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Most Affordable Ways to Travel From Lahore to Multan

Thousands of people travel between Lahore and Multan to meet their relatives, attend weddings, visit the famous shrine and tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam or just do some business deals but what are the most affordable ways to travel?

There are multiple options which you can opt for such as through air, by train or bus service. Air tickets are expensive so if you want affordable service then Pakistan Railways and different bus services are the available options for you.

If you are among those people who prefer to travel through road then thanks to competition in transportation companies there are many options. Numerous companies provide comfortable and affordable passenger service between these two cities such as Daewoo, Faisal Movers, Bilal Travels and Skyways.

All these services have some benefits, among which Daewoo Express and Faisal Movers are one of the leading services. For Multan they both offer service at affordable rates and with modern terminals, separate waiting areas and premium services during travel.

Both of these bus ervices provide refreshments such as drinks, biscuits and breakfast during the travel. The travelling time is also less in comparison with train because it takes just 4 hours to reach the destination.

The ticket prices of luxurious class of Daewoo and Faisal Movers are Rs. 950 and Rs. 900 respectively. They also offer other class of service for which the prices are lower such as Daewoo which offer ‘Premium’ service for which tickets are available at Rs. 750.

The other affordable option is to cover the distance between Lahore and Multan through train and luckily Pakistan Railways offer multiple passenger train services on this route. These train services include:

  • Shalimar Express
  • Khyber Mail
  • Tezgam
  • Jaffar Express
  • Multan Express
  • Karachi Express
  • Awam Express
  • Shah Hussain Express
  • Musa Pak Express

The ticket prices for trains vary from one train service to another due to facilities and cabin class. The cheapest train service is the economy class of Musa Pak Express and Multan Express for which the ticket prices are Rs. 450.

Tezgam and Shalimar Express are considered to be the most comfortable passenger service at affordable rates. Both train service takes 5 hours and 20 minutes to reach the destination and offer multiple classes for which the ticket prices and fares are as follows:

Shalimar Express:

  • AC Business at Rs. 1,750

  • AC Lower / Standard at Rs. 1150

  • AC Sleeper at Rs. 2350

  • Economy at Rs. 650

  • Parlor Car at Rs. no berth 1450

Tezgam:

  • AC Business at Rs. 1450

  • AC Lower / Standard at Rs. 1100

  • AC Sleeper at Rs. 2050

  • Economy at Rs. 550

So in comparison travelling through bus service you can save your time and cash both. But many find the berth in train to be a more comfortable way of travelling because it gives you more space and time to enjoy the travelling.

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SastaTicket for train bookings online in Pakistan

Usually, when you think about booking a train ticket the first image that comes into your mind is the long-winded queue, the hustle to get to the ticketing counter, the slow booking procedure and worst of all, the frustrating news of non-availability of seats when you finally make your way to the ticketing clerk.

These hassles are now a thing of the past with the launch of online train booking services by Sastaticket.pk. With a clear user-friendly interface, timing, fare and station information, price comparisons, multiple payment options and instant bookings, Sastaticket.pk now makes train bookings much more convenient & flexible for Pakistanis. Customers can now easily search, compare and book train tickets for destinations across Pakistan in just a few clicks. With these developments, it is safe to say that planning a railway trip will never be the same again.

Talking about this brand new addition to Pakistan’s biggest online travel portal, CEO Sastaticket.pk Shazil Mehkri said:

“Sastaticket.pk’s aim is to provide a complete travel solution to Pakistanis. Keeping in line with this aim we have launched our Trains module to make the entire train ticket booking process simple & the user’s journey more enjoyable. This update opens up exciting new opportunities and enables us to reach out to a much larger segment of Pakistani travelers. Our team has always been at the forefront of launching the most exciting travel solutions backed by cutting technology.”

