Qom (Persian: قم) is a holy city between Tehran and Isfahan. Qom is 120 km from Tehran.
Qom is one of the holiest cities in Iran and the Middle East, and has a very long history. A famous site is the Fatima È Massummeh Shrine, which is a highly respected shrine and a very clean place. People of different nationalities are allowed to enter the shrine, no matter what their religions are or where they come from.
Qom has for a long time been the main city for religious studies in Iran. Hozeye-Elmiye-Qom is the largest theology school in Iran. Many senior clerics of Shia Islam live in Qom.
By planeThe nearest and most easily accessible international airport is Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA), which is due to replace the older (THR).
The city's own airport Qom International Airport is under construction, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Qom is well-connected by train, there are several daily trains from the capital Tehran, slower regional trains take about 2½ hours while the high-speed trains make the journey in just 1½ hour. There are high-speed connections from Arak and Yazd as well. Overnight trains runs from Isfahan, Mashhad and several other cities.
Notice that there are two stations, trains terminating in Qom calls at the central station while most intercity trains only call at Qom-Mohammadieh railway station, about 10 km east of the city. There are connecting shuttle buses between the two stations.
Qom railway railway station
Qom-Mohammadieh railway station
By carDriving from Tehran might be a reasonable option, however, if you're worried about driving in Iran you can reserve a private bus to take you to Qom. After all, it is much safer to travel by private buses.
There is a pretty impressive bus and taxi system, which has many bus routes to Tehran and other cities. It is very cheap to travel by local buses in Qom. Local buses cost 7,000 rial, from any where to any point on the bus' route. You can travel almost anywhere by bus from mutahhari square( 'the square'). Private tour buses are generally much more expensive. Also almost all main roads have circular taxi routes to M. Amin Blvd or the Holy Shrine.
Jamkarân MosqueThe mosque is reserved for Muslims only.
Mar'ashi Najafi Libraryphone: +98 25 3774 1970Considered the third largest Islamic library with over 500,000 handwritten texts.
Shrine of Fatima-al-MassumehThe Holy Shrine is the burial place of "Fatema È Massumeh". Also buried within the shrine are three daughters of ninth, Twelver Shī‘ah Imām, Muhammad at-Taqī. Women must wear a chador to enter. Foreigners need to be accompanied by a free guide.
Howzeh lakeRich in natural spring water which is said to purify the heart.
Feyze seminaryA place where devout Muslims gather to meet and hear speeches from the religious leaders.
phone: +98 25 3280 2610
Qom Handicraft Museumphone: +98 25 377 404 92address: 19 Dey(Baajak) street, Alley #11, Number 15This magnificent museum is located at Yazdan Panah House belonging to the late Qajar and early Pahlav (with back nearly 120 years).
National Kavir Park
Qom has many carpet and sweet shops. Qom is famous for it's "sohân" (Persian: سوهان), a flat sweet biscuit made of pistachios and saffron. "Gaz" (Persian: گز), a nougat sweet is also available. Qom is also known for its unique and beautiful silk rugs. As one of Islam's holy cities, there are numerous religious shops which sell religious books, versions of the Koran and compact discs.
address: Helal Ahmar StreetQom International Hotel is a four-star hotel and is one of Qom's more well-known hotels. It is next to the shrine complex. It features a decent restaurant inside and a kebab eatery outside its premises. Internet only in the lobby.
Kawsar HotelIn the same alley as the Negin hotel is the Kawsar, a two-star which is fine for 1 or 2 nights. Hefty bargaining possible among the neighbouring hotels. Decent rooms, with hot shower. Toilet on the hallway. Cost 900,000-1,900,000 rials; haggling can get the lower price.
Khorshid Hoteladdress: Sadr Boulevard (Motahary SQ)Khorshid Hotel is in front of Holy Shrine.
Tehran – 120 km from Qom. Capital and largest city of Iran.
Yazd – 500 km from Qom. If you feel like visiting another quintessential Persian city, you can visit Yazd, a beautiful ancient one.
Isfahan – 300 km from Qom. Another option and a very beautiful city, considered to be one of the oldest and most historic cities in the world.
Na’in – 300 km from Qom. It's a small and quiet town at the edge of the desert to the south. You can cycle around and visit inside the Qanat or the underground man-made caves. To get there, ask for the bus to Yazd, Kerman or Zahedan and ask the driver to get you off at Na'in.