Hitchhiking in Iran video compilation

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Hitchhiking in Iran

Iran exceeded our expectations! We were received with unforgettable kindness and hospitality and simply fell in love with Persians, their culture, food and language!

During our hitchhiking trip we covered 3420 km by thumb and were picked up by 33 wonderful drivers, which means that on average one driver took us for 104 km!

Hitchhiking in Iran was childishly easy and we had a great time speaking to people, cooking food, learning to dance, play instruments and visiting monuments. Well, you can see it all in the video compilation below.

Iran in videos

If you are interested in Iranian culture culture we strongly recommend watching all our videos devoted to it:

Hitchhiking to Zanjan

Our hitchhiking adventures in Iran

If you’d rather read about our adventures than watch videos, here you will find everything that happened to us in Iran:

  • From Doğubeyazıt to Tabrizcrossing the Turkey-Iran border. Interested to see if they noticed that we didn’t have a guide?
  • From Tabriz to Zanjan – staying with two star crossed lovers and learning about ‘white marriage’, a common arrangement between Iranian couples
  • From Zanjan to Tehran – meeting a famous Iranian comedian and racing against another couple to hitchhike to the capital. Curious to see who won?
  • From Tehran to Isfahan – taking a look at the Den of Espionage, being invited to an Iranian house for a tasty national dish and being picked up by the police near the Imam Khomeini’s tomb as we tried to leave the city…
  • From Isfahan to Shiraz – want to see what happens when couchsurfing goes wrong? Or what a busman’s holiday looks like? Or perhaps the reason why we were looking at a selection of prostitutes shaking their arses on a mobile phone? Then read on …
  • From Shiraz to Yazd – join us as we have the time of our lives in Shiraz and during our first hitchhike across a desert
  • From Yazd to Tabas – we explore the unique architecture of the hottest city in Iran and learn more about the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism. Then we get back into desert hitchhiking as we search out the town of Tabas and take a photo that would be the source of trouble a few days later …
  • From Tabas to Mashhad – a huge Nowruz (Iranian New Year) let-down in Tabas, a photo that could have been the source of some serious trouble and a day of hitchhiking mistakes as we try to get to Iran’s second largest city
  • From Mashhad to Ashgabat – partying hard in Iran’s holiest city and setting off to sleep next to the Iran-Turkmenistan border where we encountered drones and hail storms…

Jon hithhiking out of Tabas

Monuments and places of interest

Check out the most beautiful corners of Iran in our photos and videos:

  • Kandovan village – visiting a village where you can find still inhabited homes cut into the volcanic rocks. We were lucky enough to get invited into one of these houses as well…
  • Bazaar of Tabriz – situated in the heart of the ancient city of Tabriz, the UNESCO listed Bazaar is one of the oldest and definitely one of the most atmospheric markets in the Middle East…
  • Golestan Palace – visiting the oldest historical attraction in Tehran
  • Imam Khomeini Mosque – a masterpiece of Persian design and arguably the finest example of Islamic architecture anywhere in Iran
  • The bridges of Isfahan – some of Isfahan’s finest architecture spans the Zayandeh River, contributing to the breathtaking images already abundant in Iran’s prettiest city
  • Naqsh-e Jahan Square – it is one of the greatest construction project in history. The magnificent UNESCO listed square is surrounded by four of Isfahan’s most important buildings and is a joy to behold
  • Persepolis – Persepolis (meaning the city of Persians) is one of Iran’s top tourist destinations and a breathtaking attraction
  • Yazd old town – Losing yourself in the maze of mud bricked lanes of the ancient city of Yazd is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran. Explore the narrow winding alleys and search out the simple courtyards, covered walkways and ornately carved wooden doors that make it such an atmospheric place …

Tomb of 12 imams, Yazd, Iran

Iranian culture and traditions

Learn more about Persian culture through our articles and videos:

Handprinted table cloth factory

Practical information for every budget traveller in Iran

Hitchhiking to Tehran

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Hitchhiking in Iran


 

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35 comments

  • Iran is one of the destinations I really want to visit – I hope I will manage it this autumn. Being a solo female traveller I have a question – have you met other solo female travellers on the way? Would it be safe for me to hitchhike alone? thanks!

