Karachi, Pakistan: Getting Around

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Traveling in Karachi is fairly entertaining. The transportation options are plenty and it is very easy to get around. The first option is by foot because sometimes, walking may actually be the fastest wat to get somewhere. On the other hand, it is not a good option for Karachi because the distances are long and road sings are poor. There are some footpaths for the ones who want to walk such as from Dolmen City, Sea View to Salt n Pepper Village and onwards; from Mereweather tower on II Chundrigar Road to the National Museum of Pakistan on Dr. Ziaudding Road and towards Arts Council of Pakistan on Mr Kiyani Road; and on Club Road from Sheraton Hotel to Frere Hall on Abdullah Haroon Road. 

Another option is by bus which is the most common option of travelling in Karachi and it is used by most people. Regular bus services connect the airport with the city and the journey takes around 50 minutes. They might be, however, very crowded and usually people sit on the roof, hang from the bars because of the lack of space. It is the only option for very tight budget travelers but for the ones who are more flexible can prefer taxis. A number of taxi companies operate from outside the airport terminal building. The journey to the city takes around 25 minutes and the fares start from Rs 250. There are also black and yellow taxis which are the most economical way of traveling within the city. They don’t use meter anymore, so it is recommended to negotiate the prices before getting in. There are also private taxis which offer the most comfortable rides. They are clean, air conditioned, equipped with digital, tamper-proof meters. They are available within 30-60 minutes notice. The notable firms are White Cab, Metro Cab, Sky Cab, Pak Radio Cabs and Pearl Cabs. The next option for getting around is by hiring a car with a driver. The notable firms are Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Vintage Limousine Services, Pearl Radio Cab, Walji’s, Travel and Culture Services and HA Rent a Car. Next, autorickshaws are good for shorter trips. They can be found everywhere across the city. It is recommended to set prices before getting in. They are a cheap way to get around.