Rial or Toman? which one is used in Iran?

When it comes to money in Iran, everyone gets confused. But don’t worry I will explain everything here. The official rate here is Iranian Rial(IRR), it means that in banks and on our bills the currency is Rial.

In order to know Toman you need to omit one zero from the price. For example 10,000 Rial equals 1,000 Toman. On the paper bill, you will see the Rial always, but normally local people say costs in Toman because it is easier as it has one zero less.

Someties we also make it easire and say 1 Toman instead of 1,000 Toman. 1,000 Toman is almost the minumum amount of products and you will usually not expect change under this amount. So you will not amounts under 1.000 Toman a lot and when we say for example 50 Toman. It means:

50 Toman = 50,000 Toman = 500,000 Rial

In resturants most of the time you will you see the first two type.
Don’t worry if you get confused, sometimes it is also confusing for us. So I think people will understand and will help you calculate or just give you time to get clear before paying.

Or you could easily use Iranian prepaid debit cards which makes your mind free of calculating and gives you the option to see the price of everything you buy in Rial and euro or dollar at the same time.

For better understanding of the world’s most confusing currency in Drew Binsky point of view, watch the below video.

How and where to exchange in Iran?

In Iran, unfortunately, you can not use your credit or debit card, there is no international bank or ATM in Iran. So you need to bring cash with you. For the exchange you go to exchange offices, you can of course exchange in the airport if it is necessary, but usually the exchange rate is not high. If you are entering Tehran, you can go to Ferdowsi square where is the place where you can find many exchange offices. Ferdowsi square is close to the city center and you can manage to visit other sightseeing parts besides exchanging your money. The prices usually fluctuates a lot and sometimes it is good to exchange at the begining and sometimes not.

For checking the exchange rate you can visit https://www.bonbast.com/

I will not suggest google because the exchange rate it suggest is not correct.

Can I use my credit card in Iran?

No, unfortunately, due to an embargo that the US declared on Iran trading, any international credit or debit card doesn’t work in Iran banking system. So none of your local or international bank cards will work here. That’s why you should bring all the money you will need for your trip in cash. 

Is there a debit card in Iran?

Yes, Iranian have their own debit cards here and they can have cards, shop online, and pay on bank poses while shopping even in small shops. These cards are connected to Shetab system that is approved by the central bank. If you also want to have Iranian debit card to avoid caring your cash and shop online from Iranian websites,  you can use our prepaid debit card.

Tehran City photo by Arman Taherian

Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IATA: IKA) is the only international airport in Tehran, Iran.  IKA is located 30 km southwest of Tehran city center, that’s why you should know how to reach Tehran before your arrival. 

do you need to see Tehran Metro Map ? Here it is.

Metro in Tehran is not 24 hours so this is the schedule of IKA metro station :

Reaching  to Tehran by metro is a great decision for time and money saving. As it is 35 mins to get to Tehran and costs only 7,000 Tomans which is equal to 0.75 cents  🙂 unbelievably less than a dollar.  It is not crowded at all  you may a have a wagon for yourself to seat wherever you want and Metro is much safer and you will escape heavy traffic of Tehran entrance. 

IKA station to Shahre Aftab Station
            Saturday to Friday
                        6:50 ( First Train)
                        20:10 (Last Train)
Shahre Aftab Station to IKA station
            Saturday to Friday
There is a train every 80 minutes
                        6:10 ( First Train)
                        19:30 (Last Train)
Reach Tehran
Azadi Tower- Tehran -photo by alireza heydarifard

photo by mohammad hossein mohebi

Recently for Iran tourism sector improvement , the visa process gets easier as you can get Visa on arrival for 30 days stays validity. Also it can be issued as a paper sticker or stamp if you concern getting trouble for your future USA visa you can ask for a sticker on your passport. We suggest you apply for the online visa to avoid any problem in advance. Over 65 countries can take Visa on Arrival. You need one Blank page for entry sticker or stamp. Entering Iran doesn’t need any vaccinations.

So first of all i will tell you whatever you need to know about… 


on arrival visa
On arrival visa

You can just get your visa on arrival in these international airports there is no visa on arrival on land borders: 
(if you are crossing land borders apply for E- visa,)

  • Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport
  • Tehran Mehrabad Airport
  • Shiraz Airport
  • Esfahan Airport
  • Mashad Airport
  • Tabriz  Airport

You need Valid passport, at least 6 months validity until departure.

Your travel itinerary  , your first few nights hotel reservation  in a known hotel or hostel. Ask your hotel or hostel to give a confirmation letter. Have it printed with yourself.

Medical and travel insurance for the period of your travel in Iran. Make sure write” Islamic Republic of Iran “ in the insurance form.

Passport photo.

Proof of funds that you can spend in your trip. Showing cash worth around 1000 USD $ is enough.

You need to pay visa fee  in cash, only Euros or USD.

How much does the Iran visa costs? It is 75 Euros for all nationalities , only for Australians  the cost is 145 Euros.  but check it before your arrival.

Sometimes they don’t ask for any proof, sometimes they ask. So it is better to have those items with you in a printed paper, not on phone.

SO Important. Notice if your passport is from USA,UK  or Canada you must be on a tour with a licensed agency and the agency can help you with  your visa, you can not get a visa on arrival or individually an E-Visa.

Visa Duration is for 30 days and can be extended for another 30 days easily, for an extension you should visit the immigration office in Iran.

So next option for getting visa is the….

Iran E- Visa  or Electronic Visa

Photo by Iman soleymani zadeh

There is a from that if you apply before your arrival it speed up your process. Sometimes it takes 3 hours or more to get you visa on arrival so it is better to do your visa application before coming to iran. iT is so easy to apply.

Follow these steps to get Online Visa:

  1. Fill the Online Visa Application form.
  2. Upload a recent color photo. photo requirements 
  3. Upload the first two pages of your passport. For passport requirements
  4. There will be confirmation email, so check your mailbox.
  5. There is a payment link in your confirmation email, to pay the visa fee.

submitting your online visa application is the FIRST STEP. Some visa applicants will need to attend a visa interview in the consulate, and  some applicants may qualify for a visa without interview. You should wait until your application pass all required processing during  10 business days. You may check your application status .

Also you will receive emails if your status change. 

Good Luck. and if you had any questions do not hesitate to ask IranDestina team

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