Travelling by Air, Pakistan
For domestic travel, you have an option to travel by 4 airlines: PIA, Air Blue, Aero Asia, and Shaheen. All (except Shaheen) operates regular flights to major cities in Pakistan, and have travel agents/offices all over Karachi where you can book flights. Now PIA and Air Blue also offer e-ticketing via internet.
In PIA you can get a chance ticket for 50% where you can just purchase a ticket and go to the airport to see if you get a seat, senior citizen discount of 25%. In addition there is also a 20% discount on normal fare, but you will not recieve any inflight service ie meals.
Air Blue offers discounts (can go up to 75% on fare, excluding taxes) if you purchase tickets in advance, and if there are seats available on the next flight. check their website for details on this.
Aero Asia and Shaheen are budget airlines (cheaper then PIA and Air Blue), and on most occassions their flights are usually delayed or cancelled.
More than 25 airlines fly to Pakistan from over 40 countries. Most of the flights arrive at Karachi, but many flights also arrive at Islamabad and Lahore.
PIA is the national flag carrier of Pakistan and their slogan is 'great people to fly with'. For domestic flights it is the most reliable airline. The flights to Northern Areas (Gilgit, Chitral and Shardu) through mighty mountains especially Nanga Parbat and Rakaposhi are life time experience. However the flights to Northern Areas are heavily dependent on weather
The views of the valley and the mountains of the hindu kush are just beyond words, and the best way I think is to fly the Fokker plane to the north to see it. Wait through for the hassle of not having flights. It's worth it!
Sometimes the return flight gets cancelled because the weather doesnt permit landing. But what's another day is a beautiful place like Chitral.
Warning: dress conservatively though. I noticed the men-women divide there rather strongly. But they dont discriminate, it's just something we should be considerate of.
Pakistan's national carrier, PIA serves 38 domestic airports with scheduled connections, including multiple daily flights between major cities of Karachi, Quetta, Multan, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar. Two private airlines, Aero Asia and Bhoja Air, also serve Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Islamabad. PIA has daily flights linking the northern tourist regions of Gilgit, Skardu and Saidu Sharif with Islamabad and Chitral with Peshawar.
More than 25 airlines fly to Pakistan from over 40 countries. Most of the flights arrive at Karachi, but Islamabad, Lahore, & Peshawar also have direct flights from the main Mediterranean, Middle East and European cities, as well as New York, Toronto and Nairobi.More than 25 airlines fly to Pakistan from over 40 countries. Most of the flights arrive at Karachi, but PIA, British Airways, Saudia and China Xinjiang Airlines fly direct to the twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad, and PIA, Indian Airlines, Saudia and Thai Airways fly direct to Lahore.
Pakistan International (PIA) has direct flights from the main Mediterranean and European cities, as well as New York, Toronto and Nairobi. It also runs a Far East Network from Tokyo, Beijing, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. PIA have also flights to Tashkent and Almaty from Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi while another Pakistani airlines, Aero Asia has a weekly flight between Karachi and Bishkek.
US$ 23 per person or equvivalent in Pak. rupee
There are more than 25 airlines which fly to Pakistan from over 40 countries.
Pakistan has got 6 International Airport, which include Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta and Gwadar.
If your first destination in Pakistan is the port city of Karachi then you should not have any problem finding a good flight connection. Most of the flights arrive at Karachi's Quaide Azam International Airport.
These Airlines include Turkish Airline, Malaysian Airline, Singapore Airline, Cathay Pacific, PIA, Saudi Arabian Airline, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Gulf Air, Egypt Air, Iran Air, Oman Air, Sri Lankan Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Biman Air, Syrian Airline, Ethiopian Airline, China Air, Swiss International Airlines and Thai Airways.
PIA, British Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Emirates, Kuwait airways, Qatar Airways and China Xinjiang Airlines fly direct to the twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad.
