By busBuses come from Shiraz (300,000 rials, 5-6 hours), Na'in (150,000 rials, 2.5 hours), Isfahan (260,000 rials, 4 hours).
Bus stationThis is the main bus station which is located quite far out of its city centre. There are several cafes and shops inside of the building.
Getting there: public buses depart every 15 mins and cost 10,000 rials (the bus stop is by a little white hut, in front of the bus station) to the pretty close to the city centre. From there one can get a bus virtually to any part of Yazd, including old town area.
Taxi: there is a taxi booth in front of the bus station, taxi to the old town costs 150,000 rials (as of 2017).
By planeThere are International flights to Dubai, and daily flights to Tehran and Mashhad.
phone: +98 35 3721 4444
By trainYazd stands on the railway line connecting Tehran and Kerman (6 hr), passing Kashan (3-4 hr). Several trains per day including one overnight one. There is also one train daily which passes Isfahan (3-4 hr). There is no train connection to Shiraz.
By taxiTaxi to Na'in costs 1,200,000 rials (besides, it's possible to go there via Chak Chak and Meybod sights which will cost then - about 2,000,000 rials), to Isfahan - 2,200,000 rials.
Most sights are in the old town near the Friday Mosque. You can easily walk between them on foot and enjoy the rabbit warren of old passages and buildings as you do so. Get a good map from your hotel.
By footMost places in the old town are within easy walking distance from each other.
By busLocal buses are also available, work with a pre-paid card.
By taxiTaxis are inexpensive, 50,000-100,000 rials per ride anywhere inside the city. Motorcycle taxis are another fast and cheap way to move around the city but try to settle on a price beforehand.
Snapp (like Uber) is cheap and efficient.
Masjid-e Jameaddress: Masjid-e Jame street, which runs off Imam StDating to the 14th century, it is well worth a visit. It is an example of finest Persian mosaics and excellent architecture. Its minarets are the highest in the country. Admire it at night when it is lit up.
Yazd Water Museumphone: +98 35 3626 8340address: corner of Qiyam st. and Imam StHouse converted to a museum with a lot of information about the Canat water distribution system. Contains nice cool underground rooms.
Takyeh Amir ChakhmaghBuilt as a mosque, it served as a caravanserai, a tekyeh, a bathhouse, a cold water well, and a confectionery. This imposing structure fronts a square in the old town, opposite the water museum. You can pay a small amount to go inside and climb to the top, giving good local views, including of a nearby badgir (water reservoir with wind towers). The square has interesting fountains and is nice at night.
Cistern of Fatemeh-ye-GolshanEasily-viewed reservoir with 4 badgirs (wind towers).
Amir Chakhmagh MosqueMosque next to the Amir Chakhmagh Complex.
Market Square Clockaddress: Imam St
Atashkadehaddress: crossing Kashani and Akbar RoadZoroastrian Fire Temple built in 1934. The fire on the inside has supposedly been burning since AD 470. It is believed to be one of the nine worldwide Atash Behrams or "Victorious Fires".
DakhmehHuge circular walls on top of hills, where the dead were left to be picked clean by vultures. A quiet, serene place. Two hills can be walked up, Golestan and Mankeji.
Alexander's PrisonNeither built by Alexander the Great nor a prison, but a 15th-century domed school. Guides say the deep well in the middle of its courtyard was built by Alexander the Great and was used as a dungeon although this is not confirmed. Apart from the well there is nothing else to see, so it can easily be skipped.
Dowlat Abad GardensWith a building with a beautiful large badgir. One of nine Persian gardens inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
phone: +98 913 524 6477address: near Markar squareMakes an emphasis on cultural aspects of daily life of Zoroastrianism followers in Iran.
phone: +98 936 286 2044address: Mehriz townYet another world heritage-listed Persian Garden.
address: Saryazd villageSaryazd village dates back to Sassanid era (3rd-7th AD) and apart of the fortress has two caravanserais (Seljuk and Safavid ones), a water reservoir and a number of other historical building, all in half-destroyed state. Besides, there is a traditional restaurant located inside of Safavid Caravansary and a hotel named 'Najari House' offering 6 simple rooms.
KharānaqOne of the last remaining mud cities in Iran. Quite touristy place.
Chak Chakaddress: ArdakanA pilgrimage center for Zoroastrians.
Narin Castleaddress: Meybod townA mud-brick fort or castle built some 2,000 years ago, giving nice lookout on Meybod.
Yakhchalsaddress: Meybod townAncient evaporation coolers used to make and preserve ice in the desert
- Walk around in the historic neighbourhoods and relax in the parks. You can also hike up in the beautiful mountains of Yazd and enjoy a spectacular view of the city. If you are the more social type, relax in the cafes and chat with local Iranians. Most likely, they will be very interested in talking with you.
