Although fairly safe, travel around Islamabad should be carefully planned. Taxis are plentiful, and generally safe; they can usually be found outside the airport and near major hotels. They are not always metered so it's best to negotiate a fare before getting in the vehicle.
Car hire is available from the airport and through most hotels. The safest option would be to arrange a vehicle with a driver. Security checkpoints are common, so travellers should ensure that they have all the relevant travel documents on hand at all times. Metro Bus is the most convenient and cheap way to get around. The buses have air conditioning and free wifi, and tickets are a flat rate of PKR 20 for all distances.
Islamabad International Airport
The airport is situated 12 miles (20km) from Islamabad city centre.
Islamabad International Airport (ISB)
LocationThe airport is situated 12 miles (20km) from Islamabad city centre.
Getting to the city
Taxis are the best way to get into town and are available at the airport 24 hours a day. Fares can be negotiated before you get in. There is a bus station nearby, but you will need a taxi to reach it from the airport.
TimeLocal time is GMT +5.
Car rental can be arranged at the airport. It is safest to hire a car with a driver.
Taxis are available at the airport. If the taxi is not metered, be sure to agree on a fare before departing.
Facilities at the airport include duty-free shops, various lounges, snack bars and restaurants, prayer areas, banks, ATMs, currency exchange services, and smoking rooms.
Car parking is available at the airport, at PKR 90 per entry.