Airfare to Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Pakistan
With the Himalayan Mountains as a backdrop, the capital of Pakistan is an impressive sight. For cultural attractions, don’t miss the Shah Faisal Mosque, and for natural draws, the Margalla Hills and outdoor garden at Shakarparian are worth a visit. Plentiful shopping opportunities at bazaars and markets abound.
Airfare to Islamabad-Rawalpindi will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Delhi, India or Lahore, Pakistan. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Aero Asia International, Shaheen Air International, Pearl Air and Airblue fly to Islamabad-Rawalpindi. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Pakistan International Airlines is the national airline. However, British Airways, Thai Airways and other airlines also stop in Islamabad-Rawalpindi.
The most expensive air tickets to Islamabad-Rawalpindi are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Delhi, India or Lahore, Pakistan and traveling overland to Islamabad-Rawalpindi via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Islamabad-Rawalpindi, check out BootsnAll’s Pakistan Travel Guide.