Arriving By Plane, Train or Bus
Arriving by Plane
Islamabad/Rawalpindi Airport, also known as Benazir Bhutto International Airport, situated in the middle of Rawalpindi and receives flights from several international destinations, including London, Amsterdam, Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris, Dubai etc. Pakistan International Airlines offer the largest network of domestic and global flights. But besides PIA, there are three other private airlines – namely Airblue, Shaheen Air International and the recently introduced Air Indus.
A taxi from the airport to Islamabad is around Rs. 400 (in a yellow non a/c cab). The white Toyota Corolla air-conditioned radio cabs is also a good option and is only slightly costly than regulars taxis.
Airport Info: Islamabad Airport (Call: 051 99280300)
But if you are travelling from within Pakistan, it is cheaper or more adventurous to take a train or bus to reach Islamabad.
Arriving by Bus
Niazi Express, Skyways and Daewoo some of the nicer long-haul bus operators. It’s best to book bus by phone in advance if possible. At the moment they serve Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore, Murree, Sialkot, Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad and Multan. Most bus stations are located at Faizabad Main I.G.P Road. Daewoo Bus is the first and only one to offer online bus ticket booking service.
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Luxury Bus Travel Islamabad-Lahore: The new Volvo bus service offers luxury buses. These Volvo buses have 21 fully reclining seats and facilities like live TV, laptop and mobile phone charging stations, Wi-Fi, multimedia touch screens for entertainment, food items and onboard restroom. The Volvo bus service Lahore to Islamabad is a non-stop service, and one-way ticket is for Rs3300/-.
Arriving by Train
Pakistan Railway has a large network of routes that link the major destinations around the country, including Islamabad. Islamabad railway station (formerly Margalla railway station) is located in sector I-9 Islamabad. Green Line Express Train offer travel to and from Islamabad to Karachi via Hyderabad, Rohri, Khanewal, Lahore and Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi railway station connect the city various major cities. The fare for Greeline train is 5500 from Islamabad to Karachi vice versa. The services offered by Pakistan Railways in Greenline train include breakfast, dinner, evening tea with snacks, LCD TV, wifi.
Visitors to Islamabad have a number of options for getting around and include by car, train, bus, and taxi.
Metro Bus is the most convenient and cheap way to visit different places in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Metro Bus covers all of Blue Area and most of the 9th Avenue. Metro Buses have good air conditioning systems and free wi-fi. Cost is fixed at Rs. 20 for all distances. Since the Metro system is not yet spread all across the city so you have to take a taxi to reach the exact destination.
Metro Bus route
Taxis are a good way of getting around the immediate city of Islamabad. Taxis in Islamabad are abundant, popular and generally safe. But is appropriate to reach an agreement on the fare before traveling. Cost starts from around Rs. 100 and charges can be Rs. 30 per km. Charges will be higher at night time especially if you are going to or departing from posh places like F-10 Markaz or Jinnah Super (F-7). Taxis usually have a Taxi sign and are generally found in yellow or black in color.
There are a number of hire car companies in Islamabad where cars can be hired with drivers. Most major hotels have their own car hire services and are relatively cheap. If there is a particular make/model of car that you want, you may have to wait until it becomes available but generally the process around hiring cars is expeditious.