Travelling in Pakistan on a Budget: Professional Tips

Travelling in Pakistan is a rewarding experience if you too have a wanderer’s soul you might never want to leave. What’s even better the travelling cost is quite affordable and the people are the friendliest in the world. With this travel guide to Pakistan, we intend to make it easy for you to plan your trip as per your budget.

The rising trend of backpacking has reduced the travel cost considerably as the backpackers tend to camp out or couch surf, carry the bare essentials and travel in local transport.

This mode of travelling might not be the most comfortable, but it sure does touch the essence of carefree travelling.

  • For Food and drinks: 1000 – 2000Rs
  • For Accommodation:  2000 – 5000Rs
  • For travelling within the city: 1000 – 2000Rs
  • Intercity transport: 1000 – 2500Rs
  • For entertainment, tickets etc: 1000 – 1500Rs

That is when you don’t go to fancy restaurants and hotels for accommodation. For travelling on a budget, we recommend using Couchsurfing for accommodation and making friends with locals for a local travel guide.

Pro Tips for Travelling in Pakistan:

Here’s a collection of some pro tips to make your travel more fun.

Plan Your Trip:

Map your trip, list out places that you want to see, search for the most recommended routes, arrange for the accommodation. When you are travelling on a budget, you don’t want to waste time and money during your trip.

It’s best to travel from south to north if you want to visit the whole country.

Pack Essentials only:

We always get carried away when packing, but to travel light is the best strategy. Pack two pair of jeans, cash, your chargers, some tees, a great pair of joggers, toiletries and some instant food and snacks.

Find Cheap Accommodations:

To reduce travel costs when travelling in Pakistan, Camp where you can, Couchsurf where you can find a host and renting out cheap hotel rooms should be your go-to plan. You can also rent out rooms in youth hostels. Make sure you get a small kitchen so you can cut down the cost of cooking.

Travelling Within the Country:

It’s best to travel on local transport, not only will it help you meet and make friends with the locals you will also enjoy the sights more and reduce the cost of travelling too.

Travel in Pakistan by bus or train to enjoy your journey more, use rickshaws or local buses to travel within a city. We recommend using an auto rickshaw. Once up north hire a jeep for safe travelling on a budget.

Get a Local Mobile Connection:

Getting a local SIM card when travelling in Pakistan will save you a lot of hassle in communicating and using the internet.

Arrange for your Food, Smartly:

For traveling on a budget, Keep instant food and snacks with you all the time, so you always have access to food. Though the food is not very expensive in Pakistan as a bonus, it is so delicious too.

Don’t Forget to Carry Cash with you:

Once you are up north your cards will be of no use. So, when travelling in Pakistan you need to have cash in distant places. Plastic money works in the cities.

So, these are some tips for safe and comfortable budget travel in Pakistan. The government of Pakistan has announced several incentives for tourist in an effort to attract more tourist to Pakistan.

Maryam Kishwer

Maryam is a creative person at heart, Jack of all trades and master of none, but she prefers it that way. Mom to two amazing boys, a wanderers soul, dreamy-eyed painter, an early morning Yogi, and a writer.

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