Most people don’t think about Iran when they consider where to go on their next backpacking adventure. Still, Tehran is a fantastic city full of plenty of amazing architecture, incredible food, and some of the best hospitality in the world. History buffs will love marveling at the museums.

The National Museum even has ruins that date all of the way back to the Paleolithic era, and the National Jewelry Museum boasts rare and precious jewels from Qajar’s monarchs. Check out a perfect panoramic view of the entire city at the Milad Tower, where anyone can climb to the observation deck.

The city itself is well worth exploring, but what will stand out most is Tehran’s comfortable hospitality and abundance of inexpensive and beautiful hostels and hotels. You can stay in this Middle Eastern destination for far less than you’d spend in other parts of the world. Even more exciting, the accommodation is world-class and always designed to impress and cater to your needs.

Tehran is a world-class metropolis that has not quite hit the tourist map, which makes it a desirable location for backpackers who want to broaden their horizons and have a truly memorable experience on their next adventure. 

Tehran Heritage Hostel

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from $7 / 10-dorm 4.7/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Currency exchange

The Tehran Heritage Hostel is a fantastic place to lay your head in either a private or dorm room. Even those on a backpacker shoestring budget will find that private rooms are often inexpensive in Tehran, so why not treat yourself? 

This hostel is newer, centrally located, and very close to the metro, making it one of the most convenient options in the city. Their dorms are spacious and bright, with privacy curtains and large secure lockers. Laundry, kitchen facilities, and a coffee station are available at the Tehran Heritage Hostel. They also have working WiFi in common areas as well as dorm rooms, so guests can connect wherever they are. Most hostels only have WiFi in certain areas, so this is a huge advantage. Breakfast is included, and there is a currency exchange on-site. Essentially, the Tehran Heritage Hostel strives to be as convenient as possible.

Hi Tehran Hostel

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from $7 / 8-dorm 4.6/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly hostel 
  • Free breakfast

If you’re looking for a homey kind of place to lay your head, the Hi Tehran Hostel I is the ticket. It’s centrally located and small, with only six rooms, so you’re really able to get to know your neighbors. There are a generously-sized kitchen and a lovely garden to relax in. This hostel also has on-site parking, free breakfast, and laundry facilities. It even welcomes furry friends as long as they are socialized and behaved.

Ultimately, the Hi Tehran Hostel I is a fantastic place to visit if you want to chill out in the capital city, but it’s not much of a party hostel. There’s a very calm, coworking vibe at the Hi Tehran Hostel I that will give tired travelers a welcome break from the hardships of the road.

Vono Hostel

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from $10 / 5-dorm 3.9/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • Plenty of tours for adventure-seeking travelers
  • Currency exchange
  • On-site cafe and full kitchen 

Vono Hostel is unique because it was built for travelers, by travelers. It caters more to the adventure-loving set, and you’ll find a whole host of different outdoor activities to do while visiting Vono Hostel. 

There are private rooms for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of traveling or dorms for people who want a better sense of community. The Vono Hostel is located right downtown, so you only have to walk a few minutes to get anywhere you want to go. It’s close to the metro station too. There’s a nice cafe right on-site, or a kitchen where you can cook your own food. The Vono Hostel also has plenty of community rooms for fellowship and fun.

Arian Hostel

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from $9 / 12-dorm 4.8/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • Your furry friends are welcome
  • There’s a lovely courtyard and pool
  • Business center on-site

The Arian Hostel is more like a hotel than a traditional hostel, and those who are looking for a higher-end experience with comparably lower prices will undoubtedly want to check it out. It’s right in the center of old-town Tehran, and you can walk to most of the tourist destinations in the city.

The hostel prides itself on differentiating its stay from that of other budget accommodations, specifically in providing travelers with a little bit of luxury for their dollars. With both private rooms and dorms available, the Arian Hostel can cater to all different types of tastes and budgets.

There’s even a Business Center for checking email and printing flight tickets, as well as a lovely courtyard with a small pool.

See You In Iran Hostel

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from $9 / 8-dorm 4.4/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Laundry services and facilities
  • Internet cafe on-site

The See You in Iran Hostel has got to have one of the cutest names ever, and it lives up to its social promises with a bustling cafe, garden, and plenty of dorm rooms. There are private rooms at the See You in Iran Hostel for those who would prefer not to share.

Well-traveled Iranians run the hostel itself and there’s a huge focus on community and sharing travel stories. All of the spaces in the See You in Iran Hostel are specifically geared towards communal activities. There’s even a fully-functioning kitchen that is the perfect place for a meal with new friends. The See you in Iran Hostel is close to all major tourist attractions and the Tehran metro.

Seven Hostel In Tehran

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from $4 / 4-dorm 4.1/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • Airport transfers and shuttles
  • Free breakfast
  • Laundry facilities on-site

Seven Hostel was the first ever built in Tehran and enjoys something of a cult following in the city. It’s very close to the Grand Bazaar, and you can easily access the metro from right outside the hostel. 

Catering to younger travelers, the Seven Hostel is about as social of a place as you can expect to find in the Iranian capital. People from all over the world flock to Seven Hostel, where they can enjoy a private or dorm room and the fellowship of other travelers. One of the most unique aspects of the Seven Hostel is that it offers airport transfers. Strange airports can be challenging for travelers, especially if they arrive at night, so this perk is not lost on the nomadic community of Tehran!


Tehran is a beautiful city that fuses together old and new. There are plenty of things to check out in the bustling streets of this Iranian capital, but you should definitely not miss the Tehran Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest in the world and a historical gem. 

Not only will you be able to find unique souvenirs for family and friends at the Tehran Grand Bazaar, but you will also get a glimpse into Iranian culture and experience something profoundly unique and valuable. Don’t miss the gorgeous Golestan Palace, one of the most important buildings in all of Tehran. Tehran might not be on the tourist map yet, but it’s only a matter of time before this world-class Iranian city starts to get noticed. You will not go wrong backpacking here, as it is a perfect example of old and new styles, and a great international community of travelers.