
Having an airport, train station and bus terminal, Rasht offers an efficient inter-city transportation service to carry passengers between Rasht and other cities in Iran. This city also offers appropriate means of public transportation transferring passengers around the city including taxis, buses, BRT. In this article, Iranviva Group has tried to introduce the following separately:
Rasht intra-city transport, inter-city transport, cost-effective means of transportation, public transport schedules and routes, costs of public transportation, how to buy tickets, train stations, airports and bus terminals, how to access the stations, time and distance between different routes, public transport vehicle departure intervals, and how convenient different means of transportation are
So, if you are among those tourists who have chosen Iran and its beautiful cities like Rasht as their journey destination, make sure reading this article.
Enjoying a pleasant climate, Rasht is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country that hosts a large number of tourists every day visiting the city. Transferring this large number of tourists throughout the city needs a good urban transport infrastructure that is successfully provided in the city of Rasht. Different means of public transportation used in Rasht include buses, taxis by which tourists can easily get to their destinations. In this section, Iranviva Group introduces Rasht public transportation routes, cost of using, travel time and distance, stations, how to buy tickets, and how convenient different means of transportation are.
Intra-city Bus Service
Intra-city buses in Rasht are of high importance in transferring wide range of passengers around the city. Bus service in Rasht is not fully developed though, compared to the population growth and few buses are active throughout the city. However, the small number of buses in the city does not stop them from serving passengers, and quality transport services are provided efficiently.
Bus service in the city of Rasht includes BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) and bus line.
BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)
In the city of Rasht, only one BRT line is active that starts from Dr. Heshmat Square (Melli Bank) and reaches Mosalla Square. Fifteen buses are running in this BRT line, nine of which run from Dr. Heshmat Square to Mosalla Square at consistent intervals of 4 minutes, and six of which carry passengers to Gil Square at consistent intervals of 7 minutes. These buses are gender-segregated.
Using this BRT line costs about 0.01 euros which should be paid in cash.
Intra-city Buses (Bus Lines)
There are 6 active intra-city bus lines in high-traffic routes in Rasht with buses that carry passengers to official and tourist spots of the city.
Using these bus line costs about 0.01 euros which should be paid in cash.
These buses are running from 6:30 to 22.30.
To get information about location and bus routes of the city of Rasht, visit the website below:
|Somayeh Blvd.||Ansari Sq.|
|Orkideh Blvd.||Gil Blvd.|
|Valiasr Sq. (Ansari Blvd.)||Municipality Sq.|
|Janbazan Bridge||Municipality Sq.|
|Lakan Blvd.||Municipality Sq.|
|Yakhsazi Sq.||Taleqani St.|
This type of transportation is actually hard-to-use.
Public taxis are found all around the city of Rasht transferring passengers all around the city. Public Taxis are among the most popular and most widely used modes of transport in Rasht in comparison with buses and BRTs. Taxi fare in Rasht is at least 6 times more than using BRT and metro (about 0.5 to 0.7 euros). Taxi stations and taxi stands are located in squares and main streets of the city of Rasht, and taxi fares depend on the distance between the source and destination.
To catch a taxi in Rasht, you just need to wait beside the street, raise your arm (as shown in image below) for an oncoming taxi, and then tell the driver your destination.
Taxis in Rasht are often yellow or green and have yellow number plates with black letters, but sometimes private cars also carry passengers to their destinations that is generally so common in Iran. However, you’d better use the yellow taxis with yellow plates that are widely used in Rasht.
Up to 4 passengers can usually ride together in a taxi (3 passengers on the rear seat and one passenger on the front seat), but you can take a private taxi with no other passengers and pay a higher fare.
To hire a private car with its driver, you can use the term “Darbasti”.
Fares of public taxis in the city of Rasht are paid in cash in Iranian rials.
Find fares for taxis in the city of Rasht in the following website:
This is a convenient type of transportation.
Private taxis in Rasht are of two kinds: One group are those traveling around the city and transferring passengers, and the other are those managed by big transport companies and meet the demands of passengers using their applications exclusively dedicated to taxi services.
