Shiraz (شیراز) is the capital city of the Fars province and a treasure trove of Persian culture. It was the capital of Iran during the Zand dynasty's era (1747–79), and is the celebrated birthplace of the great Persian poets Hafiz and Saadi. The city has a population of about 1,500,000. Shiraz was historically famous for Shiraz wine, though commercial production has ceased since the Islamic Revolution.
By planeShiraz International Airport (SYZ) has regular flights to all major and some smaller cities in Iran. There are International flights to Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Kuwait, Doha.
Turkish Airlines is operating weekly 4 direct flights from Istanbul to Shiraz and back.
By trainThere are several trains per day to Tehran, travel time 10-15 hours, costs 700,000-1,500,000 rials (as of 2017).
Shiraz Train stationStation is 20 km away from the city. Getting there: there is a bus waiting for the passengers on their arrival to Shiraz which brings them to the closest metro station. Taxi costs 150,000 rials per person from the city center.
By busFrom Tehran, many buses depart from South Terminal. Costs around 600,000 rials and takes around 12 hours.
From Isfahan, many buses depart from Soffe Terminal (southern terminal of Isfahan). Costs around 300,000 rials and takes around 6 hours.
From Yazd about 10-15 buses a day, 5 hours.
From Kerman several buses per day, 8 hours.
Karandish Bus station
By carMotorways connect the city to Isfahan, Kerman, Bushehr, Ahvaz and Yasouj, and Bandar-e Abbas is reachable by highway.
If an unmarked car stops while you are hailing a taxi, don't be alarmed. Many taxis in Shiraz are unmarked and also as a means to supplement their income, is not uncommon to find private car owners touting themselves as taxis.
However, it is always best to find a taxi through a reputable "telephone taxi" agency. For a set fee, drivers of these agencies will take passengers to their destination, drive them around town and also wait for them while they shop or run errands. All hotels and local residents will have a phone number of one these agencies. There are also taxis driven by women that specifically cater to women passengers.
The city also has a reasonable bus service.
A metro runs between Ehsan on the north side of the city and the airport in south of the city.
Arg of Karim Khanphone: +98 71 3224 7648Formerly a prison, but now an architectural wonder on exhibit. The design of the citadel combines military and residential architecture, for it was the home of Karim Khan and the military centre of the dynasty. Tile works depicting legendary tales were added at the entrance gate of the citadel during the Qajar period.
Shah Cheraghphone: +98 71 3213 1368A funerary monument and mosque, housing the tomb of Seyed Amir Ahmad, known as Shah-e Cheragh, the brother of Imam Reza, came to Shiraz in the latter half of the 8th century. He died in the city and his tomb is now a place of pilgrimage. The structure, tile work and the dome of the mausoleum have been rebuilt several times over the centuries. The tomb, the beautiful silver doors and the exquisite mirror work are the handicrafts of masters and contemporary artists of Shiraz. Regarded as the holiest place in Shiraz. Besides, it houses a small museum exhibiting about 30 very old and rare Qur'an books. No big cameras allowed.
Nasir al-Mulk MosqueBuilt during the Qājār era, the mosque has extensively colored glass in its façade, and other traditional elements such as panj kāseh-i (five concaves) in its design. One of the most photographed mosques in southern Iran. Visit before 10:00 to see its beautiful mosaic glasses lit up by the background sun light.
Jame’e Atigh MosqueA 9th-century mosque.
Vakil MosqueBuilt between 1751 and 1773, during the Zand period; however, it was restored in the 19th century during the Qajar period where its exuberant floral decorative tiles date from. Parts of the mosque is still under construction so it's barely used as a mosque by locals.
Narenjestan Ghavam museumBoth traditional and historical house, it was built in the mid-to-late 19th century by Mirza Ibrahim Khan. The Qavam "Naranjestan" preserves the elegance and refinement enjoyed by the upper-class families during the 19th century. The mirrored porch was a focal point of the house, overlooking onto gardens lined with date palms and flowers. The house today is a museum open to the public.
Khan-e Zinat ol-Molk Houseaddress: Next to Naranjestan QavamHistorical house and adjoining gardens that used to be connected to Narenjestan Ghavam by underground tunnel. Now it works as a separate museum which besides of the traditional Iranian house houses Fars History museum in its basement.
