By Bus, Islamabad
SAMMI DAEWOO is operating world class air conditioned bus service between the major cities of Pakistan.
They started operating between Lahore - Islamabad via Motorway. People have praised their service. Their Specialty is PUNCTUALITY.
They have Bus terminals in almost all major cities and several stopovers in other cities. Each Bus Terminal has air conditioned waiting area, multiple ticketing counters & several other world class facilities for passengers. They have every HALF HOUR service for RAWALPINDI / ISLAMABAD. Also operate for FAISALABAD, SIALKOT, PESHAWAR, MULTAN, DERA ISMAIL KHAN, GUJRAT, BAHAWALPUR، SADIQABAD & 32 more cities.
They have 16 Main Terminals in Abbotabad, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Dera Ismail Khan, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Sadiqabad, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sukkar & Swat.
They also have Sub Terminals in 24 more Cities.
Featured Qualities are:
1. Buses leave & reach on time.
2. Breakfast & soft drinks are provided on board
3. Female hostess takes care like in airoplane.
4. Head phone is provided to listen music or watch video on LCD.
5. Newspapers & Magazines are available for reading
6. Crew consists of Driver, Hostess and A Guard, who are Courteous & Trained.
7. Each bus terminal has waiting area, wash rooms, family entertainment, cafeteria and many more.
For advance booking, shedules & inquiry please visit http://www.sammi.com.pk or call their UAN No. +92-42-111-007-006
Daewoo Express Lahore Terminal: 231- Ferozepur Road, Near Kalma Chawk, Lahore-Pakistan.
Rawalpini / Islambabad Terminal: Near Kohinoor Textile Mills Fazalabad Peshawar Road Rawalpindi Cantt.
Karachi Terminal: Sector 3-B Coridor Area Scheme # 33 Main Super Highway
Although Daewoo Bus is more relaxing and has female bus conductor but its fare is exactly twice than a cofortabel 36 seater Air conditioned Bus which takes almost same time from Islamabad to Lahore or vise versa.
So I would suggest for Budget travellers to travel via normal Air conditioned bus and save 100% fare.
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Coaches are the best choice in and around Islamabad to travel, the first day'd be difficult for you but then it'd be easier to find the route coaches, that are operated between the mentioned sectors.
Islamabad is a beautiful and safe city.
Its possible to visit Pakistan from India via bus. Both countries operate regular bus service between Lahore and Delhi via Wagah. Another bus service also being operated on Nankana Sahib - Amristar route, its fare from Pakistani side is RS 1,000 and from Indian side its Rs 1200. If you are a backpacker with tight budget then you may travel by bus. Its long trip of around 14 hours but very cheap as one way fare is less then USD 20.
Once you are in Lahore, its easy to travel Islamabad either by bus (four hours) or by air (45 minutes). For exact details of bus schedule and fare contact tourism minstry at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Daewoo Pakistan Express bus service started operations in 1998 and that time it used to operate only on Rawalpindi - Lahore route on motorway. But now they are operating in most of cities in Punjab and NWFP provinces. Their service is considered as best all over the country. Rawalpindi Lahore is their main and most popular route on which they also operate VIP buses. Trip duration is 4 hours n 30 minutes with 15 minutes stop over.
Cold drinks and snacks box are served during the trip by the hostess. Newspapers and magazines are also distributed. VIP bus has most comfortable seats with foot rests, more baggage space and special snack boxes. Two audio channels and one TV channel operates during the trip. On TV channel special etertainment programs are shown. Rawalpindi Lahore fare one way on VIP bus is Rs. 500 (USD 8 appox) where as on Luxury bus its Rs. 420 (USD 7 appox).
Their terminal is in Rawalpindi but they operate regular shuttle service between twin cities. Advance reservation is required. Its possible to buy ticket two days in advance. Reservation is also possible two days in advance.
Recently Pakistan and Afghanistan have started bus service between Peshawar and Jalalabad. The fare from Pakistan is Rs. 300 ( USD 5) and from Jalalabad its 270 Afghanis one way. The passengers are required to carry their passports and valid visa to travel by this bus.
At the moment, two private transport companies from Peshawar and Jalalabad are operating the bus service. In case you plan to travel Pakistan from Afghanistan then use this service just by paying USD 5. Its security would be provided by Pakistan Motorway Police.
Both countries plan to operate six buses daily from each side in near future. Quetta - Kandahar bus service would also be started very soon.
