Iran Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.
Driving In Iran
Tehran is widely acknowledged as being one of the most anarchic driving cities in the world. If you must drive in Tehran, I’d advise meeting asking the rental car company to drive you to/from the outskirts. Iran has one of the highest rates of road accidents in the world. Most of the accidents are due to the low quality of driving standards, dilapidated vehicles, poor road conditions and/or reckless driving. If you are involved in an accident, no matter how minor, do not leave the scene. You should wait until the police arrive to make their report. The Iranian police or army often set up roadblocks both in cities and on main highways. They are often suspicious of foreigners, and are often manned by young and inexperienced officers. You should always carry your identification with you in case of such encounters, and avoid getting into disputes. (To get an idea of what Tehran traffic is like, I recommend reading ‘Mirrors of the unseen’ by Jason Elliott. Page 18 has a good description). Most western governments advise their citizens against driving in Iran.
Iran Car Rental-
Europcar are the only multinational company operating in Iran.They have branches in Tehran and Shiraz and only used to offer chauffeur drive. However when I checked in Aug 12 they did now seem to offer self drive. Some local companies are –
This company rent cars in Tehran,Isfahan,and Shiraz
These travel agents should also be able to give advice on car rental..
Iran Self driving Rules-
You’ll need an international driving permit plus your own photo licence to drive in Iran