Sayyed Alaeddin Hossein MosqueIt holds shrine of Sayyed Alaeddin Hossein, one of the sons of the seventh imam. Mosque's walls and ceilings are covered with intricate mirror mosaics and coloured glass.
Pars MuseumMuseum's pavilion was the place in which royal guests were hosted during the Zand dynasty. It was also used for holding official ceremonies and later became the burial place of Karim Khan Zand. Now it exhibits 30 handwritten Qurans and paintings of Persian artists.
Khan schooladdress: Lotf Ali Khan Zand StIt's been fully reconstructed where only its facade belongs to the original structure.
Armenian Church17th-century Armenian Church, which survived from the Safavid era.
Bazaar-e VakilHuge ancient bazaar specializing in fine carpets, textiles, antiques and handicrafts, and spices. There is also a wonderful courtyard with a pool located in the bazaar, perfect for photographs. Caravansarais, bath houses, and old shops where hundreds of vendors are housed.
Saray-e-MoshirCaravansary at the south entrance of Bazaar Vakil, which now functions as exhibition space for Iranian handicrafts.
Vakil Bathphone: +98 71 3224 7646An old public bath which has been remodelled into a museum of waxworks.
Northern parts near Baba Kuhi and Chehel Maqam mountains
Hafez Tombphone: +98 71 3228 4155Mausoleum of Hafez (1324–1391), the greatest master of Persian lyric poetry and the literary giant of the 14th century in the west and central Asia, was born in Shiraz, lived all his life here, sang its praises in unsurpassed verse and was buried in a garden known after him as the Hafezieh, in the northeast part of the city. The wide appeal of this poet among all Persian-speaking people make his tomb a cherished placed, visited by all. This mausoleum was rebuilt in the early 1950s. A flight of stone steps reaches to the tomb under a tiled cupola resembling a dervish’s hat. The tombstone is beautifully inscribed with two of Hafez’s poems or Ghazals. Visitors to the tomb can still, as they have done for centuries, take the omens, or faals, by picking a page at random from a volume of Hafez, kept for this purpose.
Saadi TombHere lie the earthly remains of one of Iran’s greatest poets. Even from the very early days after the poet’s death, the mausoleum of Sa’di became a place of pilgrimage to lovers of poetry and literature. In 1808 AD Karim Khan Zand renovated the mausoleum. The tomb was rebuilt in the early 1950s. The porch with its tall columns of pinkish marble is a traditional feature of Iranian architecture.
Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrineaddress: Hafez StBuilt over the shrine of Emir Ali, a nephew of Shah Cheragh. The building itself is quite new as it had to be rebuilt after an earthquake. However, it can boast of the richly-ornamented interiors, parts of which are made of marble and mirror mosaics.
Shah Shoja TombTomb of Shah Shoja', the Mozafarid emir of Persia, and patron of Hafiz.
Baba Kuhi TombThe Tomb of Baba Kuhi sits atop a mountain overlooking the city.
Qur'an GateThe city's main entrance. The original gate was built as an ornamental decoration by the Buwwayhids (Buwayhid dynasty) about 1000 years ago, but this was replaced 60 years ago by new gate, which is considered one of the finest architectural designs in Iran and has won numerous awards. From the gate walk up the stone stairways to enjoy picturesque and panoramic views of Shiraz. The tomb of Khajooyeh Kermanee, a famous poet, is also located here (entrance ticket 115,000 rials). Hidden in the alleys on the hill-side are numerous restaurants that serve the finest chelo kabob. It is an excellent place for picnics and taking photographs.
Haft Tanan Museumphone: +98 71 3227 7877address: Haft Tanan BlvdIt's a mausoleum, where seven Sufi mystics are buried. Besides, there is a museum of stones that were collected from historical sites in Fars province.
Gahvareh Didaddress: Haft Tanan BlvdPeople say this is the place where a guard tower was located in the old days, nowadays it has a stone replica of it. Besides, it's a fantastic observation point. Be prepared to climb up 800 steps to get there. Or be lucky that one of the guards at the gate will drive you up the hill. Even further up the road you'll end up at Mortaz Ali well, where you'll have an even more impressive overview of Shiraz (if there is no smog).
Qasr e Abu NasrFortress built in Parthian Empire and was important and strategic location in Sassanid Empire. Archaeologists found various drachmas and art crafts belonged to different historical periods there. There is almost nothing left from those times, just stones.
