Transportation Information in Pakistan


There are daily routine flights to Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Sakhar, Faisalabad, Gilgit and Quetta. Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft. If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections. Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.



The national railway company is Pakistan Railway, which operates a comprehensive network across the country. The main line runs from Karachi to Lahore (20 hours), Rawalpindi (28 hours) and Peshawar (32 hours). Passengers also have the option to choose daytime or overnight journeys. Travelers have their choice of first and second class, but even first-class carriages can become quite hot. The better option during the peak summer season is the air-conditioned coaches. Tickets can be purchased at all local bus stations, with children under the age of three travelling for free and those under the age of 11 paying half price.


Car Rental

Car rental agencies are represented in the larger centers including Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi. If all else fails, the nearest airport is bound to have an agency or any problem happens then the hotel management can easily provide or organize vehicles for their guests. Both inside and outside of cities, however, traveler will find that the roads are quite hazardous. The quality of both the roads and the drivers is questionable.


The most popular intercity bus travel company is Sammi Daewoo Express which gives regular transport services to all cities inside the country. The rates for these journeys are quite reasonable – often cheaper than trains – but the journeys can take several days. There are several other bus and minibus companies which are cheaper Sammi Daewoo, but these are definitely the most efficient and comfortable, offering air-conditioning in their vehicles. There is no need to book ahead with most bus companies as buses leave local stations almost every hour.


There are many other sources of transports like taxi companies which operate in many of Pakistan’s larger cities, especially for traveling from airports to city centers. 24-hour taxi firms are reasonably priced and are quite an efficient mode of transport. Travelers should remember, however, that many companies may not operate after sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. Travelers also have the option of taking an auto rickshaw, which is convenient for transport within cities. Rickshaws are cheap but prices should be negotiated prior to embarking on any journey.



  • Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.

  • Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.

  • Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.

  • Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)

  • Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.

  • Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.

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