Lahore's new Allama Iqbal International Airport has started operating in start of 2003. Except Pakistani Airline companies such as PIA, Aero Asia and Shaeen International Airline, Saudi Arabian Airline, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Gulf Air and Thai Airways fly direct to Lahore.
Pakistan International Airlines has direct flights from the main Mediterranean and European cities as well as New York, Toronto and Istanbul.
PIA also runs a far East network from Tokyo, Beijing, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. PIA have flights to Mashad in Iran from Quetta and a connecting flight to Lahore as an extension of this route. Other Pakistani Airline such as Aero Asia and Shaheen, has a weekly flight between Karachi, Lahore to Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Mascut.
I caught a PIA Northern Areas flight from Islamabad to Skardu in the Northern Areas. Although it was booked through my trekking company, I got quite an idea as to what the performance with booking Northern Areas flights is.
There is a separate booking office for Islamabad to Skardu/Gilgit flights since these are so weather dependent and are usually heavily booked. If you are heading into this area make sure that you allow plently of time to get out with your flight - you should at least have about 48 hours to spare, allowing a bus trip back to Islamabad in the case of cancelled flights. (I spent a nerve racking night in a tent on the trek considering the fact that if I missed the domestic flight home then 1 day for connections would stuff up all my return flights to Australia.)
I would however HIGHLY recommend a flight from Islamabad to Skardu ( you will need this if you are trekking but it would be a worthwhile trip for general travel too) There is stunning mountain scenery and you'll get a view of Nanga Parbat (world's 8th highest mountain), Rakaposhi, K2 (on a clear day) and Broad Peak. Check out my Skardu page for more details.
My friend Mr. Mohamed is the chief pilot for Pakistani Airline Company since 24 years ago. He was my family's close friend since I was young. I was in Beijing and he contacted to join him to Pakistan Islamabad.
to goto pakistan i took PIA u can take any flight by going to dubai and from dubai to pakistan and your destination. for inter country flight u can also go from airplanes
geeps in hilly areas and train in other. you have to goto pakistan to see its trucks they rulezz man! they are decorated very finely
The best way to go around Pakistan is by plane because the road conditions are not as good as it should be but if you are travelling from islamabad to Lahore, try the new Motorway which will take about three and a half hours to reach lahore. For only $4US one way you can enjoy the beautiful plateaus of Pakistan. You can also take a plane to Gilgit but you will be much better taking the jeep which will cost about $50-60 but the views are breathtaking. Travelling by train is another options but make sure you guard your valuables properly.
I came from Indianapolis Indiana to Chicago, then from Chicago to Istanbul Turkey, from Istanbul I took a flight to Karachi, and from Karacahi a 2 hour flight to Islamabad total cost of 1,035.00 on Turkish airlines
I went around town in car and once as a passenger on a motorcycle
Flying time to Karachi from: New York 17+ hours; Tokyo 10+ hours; Hong Kong 5+ hours; London 8 hours; Jeddah 4 hours; Abu Dhabi 2 hours. There are many flights into Karachi on a variety of international airlines. Pakistan International Airlines fly to Pakistan from a number of major capitals and operate a domestic network. Only PIA and British Airways have direct flights from London to Islamabad, though the journey involves changing planes.
There are some sailings around the Gulf area to Karachi. More information on this adventurous route to Pakistan will be available on this page as it becomes available.
Rail routes exist through India and Iran. More information on this way of entry will be available later on. Please check back for more up-to-date info.
The most popular route to enter Pakistan via road is Karakoram Highway. This is open between May and November from 11 AM to 4 PM.....Domestic Travel.By Air:
Flying within Pakistan is a quick way of getting around the country, and often very cheap. Shorter journeys are subsidized by the government, so a flight to Gilgit or Skardu is not that much more expansive than taking the bus. Pakistan International Airways has many routes within Pakistan. More information is to follow.
More info to come.