    • Hello Kami! Unfortunately we didn’t meet any solo female travellers in Iran, but that shouldn’t stop you from going there. Iran really felt very safe and its people are just super friendly and hospitable!

  • Thank you for your post. It’s quite interesting to see how although most people believe Iran is a dangerous country, in reality it is really safe to travel. I have a few friends who have been there and they all love it. It’s really good that you managed to hitchhike there too!

  • What a great adventure!
    My husband and I have been thinking to travel around Iran for a long time but keep postponing it. After your videos my desire to discover this part of the world just grew.
    Thanks and happy travels,
    Nat

  • Wow. What an extensive journey you did through Iran. Iran is somewhere I definitely want to visit so will come back and watch all your videos.

  • Will Bowie - Deep Travel

    Amazing experience…very inspiring and adventurous!

  • Wow! It looks like you had an amazing time in Iran! I hope I will visit this country sooner than later. Thank you for such a comprehensive factsheet, I’ll definitely use it one day!

  • I am going to Iran in May next year. I don’t have the balls to hitchhike as a solo female traveller, but this has verified a lot of my thoughts and only entrenched it higher up on my list.

  • Oh this is amazing. I’m in the mood for a bit of an adventure like this and I find this really inspiring! Iran looks so beautiful!

  • I really enjoyed your video. I would love to visit Iran and try the food and learn about their culture, but not hitch hiking. I will leave that to the professionals, like you guys.

  • Amazing!!!! I’d love to do that! 3400Km hitchhiking sounds like a once in a lifetime experience! And adding Iran to the mix.. well, this is just nuts!

  • Bethany Dickey

    Amazing – most people think of Iran as such a dangerous place, but it seems incredible from what I have seen!

  • 15 minutes music and pictures from my country Iran, dedicated to the lovely people who create this beautiful and interesting website and the people who like to know more about my country:

  • What a fantastic adventure!

  • Nice adventure! I’ve never been in Iran but one day I hope I will visit this place! :)

  • Good video ;) I think, Iran is really interesting country to visit. Maybe in the next year i’ll go there :)

  • Great advice, Ania and Jon! I’m just wondering how the hitchhiking ckncept went down among people who mainly have their own cars and where bus rides cost so little. Were you ever asked for money or forced to hand it to a driver at the end of a ride that was wupposed to be free? How did you explain your way of wandering to the locals?

    • The idea of hitchhiking is not known to the locals. They have a ‘private taxi’ system, which means that everyone can offer a ride to anyone for which they are expected to be paid. So every time we hitchhiked we had to explain at the beginning that we didn’t want to pay. We used the phrase ‘ma bedune pul safar mikonim’ which means ‘we travel without money’ and people were fine with that. Iranians are really friendly,helpful and hospitable so almost always they gave us a ride anyway and many a time offered food too.

  • I was in Iran in 1978 on the way to India and just loved it. I hitched in an oil tanker from Yazad to Tabaz and ended up with the Iranian Army who flew me to Tehran as the area had a major earthquake!….an experience I will never forget and the people go out of there way to help you. Great country full of history.

  • Dear Ania and Jon, Thank you for sharing this beautiful video, and this song is one of my favariout songs, the singer’s name ” Homeyra” :)
    I’m studying abroad, many people bother me by this sentence : “Iran is a dangerous country ”
    Even I explain for theme but they thought that I lie ! Thank you for sharing this lovely video of my country. I will be appreciated if I invite you to my house when you visit my historical city Qazvin next time. Qazvin is after Zanjan and before Tehran.
    Marzieh

    • Thanks a lot, Marzieh! We appreciate your kind words and your invitation! We have heard many people in Europe say that Iran is dangerous but to be honest it’s probably a country where we felt the safest during the whole trip! So many amazing people who were happy to help and show us around. We can’t wait to go back to Iran one day!