Car Rental in Lahore
Lahore is Pakistan’s second largest city and a haven of cultural and historical gems, making it a leading international travel destination. Along with the many attractions located in the Walled City district, Lahore boasts a wide range of landmarks and sites both old and new across the city. With your own rental vehicle it is far more convenient to explore Lahore and also opens up many daytrip possibilities around the city.
Where to rent a car in Lahore
You will be able to collect your vehicle immediately upon arrival in Lahore from Allama Iqbal International Airport which houses international agencies such as Europcar along with other local companies. However, you can just as easily collect your rental car in Lahore itself as many companies have offices situated across the city. Although you will be able to find some agencies providing self-drive rental cars, it is more common in Pakistan for rental vehicles to come with a personal driver due to the difficult nature of the local roads.
Driving in Lahore
Driving your own car around Lahore may be daunting for those with little experience of driving in the city, but in general road conditions aren’t too bad other than the frequent traffic jams. Remember that traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road in the country, and if you aren’t confident of dealing with the aggressive driving behavior of locals then drive defensively to stay on the safe side. It is also highly advisable to stay away from the city center from 07.00-09.00 and 17.00-18.30 during weekdays as the traffic gets extremely congested. You will also fare much better during your journey with a satnav system guiding you as street signs are often sporadic and many of the region’s most memorable attractions are located in obscure areas outside of the city proper.
Parking in Lahore
Parking can be a problem in Lahore in certain areas but this is to be expected of such a large and thriving city. You will find parking spaces are at a premium around popular landmarks, although some have dedicated parking facilities nearby. Leading hotels and malls in the city will usually have their own parking facilities and there are also private garages across Lahore if you need secure, long-term parking. Despite the interpretation many locals have of Lahore’s parking laws, it isn’t advisable to park up on the street without checking if you need to pay or you will end up with a large fine.
Where to go around Lahore
Many of Lahore’s finest attractions are located within the Walled City such as the Lahore Fort and the Badshahi Mosque, but there are many unmissable places which are best accessed by car. The popular Mall Road area is home to many fascinating museums like the Lahore Museum as well as the historic Lahore Zoo. If natural wonders are more to your liking then the man-made forest of Chhanga Manga will be a perfect daytrip option at just 70 km from Lahore. Other daytrip excursions include a day across the Indian border at Amritsar or the ancient archeological wonder Harappa around 300 km from Lahore.
* This information is correct as of December 2018