Delgosha GardenEnjoy a walk in this lovely old garden with flowers and bitter orange trees.
Afif abad GardenGarden and houses owned by the Ghavami family. It contains a former royal mansion, a historical weapons museum, and a Persian garden that is one of the oldest gardens in Shiraz, all open to the public.
Eram Gardenphone: +98 71 3227 2538Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, this stunningly beautiful complex contains a vast network of gardens, a colorful palace, and a system of small artificial rivers flowing throughout the entire area. It houses wonderful flora, and you can follow the little canals' intricate system. Make sure the weather is sunny before coming here!
Jahan Nama Garden
Aftab Fars Shopping Centre
phone: +98 71 3627 3721address: Afifabad Blv
Persian Gulf Complex
- Setareh e Fars Shopping Centre , Afifabad Blv.
Sina Shopping Centreaddress: Motahhari Blv
phone: +98 71 3233 1136address: 15 khordad Crossroad at the corner of Enghelab St
Money exchangeExchange rates offered in local safaris are 10-15% higher than the official bank rate.
Currency exchange offices
- Kebab with rice - Like elsewhere in Iran, the mighty old kebab with rice is a common fare, though Shiraz does offer a local variation on the national dish.
- Shirazi salad - A delicious and famous salad available throughout Iran, made with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and a simple lemon juice and olive oil dressing.
- Kalam polo - Traditional food cooked only in Shiraz. Some delivery food restaurants serve this food, but it can hardly be found in normal restaurants. It is made of rice, meatballs, chopped cabbage and some other vegetables and spices.
- Ash-e Shirazi - This is a kind of soup made of vegetables and meat. It is served all over the city, but only early in the morning, 05:00-07:00
- Masghati Halva - A great dessert and snack.
- Nokhod (Chickpea) Cookie - Delicious cookie made of chickpeas, it makes for great souvenirs.
- Shirazi Faloodeh - Paloodeh/Faloodeh is an ice cream made of rice starch, which takes the form of noodles. It is flavored with "sharbat" (sugar water), which can be of different flavors. Shirazi paloodeh is the best of its kind, especially when mixed with Bahar-e-Naranj Distill.
RestaurantsMany of these places have live music playing.
Haft khanBuffet and classic restaurant, Iranian and international cuisine.
- Lotus Restaurant, on the 13th floor of Pars International Hotel
- Lotus Restaurant, on the top floor of Setareh-e-Fars Shopping Centre
Shater Abbasaddress: Khak Shenasi St.Simple traditional Iranian restaurant with quite average food.
Sharzeh RestaurantA classic old restaurant located just outside the Vakil bazaar. It is often packed with tourist groups.
- Soofi Restaurant, traditional restaurant located at Sattarkhan St.
- Noor, Lebanese restaurant, Chamran Blv
Moshit Restaurantaddress: Corner of North Qaani streetA small restaurant that also serves breakfast: fried eggs, tea, and the famous Ash-e-shiraz.
Persian Dinnerphone: +989128092545address: Fazilat Boulevard, 31 Rd, second right, blue doorNot a restaurant, but a house that needs to be booked in advance for an Iranian and Shirazian dinner.
Fast foodYou can find at least one fast food parlor in every street of Shiraz.
- Bagro, experience the real taste of pizza and sandwich in a lovely place
- Givani, modern restaurant offering Burgers, FC, Pizza
- Safir SFC, another Modern themed restaurant
- Exis, Italian and Mexican fast foods
- Sand, a lovely fast food with a unique interior design
- Zaver, great Italian pizzas
Baba bastaniaddress: West Ghodoosi BlvIce cream shop, more creamy than most other ice cream found in Shiraz. Try the special cone ice cream. The shop is popular with the locals, so expect a queue. No seats but there is a small park beside.
CafésYou can find coffee shops of every size, at shopping centres and on the main streets.
- Brentin, Sattarkhan Blv
- Blensi, Dena Building, Moali abad Blv
- Wafi, Dena Building, Moali abad Blv
- Parmin, Parmin Building, Moali abad Blv
- Tulip, Khakshenasi st
- Safir, Ghasr dasht st
- Soofi, Chencheneh Intersection
Food gardensThere are a lot of gardens out of Shiraz, and many have been remodeled as restaurants. Most have live music playing in the evenings and offer great view.
