Travelling by Bus, Pakistan

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  • Gilgit bus station
    Gilgit bus station
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    Daewoo bus
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    Bus from Islamabad to Lahore

    by Rumi-fan Written Nov 4, 2006

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    Daewoo bus

    Travel from Islamabad to Lahore by Daewoo Bus Service - second to none. 4hours 30 mins journey; extremely comfortable seats which recline and have food tray; on board hostess service with food and drink; head phones for TV; one rest stop, and all for around $12 AUD. Warning: when booking I would suggest purchasing tickets at time of booking. On the return trip we booked but did not purchase tickets and when we arrived 30 mins before departure, they'd sold our tickets to others. We had to take a different bus service Niazi which was NOT the standard of Daewoo.

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    From Peshawar to Chitral

    by imranthetrekker Written Mar 20, 2006

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    Salut Mes Amis,

    The best way to get to Chitral from Peshawar, is to take a flight through PIA but due to its difficult location, the flights are subject to weather therefore the 2nd options's to take a by road trip over Lowari pass 3200 m.

    Leave Peshawar for Chitral, early in the morning, to Temergera from Haji camp bus stand Peshawar, 3 hrs in a public transport.
    Temergera to Dir, Change the bus at Temergera for Dir, 2 more hours.
    From Dir take a land cruiser to Chitral, 4 more hours.

    Enjoy the marvels of Pakistan

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    Travel to Pakistan by Land

    by Pakistaniguy Updated May 1, 2004

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    You can definitely enter Pakistan by Land. Pakistan has got China, Afghanistan, Iran and India as its neighbours and border to all of these countries are open and people may enter or exit from/to these countries.

    You can enter by land from China. The Khunjerab Pass is open from 1st May to 31st October for group and 15th November for individual tourists. Customs, Immigration post remains open daily from 08:30 to 11:00 for outgoing tourists and upto 16:00 (Pakistan Standard Time) for incoming tourists.

    Travel time from Sost to Taxkurgan (China) is 05 hours (220 Kms). The Chinese border post, Taxkurgan is open 12:00 noon to 14:00(Beijing Time) for outgoing tourists and upto 19:00 for incoming travelers. PTDC (Pakistan Tourism Dev. Corp.) and NATCO (Northern Area Transport Corp). Run daily buses, vans, and jeeps from Sots to Taxkurgan. One-way fare is fixed at US$ 23 per person or equivalent in Pak Rupees.

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    Travelling to Pakistan by Land

    by Pakistaniguy Updated May 1, 2004

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    You can definitely enter Pakistan by Land. Pakistan has got China, Afghanistan, Iran and India as its neighbours and border to all of these countries are open and people may enter or exit from/to these countries.

    If you are planning to enter/exit Pakistan to/from Indian then Wagha is the only land border open between Pakistan and India (Lahore –Amritsar route). The Wagha Border post is open daily for foreigners; summer (16 April to 15 October) 08:30 to 14:30hrs and winter (16 October to 15 April) 09:000 to 15:00 hrs.

    Minibus No.12 leaves from outside Lahore Railway Station from Wagha every 15 minutes, cost approx US$ 0.20 per person. Taxi shall charge around US$ 8 for this half an hour journey. Only Foreign Nationals can cross the border as it is closed for Indians & Pakistanis.

    The Lahore-Delhi (Samijhota Express) train leaves Lahore at 11:00 hrs on Mondays and Thursdays. Check in time at Lahore Railway Station is 08:00 hrs. First Class fare to Delhi is approx. US$10,Economy Class is US$ 3 whereas Lahore-Armitsar First Class is US$ 2 and Economy Class is US$ 1 per person. This Train is not working nowdays as Indian Government has broken all the Diplmatic links with Pakistan.But kindly keep in mind that nowdays this train is not operating but there is a new bus service between Lahore and New Delhi which is operating 3 times a week.

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    Travelling to Pakistan by Land

    by Pakistaniguy Updated May 1, 2004

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    You can also enter Pakistan by land from Iran. Pak-Iran border crossing is only possible through Taftan-Zahidan, from 09:00 hrs. to 17:00 hrs. with break from 13:00 hrs. to 14:00 hrs. Several buses and coaches daily leave from Taftan to Quetta 634 km – 16/18 hours). Approximate fare is around US$ 08 per person on coach and US$ 07 per person on bus. There is a weekly express train from Zahidan to Quetta (via Taffan-27 hours). Economy Class fare with berth is approximately US$ 10 and First Class Sleeper is US$ 13 per person. Another Passenger (slow) train leaves Taftan every Thursday for Quetta.

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    From Islamabad to Peshawar

    by imranthetrekker Written Mar 18, 2006

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    Travel on KKH

    Salut Mes Amis,

    The best way to travel to Peshawar from Islamabad is from Karachi Company bus station in Islamabad where you can travel in a coach which accomodates 14, 15 people and takes almost 3 hrs to Peshawar on motoray and G.T road.

    It's almost 170 Km from Islamabad to Peshawar.

