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Please note that is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Karachi car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Karachi is in car rental price band: 0/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Karachi? 

No. No online bookable car hire.


Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Karachi between the peak and the off peak season?

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 2/10

Non car score:2/10

Balance: 3

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -


Why? Visiting Karachi using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Karachi ?

Why not? Visiting Karachi without a car

Why don't you need a car in Karachi ?

Do you need a car in Karachi? Yes it can be useful to have one for getting out of the city.

Ratings: How does Karachi compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Karachi? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Karachi, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?



Do you need to hire a car in Karachi? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Karachi (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Karachi? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Car hire basics:


Public transportation basics:


Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):


As you start ....

Does Karachi airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No






Has our advice for Karachi car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 2

2019 - 2

2021 - 3

Average score - 3




Do you or don't you need a car in Karachi ?