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The White Bridge over the Karoun River

Ahvaz (Persian: اهواز, also Romanized as Ahwaz) is a city in and the capital of Khuzestan Province in south western Iran. It has a population of around 1.5 million.


Ahvaz is situated on the banks of the Karoun River, which splits the city into two large districts. The western half is mostly housing with some government departments. The eastern half is both residential and Industrial. The main train station is on the western side and the airport is on the eastern side.

Ahvaz is extremely hot in the summer. Expect 45 degrees C in July and August. If you have breathing problems, be aware that according to a survey by the World Health Organization, Ahvaz has the world's worst air pollution[1].

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By plane[edit]

There are daily flights to Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz. There are weekly flights to Dubai-Kuwait City-Mashad. Airlines serving Ahvaz airport are Iran Air-Caspian Airlines-Mahan Airlines-Eran Air-Aria Air-Iran Air Tours-Iran Asseman Airlines.

There are many travel agencies, but the best and most trusted is OXIN travel agency that sits on the corner of the 7th street in Kianpars. They are a trusted company and have flight tickets for all the destinations in Iran, they also provide great vacation tours to Asian countries like U.A.E., Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan, Vietnam and many more.

By train[edit]

There are daily trains to Tehran-Khorramshahr and Bandar Imam Khomeini. Ahvaz is the major junction for trains heading from the southern ports to Tehran, and from Tehran you can change trains and go further to Mashad or Tabriz. There are 3 daily trains to Tehran.

By car[edit]

you can travel from Tehran(capital city of iran) to Ahvaz with comfort car.the long of this travel is 10 h.

By bus[edit]

There are daily busses to many destinations in Iran 1.Ahvaz-Tehran- 2.-Ahvaz-Isfahan 3.Ahvaz-Shiraz- 4.Ahvaz-Mashad- 5.Ahvaz-Khorramabad. The main bus station is located in Kampelo for busses headed north(ie:Tehran)--- For busses headed east(Isfahan and Shiraz-Masjed Suleiman) the station is at 4 Lions Square--- South bound busses leave from Khorramshahr Square.

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Get around[edit]

Taxis roam around the city 24 hours a day and are relatively inexpensive. Around 7000 tomans for the longest trip in the city. There are also taxi agencies everywhere, if you can't find one on your own, all the hotels have taxi agencies. Busses ply most innercity routes and are very cheap.

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Being a oil business oriented city, there are not alot of interesting places to see in Ahvaz. Most people go to Kianpars street at night and stroll amongs the shops. You could visit the old and hectic bazaar area(Taleqani Street). The best places in Ahvaz are situated alongside the river. The river boulevard is a nice place to stroll and has many parks. One of the attractions of Ahvaz is the oil well flares situated on the border of the city, but it's only nice at night time.

  • Riverside Park, Kianpars, Ahvaz. Riverside Park the the oldest park of the city. It is located in Kianpars and beside the White Bridge. The view of Karoun river, white bridge, other side of the city and the islands are interesting.  edit
  • White Bridge. The white bridge was the first bridge crossing Karoun river made by Swedish engineers about 80 years ago. The bridge is now considered as the main symbol of the city.  edit

Zeytoon Karmandi is one of the oldest neighbour in Ahvaz with the nice park in middle it and its a favorite place of young people to walk along the streets.

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  • Sailing on the river. You can rent a boat and go sailing on Karoun river in many parks nearby the river.  edit


Chamran (Ahvaz) University--Azad University with 3 Campuses--National Iranian Oil Company University


Travel Agencies[edit]

There are many, but the best and most trusted is OXIN travel agency that sits on the corner of the 7th street in Kianpars.

They are a trusted company and have flight tickets for all the destinations in Iran, they also provide great vacation tours to Asian countries like U.A.E., Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan, Vietnam and many more.

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All the Ahvaz neighborhoods have a local market place, the upscale shops are mostly situated alongside Chamran Blvd.(Kianpars), Zeitoon Karmandi (Cheetah Square), and the main bazaar is on Taleqani Street.

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There are many sandwich shops and fast food shops in the city. Most are average. Good ice cream store located in a cellar below a cake store. Haji Baba Coffe Shop can be found next to the bazar, heading towards the white bridge.. No english spoken.Naser(Simorgh) ice cream shop is one of the oldest ice cream makers in Ahvaz,you will enjoy the smell of Saffron ice cream mixed with Pistachio,the shop is located in Nezami st behind the Naderi st.


Oxin Hotel Restaurant- Try the Shir Mahi(Fish) Kebabs and they also serve great Meat Kebabs. They have specials that change daily, my favorite is the Shrimp.

Athena Pizza in Kianpars serves excellent deep dish pizzas.

Pizza Pizza in Zeytun is the best, make sure you visit this location if you visit Ahvaz, the Pizza Pizza in Kianpars is not that great!!!

River Side Restaurant,The tourists loves this place because its quality.fried Shorideh mahi(fish)which is served with mixed vegetable rice(Sabzi polo.also you would try their special Shrimps meal and Lamb leg.the prices are very good in comprise with other places for sure you will be happy.River Side is located in Zeytoon Karmandi,Fatemi st.


Astoria Hotel Restaurant-Expensive and below average food.

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You cannot legally find alcohol in Iran so your drinking is limited to soft drinks and fruit juice. There are many good fruit juice shops in Ahvaz and you will find them easily. In the summer stay away from Cantaloupe juice and Banana milk shakes. River Side tradition tea house is good place to have seat for drink a Cherry tea or Saffron tea.

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There are many mehmansara (Guest House) in Ahvaz. Most don't admit foreigners and the ones that do are not up to foreign standards. But they are inexpensive.


Oxin Hotel is near the airport and is moderately priced. It has an excellent restaurant and the rooms are clean and they have great air conditioning. They also have large screen televisions in the lobby and mostly show football games. They speak very good English and can help you arrange any kind of tour or transport. Hotel Iran is reasonably ok, but make sure u ask for a room on refurbished floors. BASIC english spoken. Restaurant good and reasonably priced at around 9000 toman for a chicken kebab. Chuchey kebab. Plenty of hot water and good AC in refurbished rooms. Naderi Hotel is a Top 3stars hotel in Ahvaz with over 60 years experience. It has lobby, restaurant, coffee shop, laundry, parking lot, 24 hours room services and high speed internet anywhere in the hotel. The personels are good in English and Arabic. You can also visit the hotel site:


Fajr (Former Astoria) Hotel is the best hotel in the city. It is situated by the riverside and has great views but it's expensive.


Stay safe[edit]


Not easy without Farsi.

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