Pakistan Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Pakistan
Before planning on driving abroad in Pakistan you should check your Governments website for advice on travel within the country as there may be restrictions on travel to certain areas such as Peshawar, Kohat, Tank, Banu, Lakki, Charsadda, Hangu, Karak and Dera Ismail Khan. The UK Government also currently advises against travel on  the Karakorum Highway between Mansehra and Chilas via Battagram, Besham City, Dasu and Sazin.

Pakistan drives on the left in right hand drive cars. You need an international driving permit plus your own licence to drive in Pakistan. Pakistan has an efficient and well maintained motorway system including tgoll roads denoted national highways which include the famous Grand Trunk Road, Indus Highway, Karakoram Highway and Makran Coastal Highway. Other roads are likely to be in a less satisfactory condition.

One of the most common reasons foreigners drive in Pakistan is the The Karakoram Highway (sometimes abbreviated to KKH).This is the highest paved international road in the world; it connects Western China and Pakistan via the world’s highest border crossing. The highway runs roughly north-south across the Karakoram mountain range and through the Khunjerab Pass at the border. In Pakistan, it runs from Abbottabad to the border through the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. After the border, it runs across part of China’s Xinjiang province to Kashgar. The route is best travelled in Spring or early Autumn as the Khunjerab Pass is closed from January through to April due to heavy snow. Landslides that can block the road are common at some places during the monsoon season (Jul-Sep) and parts of the route in China pass through desert regions which can be excessively hot in Summer. The Pakistan section of the highway starts from Hasan Abdal, 50 km northwest of Rawalpindi, while the Chinese section starts from Kashgar. If starting in Pakistan the N-5 — which runs between Karachi and Peshawar — or the Grand Trunk Road, both pass through Hasan Abdal.

Roads in Ppakistan are crowded, drivers are often aggressive and poorly trained, and many vehicles, particularly large trucks and buses, are badly maintained. Expect all manner of animals, pedestrians and slow moving, often unlit vehicles to be on the road. Roads, including most major highways, also suffer from poor maintenance and often have numerous potholes, sharp drop-offs and barriers that are not sign-posted You should avoid driving at night as the potential hazards become worse on roads which are usually not lit. Driving in major cities is chaotic with little attention to rules and large volumes of traffic. If you are forced to drive in a major city, ask the rental company to take you to / meet you at the outskirts and let them drive in the centre.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Pakistan Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar,Avis, have outlets here.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Pakistan. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Pakistan Self Drive Rules-
there are different rules in place depending on the company you rent from and the location. Eg Sixt need you to advise them if you intend to drive outside Karachi. Hertz have locations in all main cities and one way rentals seem to be a possibility. Europcar mention restrictions on cars being taken out of Pakistan but don’t detail which countries.


  1. sara baloch

    Thanks for sharing such a impressive information with us . its really impressive and its motivates me .

  2. Great information for travelling to Pakistan but self driving in Pakistan is very difficult for those people who own overseas driving licence and don’t have any experience to drive in Pakistan before . That is just my opinion and experience

  3. Driver Abroad

    Thanks Bruce, I’m sure people considering driving in Pakistan will consider the hazards. If you have any specific info concerning road conditions or regional driving anomalies, please let me know and I’ll include them.

  4. Hi Matthew

    Sorry for the delay in reply. I am constant visitor to Pakistan actually I was born there. I will summarize concerning road conditions or regional driving anomalies

    1- Mostly Roads don’t have Road lanes. Mostly people made their own lane on the road.

    2- Get Use to of using Car horn or car beeping a lot because everyone in Pakistan use car horn when they overtaking other vehicle for avoid any accident or coalition because it is very rare practice to use indicator, shoulder check for blind spot .

    3- No body aware of give way rules and pedestrian can cross road anywhere they want . so you need to look for pedestrian and don’t expect people are aware with give way rules.

    4- Mostly road condition are poor expects Pakistan Motorway Road. Which is one of the best road and it met mostly western standards including motorway police hidden speed cameras

    I am still insist self-driving in Pakistan is very difficult for those people who own overseas driving licence and don’t have any experience to drive in Pakistan before.

    I mostly use car service with a driver [www lahorerentacar com pk] whenever I visit to Pakistan.
    But again above company is my personal choice. Other People can check other car rental services which best suits them.

    Matthew If there is any question. Please feel free to ask

  5. janu german

    guys why do u go pakistan if they have such bad driving condition … go to somewhere else which is better to drive

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