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Packed with fairy-tale landscapes, palatial temples and historic wonders dating back centuries, a visit to Pakistan promises to provide an explosion of cultural complexities. Welcome to one of the world’s most fascinating and underrated destinations.
Pakistan is a huge nation with an extremely varied climate. While there is no high or low season as such, you may be able to secure cheap flights to Pakistan by avoiding major festivals.
Northern Pakistan experiences extreme seasonal shifts that affect ticket prices and the capital of Islamabad can be stifling from June to October, helping drop airfares.
If looking for cheap flights to Pakistan, the most important thing you can do is to research your chosen travel area and plan accordingly. Booking in advance will definitely increase your chances of finding affordable flights.
You should ideally look for flights from London as well, since these generally fly more regularly.
Choosing the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option on the results page will widen your search as will being flexible on the airport you land in. Expedia offers flights from London to Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar, meaning you have a wide selection of options to choose from. .
While long haul lights can be found from London to Pakistan direct, more commonly flights require stopovers in other locations. This might include Doha, Istanbul or Abu Dhabi. While flights with connections of course take longer, this does mean you’ll have welcome opportunity to stretch your legs.
As a rule of thumb, direct flight times from London to various Pakistani destinations are as follows (flights with connections will be significantly longer):
Expedia offers flights to a range of destinations in Pakistan. This includes Benazir Bhutto International Airport in the capital Islamabad, and Walton Airport in Lahore. We also offer flights to Karachi Jinnah International Airport and Peshawar Bacha Khan International Airport.
Airlines serving Pakistan from the UK include:
While some areas are safer than others, due to the political situation travelling in Pakistan can be difficult.
In general, public transport is best avoided, as is travel between cities by road. If you need to travel a long distance, flying is usually the safest option.
Within Pakistan’s cities themselves, the quality of transport is variable, ranging from bus services to tuk-tuks and other of forms light transportation.
Pakistan’s sights are largely unspoiled by tourism. City sights are generally safest to visit, but this won’t restrict your choice of things to see.
For instance, the exquisite Badshahi Mosque in Lahore is a palatial wonder in red sandstone, topped with white marble domes that reflect the sunlight to striking effect.
The Pakistan Monument in Islamabad is also worth checking out. Shaped like a colossal flower, this imposing monument is a symbol of the unification of the Pakistani people. It is somewhat considered a beacon of hope here for a more stable future in the country.
Planning is absolutely crucial before visiting Pakistan. You will need to apply for a visa before you travel. The rules around this are very strict, with visa violations potentially resulting in a custodial sentence. The country is also extremely conservative and many liberties we take for granted in the UK are illegal in Pakistan. This includes homosexuality, the import of alcohol and even blasphemy.
Be certain to familiarise yourself with the local laws and customs before arrival to minimise the risk of getting into avoidable trouble during your stay.