As above mentioned, using the first group is not recommended because they are not usually under an organized company; but the second category provides a convenient way to carry passengers from place to place.
To use the second type of taxi service mentioned above, you can download the taxi booking apps and request for a taxi online wherever you are in the city and travel around the city easily (for the convenience of tourists who have chosen Iran as their travel destination, the links to download a few of these apps are provided below).
Using these applications is not difficult at all and you just need to choose your location and destination on the map. The ride price will be shown up and you will confirm your request. Your request will be accepted by drivers nearby within a very short time.
The car model, number and its location are shown on the application. When the car arrives at your location, you will receive a message.
Given that you are the only passenger in the taxi, the fare will usually be 3 to 4 times more than the regular taxis’.
You can visit the following websites and install the online taxi order applications:
SNAPP website to download the application: https://snapp.ir/
TAPSI website to download the application: https://tapsi.ir/
This type of transportation is absolutely convenient to use.
Car Rental for Tourists
Another way of traveling for tourists who have traveled to Iran is renting a car. Tourists in Iran will be able to rent a car with or without an experienced driver. Iranviva Group suggests you rent a car with a driver, so there will be no concerns or problems about finding directions and car parks around tourist sites, or traffic regulations, and you will easily access to all the city landmarks and tourist sites.
As you know, there are some car rental conditions and qualifications required that are brought here as a list by Iranviva Group for tourists who travel to Iran.
Car Rental Requirements, Terms and Conditions
- Age-related Requirements: A minimum age of 20 years
- Driving license: A driver’s license valid for a minimum of 6 months
You can drive in Iran for 6 months from the time you enter Iran, with a valid driver’s license from your home country.
- A copy of passport
- Paying the rent and cash deposit
- Paying an amount of money as deposit that will be paid back to the client when the vehicle is returned.
For your convenience, some websites offering car rental for tourists have been brought here.
You can visit the following websites and book your desired vehicle for your required date:
This type of transportation is absolutely convenient, too.
Traveling to and from the city of Rasht is possible through roads, rail and air. With the efficient inter-city transportation infrastructure of the city of Rasht, including airport, train station and bus terminals, you can easily travel between Rasht and other cities of Iran.
In the following section of the article, Rasht inter-city transportation system is described including routes, schedules, cost, how to book tickets online, airports, terminals and train stations, how to access the stations, travel time and distance, the most cost-effective mode of transportation.
Rasht railway station is located 12 kilometers south of the city, near Falakdeh Village. This railway station is one of the newest stations of the country, and is known as one of the most beautiful stations. Traveling to the city of Rasht by train is possible only from the three provinces of Tehran, Khorasan Razavi and Qazvin.
If you are planning to use Rasht railway, make sure to visit Raja website and other websites for booking tickets, and check train schedules, and, if necessary, book your ticket before traveling to Iran. Iranviva Group recommends you choose your train carefully and check different trains’ services and amenities to enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Types of Trains
Trains in Iran are of two types: Open coaches, and (first class and second class) corridor coaches (trains).
First class corridor trains: On these trains, each car is divided into several compartments, with 4 or 6 seats that can be converted to beds and some amenities.
Second class corridor trains: On these trains, each car is divided into several compartments, with 6 seats that cannot be converted to beds.
Corridor Trains are also called ‘coupe’.
Open coaches: These kinds of train do not have compartments or other divisions and the seats are arranged in one or more open plan areas with a center aisle, similar to the bus seats. Open coaches are also called ‘salon train’.
Iranviva Group suggests tourists use 4-seat first class corridor trains. Although these trains are more expensive than other trains, they are better options for traveling because they offer more amenities.
This type of transportation can be very convenient, convenient or medium-difficult to use, depending on the type of train.
Train Ticket Booking
To book train tickets in Iran, you need to have an account on the train ticket booking sites. You can select the source and destination of your journey, time, number of passengers, type of train (ordinary, for women, etc.), and transportation companies, then you will see a list of trains available from which you can choose and enjoy an affordable and convenient journey.
