Pakistan travel guide

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You're Going to Love Pakistan

A country rich in history and culture waiting to be explored, this is the perfect destination for those looking for an off the beaten path experience.

What to do in Pakistan

1. Visit the Lahore Fort

A visit to Pakistan must include a visit to Lahore, the second largest city in the country. This is where you can visit the Lahore Fort, which was destroyed and rebuilt multiple times. While you're here, check out Badshashi Mosque and the Shalimar Gardens.

2. Go Hiking in Kaghan Valley

Located in the northern part of Pakistan, this alpine valley is a popular attraction for those who want to go hiking, trekking, or are just looking to spend some time in nature.

3. Go Back in Time at Ganish Village

This village was the first settlement on the Silk Road that connected the East to the West. It has been restored and won a UNESCO award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

4. Go for a Tour in the Khewra Salt Mine

This salt mine is the second largest in the world. It is located in the Salt Range on the outside of the Himalaya Mountains, and is famous for the production of pink Himalayan salt.

5. Discover Local Fauna at Hingol National Park

Head to this national park to visit Kund Malir Beach or the Princess of Hope statue, marvel at the mud volcanoes and the canyons and see the tremendous wildlife in the area.

1. Visit the Lahore Fort

A visit to Pakistan must include a visit to Lahore, the second largest city in the country. This is where you can visit the Lahore Fort, which was destroyed and rebuilt multiple times. While you're here, check out Badshashi Mosque and the Shalimar Gardens.

2. Go Hiking in Kaghan Valley

Located in the northern part of Pakistan, this alpine valley is a popular attraction for those who want to go hiking, trekking, or are just looking to spend some time in nature.

3. Go Back in Time at Ganish Village

This village was the first settlement on the Silk Road that connected the East to the West. It has been restored and won a UNESCO award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

4. Go for a Tour in the Khewra Salt Mine

This salt mine is the second largest in the world. It is located in the Salt Range on the outside of the Himalaya Mountains, and is famous for the production of pink Himalayan salt.

5. Discover Local Fauna at Hingol National Park

Head to this national park to visit Kund Malir Beach or the Princess of Hope statue, marvel at the mud volcanoes and the canyons and see the tremendous wildlife in the area.

When to visit Pakistan

Pakistan in January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 60
1 night at 3-star hotel
Pakistan in January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 60
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit Pakistan is during the months of May to October when it is warm and dry.

How to Get to Pakistan

Entry requirements

Citizens of around 10 countries are able to enter Pakistan without a visa. Everyone else will need to apply for a visa prior to arrival, which can be easily done online for 175 countries.

Plane

The three main international airports in Pakistan are in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, and the national airline is Pakistan International Airlines, which operates nonstop flights to over 50 destinations.

Train

While travel by train is not the fastest way to get to Pakistan, a train link exists with India where the Shamjhauta Express connects Lahore and Delhi twice a week, and another with Iran where travelers can get to Quetta from Zahedan.

Car

Foreigners wishing to drive to Pakistan can do so from India going through the famous old Silk Road from China by traveling on the Karakoram Highway, and from Afghanistan driving through the Kyber Pass.

Bus

Pakistan is connected by bus to India and it is possible to get to Lahore from Delhi either using a direct bus or a combination of local buses. Travel by bus is also available from Kashgar in China and from Zahedan in Iran.

Entry requirements

Citizens of around 10 countries are able to enter Pakistan without a visa. Everyone else will need to apply for a visa prior to arrival, which can be easily done online for 175 countries.

Plane

The three main international airports in Pakistan are in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, and the national airline is Pakistan International Airlines, which operates nonstop flights to over 50 destinations.

Train

While travel by train is not the fastest way to get to Pakistan, a train link exists with India where the Shamjhauta Express connects Lahore and Delhi twice a week, and another with Iran where travelers can get to Quetta from Zahedan.

Car

Foreigners wishing to drive to Pakistan can do so from India going through the famous old Silk Road from China by traveling on the Karakoram Highway, and from Afghanistan driving through the Kyber Pass.

Bus

Pakistan is connected by bus to India and it is possible to get to Lahore from Delhi either using a direct bus or a combination of local buses. Travel by bus is also available from Kashgar in China and from Zahedan in Iran.

Popular airlines serving Pakistan

KLM
Good (850 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,436 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,275 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,552 reviews)
Emirates
Good (2,124 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,482 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,699 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (832 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (394 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (704 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,616 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (194 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (180 reviews)
China Southern
Excellent (27 reviews)
Thai Airways
Good (213 reviews)
Pegasus Airlines
Good (396 reviews)
Air China
Good (30 reviews)
Royal Air Maroc
Good (309 reviews)
Asiana Airlines
Excellent (256 reviews)
Gulf Air
Good (133 reviews)
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Where to stay in Pakistan

Hotels are available for a variety of budgets throughout the country. Check the room before checking into budget hotels. Lone female travelers should look for mid-range and luxury hotels.

Where to stay in popular areas of Pakistan

Most booked hotels in Pakistan

Luxus Grand Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 88+
Rose Palace Hotel, Gulberg
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 40+
Avari Towers Karachi
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 158+
Islamabad Serena Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 349+
Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi
5 stars
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
C$ 174+
Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore
4 stars
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
C$ 134+

How to Get Around Pakistan

Public Transportation

The main channels of public transportation in Pakistan are buses and trains, both of which have a network that covers the country.

Trains

Trains in Pakistan offer travel in a variety of classes with different amenities. Keep in mind that timetables are not displayed in English, but sales agents can help you with information.

Bus

Travel by bus is a great budget option, and buses go everywhere in the country. Long-distance trips can sometimes take a few days. Between main cities, you can travel with the Daewoo Sammi bus company. For air-conditioned buses, book at least a day in advance.

Car

A very common way of getting around is by rickshaw, which is available everywhere except for Islamabad. Yellow and blue rickshaws are the ones that usually take passengers, and if you plan on using one, you must negotiate a price prior to sitting down.

Plane

Domestic flights are available through Shaheen Air International, Airblue, and Pakistan International Airlines. The latter is the only airline that flies to some of the airports in the north, including Skardu, Chitral and Gilgit.

Public Transportation

The main channels of public transportation in Pakistan are buses and trains, both of which have a network that covers the country.

Trains

Trains in Pakistan offer travel in a variety of classes with different amenities. Keep in mind that timetables are not displayed in English, but sales agents can help you with information.

Bus

Travel by bus is a great budget option, and buses go everywhere in the country. Long-distance trips can sometimes take a few days. Between main cities, you can travel with the Daewoo Sammi bus company. For air-conditioned buses, book at least a day in advance.

Car

A very common way of getting around is by rickshaw, which is available everywhere except for Islamabad. Yellow and blue rickshaws are the ones that usually take passengers, and if you plan on using one, you must negotiate a price prior to sitting down.

Plane

Domestic flights are available through Shaheen Air International, Airblue, and Pakistan International Airlines. The latter is the only airline that flies to some of the airports in the north, including Skardu, Chitral and Gilgit.

The Cost of Living in Pakistan

Going out for a meal in Pakistan will cost around 250 PKR (1.60 USD) per person for an inexpensive meal, or around 750 PKR (4.80 USD) per person for a mid-range meal. A local bus ticket costs around 30 PKR (0.20 USD). While credit cards are accepted in major hotels and establishments, cash is the most common method of payment in the country.