TRAVEL WITHIN PAKISTAN

BY AIR

Pakistan’s national Airline, PIA, serves 38 domestic airports with scheduled daily flights between Karachi, Quetta, Multan, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar. Three private airlines Air Blue & Shaheen Air International, also operates within Pakistan. PIA has daily flights linking the northern tourist towns of Gilgit and Skardu with Islamabad and Chitral with Peshawar. All flights to northern Pakistan are subject to good weather conditions.

BY ROAD

Pakistan’s roads and highways connect cities and towns. The Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road) takes travelers from Lahore to Peshawar. The National Highway extends from Karachi to the interior of Sindh and Punjab. Peshawar to Southern Punjab is connected by the Indus Highway. The RCD Highway links Karachi with Quetta and Taftan (Pak-Iran border). The Karakoram Highway the 8th wonder of the world connects Pakistan with China (Kashgar) and can be accessed from Islamabad, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Besham, Chilas, Gilgit, Hunza, Sost and Khunjerab Pass (4,733 m above sea level).

The Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M2), Faisalabad-Pindi Bhatian Motorway (M3) and Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway (M1) takes travelers to remote areas. There are two travel options from Lahore to Peshawar/Faisalabad, One is GT Road & other is Motorway. Work is underway on many other motorways within the country.

Pakistan has a nationwide system of national highways distinct from the motorways, which are currently being built. The National Highway Authority is responsible for all the national highways. The maximum approved speed limit on GT Road is 100 KM/hour & 120 on Motorways. National Highways often begin with the letter N, followed by 2 numerals (N01, N05 etc.). Motorways begin with the letter M by 1 numeral (M1, M2 & M3).

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Air-conditioned/Non-AC Buses, Vans, Coaches, Taxis are used to travel within the city/town/village and are available from the main city bus terminals and various stops. Luxury bus services connects many cities with each other..

BUS SERVICES AND MAJOR TERMINALS

Bus is a comparatively cheap and easy method of transportation, with services run by both public and private companies. The Daewoo Bus Company runs many of the inner city buses with very modern air-conditioned buses, which ease travel during the high summer temperatures, and which operate constantly throughout the day. Local buses are given numbers according to which routes they are travelling or if in doubt there is usually a conductor who can be consulted for directions and fares. Bus times are affected during the chaotic early morning and early evening rush hours, when commuters try to get to or from work.

TRAINS

Pakistan’s railway extends over 12,700 kilometers of terrain. The main track runs from Karachi to Peshawar connecting the cities of Hyderabad, Rohri, Bahawalpur, Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Taxila and Peshawar. Another track connects Quetta with the rest of the country.

Numerous trains run between Quetta and Karachi via Sukkur. Although there are several daily trains, the faster trains among them like Shalimar Express, Karakoram Express (Lahore-Karachi) and Rail Car (Lahore-Rawalpindi) have more comfortable air-conditioned compartments for travelers. Advance & return tickets can be purchased from Railway Reservation Offices/Agencies throughout Pakistan. (Website: www.pakrail.com).