Bandar Abbas is a port town and many of its residents come from other parts of Iran for work. It is inadvisable to swim in the sea as it is polluted. The original inhabitants of Bander Abbas are known as Banduris and can often be spotted for their colourful clothing and burqas. Most of the city shuts down between 14:00 and 18:00, as it is too hot to do anything but the mildest activities.
By planeThere are domestic flights to Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashad and Tehran, and an International connection to Dubai.
There are daily trains from Tehran and Mashhad, with trains running from Isfahan every second day. (ایستگاه راه آهن بندرعباس) is located north of the city. The station is not within walking distance, but there are plenty of buses and taxis.
By busThere are buses to and from Tehran, Kerman, Shiraz and others. The bus terminal is on the east side of the city around 5 km out by the coast and is signposted in English from the edge of the city.
Travelling by boat is common in the Strait of Hormuz as distances are short and there are numerous islands. There are several weekly internationel ferries from Sharjah, an hour north of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, run by Valfajr Shipping Company. Also, National Ferries Company runs ferries from Khasab, the Omani enclave located at the tip of Musandam Peninsula. Daily local ferries connects with the nearby islands of Hormuz and Qeshm.
Being a major freight port, freighter travel to Bandar Abbas from Pakistan and India might be a possible alternative.
Bandar isn’t blessed with a lot of must-see sights – actually, none – but it’s not totally devoid of flavour. The lively bazaar rambles its way across two blocks just back from the seafront, and is probably the most colourful part of town. A seafront promenade leads east and has an evening flea market. At its end, the busy fish market is full of charismatic old salts happy to pose for pictures with their catch. Work on the huge mosque a few metres east of the bazaar seems to have restarted despite local concerns that the engineering is not good enough for a major earthquake zone.
- Cultural Museum of Handicrafts
Genoo thermal springaddress: Sirjan Roadthis spring is situated at a distance of 34 km. northeast of Bandar Abbas and alongside the Bandar Abbas - Sirjan Road. The water from this spring which is calcium sulfuric in nature is used for irrigating the palm groves or plantations and also for bathing purposes. This spring is equipped with two segregated pools for ladies and gents.
- Mema Pazir Bouali, US$15 for 4 beds, $11 for a double
- Kowsar Hotel, $37 for a twin room
Budgeteers (solo travellers in particular) won't have an easy time in Bandar. Be prepared to spend big, or head elsewhere.