For entering personal information and booking ticket you need to choose the option of foreign nationals or purchasing by passport. The required information for foreign nationals to buy tickets includes first name, last name, date of birth, and passport number. It should be noted that the cost of train tickets for children between 2 to 12 years of age will be given a half-price discount. Moreover, you need to be at the station about 45 minutes before the departure time to do the necessary paperwork.
Examples of active train ticket booking sites:
Rasht Railway Station Information and Trains Schedule:
For trains’ schedules, you can visit the website of Islamic Republic of Iran Railway Company mentioned below. There is a lot of information provided in this site regarding trains and train stations.
Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Official site:
To get information about ticket cancellation and refund, you can visit the website in which you booked the ticked.
Address and Access Routes to Rasht Railway Station
It takes about half an hour from Rasht city center to the railway station. Getting to the station is only possible by private car or taxis. To go to the station by your private car, you can first go to Razi Square, then drive along Jirdeh Road and turn left before Sardar Jangal stadium, and drive to Rasht railway station. This route is about 10 km from the city of Rasht. You can also take public and private taxis to go to the railway station from all parts of the city of Rasht.
Rasht Railway Station Address: Razi Sq., Jirdeh Road, before Sardar Jangal Stadium to the left
Rasht Railway Station phone number: 01332474904
Rasht Trains Ticket Price
It undoubtedly differs which Railway Transport Company you buy your ticket from, but you should know that any company you choose to buy your ticket from offers affordable tickets regarding the facilities they provide and convenience you would experience on your trip.
|1- Passengers can order food|
2- Passengers can order soda pop
3- Passengers can order books
4- Passengers can choose film and music
5- Passengers can set the light
|1- Passengers can set the light|
2- Passengers can set the temperature
3- Passengers can choose film and music
Rasht Trains Schedule and Travel Time, Distance, and Fare
|4.15 to 4.8||327 km||About 5.5 to 6.5 hours depending on the train||Tehran – Rasht|
Rasht – Tehran
|Stations along the route: Pirbazar (a village in northwest of Rasht), Falakdeh (Rasht railway station), Emamzadeh Hashem, Rostamabad, Manjil, Lowshan, Shirin Su, Kouhin, Qazvin Siah Cheshmeh, Hashtgerd, Karaj, Tehran|
|1.9 to 2.5||164 km||About 3.5 to 4.5||Rasht – Qazvin|
Qazvin – Rasht
|Stations along the route: Pirbazar(a village in northwest of Rasht), Falakdeh (Rasht railway station), Emamzadeh Hashem, Rostamabad, Manjil, Lowshan, Shirin Su, Kouhin, Qazvin Siah Cheshmeh,|
Rasht airport, named Sardar Jangal Airport, is one of the best airports in Iran in terms of urban access. This airport is located on Rasht-Anzali road, 7 kilometers apart, and approximately 15 kilometers away from Bandar-e Anzali Free Zone. The airport has two terminals for domestic and international flights and a VIP Terminal for special guests.
Rasht airport has flights to 8 domestic destinations including Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Kish, Asaluyeh and Bandar Abbas, and flights to 2 international destinations including Istanbul and Medina.
Access Routes to Rasht Airport
Getting to the airport is only possible by private car or taxis.
One way to get to Sardar Jangal airport is using taxis. There are two ways to use taxis: the first way is using taxi applications that, as mentioned above, you just need to choose your location and destination (Sardar Jangal Airport) on the map and confirm your request. Your request will be accepted by drivers nearby within a very short time. The other way is using the yellow or green taxis around the city.
You can also use your private car to get to the airport from different parts of the city of Rasht, according to the map below.
Rasht Airport Address: Sardar Jangal City International Airport, Valiasr Blvd., Rasht, Gilan
Sardar Jangal airport phone number:
Flight information (from Rasht): 199
Flight information (from other cities): 01334888199
How to Buy Flight Tickets
To book your plane ticket, you can visit the following websites and choose your desired flight regarding the flight time and amenities offered, by entering information such as source and destination, date and number of passengers, flights that on that date there are to see and fly your desired with regard clock and amenities. It should be noted that, you must first choose the option of foreign nationals or purchasing by passport and enter your passport number and other requested information session.
