Saturday, October 27, 2012


Apologies for lack of posts recently. As some of you know I am in Tehran at the moment! What an amazing city!... There is so much happening here, it has changed so much since my last visit years ago. I have done a lot already, taken loads of photos including Paykans ofcourse! ;) Be patient while I be uploading them here and up on Flickr in the upcoming weeks.

Last week I was in the west-side trying to figure out how to get home, was going to catch a bus or something when I saw a Paykan Taxi yelling for passengers, I hired him as "Darbast" (closed-doors) that is when you negotiate a price with the driver to your final destination, cause taxis here work like a bus they pick up other passengers along the way. Morteza was a hard working middle aged man, after checking the radiator we took off. He works between 8-10 hours daily with his Paykan and I can not begin to tell you how grueling that is in the unbearable Tehran traffic! We had a lovely chat along the way, obviously he was very surprised to know that I do own one of these creatures myself, I gave him my card, he was going to ask his son to look up my blog, he was not internet savvy.

Morteza told me that they are going to decommission all Paykan taxis in the near future, so catch one now before it is too late! :(


  1. Shahinio - your story provides a lovely snapshot into everyday Tehran life...was the dude excited about the prospect of a Khodro 206 taxi or the like?

  2. Thank you! He was excited a bit I guess, but running a Paykan is so much cheaper than the Peugeot! There are no 206 taxi, there are 405, some with Paykan power-train.