Flights to Pakistan: practical information
Cheap airlines to Pakistan
Planning a trip and looking for flights to Pakistan? Look no further. This gorgeous country is serviced by dozens of airlines, many with connections to the UK. Take-off on the cheapest flights to Pakistan with Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, British Airways, Pakistan International Airlines and many others.
When to book flights to Pakistan
If you're planning a trip to Pakistan during the summer, make sure you book early, especially your hotels as you'll be battling with the locals for rooms in the coastal towns. Most Westerners tend to visit in spring and autumn to avoid the unbearable heat of summer. This is also the best times to do trekking, one of the highlights of holidays in Pakistan.
- Peak season: June, July and August but generally it's recommended to visit March to May and September to November are peak travel seasons.
- Low season: Late July to early October when monsoon season hits. Heavy rains cause severe flooding in the Punjab and Sindh regions. Winter, when the Khyber Pass is closed.
There are no direct flights to Pakistan. Flights with one stopover take around 13 hours at the minimum but can take as long as 32 hours.
Experience Pakistan: what to see, what to do
Pakistan is deceptively large, it's 1.5 times the size of France! Located next to the Arabian Sea but it also has two deserts (Punjab and Sindh), green lush moutnains in the north-west, dry rugged mountains, mountains that are covered in ice, rivers, water falls, forests and more. Pakistan's natural landscapes will awe and its cities impress.
Essentials in Pakistan
Islamabad: As a capital city, you wouldn't expect Islamabad to be so laid-back. It's a relatively new city and is relatively quiet in comparison to other Pakistani cities. As for sights, these are just the beginning: Lok Virsa Museum includes 25 galleries, National Art Gallery featuring hundreds of contemporary Pakistani artists, Daman-e-Koh for great views over the city, Rawal Lake for an afternoon picnic or walk and Faisal Masjid, a large mosque that was a gift from the king of Saudi Arabia and is so big that 100,000 can fit inside to pray.
Gilgit-Baltistan: Located in the northern region of Pakistan, the mountains here rival those of Nepal and have some of the tallest peaks in the world. For trekking holidays and rock climbing, this is definitely the place to be.
Punjab: Punjab is one of the most popular places for visitors to go while on holidays in Pakistan. Its the more fertile region of the country and home to many of the country's historical mosques and shrines. To get around easily, we recommend a Pakistan car hire.
Karachi: The ancient ruins of Moenjodaro are located here.
Find more information on Tourism Pakistan.
Accommodations in Pakistan
While domestic tourism in Pakistan is booming, international tourist numbers are down which means that hotels in Pakistan might not be up to the standards of most Western travellers. When booking a cheap hotel, always ask to see the room in person before paying, don't be fooled by an impressive lobby and well-dressed staff. On liligo.com you'll find mid-range to top-end hotels in Pakistan which are more what you're used to with hot water, air conditioning and working generators during power cuts. If you're a non-smoker, be sure to ask for a non-smoking room.