How to get to the Faculty

Located in the heart of the large city of Tehran, the SMC Faculty rests between the "Khaled Estanboli" (Vozara) and "Ahmad Qasir" (Bokharest) streets, both intersecting the Shahid Beheshti street. Depending on whether you are visiting the Faculty from within or outside Iran, the content below assist you in finding the easiest way to arrive to the campus.


If you are outside Iran

If you are visiting our campus from outside Iran, your first point of contact within Iran is the Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA). Being so large an airport that it is entitled the "Imam Khomeini Airport City", the IKIA provides you with different local transport means. In what follows, useful information is provided on the available transport options for you to get to the SMC Faculty.

Using the Subway/Underground Railway System

Tehran is equipped with a large underground / subway railway system, commonly known as the "Metro". To date, Tehran Metro contains 7 active lines, involving more than 120 active stations. Fortunately, there are metro stations in both the airports of Tehran. Therefore, the metro is suggested as the fastest and safest way to move to the city centre.

You can click on the image below to download the high-resolution English version of the Tehran Metro Map.

Tehran Metro Map

To move from the IKIA to the Faculty by metro, you have to enter the "Emam Khomeini Airport" station, located immediately by the exit of the IKIA, and take the following route:

  1. Board the metro and get off in the station named "Shahed-Bagher Shahr" to change trains. In this station, you have to follow the signs and get on the underground train terminating in the "Tajrish" Station;
  2. Then you have to remain in the metro for 17 stations and get off in the station named "Shahid Beheshti".
  3. To change trains once more, in this station you have to follow the signs and enter the line with light-blue colour theme (colour) (line 3) and board the metro line terminating in the "Azadegan" station.
  4. After boarding, you have to be careful to get off the metro in the immediate next station, named "Mirza-ye Shirazi".
  5. You will have to leave the underground and enter Shahid Beheshti Street. From here, there should be a less than 10 minute walk to the Faculty.

Below, a snapshot of the walking path to the Faculty is provided.



Important note: The Tehran Metro is generally working from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. However, the start and end working time of the Imam Khomeini Station is 06:50 a.m. and 08:10 p.m. Therefore, if you arrive at the airport outside this time range, you can use the IKIA Taxi Service, actively working day and night. More information about Airport Taxis is provided below.

Using Taxi

Imam Khomeini Taxi

It usually takes about one and a half hour to move to the SMC Faculty from the IKIA by Metro. If you are in a hurry or if you have arrived to the airport while the Metro is off, the Airport Taxi is a convenient transport method to use.

According to the IKIA website, the IKIA taxi service is working 24/7, and provides the passengers with insurance, safety, and a comfortable trip to all parts of Tehran.

As many other international airport taxi services, the IKIA Taxi is also available for rent. More detailed information about this service is available at the IKIA Website.


If you are inside Iran

If you are visiting our campus from any city inside Iran, your have to first come to Tehran. Depending on the transport vehicle you use, the following possible routes are available to get to the Faulty.

In what follows, information is provided on the available transport options for you to get to Tehran and then to SMC Faculty.

Getting to Tehran by plane

If you choose to travel to Tehran by airplane, regardless of the city you move from, you will arrive at the Mehrabad Airport, located in West Tehran. Similar to the IKIA, you are suggested to use one of the following transport methods: Metro or Taxi.

Using the Subway/Underground Railway System

As mentioned above, Tehran's Subway / Underground Railway System, named simply the "Metro", works from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Metro Stations located in Mehrabad Airport are named the "Mehrabad Airport Terminal 1&2" and "Mehrabad Airport Terminal 4&6". Currently, there are four active terminals in Mehrabad Airport for which two Metro Stations have been dedicated. The two metro stations are circled in red in the image below:

Mehrabad Metro Stations

Once you have entered the underground station named "Mehrabad Airport", you have to follow the signs to get to the boarding area. After boarding the metro, you should be careful to get off in the immediate next station, named "Bimeh", to change trains.

Then, in the Bimeh Station, you should follow the signs and find the line 4 direction terminating in the "Shahid Kolahdouz" Station. Having boarded, you should stay in the metro for 7 stations and get off in the "Teatr-e Shahr (City Theatre)" station to change trains. This time, you should follow the signs and enter the line with light-blue colour theme (colour) (line 3) and board the metro line terminating in "Azadegan" Station.

Then you should stay in the metro for 3 stations and get off in the station named "Mirza-ye Shirazi". You will then leave the underground and enter Shahid Beheshti Street. From there, there should be the same ten-minute walk to the Faculty. A snapshot of the route is provided above.

Using Airport Taxi

In the Mehrabad Airport, there are several offices where you can take a taxi to different parts of Tehran. You need not worry as the Taxis work day and night, and there are standard rates applied for all passengers.

Getting to Tehran by train

If you travel from everywhere to Tehran by train, you will arrive at Tehran's Railway Station, located by the Rah-Ahan Square. At Tehran's Railway Station also, you will find different transport methods, among which the Metro and Taxi are suggested. The image below highlights the Railway's Metro Station, in red rectangle:

Railway Metro Station

To use Metro, in Tehran Railway Station you have to enter the underground and follow the signs to enter the Line 3 direction terminating in the "Gha'em Station". Then, you have to get off in Mirza-ye Shirazi Station and proceed with the same instruction provided above.

Railway Taxi

Railway Taxi is also available in Tehran's Railway Station. Official Taxi Cars in Iran are in yellow or green colours.


Getting to Tehran by bus

As the capital of the country, Tehran includes at least four main long-distance bus terminals, namely the Azadi (Gharb), Jonoub, Beihaghi (Arjantin), and Shargh Terminals.

As the Beihaghi (Arjantin) and the Shargh Terminals do not have any metro stations, you are suggested to use the official yellow / green Taxis to get to the Faculty. You can take a photograph of the Persian address of the Faculty and provide it to the Taxi driver, in case the driver does not know English. The Faculty address in Persian script is available below:

SMC Persian Address

However, if the bus takes you to the Azadi (Gharb) or Jonoub Terminals, you have the Metro option. Therefore, you have to enter the metro station located in each terminal, and select the appropriate line towards the "Mirza-ye Shirazi" Station. The image below highlights the metro stations located in Azadi and Jonoub Terminals:

Metro Stations in Azadi and Jonoub Terminals