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Mashhad - Getting There

Mashhad is well connected by air,rail and road to major cities across the globe and within Iran.


By Air

International flights connect Mashhad International Airport with Istanbul,Bahrain,Dubai,Kuwait,Beirut,Jeddah,Doha,Dushanbe and Kabul. There are 5-10 flights everyday to Mashhad from the Iranian cities of Tehran,Shiraz and Isfahan. Kish Air offers a two hour flight to Mashhad from Kish Island.



By Train

10 trains offering different fares and facilities travel from Tehran to Mashhad everyday. The duration of the journey by train from Tehran to Mashhad is 8-14 hours. There is one daily train from Sarakhs and other trains from Turkmenistan,Ashgabat and Merv.



By Road

Buses from other important cities coming in to Mashhad travel by night. There are no international buses arriving at the city.


Getting Around

Mashhad is served by a comprehensive city bus service and a metro.


Cool year round temperature is the highlight of the citys weather. Summer nights here can be very cool and travelers to the city must carry light sweaters. The city can be very cold in the winter with the necessity for the appropriate warm clothing.
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The local time in Mashhad is GMT +3:30 hours. Iran observes daylight savings time and the majority of the country is one time zone,with the exception in the far west of the country.



Mashhad is the second most populous city in Iran and capital of Razavi Khorasan Province. It is located in the northeast of the country,close to the borders of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. It was a major oasis along the ancient Silk Road connecting with Merv in the East. The city is most famous and revered for housing the tomb of Imam Reza,the eighth Shia Imam. Every year,millions of pilgrims visit the Imam Reza shrine and pay their tributes to Imam Reza. Mashhad is also known as the city of Ferdowsi,the Iranian poet of Shahnameh,which is considered to be the national epic of Iran.


The Imam Reza shrine

The Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad,Iran is a complex which contains the mausoleum of Imam Reza,the eighth Imam of Twelver Shiites. It is the largest mosque in the world by dimension and the second largest by capacity. Also contained within the complex are the Goharshad Mosque,a museum,four seminaries,a cemetery,the Razavi University of Islamic Sciences,a dining hall for pilgrims,vast prayer halls and other buildings.

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Some points of interest lie outside the city: the tomb of Khajeh Morad,along the road to Tehran; the tomb of Khajeh Rabi located 6 kilometers north of the city where there are some inscriptions by the renowned Safavid calligrapher Reza Abbasi; and the tomb of Khajeh Abasalt,a distance of 20 kilometers from Mashhad along the road to Neishabur. Among the other sights are the tomb of the poet Ferdowsi in Tus,24 kilometers distance,and the summer resorts at Torghabeh,Torogh,Akhlamad,Zoshk and Shandiz.