Although it’s possible to get around Pakistan on public and commercial transportation, you won’t have access to the same freedom or safety that you’ll get with a rental car. Exploring Pakistan’s more natural destinations, like the areas around Lake Saiful Muluk, is also nearly impossible with public and commercial transportation.
Pakistan’s intercity highways are often in great condition, so if you’re renting a car to get between major cities, an economy car or a compact car will be fine. However, if you’re planning on exploring, driving around smaller cities, and going off the beaten track, then you’ll need a four-by-four for the widely varying road conditions on mountain passes and in remote areas.
If you’ll be renting a car in Pakistan and you’re traveling with children, it’s important to note that children five and under must be secured in a car seat. Also, children under the age of 12 must travel in the back seat. Hertz operates throughout Pakistan, and they offer drivers the choice of reserving a child seat when reserving their rental vehicle.
While there are no clear-cut rules about crossing the border out of Pakistan in your rental car, policies might vary among different rental car companies. Always check with your rental car provider before completing your reservation to see if they’ll allow you to cross the border into other countries like India or Afghanistan, and if so, which fees and extra charges will apply.
25% of our users found rental cars in Pakistan for C$ 42 or less
Book your rental car in Pakistan at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Compact rental cars in Pakistan are around 9% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Pakistan
On average a rental car in Pakistan costs C$ 51 per day.
Compact (Toyota Yaris or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Pakistan.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz (C$ 42/day).
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Pakistan are Islamabad (35% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Pakistan), Lahore (29%) and Karachi (24%).
On average a rental car in Pakistan costs C$ 293 per week (C$ 42 per day).
On average a rental car in Pakistan costs C$ 1,257 per month (C$ 42 per day).
When driving in Pakistan, practicing defensive driving is a must, due to the fast and sometimes erratic pace of traffic. You’ll drive on the left side of the road in Pakistan. Bikes, rickshaws, and pedestrian traffic can be a constant presence in the larger cities, so be sure to watch out for them and give them the right of way.
The minimum age to rent a car in Pakistan varies from one rental car agency to another. For larger agencies like Avis, people 21 or older can rent a car, but drivers under 25 might be subjected to fees. With some companies, you can’t rent a car unless you’re at least 25 years old. Be sure to check with your car rental agency before you make your reservation.
Gas prices in Pakistan are nearly the same as they are in the United States. While a gallon of gas will cost you an average of 2.50 USD in the US, a gallon of gas costs around 410 PKR (2.62 USD) in Pakistan. While many merchants in Pakistan’s larger cities will accept credit cards, those in rural areas will require you to pay with cash.
Speed limits in Pakistan depend on where in the country you are. In and around urban areas, the speed limit will range from 40 to 50 km/h (25-31 mph). If you’re traveling on major motorways, you can expect a speed limit of around 80-100 km/h (50-62 mph). The recently constructed expressways like the M1, M2, and M3 have speed limits of up to 120 km/h (75 mph).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.