Karachi Travel Facts

The Basics

City Name: Karachi

Where is it located?: Karachi is in southern Pakistan on the Arabian Sea.

Why do people go there?: Karachi is the largest city and commercial hub of Pakistan. Most people it only as a starting point to travel into Pakistan.

How do travelers get there?: Most people arrive by airlines from Asia and Europe.

Currency: Rupee

City Code: 21

Population: 18 million

Languages: Punjabi 48%, Sindhi 12%, Siraiki (a Punjabi variant) 10%, Pashtu 8%, Urdu (official) 8%, Balochi 3%, Hindko 2%, Brahui 1%, English

Travel Information

Neighborhoods: Sadi Town

Attractions: Quaid-i-Azam Mausoleum, Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, Saddar

Accommodations: Karachi Hostels

Tourist Office: None

Off-the-beaten-path: Moenjodaro

Health Issues: Ethnic and religious violence.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: November to April are the best months to visit southern Pakistan.

City Specific Events: Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha

How to get around?: There are rick-shaws, buses and taxis to get around the city. Taxis are probably the smartest.

Good to know: Always check the political situation before traveling around Karachi. Karachi doesn’t have much happening at night, and alcohol is sometimes hard to find.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Karachi is the Karachi Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Karachi travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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