Money, Cost and Expense

When you want to travel to Iran you need to plan for monetary units.  Because of unstable exchange rates and an isolated banking system has created a few difficulties and questions about how to plan and what to bring before coming to Iran. Don’t forget Iran is one of the cheapest countries in the Middle East for travelers,

Currency, Rials or Tomans?

Iranian money is Rials or Tomans? Usually, this is what confuses almost every traveler in Iran. We have two common currencies in Iran. The first and the official currency is Iranian Rial (Rls or ریال) and the currency people use informally, is Tomans.

1 Toman = 10 Rials.

1000 Tomans = 10,000 Rials.

Money-1000-Rials10,000 Rials =1000 Tomans

are the printed and Tomans are the discussed currencies. Iranians use Rials in banknotes, coins, official deals and use Tomans informally. So when you want to pay for taxi, shopping or buy something at store you have to pay toman not rials.

Currently, we use eight different banknotes (100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500 Rials) and five different coins (5000, 2000, 1000, 500 and 250 Rials).

The symbol of Iranian rial is IRR (Rls)

If they’re not falling apart, Iranian banknotes are easy to read as the numbers and names are printed in Farsi and English. However, coins are only marked in Persian.

Iran Duty Free

The following goods can be imported into Iran without imposing customs duties

  • Gifts on which the import duty/tax does not exceed US$80.
  • A reasonable quantity of cigarettes.
  • Reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use.

The following goods is strictly prohibited to importe into Iran .

Alcohol, narcotics, arms and ammunition, radio apparatus, CD and DVDs, any written, printed or recorded materials against the Islamic and national beliefs of the country (fashion magazines and obscene publications), Satellite telephones, all horticultural and agricultural goods including seeds and soil, and gambling tools. Penalties for being in possession of narcotics are very severe.

 Iran Guide

 Dress Code