Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport
The construction of a new airport near the Iranian capital Tehran was already started before the Islamic Revolution of 1979, in cooperation with American engineers. Following the revolution, the project was stopped for many years and the airport could only open in 2004. The airport was named after the leader of the Islamic Revolution.
Imam Khomeini Airport only handles international flights; the older and smaller Mehrabad Airport is used for domestic flights.
IATA airport code: IKA
ICAO airport code: OIIE
In 2011 subway line 1 was extended until the airport. This is a fast, efficient and cheap way to get from the airport to the Iranian capital. It's proposed to also connect subway line 3 with the airport.
Car and bus
The international airport is situated 30 kilometers southwest of Tehran. The airport is easily accessible by car via the freeway which runs from Tehran to Qom. The exit to the airport (which continues to Robat-Karim) is clearly signposted.
There's one bus service between the airport and Tehran. It's not a fast, but definitely the cheapest, way to get to the capital. The terminus is Azadi Square and it stops at the subway stations Haram-e-Motahar and Sohada.
Car rental Tehran Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies, but only of local providers, in the Arrivals Hall. Keep in mind that traffic in Tehran, especially during rush hour, is busy and chaotic.
Taxis can be found outside the Arrivals Hall. There's a fixed rate of 250,000 rial to any destination in Tehran. For a minibus-taxi you pay more, 350,000 rial. You can book taxis by telephone via +98(0)21 5100 7215 and +98(0)21 5100 7444.
There are three parking facilities at Tehran Airport. Parking garage P1 is connected with the terminal. You pay an entrance fee of 500 rial and subsequently 300 rial per hour or 4,500 rial per day. Parking at the open-air parking lots P2 and P3 costs 400 rial entrance fee, 200 rial per hour and 3,000 rial per day. Shuttle buses run from the parking lots to the terminal.
There's no hotel at Tehran Airport. Hotels in the Iranian capital that have a good connection (by road or by shuttle bus) with the airport are Hotel Laleh International (Tel. +98(0)21 8896 5021), Esteghlal Grand Hotel (Tel. +98(0)21 2266 0011), Azadi Grand Hotel (Tel. +98(0)21 207 3021) and Homa Hotel (Tel. +98(0)21 8877 3021).
Shops and restaurants
There are a limited number of restaurants, cafés, (snack) bars and shops at Tehran Airport. There are two coffee shops (Segafredo and Deli) and the Iranian café-restaurant Honey. The number of shops is also quite small, but you can buy unusual things such as Caspian caviar and pure, natural Iranian saffron.
You can contact the airport police (Tel. +98(0)2151007328 ) to inquire about lost objects.
Centrally situated in the terminal you can find an information desk for inquiries about Tehran Airport, flight schedules and airport services.
The VIP Lounge at Tehran Airport is called CIP (Commercial Important Person) Lounge. Here you can relax, read international newspapers or use Wi-Fi, while the CIP staff conclude the customs formalities for you. Extensive business facilities are offered by the Homa Hotel (see Hotels).
Tehran International Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.
There are three banks (Saman Bank, Sepah Bank and Meli Bank) and an exchange office, but no ATM's. There's also a post office and wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is available for free in the entire terminal.