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The next morning we got ready for a 3pm train leaving from Lahore to Karachi. The whole journey took about 20 hours.

Our 3pm train — The Pak Business Express — is owned by a private company instead of the government, so we were able to get reservations for a cushy Business Class car that boasted frequent tea being served, meals, and decent (although on and off) WiFi. It was a pretty pleasant ride, and if you ride with good people (like I did), it’ll pass by more quickly than you think.

From Defence to the Lahore Train Station takes about a 30min drive:

 

Lahore Train Station

 

Families can fit as many as 7 on one motorbike

 

 

Business Class allows you to stay in their renovated waiting room: 

 

At around 2:50pm we proceeded through a few rounds of security on the platform: 


 

 

Pick your berth:



The train departed at around 3:0pm: 

 

After a few minutes of passing through the outskirts in Lahore, we ended up in the farmlands fairly quickly: 

 

 

 
 

You’ll pass through a few towns over the course of the next few hours…



…before it becomes night fairly quickly:


 


The trains are organized similarly to that of India’s: you can fit anywhere from 2-6 people in a berth, and it comes with a TV playing the latest Bollywood, power outlets, WiFi access, and tables to play cards and eat food:




There are an occasional few rest stops where you can get out and stretch your legs: 

 
 

The next morning, try to catch the sunrise on the horizons of Pakistan’s countryside 

 

When you reach Hyderabad, you’ll know you’re about 1-2 more hours away from Karachi: 

 

We cross the dried up Sindh river: 

Looks legit

 

And we arrived into Karachi at around 11am the next morning: 

 

Onwards!

– At time of posting in Karachi Airport, it was 68 °F
Humidity: 26% | Wind Speed: 8km/hr | Cloud Cover: nil significant cloud