Ticket officephone: +98 7143341556They require everybody to deposit their backpacks and big bags to the luggage room. Besides, there is a demonstration room where they show introductory video on the Persepolis history.
There is no public transport going to Persepolis. The closest city reachable by public bus is Marvdasht, 14 km away from Persepolis, from there one need to charter a taxi to the sight. The main highway bypasses Marvdasht and Persepolis and thus all long-distance buses circumvent them.
By bus: minibuses (45000 rials) or a shared taxi (80000 rials) going to Marvdasht can be found at Ali Ibn Hamze Terminal in Shiraz. Besides, almost all of them make a stop or start their way from the bus stop near Qur'an Gate in Shiraz.
There is an anecdotal information that buses stop going from Marvdasht to Shiraz somewhere in the afternoon.
By taxi tour: taxis can be hired for a half day tour to Persepolis (including visits to Naqsh-e Rustam and Naghsh-e-Rajab sights) for US$30 from Shiraz. Full day tour that would additionally include Pasargad costs US$50. (Prices as of Nov. 2019.)
See & do
The Great Staircase
Tachara PalaceThe palace of Darius.
Hadish PalaceThe palace of Xerxes.
The rock-hewn tomb of Artexerxes II
The rock-hewn tomb of Artexerxes III
Persepolis MuseumExhibits some of the findings found in Persepolis and around areas.
You can hire a guide for 400,000 - 600,000 rials. Ask for the licence. The guide will take you around for 2-3 hr and will give you a great value of information (there are almost no descriptions).
Naqsh-e RustamAn ancient necropolis with a group of ancient Iranian rock reliefs cut into the cliff, from both the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods. If you get in, you can read the explanation boards. Photos of the rocks can be taken from outside. Close-by located Ka'ba-ye Zartosht (meaning the "Cube of Zoroaster") is a 5th century BCE Achaemenid square tower.
Naghsh-e-RajabThe site of four limestone rockface inscriptions and rock-cut bas-reliefs that date to the early Sassanid era. It is rather small.
IstakhrIt was a prosperous city under the Sasanian Empire and briefly served as its capital from 224 to 226 CE. Nowadays there is almost nothing left except for scattered around ancient columns.
Eat & drink
Persepolis coffee shopaddress: behind Persepolis museumSmallish cafe selling soft drinks, brewed coffee, simple snacks. Iced coffee: ask for milk.
Fast food stallsSimple fast food joints. Falafel bread 50,000 rials, hamburger 85,000 rials.
phone: +98 714 3341550address: right next to the entrance to Persepolis
Persepolis Tourist Hoteladdress: Persepolis street