Pakistan Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia and Africa where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

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 certain sections of the Karakorum Highway. Pakistan drives on the left in right hand drive cars. Roads 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.

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

This is a local broker site

These are local firms

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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