Pak-China luxury bus service embarks on maiden trip from Lahore to Kashgar
A Pak-China luxury bus service has embarked on its maiden journey from Lahore to the city of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang province, Radio Pakistan reported on Monday.
The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and Shuja Express together launched the bus service between Pakistan and China to facilitate tourists as part of an initiative to connect both countries via road under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The Lahore-Kashgar bus will run four days a week, on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, while the Kashgar-Lahore bus will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The journey will take a total of 36 hours, and the bus will make five stops along the way before it crosses into China at the Khunjerab Pass.
Travellers will require a valid visa and ID card to make the journey.
The one-way fare is Rs13,000, while a round trip will cost Rs23,000, according to Radio Pakistan.
PTDC official Mukhtar Ali told APP on Monday that the bus service would allow visitors, especially monks, to visit sacred Buddhist sites dating back to the Gandhara era.
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A Lahore-Kashgar low price air travel is convenient and safe than the 900 km/ 30 hours (one-way 2 days) ''luxury'' bus jounney !
Iqbal Z K
Travelling 36 hours by bus is tedious job.
Would be more for tourism rather than convenience.
I would rather not travel than spend 1 and a half day in a bus !!
@M. Emad, I have lived and worked in China for four years. Taking that route by road is yet my dream just because of the beauty along the way. That road is the highest in the world and thrilling and I will be taking on the trip soon. Flights are convenient but sometimes you have to see the real beauty.
seems like a symbolic gesture as most of the year this route remains inaccessible due to snow and landslides.
@manish, no Manish, flight will cost you 60K
@Sakthi, I travelled by bus from Saarland Germany to Amsterdam in wifi bus, it was fun.
I think bus should carry the enroute passengers for gilgit baltistan, i ll love to visit in this bus from islamabad to gilgit
Who even spend 36 hour in a buss to travel to a neighboring country in 2018? What happened to low cost flights?
@manish, This journey is not for Indians. Only Pakistanis can avail this luxury trip.
@M. Emad, Why a Bangladeshi is worried about Pakistanis.
At this price level and demand it won't run for long.
30 hours in bus,are you joking, aeroplane is better than this
That is a start.
This is quite positive. It’s not bad for just about $100, opens up Tajikistan, Tashkent, Kyrgyzstan, Almaty and not to mention a lot of of places in China and up to Mongolia. It’s definitely awesome from adventure/road travellers but not so much for money making tourism..
Abdul Malik Rahmanzai
@manish, - The bus trip is for enjoying the scenery. It you want to take a plane take a plane.
36 hrs journey on road is not likely to attract tourists.
Can Indians ever wish us well . Not in their character I guess
Raja M. Kamran
A very good initiative for tourists. But it should be either through train or air travelling. Everybody wants a comfortable and convenient journey. A 30 hours bus journey would be tiresome and it mars the travelling thrill as well. Five stops are good to an extent but still a long ride of 36 hours is not convenient at all. In fact it's costly as well. Additionally, such a long journey by bus would be prone to security attacks. So, concrete security measures should also be taken to make it secure and more attractive.
Long Live Pakistan !
36 hours travel is really necessary ?
China does not grant visit visas to Pakistanis unless you have a contract with a China based tourism company. Usually these companies are based out of Beijing or Shanghai. So the question is, how do you get a tourist visa to avail this bus service?
Good luck but who will use this and for what purpose? 36 hours in a bus is too much. May be whole road you may not have any other vehicle
instead of this, Pakistan should take steps to ease getting Chinese visas for Pakistanis. At the moment, unless as a group of minimum 5 tourists, it is virtually impossible to get a visa before a few months. This was not the case some years ago until 2013, when Pakistanis could also get a multiple entry visa. I suspect the buses will be carrying few Pakistani passengers.
There is a flight every Wednesday from Islamabad to Kashgar.If i am correct return flight is between rs 36,000 and rs 40,000
probably another loss making service.
@Saif Zulfiqar , I think Pakistanis can’t afford the bus fare .its mainly for Chinese Buddhists to visit sites in Pakistan and facilitate their return . It’s good for the Pakistani economy if this promotes Chinese tourism .howerver a 72 hour travel round trip by bus surely has few takers .
Faran amir qureshi
How can we get china visit visa ?