Getting there: The vast majority of international flights come into Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA). However, some travellers are choosing to start or end their trip at Shiraz International Airport (SYZ) to avoid backtracking.
Capital city: Tehran.
Population: 79.945 million.
Religion: Most practice Shi'i Islam, the official religion of Iran.
Currency: Iranian rial (IRR).
Climate: Iran has a hot and dry climate characterised by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. Being sandwiched between the arid Arabian desert and the humid eastern Mediterranean influences its climate.
Transport: There are several types of taxis available; conventional private taxis, as well as shuttle taxis and savari (shared taxis) that both take on as many passengers as they can. Buses and mini-buses are frequent and reliable. The rail network isn’t very extensive.
Best time to travel: High season is March to May with ideal temperatures, but prices are at their highest and the crowds, big. Consider the shoulder season (Jun to Oct) for more moderate temperatures and prices.
What to wear: Respecting Islamic dress-code rules is a necessity. For men, no short pants or extreme short sleeved or tight shirts. For women, the head and hair must be covered by a hijab (scarf covering the head and chest) and it is also necessary to wear something loose to cover the body (down to the ankles). There is no restriction on colour.