Hostels in Iran Hostels in Iran

You are looking for hostels in Iran? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Iran hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Iran.

All Cities in Iran

We list every single hostel in Iran and the world. In total, we have 12 cities in Iran for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Iran hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Iran. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Iran

Iran, or the Islamic Republic of Iran, or Persia, is a country in Western Asia; in modern culture, we refer to Iran as being part of the Middle East. It is bordered by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman. It is the only country to be bordered by both the Indian Ocean and Caspian Sea; this makes it a very strategic point, both geographically and politically.

The capital of Iran is Tehran, which is also the largest city and economic centre. Other cities include Yazd, Kerman, Mashhad, and Shiraz.

The international airport, Imam Kohmeini International Airport, is in Tehran; it sees flights from most international destinations. If you plan to get from city to city and are on a budget, buses are the way to go. Entry visas are required, but visas on arrival are available to passport holders from many different countries. *IMPORTANT: AS OF FEBRUARY 2014, AMERICANS, CANADIANS, & BRITISH CITIZENS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A GUIDE DURING THEIR TRAVELS and will NOT be issued a visa on arrival.* *Please check entry requirements for your own country before travelling*

The currency in Iran is the Iranian Rial, and the economy in Iran is constantly fluctuating. *Another important note: ATMs and currency exchange will NOT work with any foreign credit or debit cards; you will need to bring enough US cash or Euros to cover the entire cost of your trip and then exchange it once you are in Iran.*

The climate in Iran is subarid or semi-tropical (closer to the Caspian Sea.) In the Caspian coastal plain, temperatures rarely fall below freezing and stay humid year-round. The mountains see extreme winters, while in the southern deserts, summers are extraordinarily hot. The geography of Iran is mainly mountainous; it is one of the world’s most mountainous countries with ranges extending across much of the southern two-thirds. In the north, dense jungles cover much of the land, while in the east desert basins and salt lakes are plentiful - because the mountain ranges are too high for the rain clouds.

Budget accommodation in Iran is limited to guesthouses and budget hotels, rather than hostels. As traditional, European-style hostels are nonexistent in Iran, you are better off seeking out a guesthouse or budget hotel where you have a private room but a shared bathroom. You will find accommodation like this in Tehran, Yazd, Mashhad, Esfahan, and other cities in the country.

Once you have your accommodation sorted, you can begin to explore what to do in this fascinating country. Travellers keen to visit Iran are likely going for the rich historical and archaeological heritage that the country has. As one of the world’s oldest civilisations, Iran is chock full of Persian, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine ruins, as well as many others. Modern-day Iran is a kaleidoscope of cultures. Iran is full of ancient history and culture, from gorgeous mosques to mausoleums, mudbrick cities to clutter bazaars, and more. Some don’t-miss places include: the Pink Mosque in Shiraz, Persepolis, a 2,500 year old vast city complex near Shiraz, the city of Esfahan, the desert at Garmeh, and the Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad.

Whatever you choose to do in Iran, you will enjoy it. The people are entirely friendly, the cities are busy and energetic, and the history is fascinating.

expert for Iran hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Iran hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Iran - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Iran. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Iran. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Iran

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Iran?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Iran here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Iran safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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