HOW TO ENTER PAKISTAN
GETTING THERE BY AIR
The national airline is Pakistan International Airlines (PK) (website: www.piac.com.pk).
Approximate Flight Times From London to Karachi is 8 hours 40 minutes, and from New York is 21 hours 40 minutes.
KARACHI (KHI) (Jinnah International Airport) 15km (10 miles) northeast of the city. To/from the airport: Coaches and a bus run to the city. Taxi services to the city are also available (journey time – 30 to 45 minutes). Facilities: Duty-free, restaurant, post office, bank and shops.
LAHORE (LHE) is 8km (5 miles) southeast of the city. To/from the airport: Coaches and buses leave regularly for the city. Taxi services to the city are also available (journey time – 20 minutes). Facilities: Car hire, bank, restaurant and shops.
ISLAMABAD (ISB) is 8km (5 miles) southeast of the city. To/from the airport: Coach and taxi services to the city are available (journey time – 20 minutes). Facilities: Duty-free, car hire, banks and public call office.
Peshawar (PEW) is 4km (2.5 miles) from the city. To/from the airport: Full bus and taxi services to the city are available (journey time – 10 minutes).
GETTING THERE BY WATER
Main ports: Karachi (Keamari & Qasim) & Gawadir in Balouchistan. No passenger boats or ships for the general public sail to or from Pakistan at present.
GETTING THERE BY RAIL
A rail link extends from Quetta (via the border crossing at Taftan) to Zahedan, Iran; the express train (journey time – 27 hours) runs weekly from Quetta, as does the passenger train, which only travels as far as Taftan. From India: Wagha is the only rail route opens Pakistan and India (Lahore–Attari). For more information please contact Pakistan Railways website: www.pakrail.com.
GETTING THERE BY ROAD
From China: The Khunjerab Pass is often snow-covered and, during the rainy season (December to April), it is closed due to the high risk of mudslides. Transport includes buses, vans and 4-wheel drive vehicles.
From India: Wagha is the only land border open between Pakistan and India (Lahore–Amritsar route). A minibus runs from Lahore railway station to Wagha and there are also taxis available (journey time – 30 minutes). The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) operates buses from Lahore to Delhi (journey time – 12 hours). The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) (website: www.dtc.nic.in) also operates services from Delhi.
From Iran: Travel is only possible via the Quetta–Taftan–Zahedan route. Several buses and coaches leave daily from Quetta to Taftan (journey time – 18 hours).
From Afghanistan: There is also a road link from Kabul, Afghanistan to Peshawar & Kandhaar, Afghanistan to Quetta.
Note: Visitors exiting Pakistan by land routes are subject to a road toll. Travel to the federally administered tribal areas and the border areas with Afghanistan are not recommended. For further information, visitors should seek official advice.