Welcome to Shiraz, the city of love and roses. Here is an ultimate Shiraz travel guide where you can find all essential information about how to travel to Shiraz and what to do in this must-see Iran destination.
Shiraz at a Glance
City of Love
City of love and literature, where Hafez and Saadi, the famous Persian poets rested in peace
Capital of Fars
The capital of Fars Province situated in the south of Iran at the foot of Zagros Mountains
The fifth-largest city in Iran and the home to over 1,5 million inhabitants
Famous for Persian gardens and formerly for its Wine
with the altitude of about 1500m above sea level
Belongs to 2000 BC
Where is Shiraz
Shiraz is the Fars Province Capital that is located in the south of Iran and the vicinity of Isfahan, Yazd and Kerman Provinces. Moreover, the city is situated in the Zagros Mountains foot and is the major city in the south of Iran. Furthermore, the flying distance between Shiraz and Tehran is equal to 684 km while its land distance is about 931 km. On the other hand, the land distance between Shiraz and Bandar Bushehr at the coast of the Persian Gulf is about 297 km.
Getting information about the destination’s History especially a historic destination like Iran is essential for every tourist. Hence, in this Shiraz Travel Guide, we present a brief introduction to Shiraz History.
Evidence from excavations indicates that the city of Shiraz dates back to 6,500 years ago. And, about 105 years ago, Elamite inscriptions were found in Persepolis, and on some of them, a Shiraz name called “Tizaris” or “Shirazis” exists. Apart from this, the Shiraz name has also been found in other ancient inscriptions.
Throughout the history of Iran, Shiraz has been chosen as the capital many times. Accordingly, Pasargadae and Persepolis were the capitals of Iran during the Achaemenid period. Also, this ancient city was the capital of Iran during the Buyid, Atabakan-e Fars, Injuids, Muzaffarids and Zand dynasties. Consequently, Shiraz city and Fars Province house many historical monuments and hosts many tourists from all over the world.
Interestingly, the sister cities of Shiraz are Nicosia in Cyprus, Dushanbe in Tajikistan, Chongqing and Nanjing in China, Weimar in Germany, and Patch in Hungary.
Where to stay in Shiraz?
How to get to Shiraz
As Shiraz is a famous touristic city in the country of Iran, there are several ways to get to Shiraz. Hence, in this Shiraz Travel Guide, we introduce you to different ways to get to Shiraz.
Travel to Shiraz
You can enter Shiraz through Shahid Dastgheyb International Airport. This airport covers international flights from different countries and foreign cities such as Turkey, Dubai, Doha, Sharjah, Kuwait, and Muscat. And the foreign airlines which have flights to Shiraz International Airport are Qatar Airways, Turkish Airline, Salam Air, Air Arabia, and Fly Dubai. OF Course, with these airlines, you can get connection flights from Shiraz to all over the world and vice versa.
On the other hand, there are many domestic flights between Shiraz and the major cities in Iran every day. Among these flight paths, the routes from Shiraz to Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Tabriz, Kerman, Qeshm Island, Kish Island, Bandar Abbas, Ahvaz, and Rasht are highly demanded by tourists.
Finally, note that Shiraz International Airport has convenient access to the important parts of the city and downtown. Accordingly, you can use a taxi or metro to reach the airport. For your record, internet taxi costs about 300000 rials from the city center to Shiraz airport.
Travel to Shiraz
The most economical way to travel to Shiraz is using a bus. You can get to Shiraz from almost anywhere in Iran on a bus. Although riding a train is the safest option, many passengers choose the bus because it is faster and there are plenty of VIP buses from different parts of Iran to Shiraz.
There are several bus terminals in Shiraz that the major one is Karandish Bus Terminal, situated in the city center. There are plenty of buses arrive in/depart Karandish Bus Terminal from/to different cities of Iran since morning until midnight. As Tehran-shiraz is the most common route, there are several buses in different classes on this route every day.