Pahlevani and zoorkhaneh ritualsIt's a traditional Iranian martial arts which practiced in a domed structure called zurkhaneh, training sessions consist mainly of ritual gymnastic movements and climax with the core of combat practice, a form of submission-grappling called koshti pahlavāni.
phone: +98 935 935 7123address: Kohan HotelYou will get familiar with Persian traditions, literature, music and some of the customs associated with the Iranian night gathering. Welcome drink, Persian storytelling, live Persian classical music (the Setar playing), fresh fruits, Yazdi cake with bitter orange blossom tea, narrating Persian anecdotes, and a three course dinner are included in this nightly event. It is held in a quiet and pleasant atmosphere. Reservations are necessary and sufficient bookings are required for the event to be held.
Exchange officeOffice with a good exchange rate.
The traditional restaurant and tea house of Kohan Hotel serves various Iranian traditional dishes such as fessenjun, gheime as well as some European and Indian dishes. It has a nice atmosphere and is located near the Alexander Prison.
phone: +98 913 854 7478address: No.44, Shah Abolghasem Alley, Seyyed Gole Sorkh StA cosy little bistro located in an ancient courtyard. Home made dishes, fresh juice and local drinks is served. Best known for its amazing coffee, made by Bialetti Moka express. €4-6 for a lunch or dinner
Parsa restaurantaddress: Salman-e-FarsiA modern type restaurant with not a very great exterior, but frequented by locals, and has a busy takeaway. Good food.
phone: +98-351-626 7783From the owners of Silk Road Hotel, which is on the other side of the street. The price of the rooms are all same as the Silk Road Hotel. It is especially tailored to the needs of families and group travelers. Has a glass deck on the second floor with nice panoramas of the city, and the beautiful Jame' Mosque, and a background of desert and mountains. To book your room at the Orient hotel, it is best to call or email the Silk Road Hotel. Good hotel, nice central courtyard. Showers have good pressure and water is hot. You can eat lunch and dinner here.
phone: +98-351-625 2730address: No 5, Tal-e Khakestary Alley, Masjed Jame StThis is undoubtedly the most popular and affordable of the backpacker hotels in Yazd. They off private rooms with ensuite bathrooms as well as a comfortable dorm. An excellent buffet breakfast and free wireless internet is included in the price. They also serve traditional food in the lovely courtyard restaurant. They also offer a number of interesting tours in and around Yazd - including overnight trips to the desert oasis Kharanaq, where they run another guesthouse.
phone: +98-351 6212485A little pricier and difficult to find, but also worth the effort. They also have a beautiful courtyard restaurant, an underground qanat room (water management system) to explore, and good views of the old city can be had from the roof. The hotel is family run, and also there is a tourist information office, a young man,who speaks wonderfully perfect German, English and a little Spanish, he can provide information about Yazd and other cities of Iran, time table of buses, air planes and trains. Various tours of Yazd are offered including camel rides, overnight stays in desert & bike riding in desert. Laundry service 150,000 rials.
phone: +9835-36203560-70Traditional architecture and modern amenities, in the middle of the city. Breakfast and Wi-Fi free.
phone: +98 3536208955address: Vaghto Saat squareThe hotel's main building was built in the late of Safavid period and in Qajar and Pahlavi period has been restored. Free Internet, public Wi-Fi, non-smoking rooms, laundry service , concierge , air conditioning, minibar, rooftop terrace, breakfast buffet, family hooms , 24-hr front desk, self-service laundry, daily housekeeping, flatscreen TV.
phone: +98 91 21 51 0861address: Saadi alley, YazdThe rooms are comfy and have a view of the central yard. Free WiFi and buffet breakfast are provided. The host family is friendly. Mo is enthousiastic and has a good knowledge of English.
phone: +98-35-3620-9981address: No. 3, Islami Alley, Hosseinian Alley, Imam StThe rooms are comfy and most have a view of the central yard. Free WiFi and buffet breakfast are provided and the coffee shop with its roof view is very atmospheric. The staff members are very professional and have good knowledge of English.
phone: +98 351 6229400address: #214, 10th Farvardin AveHotel Dad is an 80-year old hotel in the old center of town, with a traditional style, and 54 rooms. Swimming pool with poolside service and a sauna and jacuzzi. It has both a traditional Iranian and international restaurants, along with a coffee shop.
Outside of Yadz
phone: +98 9133524723address: 30 km southeast of Yazd en route to Bafq, Fahraj-YazdThis is a new guesthouse/hostel close to Yazd, that is right on the Dasht-e-Lud desert. The owner, Masoud, speaks excellent English and a little French, is very nice and very knowledgeable about the area. This hotel offers comfortable beds, a full buffet breakfast, new bathrooms, WiFi, kitchen facilities, dinner with a local family, and camel-riding courses. This hotel is great for both backpackers and traditional travellers looking for a trekking base or an authentic place to relax. There is a bus and train booking service for minimal commission. Tours: From 1-12 days - day tours to surrounding villages from an experienced guide, camel-riding courses, nomad tours from Yazd to Shiraz, one day hikes to Mt. Shirkuh (up to 4100 m), or a tour of your choosing can be arranged.
Immigration officeaddress: 75 metres north of Abozar Square on the west side of Kashani RoadVisa extensions for foreign tourists.