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Ride the Trans-Iranian Railway

The Trans-Iranian railway will take you from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf through breathtaking viewpoints and gorgeous scenery.

© Gustavo Frazao / Shutterstock
© Gustavo Frazao / Shutterstock

Iran is one of the biggest countries along the Silk Road. The Trans-Iranian railway is the best option to see the entire country and appreciate its diverse nature and culture. By joining this experience visitors will go through four climatic areas in 1,394 kilometres of railway crossing the country from one side to the other.

Tunnel in the trans-Iranian railway © Kirill Skorobogatko / Shutterstock
Tunnel in the trans-Iranian railway © Kirill Skorobogatko / Shutterstock

The Trans-Iranian railway is an engineering marvel. To manage to cross the country with a railway, the Iranian government had to build 360 bridges and 235 tunnels. This is one of the most challenging constructions in the country as it passes through mountainous areas. The fact that it was completed in 1938 adds even more to its grandiosity due to the lower technical and technological knowledge the world had at that time.

The railway has recently added Tehran as a stop, making it easier for visitors to hop on this adventure. The original railway, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, connected Bandar Shahpur to Bandar Shah. Visitors can choose to ride the railway from different stops across the country.

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