Pakistan-China bus service is launching today, on November 3rd. The project is yet another China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) venture aiming to bring further investment and cooperation in the country. A local private transport company Shuja group under their brand name of Shuja Express is launching the service. The bus will cover the one-way journey in two days which is almost 30 hours of travel time.
Muhammad Anwar the chief executive officer of the company said, “It will be in operation four days a week, that is, Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from Lahore to Chinese border city of Kashgar, and same manner from Kashgar to Lahore on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The bus will set off at 12 pm from Lahore and at first, it will reach federal capital Islamabad where breakfast will be served. Then the bus will stop in northern Mansehra city for tea. Next stopover will be at Bisham for lunch. Passengers will be offered evening tea at Chilas and lavish dinner at Gilgit.”
The chief executive officers said that the rest time will be given to the passengers from 8 pm to 2 am. Then the bus will go to the Khunjerab pass and after almost two-and-a-half hours of traveling the bus will finally reach its destination Kashgar in China.
The price of the one-way ticket is Rs13,000 and the price of the return ticket is Rs23,000. Passengers can carry almost 20kg of luggage. The cost of food and rest area in Gilgit is also included. All the travelers must have a valid visa and CNIC with them.