In Iran, the railway sector began to develop after 1914. The first Tabriz-Julfa line was built by specialists from Russia. Today the railways of Iran represent an extensive network. Its infrastructure is developing rapidly, despite the mountainous relief of the country..
Condition of the railway system
The length of the railway lines exceeds 10 thousand km. The longest are the following routes: Tehran - Bandar Khomeini, Qum - Zerend, Isfaan - Shiraz, etc. Only a small part of the railways is electrified, therefore diesel locomotives are most often used to service trains. Currently, the country is undergoing modernization of the railway system, which includes the laying of new tracks. Iran's railways are actively used for the transportation of goods. The railway network in this country is perfect for the transit of various goods from Asia, Europe and the Persian Gulf. Over the year, over 2-3 million tons of transit cargo is transported along the country's railways. Passenger transportation takes place on trains, which differ in the degree of comfort of the wagons. There are sleeping compartments for 4 and 6 people, seating comfortable seats and hard seats..
Iranian train tickets are inexpensive. In Iran, rail transport is in great demand among passengers. Ticket demand often outstrips supply. Locomotives built in Germany are used for transportation. Not so long ago, the country began to produce its own diesel engines. The cars are produced at an Iranian enterprise «Wagon Pars». Iran's railways were owned by a state-owned company from the start «Iranian Railways». In recent years, private enterprises have begun to penetrate into this area. Today, most of the freight cars and almost half of the rolling stock from the passenger transportation sector have been privatized. The remaining wagons and locomotives are the property of the national company «Rajah». The official website of the enterprise - www2.rajatrains.com.
Train travel is cheap. Traveling by train is in many cases more convenient and faster than other modes of transport. Various surcharges apply for travel on express trains. Train tickets can be purchased at any station. The booking system in Iran is far from perfect, so sometimes there are overlaps with tickets for passing trains. Online ticket reservation service is available to passengers. This can be done on the goiran.ru website. Prices depend on the duration of the trip and on the type of train. You can book any ticket using a credit card for payment.