Epic journeys by train: Dorud to Andimeshk

The train between Dorud and Andimeshk, Iran is hands-down one of the most beautiful train rides we’ve ever experienced, and a must-see for travelers in Iran. Here’s how to get aboard.

 

The train ride between Dorud and Andimeshk is one of the most beautiful we’ve ever taken. The train passes through rocky canyons and river valleys, periodically stopping at tiny villages of literally 10 buildings or less. If you’re in western Iran and you have time, definitely don’t miss it. It was one of the highlights of our travels in Iran, and must be one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.

 

View grom train Dorud Andimehsk

Alex enjoying the ride while the wind blows through her hair (… erm, hijab).

Taking the train between Dorud and Andimeshk

View from train Doruk Ansimeshk, Iran

The view isn’t too shabby either. Hi sheepies!

Train tickets (updated in April 2017)

The train can be taken both ways. As of April 2017,  it leaves Andimeshk (near Shush) around 04:00 in the morning, 12:00 in the afternoon, and there’s a train in the evening, too.  The train from Dorud (near Khorramabad) leaves at 14:30 or 16:15. It seems there is no clear consensus on the departure time. The best thing you can do us show up early enough to get a ticket for the (theoretical) 14:30 train. We’re trying to find out the exact times, and will update this section when we know more. Tickets can be bought starting a day before departure in Andimeshk, and starting 13:00 on the day of departure in Dorud.

Line for traintickets Dorud Andimeshk, Iran

The line can get pushy, so make sure to be there early! (Also make sure not to take photos of the train station, so as not to attract police attention. Oops.)

Tickets are 20,000 IRR per person and the ride takes about seven hours. Be sure to bring enough snacks and water for the ride.

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Tickets from Dorud to Andimeshk, iran

Awww yeah, got dem tickets. Who’s the clueless foreigner now?!

This train is notorious for being overcrowded, but being a foreigner in Iran, you’ll likely get VIP treatment. You’ll get to sit in the car with all the train personnel, where no common rabble is allowed. Make sure to pick a seat with a window that opens, so you can enjoy the fresh air and the incredible views. If you leave from Dorud, sunset will be on the right side of the train.

Full train Dorud Ansimeshk, Iran

The train can get really full…

But as a foreigner you will probably not notice.

… but as a foreigner, you’ll probably be given plenty of space.

 

Getting to Dorud from Khorramabad

To get to Dorud from Khorramabad, take a savari. These cost 80,000 IRR per person and take about two hours. The savaris leave from Azadi Square. Be there early, it can take a while before they fill up.

Tell the driver gha-taar (sounds like Qatar), which means “train”. As Iranian taxi drivers are wont to do, he will probably try to charge you more for driving a whopping 3 minutes beyond Dorud terminal. Politely (or impolitely) insist that it makes no difference, and pay only 80,000 IRR. Our driver insisted that he deserved 40,000 IRR extra, but gave up after a minute, and decided to take selfies with us when he realized we weren’t going to pay.

 

Getting to Andimeshk from Shush

To get to Andimeshk from Shush you have to take a minibus. These are 15,000 IRR per person and leave when full. They leave from a minibus terminal on Khomeini Boulevard. Since the train leaves early in the morning, you should head to Andimeshk the day before. Minibuses don’t go that early.

Hotel Rostan, on Imam Street in Andimeshk, is close to the minibus terminal and costs 900,000 IRR for a private double with shower and wifi. The train station is about 15 minutes’ walking from Hotel Rostan.

 

Staying in the villages along the way

The train makes several stops at tiny villages along the way. If you have a tent and food, you can get off and camp virtually anywhere–it’s all pretty remote. Catching the train the next day shouldn’t be much of a problem, as long as you’re okay with standing if necessary. There’s not really a limit to how many people can get on at the villages, and the train clears out after a few stops. Be sure to take note of what time it is when you get off, so that you know when to catch the train the next day.

Football pitch Dorud Ansimeshk, Iran

Epic football pitch? Check.

 

River next to train line Dorud Andimeshk, Iran

Even after the sun sets, the view is breathtaking.

 

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10 thoughts on “Epic journeys by train: Dorud to Andimeshk

    Simon Leroy says:

    Hi ! Thank you, I took the train a few weeks ago, it was amazing ! Less cool was the fact we were stucked by the snow in dorud and it was impossible to go kordistan :'(

    Up to date information for eventual travellers : as of february 2017, in the way from Andimeshk to Dorud, the train left Ahvaz at 12:00 and arrived at Andimeshk at 14:45 (supposed to be 14:00), and we bought tickets the day before. So yes, if that timetable is permanent, you won’t have to wake up at 4:00 am !

    Thank you Sebastiaan for your recommandations about the beautiful Iran, it was amazing !

    edit : and people told me that they are planning to add a tourist train (for Iranian tourist I guess) in that line

    Hi Simon, thanks for chiming in. What doe you mean by saying the train leaves from Ahvaz? This train leaves from either Dorud or Andimeshk.

    Simon Leroy says:

    Maybe are they a few trains on that line, and the one you describe still exist at that time. But the one I took, I’m sure of that, was coming from Ahwaz and going to Tehran, I just took it on the Andimeshk-Dorud section 😉
    And I took the same to Tehran the day after (only exit of Dorud with the snow)

    Sebastian Schmitt says:

    Hi Sebastiaan,

    I just arrived in Andimeshk by train from Dorud, and want to thank you for that great tip. It was absolutely amazing. Like you said, immediately after the staff saw me, they almost ‘forced’ me to sit in their compartment 😀
    For future Travelers it might be interesting, that the train leaves Dorud at 16:15 (4:15 pm). The ticket sale begins about an hour before. As far as i know, there are also trains from Ahvasz to Tehran and also to Mashdad, using that way, but they start mostly late at the day.

    Hi Sebastian. Glad you liked it. It certainly is a gorgeous journey. Do you per chance know if that train from Dorud was delayed? Another traveler took the same train about a week ago, and his left Dorud at 14:30. There might be several trains, though. If that’s the case, I’ll add your departure time to the post, too. What time did you arrive?

    Sebastian Schmitt says:

    Hi, as far as i know the train wasn’t delayed. The chef of the train, told me, after he stopped laughing at me because i was at the train station at 11am (to be sure to get the ticket) xD, that the train leaves Dorud everyday at 4:15pm. I arrived in Andimeshk about 10:30pm. Maybe at some days there are several trains, but on this day definitely not :-). But before i left to Dorud, i asked in a travel agency in Khoramabad about the train schedule and they also told me that the train leaves Dorud at 2 pm. So I’m still absolutely not sure about the schedule xD

    Haha that’s so confusing. I’ll include a little disclaimer that no one is really sure about the official timing from Dorud 😉

    Marcus says:

    Hi!
    The pictures are fantastic and you finally convinced me to do this trip.
    You write the (only?) train leaves Dorud 4pm “something”. So it will be dark most of the ride, correct?
    Thus does it make much sense at all to use it for this direction?
    Is it much more recommendable to do the ride from Andimeshk to Dorud?
    Thanks in advance!
    Marcus

    Sebastiaan says:

    Hi,

    If the timings are still the same (which they might not be, things can change fast), it makes more sense to go from Andimeshk to Dorud. However, we’ve been told that trains from Dorud also leave around 2:15 PM, which is a more reasonable time.

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