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From Islamabad G-9 central market which is also called 'Karachi Company' there are coaster known as 'flying coaches' and mini buses which leave for Peshawar and other cities. It is most suitable for those travellers who are in Islamabad or who were staying in Islamabad because then they do not have to go to Rawalpindi Pir Vidhai grand bus station to catch a bus to Peshwar.
Simply ask any taxi driver to take u to G-9 Karachi company he should NOT take more than 100 Rs. from u from anywhere in Islamabad. Minimum could be 20 Rs. if u r round the corner.
There are many flying coaches and mini buses regularly operating to and fro between Islamabad & Peshwar.
I took a flying coach which is 25% more comfortable than a mini bus but same in fare. The one way fare was 90 Rs. per person. The travel time (under rain) was 2 Hrs and 45 mins. Usually people were telling me that this coach should take around 2 Hrs 30 Mins.
There are many buses which operate from Islamabad to various cities in Punjab and N.W.F.P the No. 1 bus service is no doubt Daewoo, The Korean Company but there are quite a few Pakistani bus companies which are not bad ! one of them is Dewan Express Bus Service. Their Fares are 1/3 rd less than Daewoo and the buses are imported from Japan. The only major difference between the quality of Daewoo and Dewan is that in Daewoo there are Bus hostesses which aren't there in Dewan to serve you with drinks and snacks ;-) Their bus station is in G-9 Markaz (Centre) in Islamabad.
From here you can easily catch a bus for Lahore, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Abbotabad, Mansehra and other cities.
The Best way to reach Islamabad is from a Daewoo Bus which is a Korean Bus Service operating from nearly all of the major cities of Punjab which is the larget province of Pakistan. They are expanding there network in near future to Karachi as well.
The One Way fare between Lahore and Islamabad in Economy (Daewoo) Bus is 320 Rs. and in Luxury (Daewoo) Bus is 400 Rs. There are several buses every hour which operate between Lahore and Islamabad. The first Bus in the morning leaves both the cities at 6.00 a.m and the last bus at night leaves at 2.00 a.m (next day).
Islamabad is connected with Peshawar, Abbotabad, Murree, Sargodha, Faisalabad and with Multan other than Lahore. On several routes only Economy bus operates such as between Islamabad and Faisalabad, having 280 Rs. One Way Fare.
Daewoo Motorway Bus Service is the best one in Pakistan. From Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Abbottabad and Faisalabad you can easily opt for this service.
Most popular of these in Bus Service for Lahore via Motorway. Total trip duratioin is 4 hours and 15 minutes with 15 minute stop half way. News papers, cold drinks and snacks are also provided during trip when you enjoy views of motorway.
Special entertainment package is shown on TV inside bus and every passenger is provided headsets. Hostess service is one of special features of this bus service.
If you are coming to Islamabad or Rawalpindi so Daewoo's service is the best choice. This service operates between Rawalpindi and other major cities.
One way fare of VIP bus for Rawalpindi to Lahore or vice versa is Rs. 400 (Appox $ 7). Normal bus fare is Rs. 320 (Appox $ 5.5).
VIP bus has more comfortable seats with foot rests and more baggage space. Rest of facilities are same.
Their terminal is in Rawalpindi but there is regular shuttle service take brings and drops passengers to Islamabad. Next time you plan for Islamabad then do try Daewoo's Motorway Bus Service.
The first Pakistani Motorway was made by South Korean firm Daewoo from Lahore to Islamabad. The Motorway is not 'just another' motorway because this motorway was built through the beautiful Salt Range moutains of Upper Punjab area.
Total Distance : 340 Kms.
Max. Speed allowed for any traffic : 120 Kms/Hr
The most iconic form of transport in Islamabad is of course the decorated buses. From memory these did the slightly longer routes such as from Islamabad to 'Pindi. Nothing beats them for pure art on wheels with their clanging metal frills along the bodywork, the intricate designs on the interior and the mad-horns playing tunes and more trinkets from the rear-view mirror than I thought was physically possible!
They were a pretty sociable experience for a young traveller like me - I met numerous enthusiastic Pakistani students keen to have a chat and share their tips on travel in Pakistan.
You have to catch these at least ONCE!
After catching Taxis for the first few days, we finally decided to try the minibuses. These are un-decorated van-style minibuses which do short runs along various routes through the city. We took one from Islamabad to Rawalpindi for something amazing like Rs.5 (about 10 times cheaper than the taxis).
You basically leap aboard after flagging it down and pay the guy who is hanging out of the door of the bus. Be prepared for a squeeze, but at that price its worth it!
These colourful buses are the best way for the locals to get around Islamabad.Always very, very crowded.