Intriguing Pakistan, with its breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures and friendly people has a wealth of attractions waiting to be discovered. From the exhilarating exuberance of the bustling Walled City of Lahore to Islamabad’s opulent Faisal Mosque, from the idyllic Hunza Valley surrounded by lofty snow-capped peaks to the ancient crumbling tombs of Uch Sharif, this is a country brimming with hidden treasures and spectacular sights. In order to book cheap flights to Pakistan from the UK, aim to touch down at one of the country’s main international airports. The country’s busiest airport is Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport in the south, followed by Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport in the north, as well as Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport in the northeast of the country.
The climate and temperatures vary in different regions of Pakistan, so make sure to check what weather to expect before booking your flights. Summers in the southern part of the country can be very hot and dry when daytime temperatures can soar to 40 °c. Humidity is often high in the large cities of Lahore and Karachi during this season, so it’s much more pleasant to visit during the winter months from November to April. Conversely, if you are planning a trip to the northern regions of Pakistan and want to enjoy outdoor adventures, the summer months from May till October are better as temperatures can often drop below freezing during winter. In general, the best months to get your hands on cheap flights to Pakistan from the UK are from January to February and between September and November.
Your only choice of airline for direct flights to Pakistan from the UK is Pakistan International Airlines, or PIA. Pakistan’s national flag carrier operates regular flights from London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham to Islamabad, from Heathrow and Manchester to Lahore and from Heathrow to Karachi. A whole host of airlines offer connecting flights from other UK airports such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and London Gatwick with varying prices and flight times. Popular flight connections from the UK to Pakistan include Emirates via Dubai, Turkish Airlines via Istanbul, Qatar via Doha and Etihad via Abu Dhabi. Another option is to fly PIA via Islamabad to other destination airports in Pakistan.
The most convenient transport option from Pakistan’s main airports to the nearest city centres is by taxi. Alternatively, many mid-range and high-end hotels offer courtesy airport transfers, which you can book when you make your room reservation. From Karachi Airport the journey time by taxi to the city is around 45 minutes depending on traffic, and fares start from PKR600. There are also regular bus services connecting the airport with the city and one-way tickets cost PKR50. From Islamabad Airport taxi fares to the city centre start at around PKR400 and the journey time to the city centre is around 25 minutes, while from Lahore Airport the journey to the centre takes around 20-30 minutes and the fare to the Old City should be around PKR1,000 which includes the compulsory PKR50 fee to leave the airport car-park. It’s always best to agree on the fare with the driver before setting off.
If there’s one must-see city in Pakistan it’s Lahore. The capital of the eastern Punjab province is the country’s second largest city and also its most friendly. There’s an old Pakistani adage, which says ‘If you haven’t been to Lahore, you haven’t lived’ and it’s true that this city is the beating heart of Pakistan’s cultural, artistic and gastronomic scenes. In addition to exploring the Old City and watching life unfold within its walls, another must-see is the Badshahi Mosque, one of Lahore’s most iconic landmarks and a stunning representation of Mughal Era architecture.
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