Learn to speak Farsi for your travel to Iran

On your travl to Iran, you may need to speak to Iranianas who do not know the English language, so it would be perfet to know some key phrases in Persian, so that Persian native speakers would help you. Here are some key words and phrases in Persian (Farsi) for your travel to Iran.

                  English                Pronunciation           Persian (Farsi)
Hello Salam سلام
Good bye Khoda Hafez خداحافظ
See you later! Ba’adan mibinamet بعداً میبینمت
Good morning Sobh be kheir صبح بخیر
Good night Shab be kheir شب بخیر
Good evening Asr be kheir عصر بخیر
How are you? Chetori?/halet chetori? چطوری؟
I’m fine Man khoobam من خوبم
I miss you Delam barat tang shode دلم برات تنگ شده
What’s new? What’s up? Che khabar? چه خبر؟
Nothing much Khabari nist خبری نیست
Thank you Mamnoon ممنون
Say hi to John for me Be John salam bereson به جان سلام برسون
You’re welcome Khahesh mikonam

Ghabeli nadasht

خواهش میکنم

قابلی نداره

Don’t worry! Negaran nabashi نگران نباش
Excuse me (to get someone’s attention) Bebakhshid ببخشید
Sorry Bebakhshid ببخشید
Have a nice day Rooze khobi dashte bashi روز خوبی داشته باشی
What is your name? Esmet chie? اسمت چیه؟
My name is … Esme man … ast اسم من…است
Pleased to meet you

Nice to meet you

Az didane shoma khoshalam از دیدن شما خوشحالم
Bon appetit / Have a nice meal Nooshe jan نوش جان
Bon voyage / Have a good journey Safar be kheir سفر بخیر
Where’s the toilet/bathroom? Dastshoyi kojas? دستشویی کجاس؟
What time is it? Saat chande? ساعت چنده؟
It’s 10 o’clock.

07:30pm

Saat dah ast.

Saat haft-o nim-e ba’ad az zohr ast.

ساعت ده است

ساعت هفت و نیم بعداز ظهر است

How much is it Gheymate in chand ast? قیمت این چند است؟
Give me some discount Be man takhfif bede. به من تخفیف بده
It is expensive In geran ast. این گران است
I’m hungry Man gorosne hastam. من گرسنه هستم
I’m thirsty Man teshneh hastam. من تشنه هستم
Where do you come from? Ahle koja hasti? اهل کجا هستی؟
I come from Spain Man ahle Spania hastam. من اهل اسپانیا هستم
I understand Mifahmam. میفهمم
I don’t understand Man nemifahmam. نمیفهمم
I don’t know Nemidoonam. نمیدونم
I need a doctor Man niaz be doctor daram. من نیازبه دکتر دارم
I feel sick Man mariz hastam. من مریض هستم
Please say that again Lotfan dobare begoo. لطفاً دوباره بگو
Please speak more slowly Lotfan ahest-e tar sohbat kon. لطفاً آهسته تر صحبت کن
Please write it down Lotfan benevisesh. لطفاً بنویسش
I speak Persian (Farsi) a little Man Farsi kam baladam. من فارسی کم بلدم
What Does … Mean in English?(an object or a word) In be englisi chi mishe? این به انگلیسی چی میشه؟
What Is This In chi hast? این چی هست؟
I’m lost Man gom shodam. من گم شدم
I have to go to… (a place) Man bayad beram be… من باید برم به…
Can I help you? Mitonam komaket konam? میتونم کمکت کنم؟
Can you help me? Mitoni komakam koni? میتونی کمکم کنی؟
Merry Christmas Christmas mobarak کریسمس مبارک
Happy New Year Sal-e no mobarak سال نو مبارک
Happy Birthday Tavalodet mobarak تولدت مبارک
Congratulations! Tabrik migam تبریک میگم
Good luck! Movafagh bashi موفق باشی
Bless you (when sneezing) Afiat bashe عافیت باشه
Good/ Bad/ So-So Khoob /Bad(the same as English term)/taghriban خوب / بد/ تقریباً
Today/ Now Emrooz/ Al’an امروز / الان
Tomorrow/ Yesterday Farad/ Dirooz فردا / دیروز
Here you go! (when giving something) Befarmaeed بفرمایید
Hurry up! Zood bash زود باش
Do you like it? Doosesh dari? دوسش داری؟
I really like it! Man doosesh daram. من دوسش دارم
Call the police Be police zang bezan. به پلیس زنگ بزن
Yes Baleh بله
No Nah نه
Friend Doost دوست
Pharmacy Daroo khaneh داروخانه
Hospital Bimarestan بیمارستان
Fire Atash آتش
Help Komak کمک
Why Chera چرا؟
Who Che kasi? چه کسی؟
What Chi? چی؟
How Chetor? چطور؟
Where Koja? کجا؟
When Kay? کی؟
Stop! Eest ایست
Really! Vaghean? واقعاً
Look! Negah kon نگاه کن
Please Lotfan لطفاً
I Man من
You (singular) To تو
He/She Ou او
It Oon اون
We Ma ما
You Shoma شما
They Ishan ایشان
Wife Zan / khanoom زن / خانم
Husband Shohar شوهر
Spouse Hamsar همسر
Son/boy Pesar پسر
Daughter/girl Dokhtar دختر
Mother Madar مادر
Father Pedar پدر
Sister Khahar خواهر
Brother Baradar برادر
Mr. /Man Agha آقا
Mrs. /Ms. /Lady Khanom خانم
English Numbers 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Persian Numbers 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Persian Pronunciation Sefr Yek Dow Seh Chahar Panj Shish Haft Hasht Noh Dah
English Numbers 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Persian Numbers 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Persian Pronunciation Bist See Chehel Panjah Shast Haftad Hashtad Navad Sad
Iran transport information

