Welcome to Qeshm Island, the island of seven wonders. Here is an ultimate Qeshm Island travel guide where you can find all essential information about how to travel to Qeshm Island and what to do in this must-see Iran destination.
Qeshm at a Glance
The biggest island of the Persian Gulf, located in the Strait of Hormuz in the south of Iran
Located in free trade zone, offers Visa-free entry
With a population of over 150,000 inhabitants
Houses Qeshm Global Geopark with the area of 2063 square kilometres
Nearest Main Port
With the distance about 30 km from Bandar Abbas Port
Inhabited since about 400,000 years BC
Where is Qeshm Island
Qeshm is the biggest island of the Persian Gulf located in the Strait of Hormuz in the south of Iran. It also lies in the vicinity of Kish Island. Notably, Qeshm, its smaller islands and Kish are in the trade free zone of the country. Hence, foreign tourists can travel to these islands without getting Iran visa.
Furthermore, the flying distance between Qeshm Island and Tehran is equal to 1073 km. Also, the distance between Qehsm and Bandar Abbas, the nearest main coastal city to this island, is about 30 km.
Interestingly, this island houses Qeshm Global Geopark with an area of 2063 square kilometers. This geopark is one of the most prominent ones in the Middle East and West Asia.
Getting information about the destination’s history, especially a historic destination like Iran is essential for every tourist. Hence, in this Qeshm Island Travel Guide, we present a brief introduction to Qeshm Island History.
Evidence from excavations indicates that the beginning of living on the coast of Iran dates back to about 400,000 years BC. At first, the inhabitants of the island were all fishermen. Afterwards, During the Medes time, the people started to livestock breeding and raising animals beside fishing. Time went by, and Qeshm Island was secured against the invasion regarding its natural barrier of water. Until in 16th century, the Portuguese invaded Hormuz and Qeshm Islands and built there castles and fortress on these islands. Accordingly, you can see the remains of these castles in this region. Finally, in the 17th century, the Iranian army overthrew the Portuguese, and their domination of the Gulf ended.
On the other hand, in one of the hot spots of the earth, the island dwellers have applied unique architecture to avoid the heat. They constructed adobe domed roofs and windcatchers. Also, to gain and save precious water, the locals used water reservoirs and wells. In other words, Qeshm Island is the living evidence of human’s adaption to nature.
Interestingly, Qeshm Island is the sister city to Italian commune of Vimodrone, in the Milan Province.
Where to stay in Qeshm?
How to get to Qeshm Island
Since Qeshm is one of the touristic destinations in Iran, there are several ways to get to this island. Hence, in this Qeshm Island Travel Guide, we introduce you to different ways to get to Qeshm Island.
Travel to Qeshm
You can travel to Qeshm Island by boat. For this purpose, you should get to Bandar Abbas by plane, train, bus or private car and from where go to Qeshm Island on a boat. Please mention that the ferries between Qeshm and Bandar Abbas work from 6 am till 11 pm.
There are two main ports in Bandar Abbas, where boats to the Qeshm or Hormuz destinations depart from. Accordingly, if you don’t have a car, you can go to Shahid Haghani Harbor, get on a speedboat, and after about 1 hour you will reach Qeshm Island. For your record, the speedboat ticket fare from Bandar Abbas to Qehsm Island is about 2 euros. And, the speedboat fare from Bandar Abbas to Hormuz Island is about 1.5 euros.
On the other hand, if you want to transfer your car to the island, you should go to Bandar-e Pol Port. There, you should load your vehicle on a landing craft (car ferry) and get to the Qeshm Island on the same ship. Please note that the journey on the landing craft takes longer and you will enter Qeshm through Loft Port. Finally, to transfer a foreign car, you should have Carnet de Passage.
Travel to Qeshm
You can travel to Qeshm Island through the International Airport of Qeshm. This airport covers some international flights from/to Dubai and Muscat.
On the other hand, there are numerous domestic flights between Qeshm Island and important cities of Iran, including Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz, Isfahan, Rasht, Tabriz, etc. Besides, you can fly to Bandar Abbas from the other cities, and from there, you can go to Qeshm by boat. Moreover, Please note that Qeshm is in the free trade zone. So, if you fly to this island directly (without a stop in other cities of Iran), you can enter Qeshm Island without Iran visa.
Finally, note that Qeshm International Airport, located in about 20 km from Qeshm City, provides convenient access to the city. Accordingly, you can use a taxi to reach the airport. For your record, driving from the city centre to Qeshm airport takes about 25 minutes.
