Isfahan located in the center of Iran is the third largest city in the country with the population of about 2 million people. In different dynasties, Isfahan was the capital or a politically and economically important city throughout the history, for this reason it is full of beautiful historical monuments that can be very enjoyable to visit.
Isfahan is famous as “half the world” that shows how interesting and attractive this city can be considering the number of highlights and historical monuments, some of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Isfahan has a world-wide reputation for its unique buildings and architectural masterpieces and is very rich in history. Isfahan was introduced as the cultural capital of the Islamic world in 2006 and for this reason, many travelers from all over the world travel to visit this city each year.
Before visiting Isfahan, it is better to read this Isfahan Travel Guide to experience a better and more memorable trip.
Isfahan Essential Info
- To Tehran: 448 km
- Travel on surface: 4h45
- Travel by air: 45min
- Travel by train: 7h
Weather in Isfahan
Isfahan is geographically located in the semi-desert region of Iran so it has dry climate. The difference of temperature between day and night is high. Winters are cold and generally cold winds blow. Summers are relatively hot and dry. The temperature in Isfahan reaches 39 Celsius degree in summer and goes down to -18 degrees in winter. The whole Isfahan province has a desert climate in its north and east, when you go further to south or west, the weather is cooler.
Best time to visit Isfahan
Since Isfahan is a desert city, its winters and summers have dry weather which adds to the coldness and heat of the weather. The best time to visit Isfahan is September to November and April-May. In the case you prefer low season for cheap prices January to March is suggested.
Where to stay in Isfahan?
Isfahan is one of the most touristy cities in Iran. So, you can find different type of accommodation there suitable for every taste or budget. If you have saved good money and you are interested in first class, 5-star and 4-star hotels such as Shah Abbas Hotel, Keshish House and Qasr-e Monshi Hotel are great options.
But if you are looking for quality but cheap hotels, you will find several clean one in the city.
Public transportation in Isfahan
Public transportation in Isfahan is almost convenient. Other than the normal taxies, you can use the digital taxies such as Snap and Tapsi.
If your travel budget is limited, the bus will be a cheaper option for you. All you have to do is buy an Isfahan card or transportation card and take a regular bus or a BRT to get to the sights.
Other than that Isfahan metro can be the best option to escape the traffic. The last suggestion is walking, when you take a stroll around the city, you will feel the atmosphere even better.
What to see in Isfahan?
The royal square (Naqsh-e Jahan) is the most famous tourist attraction of Isfahan. Aliqapoo Mansion, Qaisaria Bazaar, Shah Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and the souvenir shops around the square will keep you busy for a full day in the square.
Chehel Sotoon (40 Pillars) and the Hasht Behesht (8 Heavens), Vank church, the historical bridges such as Siose Pol (33 Bridges), Monar Jonban and Jame Mosque are the must-sees to visit in Isfahan.
What are the souvenirs of Isfahan?
Royal Square is the best place for buying souvenirs. It is not possible to resist buying those colorful handicrafts and delicious food.
How to get to Isfahan?
- By air: Isfahan Airport is located half an hour away from the city.
- By bus: Isfahan has 4 bus stations: Kaveh terminal in the north of Isfahan is the main bus station from where there are departures to numerous destinations in Iran. Sofeh bus station in the south of Isfahan, at the beginning of Isfahan-Shiraz road. There are two other bus stations called Jey and Zayanderood.
- By train: One of the most convenient and carefree types of travel is train travel. Especially if you want to travel as a group. Isfahan Railway is located in Azadi Square, Hezar Jarib Street, 5 km from Shiraz Road, in front of Sepahan Shahr.