Pakistan Travel Information
Flying to Pakistan
Flights to Pakistan are served by the national airline, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) (www.piac.com.pk), which flies direct from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. PIA also flies direct to New York, Paris, Copenhagen and other European cities.
While Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad are home to major international airports, there are also seven other international airports in Quetta, Gwadar, Peshawar, Sialkot, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Faisalabad and Peshawar.
Flights tend to be cheaper outside of school holidays when many British Pakistanis visit family. They're also cheaper during the cooler months, rather than peak season, which runs from November to March.
Buy domestic tickets while in Pakistan, you will find they are much cheaper than pre-booked tickets.
Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport
Airport Code: ISB. Location: Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport is located 10km (6 miles) southeast of Islamabad, in... Money: There are several banks with bureaux de change facilities and ATMs in the terminal building.
Karachi Jinnah International Airport
Airport Code: KHI. Location: Karachi Jinnah International Airport is situated 14km (9 miles) east of central Karachi. Website: www.karachiairport.com.pk Money: A number of banks, bureaux de change and ATMs are located in the terminal building.
Allama Iqbal International Airport
Airport Code: LHE. Location: The airport is 18km (5 miles) southeast of the city. Website: www.lahoreairport.com.pk. Public transport description: Coaches and buses leave regularly for the city. Taxi services to the city are also available (journey time - 20 minutes).
Peshawar Bacha Khan International Airport
Airport Code: PEW. Location: The airport is 4km (2.5 miles) from the city. Website: www.peshawarairport.com.pk. Public transport description: Full bus and taxi services to the city are available (journey time - 10 minutes).
Quetta International Airport
The airport is the fourth highest airport in Pakistan (1605 metres above sea level). It is second largest airport in the south region of the country and the largest for the province of Balochistan.
Travel by Rail
For more information contact Pakistan Railways (tel: (42) 920 1642). 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. Main routes are Karachi-Lahore-Rawalpindi-Peshawar, Karachi-Quetta, Quetta-Lahore-Peshawar and the international train to India.
By Rail Note: Note the International Quetta to Zahedan (Iran) train will travel at night through the unstable and conservative Baluchistan region which can present some security concerns. Unaccompanied female travellers should think twice before travelling on this route.
Always double check that the government of Pakistan is allowing foreigners to travel on the railways.
Driving to Pakistan
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 is not recommended. For further information, visitors should seek official advice.
Getting to Pakistan by Boat
Talks are underway to run a ship service to provide economical transport to pilgrims going to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah, this is still to be confirmed.