The railways are a convenient mode of transportation within Pakistan, because they serve all major towns and sites of interest. Many of the railways are feats of engineering, rising through hilly, difficult terrain and crossing mighty rivers and long bridges.
Steam engines are very common. There are various classes of berth available: Air Conditioned, First and Second. The trains can get very crowded, so it is best to make reservations several days in advance. Passengers on First class provide their own bedding. A sleeper has to be booked separately from the First Class ticket. Don't forget to indulge in the 'afternoon tea' service, which is excellent. Pakistan Railways offers concessionary fares to various types of travelers, including students, groups on study tours, tourists, sports groups, youth organizations, etc.
Rikshaw - two passanger vehicle
The provincial governments have Road Transport Corporations, which run the regular services between the major cities. The buses start from G.T.S Depots. Some services are more frequent than others, depending on the volume of traffic along the route. Generally, these buses are fast, regular and reliable.
Apart from official service, there are number of private services, some of which are grim and other like the 'flying coaches' are excellent. These are small Air Conditioned coaches. The flying coaches do move speedily.
There are now thousands of Ford Transit vans operating in the cities and plying in between. These can seat up to fourteen people and serve as a poor man's flying coach.
Aero Asia International...
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)..
Many of Pakistan's airports are international airports including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Faisalabad and Sialkot.
This is the best part. Getting around is easy and cheap. But it may prove to be hectic on the other hand. You have the options of buses, wagons, taxis, and lil' three wheelers called rickshaws.
For travelling inter-city there are airplanes,trains and buses readily available.
Air: Most major airlines serve Karachi, while PIA has service from Europe to Lahore or Islamabad. Regionally, you can get to and from the Gulf from Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Islamabad. Due to the long-standing enmity between Pakistan and India, there are very few air services between the two countries. There's also at least one new, privately-owned airline that flies domestic routes as well as in and out of the Gulf. The name escapes me at the moment, though I think it's Air Asia. At present, there is talk of establishing a ferry link between Karachi and Muscat and/or Sharjah (UAE), but nothing has been finalized yet.
Like India, Pakistan offers visitors a veritable smorgasbord of public transport possibilities: horse-drawn tongas, taxis, motorized three-wheelers, rattle-trap buses, luxury tourist buses, trucks, trains, and planes. Trains are slowish, but reasonably comfortable in first class, while the buses are certainly faster, but a whole lot more dangerous due to the rather inventive driving habits of Pakistanis. If you're hitchhiking, you'll likely as not be picked up by a truck. If this happens, and you have the choice, ride on top because it's much more comfortable. This advice also holds for older buses. Some flying tips: If you're carrying anything that uses a battery (other than a watch), remove ALL batteries before going through airport security. This is a requirement of everyone. Moreover, all hand baggage must be tagged (Your airline will provide you with them.). Finally, PIA offers a Night First Class fare between major cities that is the same as the normal economy fare. Cheap comfort, that!
Most people fly in, though overland entrance from Iran and India is possible. Theoretically, one could also enter Pakistan from Afghanistan; given current political realities, this route is hardly advisable.
PIA, Pakistan's principal carrier, has a somewhat checkered reputation, though the times I've flown it I've been well-pleased.
Warning: Pakistan has some peculiar ideas about batteries. When checking in on a flight from Pakistan, make sure you have removed all batteries from CD players, cameras, recorders, or whatever, and pack them in your checked bags. If you haven't done this in advance, you'll have to do so at security -- and they'll probably confiscate them. You may be able to buy some AAs in Duty Free -- if you really need them -- but there's no guarantee.
Be ready to tag all of your carry-on items at check-in. You will be given little PIA tags, which must have your name written on them. This must be done before you reach security, because each one must be stamped by the security officer to prove that each item has been examined. This even applies to transit (!) passengers!
Photo: Karachi's new Qaid-e-Azam International Airport; the name is the Urdu title for Mohammed Ali Jinnah, founder of the modern state of Pakistan. (See travelogue for more detail)