Travel to Qeshm Island by Plane Flowchart
Travel to Qeshm
The most economical way to travel to Qeshm Island is using a bus. For this method, you can get to Bandar Abbas by bus and then from Shahid Haghani Harbor go to Qeshm on a boat. However, from some cities such as Shiraz and Bushehr, you can get to Bandar-e Pol Harbor, about 60 km from Bandar Abbas, on a bus. Then your coach is transferred to Qeshm island by a landing craft.
Travel to Qeshm Island by Bus Flowchart
Travel to Qeshm
The safest way to travel to Qeshm is a train journey. For this purpose, you should get to Bandar Abbas by train and then depart there, toward Qeshm or Hurmoz Island on a boat.
Accordingly, you can travel to Bandar Abbas from numerous cities of Iran by train in different classes from the standard class to a 5-star one. The Bandar Abbas train covers the routes to Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Yazd, etc.
Travel to Qeshm Island by Train Flowchart
Travel to Qeshm
Main motorways connect the southern coast of Iran to the other cities. So, a lot of passengers choose travelling in a private car as its schedule is flexible and is faster and more convenient than bus and train. For this purpose, you should get to Bandar Abbas and then go to Qeshm Island by boat.
Travel to Qeshm Island by Car Flowchart
What do you know about Qeshm attractions?
How to move around Qeshm Island
Since Qeshm is a vast Island (about 150 km from east to west), its attractions are scattered in different parts of the island. So, the information about transportation in Qeshm Island is essential for every tourist. Hence, in this Qeshm Island Travel Guide, we introduce you to different ways to move around Qeshm Island. In any case, you can rent a private car with driver, or use taxis.
Get around Qeshm in Taxi
You can get around the Qeshm Island in a taxi and visit its attractions. For this purpose, you´d better get the cab from your hotel and ask the hotel´s reception about its fare.
Get around Qeshm in Ferry
Qeshm Island is surrounded by smaller islands including, Hormoz Island, Hengam Island, Larak Island, etc. So you can visit these islands and also Harra Forest by boat. The trip schedule from Qeshm to these destinations is as per below:
|Destination||Harbor||Boat Ticket Fare|
|Hormuz Island||Shahid Zakeri Harbor of Qeshm||2 Euros|
|Hengam Island||Kandalu or Shib Deraz Port||2 Euros|
|Harra Forest||Soheili Harbor||5 Euros for one Hour|
|Larak Island||Shahid Zakeri Harbor of Qeshm||2 Euros|
Get around Qeshm in Bus
The bus system in Qeshm only covers transportation in the city, and there is no regular transportation to the Qeshm attractions. Hence, the bus can not be a suitable option for sightseeing in Qeshm.
Get around Qeshm in Private Car with Driver
Although renting a private car with a driver is the most expensive option to get around Qeshm Island, it is the fastest and most convenient choice. Besides, you can rent a car with a driver for one day to go to the tourist attractions that are located far from the Qeshm town such as Namkdan Cave, Chahkuh Valley, etc. Finally, the expense of renting a private sedan car with a driver starts about 5000000 rials per day.
What to eat in Qeshm?
Where to Eat in Qeshm Island
Best Restaurants in Qeshm Island
In recent years, visiting restaurants and tasting different foods have become one of the most attractive activities during a trip. It is interesting to know that this issue has been taken very seriously in Iran and you can find excellent and even international restaurants in the cities of this country. However, you are in Iran for a short time, and it is better to go for the best options in this limited time.
Accordingly, selecting a good restaurant in Qeshm Island, where there are restaurants on every corner is very difficult. So, if you want to taste delicious and quality food in the best restaurants in Qeshm Island during your trip, join us in this Qeshm Island travel guide.
Near Qeshm Portuguese Castle, Ghale Restaurant, with a castle’s architecture, is located on the shore of the Persian Gulf.
Locals run this seafood restaurant, and its menu depends on the type of fishes each day, and they are usually ready to serve dinner. The restaurant’s dishes include different kinds of fish, shark, crab, squid, oysters and shrimp.
Interestingly, if they don’t get proper fishes during the day, they won’t open the restaurant.
Alvand Restaurant, with its stylish and luxurious design, is one of the famous restaurants on Qeshm Island. Located inside the Alvand Hotel, the restaurant welcomes its guests with a varied menu including kebabs, and seafood. Notably, the seafood mix (a combination of fish fillet, and fried shrimp) is one of the best dishes in this restaurant.
Khaleh Restaurant is located near Qeshm Orange Castle. Khaleh (Auntie) is a native who has set up her small restaurant, and her food tastes like homemade food. Khaleh makes tasty samosas and Falafel and also serves seafood. Accordingly, She serves sharks, squid, shrimp and more. Remember that Khaleh restaurant is only open during the evening.