TRAIN

There are three trains daily from Yazd to Tehran (though berths can be hard to come by): two with six-berth couchettes (IR48,550, eight hours), via Kashan and Qom, departing at 9pm and 10.10pm; and a four-berth couchette at about 2am en route from Bandar Abbas. From Tehran, trains leave at 8.35pm and 10.20pm. For Kerman the train from Tehran stops at about 2.20am, but the 2nd-class train (IR15,950, five hours) departing at 6.10am is a better choice. For Bandar Abbas (1st class only, IR53,000, nine hours) there is a daily train at midnight, and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.10pm. Trains to Mashhad (Ghazal 1st class IR149,000) leave at 4.50pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving at 6.10am.

The train station (ยง139; S8am-1.30pm & 7-11pm) is next to the main bus terminal. Get here by shuttle taxi from Beheshti or Azadi Sqs, or charter a taxi for about IR10,000. Oddly, train tickets are much easier to buy from agencies (p257) than at the station.

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