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Karachi to Lahore – Travel by Train

by on Mar.13, 2012, under appreciate

A few weeks back, it happened to be an amazing journey from Karachi to Lahore. In spite of people’s never ending negative claims and last few very bad experiences, I opted again for a train journey. I however preferred Business Express over Karakarom and Karachi Express this time. It was a phenomenal journey of 17 hrs (aprox). The good thing was that when I got out of the train coach, I didn’t had that typical exhausted feeling when you actually travelled for so many hours.

  • This train has categories /classes:
  • Economy (without AC)
  • Budget (with AC – I opted for this one)
  • Business (with AC, LCD, wifi, dinner and breakfast)

I won’t just go into more details and list down the type of service they are offering:

  • Train left the Karachi Cant Station at 3:35 pm whereas the scheduled time was 3:30pm
  • We were served with a tea along with a pack that contained nimko, biscuits and cake
  • A dedicated attendant and a Security guard were always available throughout the journey.
  • Attendant visited regularly for the cleanup of the dustbin in the cabin
  • Each cabin (for 6 persons) contained power sockets that can be used for charging mobiles/cameras/laptops etc
  • Food offered in the train was managed by the caterers of Pearl Continental Hotel
  • Train reached Lahore Junction (destination) at 9:15am which is 45 mins before the scheduled time.
  • Prayer mats were available in the coach.
  • Staff in the coach was very supportive and helpful.
  • Washrooms were clean and very much usable. I never found the supply of Tissue paper and liquid soap exhausted.
  • Train had a dedicated coach for a restaurant for food and beverages

All those who travel b/w these two cities regularly are highly recommended to try this service out.

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4 comments for this entry:
  1. zeeshan

    how much did it cost?

  2. jingoist

    I opted for Budget class that is with AC and it costed me Rs.3500.

    I have heard they have increased the fair to 4000 for this class now, but I am not sure.

  3. Habiba Younis

    I traveled by train last time when I was five I guess and that journey is one of the most wonderful memories of lifetime. You post reminded me one of the tasks of my to-do-list. Glad to hear conditions on this service are good, even if they werent I would still be going to revoke some of my childhood happiness 🙂

  4. jingoist

    Well, I am not sure about the rest of the trains. But Business Express is really good and comforting.

    you’ll definitely like that.

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