|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 7% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||February||Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 2,001||Average for round-trip flights in December 2020|
|Round-trip from||C$ 838||From Toronto to Karachi|
|One-way from||C$ 610||One-way flight from Toronto to Karachi|
YTO - KHI
C$ 1,238 - C$ 2,260
26 - 36 °C
0 - 48 mm
Pakistan is the unfortunate heir of misconception. Often in the news for war and violence, very few people know of Pakistan’s internal beauty, flanked by some of Asia’s most astonishing landscapes, and an unwavering generosity. Travelers booking flights to Pakistan are heading to a country rich in culture, history and hospitality.
With Hinduism and Buddhism firmly planted in Pakistan, the pleasures of Pakistan are evident and ancient. Immediately upon leaving the Pakistan flight, tourists come across Buddhist shrines, Hindu temples, Islamic palaces and Muslim mansions. While Pakistan is a hospitable destination, it’s wise for tourists to know the basic Pakistani laws. For example, dress codes are strictly enforced in the country. Long and loose clothing is common and any tourist visiting mosques or temples must be completely covered before entering.
While it’s possible to find cheap flights to Pakistan and plan budget-conscious tours though the country, tourists are advised to pay special attention to travel warnings. Pakistani people are involved in various political demonstrations currently sweeping through the Middle East. Recent violence in Karachi, Islamabad, and Peshawar has resulted in chaos, and travellers are advised to stay with group tours and not travel off by themselves.
The flight from Canada to Pakistan with direct service is 12h 39m in duration. Indirect flights may have a longer travel time depending on stopover wait times. Travel time will also be impacted by the departure and arrival cities chosen. Some Pakistan flight deals may take as much as 20h or more and require multiple stops, so be sure to explore all flight options before booking.
Direct flights to Pakistan from Canada are only available for passengers travelling through Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), available on Saturdays. One-stop and other indirect flights can be found out of Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and other cities with arrivals in Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore among the most popular routes. Flights are available from Etihad Airways, Air Canada, Qatar Airways, Emirates Air, and others.
Travel in Pakistan for Canadian nationals and other international visitors can sometimes be dangerous. The highways and roads are poorly maintained and anyone wishing to travel by car should choose a local driver or guide to take them. Doors and windows should remain locked on private vehicles at all times, for safety. Companies like Rent a Car Pakistan offer car and driver hire. 24-hour taxi service is available in most major cities, with reasonable fares, but travellers will need to ask whether they are metered or agree on a fare. On the Karakoram Highway, in Potwar Plateau, and areas between Peshawar and Islamabad, cycling is a safe option. Daewoo Express offers intercity bus service around the country and minibuses are available in all major towns and cities. Trains are available for longer distances, but the rail system is busy and often includes delays.
Pakistan offers a variety of attractions and destinations, from religious and historical landmarks to city destinations. First-timers should visit Islamabad to see Pakistani city life and check out the Karakoram Highway for a great drive through the country on the world‘s highest paved road. Azad Kashmir, Lahore, and Karachi are other popular destinations in the country. Badshahi Mosque and Faisal Mosque are worth a visit, as well. Those interested in culture can check out the Pakistan Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Pakistan, and the Lok Virsa Museum. Khyber Pass is an adventure filled with thousands of bright trucks battling for road space, but only when travel is safe as this area often sees security issues with the Afghanistan border.
Canadian citizens flying to Pakistan will need a valid passport to gain entry. Passports must not expire for at least six months after your intended date of departure from Pakistan. Travel requirements may be different for official travel. All Canadian nationals must also have a visa for tourism, work, business, or student travel to Pakistan. The status and nature of visas are determined at the time of issuance and visitors should not overstay their visa duration. There is also a departure fee that needs to be paid in cash by all travellers when they leave the country.
Pakistan’s climate changes with its elevation. If you visit in the summer, you can enjoy pleasant weather in the mountains or bake at 38 C in the Indus Valley. Monsoons arrive in the south near the end of summer. The mountains become icy-cold and freezing in the winter, while the low-lying areas stay around 10 C.
If wind sailing and surfing are on your list of things to do, then book flights to Pakistan between May and October, when hot conditions make the Arabian Sea the perfect place to play.
Peak Season: If you plan to stay near Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and the southern North-West Frontier Province book flights to Pakistan during the cooler months between November and February, because afterwards, the heat can be unbearable. If you have trekking in mind though, you’ll want to book your Pakistan flights between April and October, because although there could still be storms, this is when the mountains are at their best.
Off-peak Season: Less people book flights to Pakistan during Ramadan, because activity decreases, and open cafes and restaurants are difficult to find. Although it’s a less desirable time for most, it’s also a great time to save on cheap flights to Pakistan.
Pakistan International Airlines provides extensive opportunities for domestic Pakistan flights, once you arrive. If you’re interested in seeing cities like Faisalabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta and Sukkur, board a domestic Pakistan flight and set off on an intra-continental tour.
The railway system is widespread and very affordable, and perfect for remote areas that are too far for taxis. Buses called Qing-Qi, yellow taxis, and motorcycle-auto rickshaws are also available options.