Lahore-Kashgar bus service launched

Initially published in Dunya News on November 6, 2018

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Taking Pakistan-China relations one step further, first bus from Lahore to Chinese city of Kashgar left on late Monday night from its terminal in Gulberg, Dunya News reported.

The luxury Lahore-Kashgar bus service will cover the one-way journey in two days (nearly 30 hours). It will run four days a week, starting Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from Lahore to Kashgar, and similarly from Kashgar-Lahore on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The journey will start at 12pm (local time) from Lahore and the first stop will be Islamabad and the northern city of Mansehra for breakfast, and later for lunch at Besham.

Travellers will be offered evening tea at Chilas and dinner at Gilgit. Passengers can enjoy some leisure time from 8pm to 2am (local time). The next day, the bus will stop at Sost for breakfast and immigration, and later at Khunjerab Pass for checking before reaching Kashgar in China.

The one-way bus fare is Rs13,000 (about $105) and the return ticket is Rs23,000 (about $190), with the cost of food included. Passengers need a valid visa and ID card and will be allowed 20kg of luggage. Special security measures have also been taken to ensure passengers’ safety.

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