Travel

Airports

Be sure to re-confirm all domestic and international flights as reservations can get cancelled.

In all international arrival cities - Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore - most hotel’s offer complimentary shuttle buses. Private car transfers can also be arranged.

From the airport the journey is approximately:

  • Islamabad: 15 kilometres, 25 - 30 minutes
  • Karachi: 20 kilometres, 30 - 45 minutes
  • Lahore: eight kilometres, 20 - 25 minutes.

Ground transport

Avoid any long distance travel by trains or buses at night.

It is relatively inexpensive to hire a car and driver from your hotel. This is generally the best option for business visits given heavy traffic and confusing road layouts.

Dining

Pakistani food is relatively mild and there are a lot of meat dishes and breads. Although the standard of food is quite good, many Australians will find the dishes very oily and there are few options for vegetarians (particularly in summer). Avoid seafood and salads, even in hotel restaurants.

It is customary for Pakistanis to eat their evening meal relatively late. At functions, the meal is usually eaten around 10.00pm. Restaurants normally open at 7.00pm.

Tipping

Tipping is common and is around Rs50 and above, depending on the service.