Passengers will be checked in up to 45 minutes before departure in international flights and up to 30 minutes before departure in domestic ones. So you need to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your scheduled departure time for international flights. For domestic flights this time is between 1 to 1.5 hours.
To check flight status and ticket inquiries, visit the following website:
To check flight daily schedule, visit the following websites:
To get information about ticket buying regulations, and ticket cancellation and refund, you can visit the following websites:
Traveling by air is one of the most convenient modes of traveling.
Domestic flight ticket price is typically dynamic and it differs based on the departure dates. It is more expensive to travel during peak times (like Nowruz or religious holidays), or when the weather is more pleasant.
It also depends on your destination. Airfares are usually higher for flights to some tourist cities in Iran, no matter how far they are. Major metropolises and cities which are tourist destinations usually fall into this category.
Generally, flight ticket prices depend on different things such as airlines, flight class and travel date. To get information about rules and requirements of ticket purchase and terms and conditions of ticket cancellation and refund visit the following websites:
Example of Flight Ticket prices from Rasht:
|From Rasht to||Price (tomans)||Price (euros)|
|Tehran||200 to 600||14.2 to 42.8|
|Shiraz||420 to 510||30 to 36.4|
|Bandar Abbas||267 to 1300||19 to 92.8|
|Tabriz||250 to 326||17.8 to 23.2|
|Ahvaz||400 to 440||28.5|
Inter-city Bus Service
Inter-city bus service has always been one of the easiest and cheapest ways to travel in Iran. In this section, this mode of transportation in Rasht is introduced.
The city of Rasht has one active bus terminal (Gil Square Terminal). A large number of passengers from all parts of the country travel to and from Rasht through this terminal. It is about 325 km from Tehran to Rasht and takes about 4 hours to go by bus.
The facilities provided in this terminal include shopping stalls, service booths, prayer room, waiting hall, drivers’ resting place.
Tourists who have traveled or plan to travel to Iran just need to visit websites to book bus tickets (some of which mentioned below), selecting the source, destination and date of travel, and choosing the best bus from the list of available buses with the services and amenities offered.
You should be at the terminal about half an hour before the departure time of buses.
You can see the ticket cancel and refund conditions in the websites mentioned above too.
How to Access Rash Bus Terminal
To get to this terminal, you can take buses running from Municipality Square to Gil Square and vice versa.
Another way to get to Rasht terminal in Gil Square is using taxis. There are two ways to use taxis: the first way is using taxi applications that, as mentioned above, you just need to choose your location and destination on the map and confirm your request. Your request will be accepted by drivers nearby within a very short time. The other way is using the yellow or green taxis around the city.
Address: Gil Square, Imam Ali highway, Rasht, Gilan
Types of Buses in Bus Lines
These buses, mostly Volvo model, have 38 to 50 seats. Obviously, the more the number of seats are, the less comfortable the passengers will be on the bus.
You will only be able to recline the seats on the bus a little, so these buses are not convenient enough and they are not recommended.
This type of transportation is medium-difficult to use.
VIP bus series, manufactured by companies like Scania, Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Buggy and MAN, provide passengers with better services than regular buses. There are at least 20 seats on these buses that make them more spacious and certainly more comfortable for passengers.
VIP buses are among the convenient types of transportation.
Bus Fare Prices from Rasht to Other Cities of Iran
|Rasht to||Price (tomans)||Price (euros)|
|Tehran||31000 to 50000||2.2 to 3.5|
|Shiraz||108000 to 135000||7.7 to 9.6|
|Isfahan||50000 to 92000||3.5 to 6.5|
|Bandar Abbas||178000 to 210000||12.7 to 15|
|Tabriz||57000 to 80000||4 to 5.7|
|Yazd||110000 to 141000||7.8 to 10|
In this article, we have tried to give you, as tourists to Iran, more details of how to travel in Isfahan or out of Isfahan, so you will enjoy your trip in Iran.
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