Moreover, there is a small bus terminal called Ali ibn-e Hamze Terminal near Karandish Terminal that Minibuses to Persepolis depart from there.
Travel to Shiraz
You can get to Shiraz from the main cities of Iran, particularly Tehran by train in different classes from the standard class to 5-star one. However, usually, the Shiraz train covers the routes to Qom, Mashhad and Tehran. Notably, you can travel on a night train from Tehran to save some time. Please note that the train journey between Shiraz and Tehran takes about 12-15 hours.
Finally to reach to Shiraz railway station you can use a private car, taxi or bus. For example, the distance from Shiraz railway station to the city center is about 27 km, and internet taxi costs about 250000 rials on this route.
Travel to Shiraz
Main motorways and highways connect Shiraz to all parts of Iran. 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.
What do you know about Shiraz attractions?
How to move around Shiraz
Although most Shiraz points of interests are within walking distance from the old district of the city, the information about transportation in Shiraz is essential for every tourist. Hence, in this Shiraz Travel Guide, we introduce you to different ways to move around Shiraz. In any case, you can rent a private car with driver, use taxis or public transports such as bus or metro.
Get around Shiraz in Taxi
You can use internet Taxi called Snapp and TAPSI. These kinds of Taxis work like Uber. You can download the application on your phone and easily take an internet taxi within a few minutes wherever you are. Also, you can pay the taxi fee in cash (Rials).
Another option is to get a taxi through “telephone taxi agency”. These taxis will get you to the destination and also wait for you whenever you want. To get this kind of taxi, you can ask your hotel reception or your Iranian friend to do it for you.
Get around Shiraz in Metro
There is also a metro line in Shiraz, which takes you to the touristic zone in the city center. Notably, the trains of Shiraz metro line are clean and not very crowded.
Get around Shiraz in Bus
To be honest, the bus is not a convenient choice for a tourist to get around Shiraz, because the bus stations are sometimes confusing for a foreign traveler. However, you can get complete information about your destination station and the bus that you should get from the locals and use this kind of transportation.
Get around Shiraz in Private Car with Driver
Although renting a private car with a driver is the most expensive option to get around Shiraz, it is the fastest and most convenient choice. Besides, you can rent a car with driver for one day to go to the tourist attractions that are located around Shiraz, such as Persepolis, Pasargadae or other sites. The expense of renting a private sedan car with driver per day starts about 3000000 rials.
What to eat in Shiraz?
Where to Eat in Shiraz
Best Restaurants in Shiraz
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 Shiraz, 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 Shiraz during your trip, join us in this Shiraz travel guide.
Haft Khan Restaurant
The luxurious Haft Khan Restaurant is built on seven floors near Quran Gate. In each of its storeys, a particular type of food is served including, Iranian, international, barbeque and fast food. Besides, there is a coffee shop and a souvenir shop in this International restaurant. Interestingly, the decoration of each floor changes according to the type of food served. Moreover, in Haft Khan Restaurant, traditional Iranian bread is cooked in front of your eyes. Also, you can enjoy live music while eating. Hence, don’t miss the experience of eating a delicious dish at this unique restaurant on your trip to Shiraz.
Soofi is the name of a restaurant that has several branches in Shiraz; On Sattar Khan Street, Afif Abad Street and the last one is located near Shah Cheragh Holy Shrine. This restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Shiraz that offers delicious Iranian and international food in a pleasant atmosphere, with excellent service. Some believe that the best “Kalam Polo Shirazi” is served in Soofi Restaurant.
Ghavam Traditional Restaurant
Ghavam is an intimate and affordable Shirazi restaurant that has two branches in Vakil Bazaar and Rudaki Street. The restaurant serves a variety of traditional dishes, appetizers, chicken wings, a variety of teas, desserts, cakes and snacks. Finally, the food of Ghavam Restaurant has a unique and unforgettable taste, but you have to be patient to find an empty table.