Iran Transport Information

Iran Transport Information

If you are traveling to Iran by yourself without the help of a tour operator, you might need to know about Iran transport information and how the public transportation system of the country works. To arrive in Iran you can choose an air, rail, or bus system depending on where are you coming from. Once you are inside the country the public transportation in big cities is available at a low price for everyone.

Taxi

Taxis are widely available in big and small cities. You can either hail a private or a shuttle taxi. Shuttle taxis travel between the main streets and squares of the city so you need to know the name of the street or the square. Sometimes to arrive at your destination you might need to hop on more than one shuttle taxi or you can hail for a private ride which will be more expensive. To hail a private taxi you can say ‘Dar Bast’ to the driver and he will take you to your destination at any location in the city. It is best to agree on a price before you get in the car.

For a shuttle or a shared taxi, you can find the taxi stations on almost all the squares and most of the main streets of the city. You will see a lot of yellow or green taxis waiting on their stations to be filled and take off toward their destination. Taxis wait in lines with the name of their destinations written on a sign next to each line. If you do not see a taxi station step on the road and shout the name of your destination for the taxis going on your way and the one that is going to your destination will stop.

There are also agency taxis or telephone taxis that every hotel and household knows one and has the number of their local agency taxis and they can call and ask for a car to your destination. The agency taxi is more expensive than the shuttle and it can stick around with you all day or you can hire it for your entire stay.

Also, there is a special taxi for ladies only, in the big cities. All the drivers are women and they will accept lady customers only. You can reserve a taxi by calling them at 1814 and they are starting their online services on their website http://taxibanovan.com/.

  • If you are going to use Tehran’s subway and bus services pretty often during your stay, purchase an electronic ticket from a bus or metro station. Using the electronic ticket for the metro will cost you less than purchasing a regular ticket for every trip, but it has the same price for the bus trips. The e-tickets are easy to use since you charge it any amount you wish and do not need to stay in the line of purchasing a ticket for every trip you want to take.

Bus

There is bus transportation in all cities of Iran, and in big cities like Tehran, it is the best way to escape the traffic and crowded streets of city centers. Tehran has BRT (bus rapid transit) system which runs 24/7 in ten different lines throughout the city. You can check out the map here. The fee for every trip is 5000 Rials for the bus with or without the e-ticket.

Minibusses in Tehran are almost extinct since the bus system has improved in recent years, except in some less developed areas of the city.

Metro (underground subway)

Tehran’s subway has four lines running in different directions plus one extra line that goes to Karaj. Subway gives you the fastest reach to almost any location in Tehran, you just need to find out which line is the best for your destination and if you need to change your train figure out on which station you must move to another line. Plus on the boards in the trains, the name of the stations are in Farsi only but in the stations and on this map the English name is available. Keep in mind that the subway during the rush hours 7-9 am, 4-7 pm is very crowded. The fee for a trip with the e-ticket starts from 2000 Rials and it goes up depending on the time you were using the metro. If you do not use the e-ticket and purchase a ticket, the one-way ticket is 6000 Rial and a two-way ticket is 10,000 Rials.

On the Road

Travel between the cities is the best by train and bus. Both are very comfortable and have fair pricing. There are VIP buses for longer trips that are very comfortable with a service box of juice and cookies. You can purchase the bus tickets at the terminal since the websites are in Farsi only also visa or master cards do not work in Iran yet, due to banking sanctions.

For transportation between cities, you can choose railway as well and if you are traveling in a group you can purchase the ticket for four to six seated wagons that the seats turn into a bed for a comfortable night sleep as well. Some railways systems, such as Tehran-Mashhad, have different quality levels, from more luxuries to ordinary classifications. For the railways, you need to purchase the tickets at the terminal.

There are private cars as well to transport you between the cities which will take four passengers to the destination and might be at the same price as the bus fare but it is less comfortable compared to the bus or train specially for longer journeys.

Iran Dress code

Iran Dress Code