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Zahedan is the capital of Baluchistan province in Iran. It is border city connecting Iran with Pakistan and if one is not going through Afghanistan, they'll have to pass through Zahedan on the overland route from Istanbul to New Delhi.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

The airport is on the outskirts of the city, and has connections to Tehran, Isfahan, Kerman, Mashhad, Gorgan, Shiraz in Iran and also an International flight to Dubai

By train[edit]

Trains run twice a month from Quetta in Pakistan, leaving Quetta on the 1st and 15th every month. The journey takes around 11 hours and costs around 1000 Pakistani rupees.

The railroad from Bam/Kerman to Zahedan was finally inaugurated in June 2009, with traffic started in January 2012. There is a direct Tehran-Zahedan train, which takes about 24 hours and is formed of couchette sleepers. More information can be found on the Iranian railways website.

Get around[edit]


  • Makki Mosque and its madrasa
  • Zahedan has also a Friday mosque for shiye
  • Jame mosque
  • The city has a Sikh gurdwara
  • A colorful bazaar, Rasouli Bazaar, can also be found in the city, where Baluchi and Pashtun traders intermingle.
  • About 100 km south of Zahedan is an intermittently active volcano, Taftan, which rises abruptly 4,042 meters from the surrounding plain.


If you’re very lucky you might be in town for a camel race (mosabagheh-ye shotor-e davani), a traditional Baluchi activity usually held in summer.





Go next[edit]

  • Pakistan - this is a likely candidate for why you're here in the first place, but make sure you've got a visa before coming, as the consulate here no longer issues them. Mashad also has a Pakistani Consulate where you can get visas there, which is the nearest place to pick one up. Also Tehran has a Pakistani Embassy.
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