Based in Karachi, Pakistan, Sastaticket.pk is a one-stop shop for all travel related services. A leading consolidator of travel products, Sastaticket.pk is already providing reservation facilities for domestic and international flights, domestic and international hotels, holiday packages and with the addition of train booking feature it has further empowered the Pakistani traveler with instant bookings and comprehensive choices.

Editor’s note: We have tried to book train tickets online via Sastaticket.pk and found it extremely convenient and even faster than Pakistan Railway’s own booking service. Look at the pictorial guide how to book train tickets online that too with Sastaticket.

#BlackFriday 2017 – Time to Plan a holiday with mega discounts by Sastaticket.pk 

If you’re an avid traveler or want to make the most out of discounted deals to enjoy traveling without breaking the bank, you should know about Sastaticket and use it. The much awaited annual sale, Black Friday Sale is scheduled to take place on 24th November 2017 this year. Sastaticket.pk, Pakistan’s premier travel portal, is offering colossal discounts on online flight bookings, hotel reservations, and holiday packages. This news has been met with joyous excitement by Pakistanis who are now counting the days to the launch date.



Visit Sastaticket.pk on Black Friday 2017 to avail up to 75% off on local hotel bookings, up to 20% off on international hotels, 15% off on international holiday packages, up to 10 % off on international flights and flat PKR 1,000 discount on domestic flights. Pakistanis are advised to keep their eyes glued to Sastaticket.pk’s Black Friday 2017 event when the deals begin to go live on Friday, 24th November, i.e. TONIGHT. 


While announcing the Black Friday Sale, Shazil Mehkri, CEO, Sastaticket.pk (Pvt.) Ltd. said:


 “We are thrilled to reveal our Black Friday deals for 2017 that guarantee the best rates for hotel reservations and flight bookings. Our aim has always been to make traveling more affordable for common travelers and events like these encourage us further in our pursuit.”


The already competitive rates on Sastaticket.pk matched with the Black Friday discounts guarantee that all travelers enjoy the cheapest ever airfares and hotel rates this November. Travel is an essential part of the human experience and Sastaticket.pk is enabling the creation of great travel memories. It is true that not everyone in Pakistan can afford to travel due to financial issues or work commitments but this time with so many packages and offers lined up, Sastaticket.pk has travel deals for everyone!


Based in Karachi, Sastaticket.pk is a one-stop shop for all travel related services. A leading consolidator of travel products, Sastaticket.pk provides reservation facility for domestic and international flights, domestic and international hotels, and holiday packages. 

My First #RoadTrip From Beaches To Mountains – Part 1 Reaching Lahore the same day

Go!! Every year to a place you’ve never been before. 

I kinda took this quote seriously few years back when I decided to start saving for trip to North. My first ever Northern areas trip happened in 2009 – after 6 years of marriage and an year long committe savings. That explains how middle class I am. It was kinda our honeymoon too coz we weren’t blessed with kids back then. I still have the diary keeping records of that trip expenses. We were a group of cousins, 6 couples and that American system wala trip was a memorable one. From a lotta for train journey that we bought from Pindi station to a cup of tea at Ayubia we documented everything lol.

After that it is like chutt’ti nahi hy ghalib munn ko lagi hoi. I crave for vacations. Something that has never happened before. The biggest question was how to save money for a trip while living in a rented house and on budget always. Well, we decided to carry on with committee system for savings and made every effort to at least save a salary every year. Then we plan our trip as per available budget and Voila!!

God has been kind and in past 7 years we’ve been blessed with two kids and a car Alhamdulilah. Ever since we’ve bought Vitz it was a dream to go for a road trip up North. Finally we headed to Northern Areas from Karachi this July.  I’ve documented my trip live in tweets on the hashtag #RoadTrip and you must have read my experiences if you’re following me on Twitter. 