    Enjoy the marvels of Pakistan

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    Bus travel in Pakistan

    by AndreSTGT Updated May 11, 2004

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    Rawalpindi bus terminal

    Pakistani buses are colorful and beautiful to look at from the outside. Unfortunately, they're not very comfortable.
    Bus terminals are usually dirty and chaotic, and you will never find the right bus if you don't ask around. Fortunately, everyone will be happy to show you where you have to go, so don't worry.
    Buses are dirt cheap. We paid 70 Rupees (1.20€) for the 7-hour trip from Rawalpindi to Mingora.

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    Daewoo Bus to Peshawar from Islamabad

    by imranthetrekker Updated Mar 19, 2011

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    Salut Mes Amis,

    From Rawalpindi Saddar, take a Daewoo bus to Peshawar 3 hrs.
    Or go to Karachi Company bus stand and take a coach 3 hrs.

    For Daewoo please make a reservation before 2 ,3 hrs and you can make it by phone.

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  • local buses in Rawalpindi

    by bangkokjim Written Aug 12, 2005

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    Very colourful - inside the bus the people are colourful as well- fully covered women and small children stay together on one side and colourfully men stay together on the other side. Pashtu music is blaring from the speakers- the bus gets very full and people hang out near the door. Even a long distance bus ride is just a minimal cost- a few coins!! an experience of it's own!

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    Local (mini) bus along Karakoram Hwy

    by crescentmoon Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    local van Passu-Gilgit

    Along Korakoram Highway
    Between Gilgit - Sost
    Don't worry about public local buses...ahh...I should say vans
    Most of local people connect each town via van

    Gilgit - Skardu
    Gilgit - Hunza - Passu - Sost
    Take the van at Northern Bus Station-Gilgit

    Gilgit - Astor
    Take a van in GG town
    - the guy at the GH can show you the place to get van as well

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  • Getting to Pakistan by Bus

    by WAHEEDASLAM Written Feb 25, 2004

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    Bus service between Pakistan & India

    From India :
    Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has started a luxury, direct bus service between Lahore and Delhi w.e.f. 16 March, 1999. The 43-seater, air-conditioned bus leave simultaneousely from Faletti's Hotel, Egerton Road, Lahore and Dr. Ambedkar Terminal, Delhi Gate, New Delhi on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 06:00hours. One-way fare is equivalent to US$ 19 per person. The fare also includes cost of breakfast, lunch and evening tea. Total travel time is 11 hours. For bookings and information, please contact
    PTDC office in Lahore
    Tel:+92-42-6311961, 6363946-50
    Fax:6364819
    E-mail: ldb@ptdc.edunet.sdnpk.undp.org
    and
    DTC office in Delhi
    Tel:+91-11-3317445
    Fax:3715877
    E-mail:dtc@nde.vsnl.net.in.
    From Iran :
    Several buses and coaches daily leave from Taftan to Quetta (634 km - 16 - 18 hours). Approximat fare is around US$ 08 per person on coach and US$ 07 per person on bus.

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    Traveling by road for cultural tourism.

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    A Pushtoon girl tending flock of sheep

    Realistically speaking, the only way to reach Pakistan is through air. The 3 best airlines serving Karachi are KLM, British Airways and Emirates.
    There are 3 local airlines - PIA, Aero-Asia and Shaheen - serving all the major cities of Pakistan. However, we strongly recommend traveling by road in an airconditioned mini-passenger vans or 4 wheel drives with curtained windows. Road travel offers good cultural experience as shown in the picture of a young Pushtoon woman from NWFP tending her flock of sheep. Picture of women should only be taken by the females in the entourage and that too with permission.

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    Local Buses in Pakistan

    by Pakistaniguy Updated Nov 22, 2003

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    Using Local Public Tranport or Taxis could be hectic. The is no organised system of transport in comparison with developed nations. You must know the place where you wish to go and then you have to ask people which bus will be approperiate for you to take in order to reach there.

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  • from Europe,reach e-europe...

    by surviving Written Aug 25, 2002

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    from Europe,reach e-europe first,for example Budapest.train to istanbul via belgrad or romania.bus to ankara.bus to teheran(iran).bus to pak border,beautiful bus ride(note on my joking tongue) BUS IS THE TRUE AND HONEST WAY TO REACH PAKISTAN;INDIA AND NEPAL.and its about 100$ from ,lets say,Budapest to India!!!.its free travelling ,nearly
    minibuses for semi distances,train or bus for long,pick-up for remote areas.some national small planes can be taken to mountains

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    Travelling by Bus

    by illumina Written Nov 21, 2010
    Gilgit bus station

    Between Lahore and Rawalpindi / Islamabad, the roads are very good, and there are even service stations that the buses stop at occasionally. The only real difference between travelling on a bus here and in the west is that the bus driver continuously blasts out Bollywood/Lollywood film soundtracks!

    Further north, heading towards Gilgit and beyond, the roads get a bit more hairy, and once past Karimabad, there are quite likely to be detours around landslides. The bridges too are rather flimsy affairs - don't be surprised if people get out and walk across (not that we, as tourists, were allowed to do that, although I think I would have preferred it!). The buses here are much smaller though!

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