Apr 20, 2000

Public Transit | | Public transport in Gilgi-Baltistan | | How to hire a Taxi in Gilgit-Baltistan

Taxis

Normally in other cities of Pakistan, there are other modes of public transport too, like Chingqui and Rickshaws etc. But in Gilgit-Baltistan, there are no such kinds of vehicles and Taxis are commonly used here. It is used for intra-city transport but sometimes it is used for inter-city transport as well, normally it is useful to hire a taxi at the time of hurry. For long trips, other modes of transportation are used.
Taxis are plentiful, clean, safe, and inexpensive in Gilgit-Baltistan. They can be found at taxi stands, airports, in markets and in front of hotels etc. The fares of the taxis are not fixed, it changes from time to time and region to region.  Note this in mind and make sure to have some cash ( in PKR) because there is no any system of credit cards or pre-paid public transportation cards system.


Suzuki's and Vans

The Suzuki and vans (locally known as wagons) have fixed stands and follow the fixed routes. These connect different parts of the city. These are the cheapest means of transportation and carries to long distances in very less amount of fare i.e it takes only 20 PKR to cover 5 or 6 kilometers. But it is somewhat time-consuming in some areas because it does not move to the destination until all the seats are taken by the passengers.

Buses in Gilgit-Baltistan

Buses operate among Islamabad, Gilgit, and Skardu. It takes about 20 hours to reach Gilgit and 24 hours for Skardu from Islamabad.
There are a lot of transport agencies which operate between these cities. Prominent bus service which is operated by the government is NATCO " Northern Areas Transport Corporation" The buses travel on KKH "Karakorum Highway" For detail about timing of the departure and how buses make stops on the way visit " By Road" section of this website.


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