China - Pakistan Railway
China - Pakistan Train Running Route
Kashgar - Karachi Train: They will run through the more prosperous cities in the east of the country, such as Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, and Karachi. A rail line has already existed between Karachi and Peshawar known as Pakistan First Railway Main Line. However, it needs to be renovated and upgraded. This work began in January, 2016 and is expected to be completed by 2019. In the future, the line will be extended to Kashgar. The whole line is a major part of China - Pakistan Economic Corridor and Silk Road Economic Belt.
Benefits China - Pakistan Railway Project will Bring
Once Sino - Pakistan Economic Corridor is built, 70% of China's imported oil from Middle East and Africa will no longer have to pass through the Strait of Malacca but will reach reach the country by land with a valuable saving of both time and cost.
The railways can also create more employment opportunities for locals and improve their transportation options.
The most important is that they will be a good way to consolidate China - Pakistan friendship.
Difficulties Need to Be Conquered
Additionally, it involves a huge investment. To make the railroad safe and protect local environment, numerous tunnels and bridges will need to be built. It is hard to imagine how much it will cost, let alone its maintenance after.
How to travel between the two countries currently
Needless to say, air travel t is the most convenient way. Direct flights operate between Islamabad and Urumqi and Beijing with duration of 2.5 hours and 6hours/6.5 hours respectively; the cost is approximately CNY 2,000 and CNY 3,500 for economy class respectively.
In addition, traveling by international coach between the two countries along Karakorum Highway is a popular choice for budget travelers. Karakorum Highway is one of the most inspiring highways. It provides a chance to experience the grandeur of nature and to marvel at human creativity. However, due to the climatic conditions and complicated terrain, this highway is also one of the most dangerous. International coaches can only operate from March to November. Even this is not guaranteed as extremes in the weather may cause cancellations.
The first step is to take a coach from Kashgar to Khunjerab Pass in Tashkurgan where you can take international coach to Sost Port in Pakistan. The ticket fare is about CNY 100-120 per person and duration is about 8-10 hours. The next step is to take international coach from Khunjerab port to Sost port. This costs CNY 225 per person for a 6.5-hour journey. The ticket fares we have indicated are for reference only and may vary.
Other International Trains between China and nearby Countries
International railways under construction/planning from China to:
Is there a direct train sevice from Beiging to Tashkurgan and if yes, what is the total fare in US $.