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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

By plane

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

By train

Bandar Abbas is accessible by train from Tehran and Isfahan.

By car

By bus

There are buses to and from Tehran, Kerman, Shiraz 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

There are boats to Dubai and Sharjah.

There is a weekly boat to Dubai and Dhaka. The journey costs about 600 000 rials and takes eight hours. Lunch is included.

Get around


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


  • 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.



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.









  • 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


Get out

Qeshm Island is a nice island just a thirty minute boat ride away.

Minab has a lively bazaar.

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