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Bandar Abbas

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Bandar Abbas (or Bandar-e Abbas) is a city in Hormozgān.


Bandar Abbas is a port town and many of its residents come from other parts of Iran for work. It is inadvisable to swim in the sea as it is polluted. The original inhabitants of Bander Abbas are known as Banduris and can often be spotted for their colourful clothing and burqas. Most of the city shuts down between 2-6PM, as it is too hot to do anything but the mildest activities.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

There are domestic flights to Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashad and Tehran, and an international connection to Dubai.

By train[edit]

Bandar Abbas is accessible by train from Tehran and Isfahan.

By car[edit]

By bus[edit]

There are buses to and from Tehran, Kerman, Shiraz, Zahedan and others. The bus terminal is on the east side of the city around 5km out by the coast and is signposted in English from the edge of the city.

By boat[edit]

There is a boat from Sharjah three times a week, leaving Sharjah on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Ferries from Bandar abbas will depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9pm. Tickets can be booked from travel agencies in the town. A one-way trip costs about US$50 and takes about twelve hours.

Get around[edit]

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Bandar isn’t blessed with a lot of must-see sights – actually, none – but it’s not totally devoid of flavour. The lively bazaar rambles its way across two blocks just back from the seafront, and is probably the most colourful part of town. A seafront promenade leads east and has an evening flea market. At its end, the busy fish market is full of charismatic old salts happy to pose for pictures with their catch. Work on the huge mosque a few metres east of the bazaar seems to have restarted despite local concerns that the engineering is not good enough for a major earthquake zone.

  • Cultural Museum of Handicrafts

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  • Genoo thermal spring, Sirjan Road (34 km northeast of Bandar Abbas). this spring is situated at a distance of 34 km. northeast of Bandar Abbas and alongside the Bandar Abbas - Sirjan Road. The water from this spring which is calcium sulfuric in nature is used for irrigating the palm groves or plantations and also for bathing purposes. This spring is equipped with two segregated pools for ladies and gents.  edit



Persian Gulf Mines & Minerals Corporation has a very large complex in Bandar Abbas.There are at present 4 Steel Mills.Hormuzgan Steel Complex is the most modern one built by a German giant SMS Group.There are two Aluminium plants in Bandar Abbas.Bandar Abbas being a coastal city,there are numerous small & big workshops for repairing ship engines & small boat engines.Other than this,one can find work in jetty area.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

cafe: JOLFA CAFE:a warm,cozy place with wood decoration and best menu




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  • Mema Pazir Bouali, $15 for 4 beds, $11 for a double
  • Kowsar Hotel, $37 for a twin room

Budgeteers (solo travellers in particular) won't have an easy time in Bandar. Be prepared to spend big, or head elsewhere...



  • Hormoz Hotel, [1]
  • Homa Hotel


Stay safe[edit]



The City center mall has two small internet cafes in the second floor. One hour of internet costs 20 000 RLS (~0.50 EUR, Jan 2014). nowadays high speed internet through LTE and 4G is available in whole city. Prepaid sim cards costs about 200000 RLS (~5.7 $, Jan 2016) in three different operators.

Get out[edit]

Qeshm Island is a nice island just a short boat ride away. The ferry costs one way 125.000 IRR (~3 EUR) and takes about 30-60 minutes.

Hormoz Island is a smaller Island about 40 min away from Bandar abbas. The ferry costs one way 40 000 RLS (~1 EUR). On the island, there is a impressive fort built by the Portuguese during the colonial times. Those interested in geography will be amazed by the Rainbow valley, a place with various colors of vulcanic stone.

Minab has a lively bazaar.

First and second class sleeper trains leave Bandar Abbas at 12.55 pm and 12.30 pm respectively and go to cities like Yazd, Kashan and Tehran. The ticket cost to Tehran as of September 2014 was 706000 Rial including a small snack, a cup of tea, orange juice and water. There is a restaurant wagon that serves Rice and tchelokebap (not included in the ticket). A set of tea for two people with a tea bag lasting for three cups is 20000 Rial. The first class train compartments seating a maximum of 4 people are spacious and comfy but the air conditioning randomly switches from off to too cold, so better wear a sweater while sleeping. Pillows and blankets included. Also, there is one power outlet per compartment with European and American plug compatibility.

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