Green Line train Pakistan

By Wali Zahid

20 Feb 12017: Pakistan Railways has launched a mobile app where you can buy train tickets, Railways Minister Kh Saad Rafique says in a tweet today.

3 October 2016: E-ticketing facility is now available on Green Line Train and on railcar services from from Lahore to Rawalpindi section.

E-ticketing facility will be expanded to other railway services soon.

You can book your e-ticket here.

PS: Two suggestions for Railways Ministry:

1 UI/UX need to be made simple

2 A mobile phone app is needed

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Today could be a new day for business travellers in Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has just inaugurated a new train service called Green Line in Islamabad.

Pakistan Railways’s service Green Line will run between capital Islamabad and commercial capital Karachi and will take less than 24 hours. 23 hours 15 minutes to be precise.

Free meals & wifi

The Green Line train is no ordinary service.

It offers free wifi facility all the way from Islamabad to Karachi. (Update: user experience suggests that wifi disconnects frequently.)

Passengers will get free breakfast, lunch, dinner, teas and mineral water.

Food has been a sour point in train journey in this part of the world but there are assurances that food quality will not be compromised. Hope Railways could keep their word.


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Separate waiting lounges will be set up for Green Line at Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi train stations.

The train comprises of air-conditioned business coaches. Locomotive engines and business coaches, imported from China a few months ago, are being used for Green Line, making it cheaper to get ready.

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Daily service

Two trains will run on this route, with one daily service each way.

Train timing

The first train will leave Islamabad at 3:15pm daily, arriving in Karachi at 2:30pm. Departure from Lahore will be at 9:00pm.

The second train will leave Karachi’s Cantt Station at 9:30pm everyday, reaching Margalla Station in Islamabad at 8:45pm the next day. It will arrive in Lahore at 2:45pm and leave for Islamabad at 3:15pm.

Fares

One-way ticket price from Islamabad to Karachi will be Rs 5,500 (US$55) per person. The child fare (3-10 years) will be Rs 4,130. Children under 3 are free.

One-way ticket price from Lahore to Karachi will be Rs 5,000 (US$50) per person. The child fare (3-10 years) will be Rs 3,750.

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5 stopovers

The train will have five stopovers at Hyderabad, Rohri, Khanewal, Lahore and Rawalpindi before arriving at Islamabad. A pro rata fare is being charged for destinations in between.

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Security monitoring

In a fragile Pakistan where train and road journey has not been fully safe in recent years, some security arrangements have been made. Commandos and police in plainclothes will be deployed on the route.

Pakistan Railways CEO will monitor the train on daily basis while other officers have been assigned to monitor the train’s route from Karachi to Islamabad from control room.


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  • Mohammad

    SalaamWalekum,

    How can I book seats in this train? Is it possible to book online??

    JazaakAllah

    • Wali Zahid

      W/Salam. We understand they haven’t started online booking yet. Perhaps a friend/relative needs to book for you if you are overseas.

  • Muhammad Amin Akhtar

    Aoa. How Can I reserve Seat and what amount will be charged.

    • Wali Zahid

      W/Salam. Please check with Pak Railways site

  • Muhammad Amin Akhtar

    The Green Line Train is best addition in Railway History.

  • ali

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