I prefer long distance travel by Train or Airplane as Bus travel is not so comfortable. But I have couple of reasons for which I can opt Travel by Bus from Karachi to Lahore, Islamabad or any other city.
1. Trains are leaving / arriving late these days.
2. You can't get 24 Hours Train timings for every city.
So if someone want to travel by bus from/to Karachi, and want punctuality, security and comfort,I will advise travelling by DAEWOO EXPRESS.
SAMMI DAEWOO is operating world class air conditioned bus service between the major cities of Pakistan. They have Bus terminals over 16 major cities and Above 25 Sub Terminals 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 RAWALPIND/ISLAMABAD.
Their16 Main Terminals in in Abbotabad, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Dera Ismail Khan, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Sadiqabad, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sukkar & Swat.
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
Note: This is a forum reply regarding Travel from Karachi to Lahore by Bus.
It was said that SAMMI DAEWOO Bus service has been started form Karachi to Lahore. I wrote in reply that I prefer Daewoo only for max. 4-5 hours journey like Karachi-Hyderabad, Lahore-Rawalpindi etc. For longer distances like Karachi-Lahore it is not convenient. It is a tiring job. Daewoo is a comfortable bus service but seats are almost same size as other air conditioned 2X2 bus. So where comfort is priority then go for Train not a bus.
If someone is used to travel by bus ALREADY like us, we go to Dera Ismail Khan by Bus as there is no train service for Dera. Similarly people going to Bannu, Kohat, Tribal Areas even Peshawar & Swat prefer going by bus from Karachi. For them Daewoo will be preferably more comfortable than ordinary bus.
But if someone is used to travel by train then they feel uncomfortable in bus as they have to sit tight, legs hanging, knees touching front seat for min. 18-20 hours. Worst of all is to SLEEP while sitting. Minimum 2 days are required to overcome the tiredness of Bus Journey.
If you're lucky enought to find one that's willing to do it, hiring a txi driver for the duration of your sightseeing tour is a great way to get around Karachi. Prices will vary but if you're from the UK...the exchange rate from sterling to rupees is ample to get you by comfortably.
DO NOT pay until the end of your time with your driver......but DO treat your driver to lunch.
I had a bit of an issue with my driver trying to haggle up on the price that we'd agreed. It was made perfectly clear that he wouldn't receive any money until he had dropped me off at the airport. Be careful about money and haggling if you're travelling solo.
if there are a number of you the best way to travel is to hire a small hiace bus and driver,never be tempted to hire and drive yourself you just wont have the skills/lunacy to drive on Karachi streets also if you are involved in a accident you will be expected to repair the bus/car
The road trip from the airport to the city centre or Clifton area is around 30 mins at night. I would budget at least 45 mins to 1 hr if you're travelling during peak hours.
The check in process at the airport is pretty slow as you have to pass through many, many levels of security, so give yourselves another 1 hour from drop off to clearing immigration!
(last date took the taxi - Feb. 19, 2004)
From Karachi Station to Gidwani St. near Jubillee Cinema (about 10 mins away), the taxi driver charged me Rs 150!!!
Usually, taxi drivers don't use their meters at all and you have no way but to compromise with them specially night times!
Since I arrived in Karachi Station at 12:30 in the morning from Lahore Station and dont have any idea how far or how near is Gidwani St. (near Jubilee Cinema), I agreed to pay Rs 150 (Rs 200 was the asking fare price) but I was shocked when we reached the place after 10 minutes!!!
My friend's uncle told me that it should be Rs 50 only!