Anyway, so it was our first ever road trip and our first destination was Lahore. We were accompanied by Brother in law who is an expert of driving and an avid traveler too. Luckily he was in Karachi and going back to Lahore the same day. So we invited him to give company & tips during the ride. He was like raat tak lahore hongay bus subha 6 bje niklo. Although I was a bit skeptical about it coz Karachi to Lahore is actually 1200+Km and as per Google maps you’ll be needing more than 18hrs to get there if you drive without staying in between. 

We went to pick him up at 5:30am anyway and started my Cinderella ride. A trip that has to end at midnight. Follow this thread to get every detail from fuel to finger licking good dhabba food. 

Karachi to Lahore from 6am to Midnight:

  • Started the journey at 6am from Karachi. 
  • I was accompanied by my husband, brother in law and two kids (4+ & 2+ yrs old). 
  • Kept them engaged with Disney movies on LCD and a Tablet with some games. Some Lays, their feeders and cupcakes etc. 
  • Reached Moro at 11:30 am and it was our first stop for breakfast/brunch at Royal Taj restaurant. Wasted good 45-55 minutes there. Not worth it. 
  • Reached Ghotki at 2pm and entered Punjab at 3pm.
  • Reached Sadiqabad from Karachi in full tank. Refilled the tank after almost 569 km. 
  • Vitz gave 14±Km/ltr average.
  • Next stop was for lunch/dinner at around 6:30 pm near Ahmed pur East. The dhabba was at Jalla Arain and the food was scrumptious.

  • Continued the journey and crossed Multan-faisalabad motorway at 9pm.
  • Third refueling was at Mian Chunnu after driving 955km in two tanks. 
  • By 11:30 we’ve reached Manga mandi where brother in law lives. 

That’s how we managed to reach Lahore before midnight the same day and I kinda consider it an achievement because of traveling with 2 kids. Also, it is important to mention that I was pregnant while on this trip. What’s your excuse of staying away from a Road trip? 

Will follow up with part two of my road trip to cover my lahore experience and Road trip to Naran from Lahore. 

TPL Maps launched Pakistan’s First Street Vision Map

How cool it will be to see any street of Lahore on your smartphone while sitting in Karachi or roaming around Lahore?(Atleast you don’t have to say that never ask for directions in Lahore. If you know what I mean) Or exploring the streets of Islamabad by virtually watching them in your smartphone? That too for free. You just have to download TPL Maps app. 

Pakistan’s first digital mapping solution, TPL Maps has launched the Street Vision feature for Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The attribute will allow users to virtually view the streets of three major cities through their smartphones. This is the first of its kind feature being launched in Pakistan which is a technology breakthrough by any mapping company in the country.

The street vision comes packed with features which include 60,000+ images and covers a street network of approximately 3,000 kilometers across the three top cities of Pakistan. Consumers can now virtually see their favorite locations such as restaurants, hotels, residential areas, cinemas, parks and other popular public places from almost anywhere around the world via their mobile phones.

”Our Street Vision feature provides people in Pakistan with a unique experience to roam city streets without being physically present at the spot. The Street Vision feature is being launched for the first time in Pakistan and resides as part of our strategy of localization and providing exciting services to our consumers. Our enthusiasm is palpable as this service will be a game changer for students, business and start-ups across Pakistan,” 

said Adeel Hashmi, Head of Maps, TPL Trakker.

“With the launch of this feature, Pakistan can boast of being one of the few countries in the world to have a local street level view. No other mapping service in the country provides such comprehensive street level view experience. Our vision for this digitalization age in Pakistan is to bring continuous innovation in the mapping solutions to create value for individuals and business users of TPL Maps platform.” he added.

The Street Vision feature is expected to expand to other major cities of Pakistan in the future including Quetta, Peshawar, Faisalabad and other cities in the span of next few months.

TPL Maps already offers Satellite View and Night Mode options as part of the free app offering and with Street Vision feature being added, it intends to be the household mapping brand in Pakistan. Soon consumers will be able to add their favorite location on Street Vision which will generate a lot of interest and enthusiasm amongst the digital savvy youth populations of the country.