Flights from London to Islamabad

London to Islamabad

  • £351 was the cheapest return price from London to Islamabad last month
  • The average flight time from London to Islamabad is 7h 45min
  • London to Islamabad is 3,752 miles
  • The most popular airline flying from London to Islamabad last month was PIA
  • 1 airline flies direct from London to Islamabad

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This information is correct as of February 2016

Airlines that fly from London to Islamabad

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) are the only airline providing direct flights from London to Islamabad. Flights depart from London Heathrow Airport.

Terminal Information

London Heathrow

London Heathrow Airport is divided into four terminals. PIA flights for Islamabad depart from Terminal 3. The airport advises passengers on flights to Islamabad, Pakistan to arrive at the Heathrow at least three hours before their scheduled flight departure time. Passengers will find Terminal 3 check-in desks located on the ground floor of the terminal building, there are currently no online check-in facilities available for this route.

Terminal 3 shops include designer brands like Chanel, Gucci and Mulberry as well as high street and duty free stores, like World Duty Free, Boots and WHSmith, where you can buy travel essentials. For food and drink there’s Caffe Nero, Oriel French Restaurant and Bar, Strada and Yo! Sushi, to name but a few. There is free Wi-Fi available at Heathrow Airport, you can upgrade to a faster service for a fee.

Premium lounges are available if you wish to upgrade, benefits of visiting the lounge are complimentary food, drinks and Wi-Fi.

Islamabad Airport

Islamabad Airport (also known as Benazir Bhutto International Airport) is located south of Islamabad city centre, the capital of Pakistan. The airport has just one terminal. In the international arrivals hall, there’s a currency exchange desk, a number of banks and information points.

There are two types of taxi available from Islamabad Airport. Black taxis with yellow roofs are not air-conditioned and passengers are advised to arrange the fare with the driver before setting off. Metro and Islamabad Radio Cabs are two companies providing more comfortable, air-conditioned taxis. Both companies have booking desks at the airport, either in the arrivals hall or just outside.

An alternative way to get to Islamabad city from the airport, is to take one of the public buses that stop outside the terminal building. The buses provide a wide variety of routes around the city and offer a lower cost option.

You can hire a car from Islamabad Airport with a number of car hire companies located in the arrivals hall. You will need to apply for an International Drivers Permit before travelling.

Practical Information

If you have a British passport, you need to apply for a visa in order to travel to Pakistan. Visitor visas are usually processed in five working days. If you don’t have a sponsor in Pakistan, you will need to provide a full itinerary of your trip with details of hotel bookings, a bank statement, and proof of address in the UK. You’ll also need a passport valid for a minimum of six months from the date of your visa application.

What to Expect in Islamabad

Islamabad experiences hot temperatures all year round and a monsoon season between July and August. Between April and August, daytime temperatures rarely drop below 29°c and at the peak of this period, temperatures regularly reach the low forties. From December to February, temperatures drop to an average high of around 20°c and an average low of 5°c.

The cost of living in Islamabad is very cheap when compared with London. A mid-range three course meal for two costs Rs1,570.00 (£10.50), a one way journey on public transport costs Rs20.00 (£0.13) and a small bottle of water costs just Rs27.50 (£0.18).

Islamabad is five hours ahead of the UK.

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