Iran's modern rail service is popular and affordable. Lines radiate from Tehran, west to Tabriz and east to Mashhad. Additional services travel via Qom: to Arak, Ahvaz and the Persian Gulf; and to Kashan, Yazd and Kerman. Trans-Asia Express trains link Tehran and Tabriz with Istanbul. Limited access is available to/from Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.
The country's modern railway continues to expand. Routes extend from Nahariya to Ben Gurion Airport and Beer Sheva via Haifa and Tel Aviv. Jerusalem connections can be made in Tel Aviv. Several secondary and commuter services are also maintained. The railway closes down between Friday afternoon and Saturday evening. There are currently no international connections.