- Nakhlestan Garden
- Padra Garden, relatively new
- Darband Garden
- Silvia Garden
For more information on typical drinks in Iran, see Iran#Drink
- Distills - Shiraz has many kinds of aromatic distills.
Haikuaddress: Gas Square, in front of Azadi Park, across street,Special herb teas and coffee with fresh baked cakes and desserts.
- Taropood Art Gallery, behind the national museum. Art gallery with a nice cafe attached to it. Regular free exhibitions as well (updated Oct 2016).
BudgetThere are a few budget hotels about 200 m south of the roundabout at Arg-é Karim Khan.
Darya Hoteladdress: Piruzi StreetClean.
phone: +98 7132241147, +98 9177059775 (WhatsApp)address: Khyabne Lotfali-Khane Zand, Kuche Baghe Ghawam, Kuche Hamame Gachine, No. 12 (12/2)8 room hostel with courtyard
phone: +98-713-2220715address: No. 15 Alley 38. Lotfali Khan-e-ZandAwesome traditional court to hang around, drink tea and have a shisha. There is a five-bed dorm room. The owner, Parviz, is an honest and good host, who speaks English fluently. He knows all transport possibilities and can book you a hotel he likes in another city at a fair price.
phone: +98-713-2233623address: No. 10, Shahzadeh Jamali Lane, Bibi Dokhtaran Mausoleum Lane, Namazi junction, Lotfali Khan-e Zand St.A new hotel with a nice inner courtyard and an OK restaurant serving standard fare. There is a dormitory, but it only sleeps four (with two single beds and a double bed). Great value for money. Very good buffet breakfast. Optional extras like tea and laundry are quite expensive, so make sure you settle on a price before agreeing to use additional services. There are reports of private car drivers booked through this hotel overcharging, and the hotel is not responsible for that.
Golha Hotelphone: +98 71 3233 2729address: Karim Khan Zand BlvdGood location. Clean and very cheap. They speak no English, though. No breakfast.
phone: +98 71 3738 1610address: Darvaze Kazeroon Front of Armenian ChurchTraditional house with high walls and orange trees. Rooms with old brick and stone and wooden doors, preserved from the Qajar period. Hostel with small traditional courtyard.
Apadana Hotelphone: +98 71 12301336, +98 71 12359322address: Ahli St.
phone: +98 (711) 2247182-4address: Roodaki Ave.
phone: +98 71 230-3884address: Karim Khan-é Zand.
Parseh Hotelphone: +98 (711) 2226600address: 22 Bahman St.
Parsian Hotelphone: +98 (711) 2304965-69address: Roodaki Ave.
Arian Hotelphone: +989178785416address: Ferdowsi St., before the Rudaki crossroadClose to the city center.
Jahannama Hotelphone: +989178785416address: Hejrat Blvd, middle of Javid StBetween the tomb of Hafez and the Zandiyeh Complex, and close to the city center. Included breakfast and free Wi-Fi. It's better to send an email for reserve and confirmation and get info about hotel.
phone: +98 711 626 2000address: Chamran BlvdTallest hotel building in Shiraz. 250 rooms and suites on 30 floors.
phone: +98 71 32288000, +98 71 32288009address: Meshkinfam StHoused in the former Intercontinental.
Pars International Hotelphone: +98 71 3233 2255address: Zand Boulevard
phone: +98 71 3227 1280address: Atlasi Sq., Azadi Blvd.
- Police: 110
- Fire Assistance : 125
- EMS: 115
- Road EMS: 115 or 112
Immigration officeaddress: on a side street off Modares Boulevard, 300 m east from Valiye-asr SquareVisa extensions for foreign tourists.
- Firouzabad — revived old town destroyed by Alexander of Macedonia. With two stumbling palaces of those days: Qal'eh Dokhtar and Castle of Ardeshir e Babakan.
- Jahrom, to the south of Shiraz
- Margoon Waterfall — 70 meter high and 100 meter wide waterfall
- Pasargad was a Persian capital built by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC. Around 500 BC, Darius I built a new capital at Persepolis 50 km away. Both are now listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and are near Shiraz. Pasargad has the limestone tomb of Cyrus and the 'prison' of Solomon. 200.00 rials (Oct 0219)
- Persepolis — a historical site 60 km north of Shiraz that used to be a ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC.