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Tehran by plane

There are no direct flights from North America or Australia, but there are flights direct from numerous European, African and Asian cities as well as cities in the Middle East. Iran Air , the national carrier of Iran, flies to many destinations such as London (Heathrow), Amsterdam, Vienna, Istanbul and Tokyo. You can also fly direct from London (Heathrow) with BMI (previously known as British Midland). Alternatively, you can enter via Dubai and then take Emirates or Air Arabia to Tehran. Tehran's Mehrabad airport (IATA: THRICAO: OIII) is the old pre-revolution airport and has been partially replaced with the new Imam Khomeini International Airport (IATA: IKAICAO: OIIE) . Recently all International flights are designated to Imam Khomeini and Mehrabad is only used for regional and cargo flights. The old airport is located relatively close to the city centre and the abundant taxis available are definitely the best way to get into Tehran. There is a booth organizing taxis for you right outside the arrivals hall. 'WARNING:' you will not be allowed to enter Iran if there is an Israeli stamp on your passport, and you'll be in even bigger trouble if you come with an Israeli passport. Imam Khomeini Airport is a significant improvement over Mehrabad and it is still only in International use. Be warned that it can take up to an hour and a half to get to the airport in bad traffic but if you book your departure early in the morning it can be much faster. Taxis are cheap and plentiful. A taxi to any destination in Tehran costs from 200,000 Rials for Samand or few dollars more for Toyota Camry. You can also bargain with taxies who take passengers from Tehran to the Imam Khomeini airport because they usually have to go back to tehran empty, so you can hire one to get to Tehran(eg. Azadi square or metro station) with only 20000 or 30000 Rials. Bus services have recently been added from Mehrabad Terminal 5, and Behesh-e-Zahra (Haram-e-Motahhar) Metro Station to Imam Khomeini Airport. You may have to ask a few people about the service as it is relatively new and not well known yet. Despite the warnings in some travel guides, there is no "exit fee" for foreign travelers, neither in Mehrabad nor in Imam Khomeini Airport. The "exit fee" applies to foreign travelers only when leaving Iran on land or by sea.

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