Travel budget and cost of living in Iran how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Iran

Iran: calculate your travel budget

Iran: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Iran for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 47 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.5 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 891* (34986854 IRR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 131 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 2.1 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 2378* (93467038 IRR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 136 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 4.2 per person
  • $ 7.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2675* (105138096 IRR)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Iran in 2019

Cost of living: Iran VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Iran in 2019 is 34% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Iran in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Iran by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Iran compared to the national average.

Cities /Iran View Details
Tehran 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tehran
Rasht 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Rasht
Karaj 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Karaj
Esfahan 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Esfahan
Arak 24% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Arak
Qazvin 25% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Qazvin
Shiraz 31% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Shiraz

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Local prices in Iran by expense type

Restaurant budget in Iran

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Iran costs 57% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.4/person
($ 3.2 to $ 8.2)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 9.6/person
($ 6.9 to $ 16)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.3/person
($ 3.8 to $ 7.6)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.3/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 4.1)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Iran

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Iran costs 31% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 47/night
( $ 47)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 153/night
( $ 75)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 109/night
( $ 109)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 162/night
( $ 134)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 261/night
( $ 255)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502

Supermarket food budget in Iran

On average, the price of supermarket food in Iran costs 40% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.4/500g
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 3.3/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.5)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 3.1)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5/kg
($ 2.5 to $ 9.2)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.7/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 7)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 1.7/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 3)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.7)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 23/kg
($ 9.7 to $ 32)

78% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Iran

On average, the price of transport in Iran costs 55% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 13/month
($ 7.6 to $ 22)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.2/km
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.2/litre
($ 0.2 to $ 0.2)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.4
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 72/24hrs
($ 27 to $ 133)

82% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Iran

On average, the cost of housing in Iran costs 68% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 40/month
($ 26 to $ 54)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 24/month
($ 13 to $ 54)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 457/month
($ 214 to $ 763)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 275/month
($ 153 to $ 508)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1014/month
($ 536 to $ 2032)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 654/month
($ 376 to $ 1271)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 30/month
($ 13 to $ 52)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 150/month
($ 76 to $ 377)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1642/yr
($ 754 to $ 4063)

91% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Iran

On average, budget for leisure activities in Iran costs 11% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.8/ticket
($ 2.2 to $ 5)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 24/hr
($ 10.6 to $ 52)

48% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Iran

On average, shopping budget in Iran is 25% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.6/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 6.3)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 52
($ 32 to $ 101)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 52
($ 22 to $ 108)

38% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 194
($ 90 to $ 382)

145% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 84
($ 44 to $ 177)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Tehran
London → Tehran
London → Tehran
$ 490
(fair price: $ 423)
Manchester → Tehran
Manchester → Tehran
Manchester → Tehran
$ 655
(fair price: $ 597)
Toronto (Ontario) → Tehran
Toronto (Ontario) → Tehran
Toronto (Ontario) → Tehran
$ 1298
(fair price: $ 1142)
Los Angeles → Tehran
Los Angeles  → Tehran
Los Angeles  → Tehran
$ 1200
(fair price: $ 1079)
Dublin → Tehran
Dublin → Tehran
Dublin → Tehran
$ 555
(fair price: $ 482)
Edinburgh → Tehran
Edinburgh → Tehran
Edinburgh → Tehran
$ 692
(fair price: $ 635)
Montreal → Tehran
Montreal → Tehran
Montreal → Tehran
$ 1269
(fair price: $ 1120)
New York City → Tehran
New York City → Tehran
New York City → Tehran
$ 1035
(fair price: $ 961)
Sydney → Tehran
Sydney → Tehran
Sydney → Tehran
$ 1557
(fair price: $ 1404)

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About the information on the cost of living in Iran

The information about the cost of living in Iran shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Iran updated on 18-05-2019.

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